For our extended stay in New York City, we decided to bring on a nanny to make sure everyone in the family would get the most from our time in the big apple. James and I had tickets booked to shows, to see the NY Rangers, and most of all, eagerly anticipated trying out some of New York’s better restaurants.
Enter Carrie, a born and bred local New York girl originally hailing from Long Island but residing in Brooklyn. Carrie impressed James and I during our skype interview, she ultimately had the best knowledge of the city and would be able to keep the kids entertained with the click of her fingers. We agreed on a 3 day per week schedule with some nighttime babysitting too.
From early November till mid December, we spent 7 weeks living in glorious, gritty, amazing, intimidating, spectacular New York City. Our plans changed during our stay and we ended up moving around a little more than we hoped for.
Our first stay for 2.5 weeks was at the AKA Times Square Serviced Apartments. Located at 123 West 44th Street, only 1 block from Times Square, the location could not be beat to throw ourselves head first into the frantic city pace. We had a spacious 2 bedroom apartment which although had no view, it was whisper quiet which is unheard of in the city. Our kitchen wasn’t huge but more than adequate to prepare breakfast and lunch for the kids. On the top floor was a new communal space which included a terrace, residents lounge, bar and work space.
Location: SXSW Festival – Austin, Texas
Feeling: Tired ~ Inspired ~ Excited
Thinking: About the kids back home in Australia
Eating: In & Out ~ Tacos ~ Pulled pork ~ BBQ
Hearing: Ben Howard ~ Lewis Watson ~ Tove Lo ~ George Maple ~ Gorgon City ~ Odesza
(Back tracking to November 2014)
We drove from Boston through Connecticut to New London to board the Cross Sound Ferry. This huge passenger / car ferry carried locals and tourists across from Connecticut to Long Island. The ride was a rough one and the kids were hard to keep entertained after being in the car for 3 hours already. The wind blew gale force outside which meant our options were limited to sitting in the family sized booth, watching the ferry roll and bob in the waves.
Avon. Alpenrose. Avanti Express. Adventure Ridge. Arrowhead Village. Athletes.
Beaver Creek. Burgers. Bart and Yeti’s. Burton. Breckenridge. Boots. Buckles. Blue Sky Basin. Birds of Prey. Bachelor Gulch. Blue Moose Pizza. Bwana. Beanie. Beer. Blizzard. Bison.
Centennial Express. Christy Sports. Cams. China Bowl. Cascade Village. Chairlift. Cinch. City Market. Copper. Columbia. Covered Bridge. Catwalk. Chapstick.