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Gratitude, The Adventure


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.

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The Adventure

New York City Accommodation Guide

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.

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Beach, The Adventure

Heavenly Hamps Life

(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.

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The Adventure, Travel

NYC Alphabet


Avenues. The Apollo Theatre. Alphabet City. Avenue of the Americas. Artists. Anthropologie. American Museum of Natural History.


Bryant Park. Bagels. Bodega. Brooklyn. Bridges. Burgers. Broadway. Buddakan. Barclay’s Centre. Brooklyn Nets. Bronx Zoo. Battery Park. Bloomingdales.


Charging Bull. Carrie Bradshaw. Coffee. Chelsea. Chinatown. Chrysler Building. Century 21. Central Park. Construction. Cheesecake. Christmas. Columbus Circle. Coat check.

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Family, Shopping, The Adventure, Travel, Uncategorised

street lights, big dreams, all lookin’ pretty

new york city. 3 words. 1 magical place. it’s gritty and raw and amazing and intimidating and friendly and impulsive and inspirational and famous and honest and real.


we are here for a 6 week stay. at the moment we are residing in midtown, literally 50 steps from times square. when you step outside the apartment, you are hit with an onslaught of sights, sounds, smells and people, my lord, the PEOPLE!

in a few weeks, we will move downtown to the lower east side for thanksgiving.


so what do i want out of my stay in new york? i want romance and pizza and tacos and cocktails. i want tattoos and live music and museums and ice skating. i want shopping and walking and pretzels and people. i want running and bagels and movies and the rangers. i want macy’s and broadway musicals and the knicks and brooklyn. i want the delis and the bodegas and the hustlers and the lights. i want the snow and the cabs and the highline and the diners. i want seinfeld and the flatiron and saks and the plaza. i want tiffanys and hotdogs and central park and wholefoods. i want rockefeller and bryant park and champagne and liberty island.


i feel alive here. i love the smells on the streets. the lines of people outside their favourite lunch spot. the hailing of a cab. the brave men and women of the NYPD walking the beat. the hustlers handing out their demo cds and flyers. the sales. walking blocks. finding a new park.

of course it’s not all rainbows. the trash, the traffic, the sirens, the terrible drip coffee, but for the most part, i think the city balances out.


i’m really going to throw myself into these 6 weeks. it’s just so amazing out there, i want to enjoy every second of it.

until then,