It’s likely that I’m snorkeling off the shore of some Caribbean island right now. So to stave off any jealousy or daggers thrown in my general direction, let’s pretend that we’re still in New York contending with Month 5 of sleet and snow.
Though the temps may have been lower than hoped this spring, it hasn’t stopped us from getting out and exploring the city on foot.
Emma was off on Spring Break last week, a full week earlier than the other kids. And since we’re traveling this week, she gets to skip a full week of school. Translation: that is SO NOT fair MOM.
I told Lauren that it wasn’t fair that she was born first and had my complete attention for the first two years of her life. And that she’ll get her driver’s license first. AKA zip it.
So back to last week. Emma knows not to broadcast what actually took place since it was nothing short of incredible.
Monday took this form: lunch–chocolate store–Sephora–nails.
We took a breather on Tuesday, just enough rest to recharge the batteries and prepare our feet for another day of walking.
On Wednesday we spent the day on the Lower East Side doing the following:
As if Monday’s visit to Lilac Chocolates didn’t provide us with enough sweets, we were determined to visit Economy Candy.
We headed off on Rivington and quickly realized that we were heading in the wrong direction. But in one of those fortuitous twists of fate, we ended up at the tip of the alley that leads down to Freemans Restaurant.
I haven’t been to Freemans since a friend hosted a birthday dinner there years ago. It’s one of those restaurants that I wouldn’t normally visit with a kid in tow but figured that all was fair game at 11:30am.
We were seated at a table next to the other oddball customers who were taking advantage of the early timeslot – the crew from Gothamist that was conducting a noisy business meeting; a woman with her centenarian mother, who was noisier than my three-year-old and the Gothamist crew combined.
“I don’t like this menu! It’s too fancy! Just make me a grilled cheese!”
“No grilled cheese? I just want a chicken noodle soup!”
“No soup? Why is it so dawk in here! Just give me the scrambled egg then.”
“YOU have the salad. I don’t want the salad. I just like HOME FRIES.”
For the record, my mussels and Emma’s white cheddar mac & cheese were heavenly. As was our table which wasn’t “TOO DAWK!” and gave me a bright green view of the alley.
Next we walked around the neighborhood, exploring all of the graffiti. New York neighborhoods can be summarized by the following:
Men with facial hair + building tattoos are to the Lower East Side……as…..Men with facial hair + building tattoos + women with wide felt hats are to Williamsburg.
So according to this equation, a neighborhood can be defined by an absence of hat.
Which is just a more complicated way of saying that I don’t really fit in to either location although I aspire to it.
We finally stumbled upon Economy Candy.
Would I send friends to Economy Candy for a visit? Probably not. It’s crowded, you get elbowed in your sternum, it smells like bubblegum (not in a good way), and people who may or may not work there like to order you around. “Stand in this checkout line. Look, that line’s open. Ma’am, that line’s open!”
That being said, if you feel like being herded like candy-loving cattle on the Lower East Side for an afternoon, you’ll come back with armfuls of vintage candy (candy cigarettes, licorice pipes, and other sugary ways to encourage smoking in your home; TOPPS trading cards; and chocolate in the likeness of every president since FDR.)
After a long day, we decided to head towards home. On our way to the subway station we passed by the new il laboratorio del gelato. New, as in several years old, but this is how often they let me out of my cage.
This ice cream shop reminds me of my friend Irene who brings a few tubs of il laboratorio gelato to Thanksgiving every year. In fact, I probably ate their pumpkin gelato right before I infected everyone with the flu. Good times…..
That ice cream, not fair. And when it’s Lauren’s turn to travel with me solo to some far off destination…. that will likewise be unfair. My tip to her: bask in the glory of the good days when they come your way and leave the bean counting to the tellers.
Great post and wise words! I love the “zip it” part especially. The vintage candy looks really cool, but I’d hate to be herded in the shop.
That bacon sign is hilarious. Great photos.
Love the photos, being a Londoner I would love to got to New York as I have heard It’s similar in some ways to London 🙂
Have a tanfastic week 🙂
Lovely photos! I now need ice cream and chocolate! 🙂 x
Oh I remember days (as I am sure most with siblings do) of the special times alone with parents! All sorts of naughty but nice things happen. You are a parent who creates memories. They’ll thank you for it – eventually! YAM xx
What a great series!
Maple and bacon is my fave and cant stop thinking about it now! You have the loveliest city!
What a great day with Emma! I love her finger nails. Beautiful series of photos. Licorice pipes… now that’s old school.
Great photos. Loved them all.
You have the best adventures! The picture of your daughter and the dog sculpture is especially cute. ^.^
I was just talking to my students about how graffiti is an art form. There’s both good and bad just like any other art. The ones you have posted are pretty cool!
One of my husband’s favorite phrases to our kids? “Life’s not fair.”
They used to fuss at it, but now it’s a family joke!
Enjoy the warm air and warm water!! Can’t wait to hear about the adventure!
Wow. You make want to live there.
Also, gelatos are the best!
And I love that “bacon” poem! I must remember it. Haha!
Looks like such a cool, fun day just walking around and finding places. Totally New York 🙂
That looks like a perfect day. Bacon sign is awesome! LOL
Fabulous photos! Emma is so darling!
Oh my word…CANDY!!! I love visiting unique candy stores! especially ones with the retro candies!
New Yawk, New Yawk!
Love your little day of adventure. Thanks for sharing it with us!
Here’s my Wordless Wednesday!
I was just listening to Moby and wondering if his tea shop was still there.
I chuckled at “this is how often they let me out of my cage.” I feel like that sometimes too lol. I’d love to visit New York someday, except I kind of really don’t like being around a lot of people, so…. maybe with enough Xanax.
Looks like lots of fun!
Love all the pictures! Now I want gelato!
It sure does have it’s charm!!
I can’t tell you how this week’s post is my life personified! Getting let out of the cage! Love it! Economy candy, gelato and Freeman’s…oh my! LES is on my list of jaunts with my little peanut (who according to her much older brother & sister is the always the victor with the spoils).