With all of the attention that I’ve given to the time that we spend at our lake house in New Jersey, it’s easy to forget that we spend most of the week’s waking hours in New York City.
Maybe it’s because I’m from Toronto but I still get butterflies when we cross the George Washington Bridge each weekend and head back into the city.
I love the transition between quiet weekends in the country and our busy city life. Once we park the car, Emma usually joins to help walk Jackson around the block for his final evening stroll, hairbrush in hand.
The irony of this situation is that no matter how hard I try, now matter what sums of glittering gold and cheap Barbie merchandise I offer, Emma will not allow me to come within 3 feet while brandishing a hairbrush. But hairbrush as purse-like accessory? Why not…
Our lake house neighbors are shocked that we’re able to keep everyone, including our dog, alive and free of Rickets when we’re required to take an elevator to get outside. The inconvenience! The lack of fresh air! The sunlight- does your family get any sunlight in that box?
Don’t get me wrong, life in the country has its benefits….but city life has some pretty good perks too.
That view never gets old. Sunset, buildings, silhouettes. And don’t get me started on sunrise….
I love getting up early. I’m able to steal some quiet time with Jackson before the city wakes up. Once in a while I’ll catch a glimpse of the full moon over the Hudson River…
This guy is all smiles during our walks. Less so when it rains and he puts on the brakes, locks his leg joints, and leans into the direction that faces the apartment. But when the sun is shining down, he can sniff a few rear ends, sneak a sip or two of fresh rainwater? That’s when the lips curl back, the smile breaks out and does his doggy prance. I love him.
Morning walks seem to offer the best views…. Hudson River Park without the usual bustle; the Meatpacking District, traffic-free cobblestone on full display; a distant Empire State Building that will soon be filled with slow-moving lines of people from all around the world.
Although we primarily eat at home, we find time to indulge in the occasional treat. This is one incredible food city.
Billy’s for after-school cupcakes…
Haven’s Kitchen when the kids are in school and I’m in the mood for a solo latte & croissant.
Or a cookie. A gigantic chocolate chip cookie sprinkled with Maldon salt, which I might as well christen “the lunch ruiner”.
I atone for these sins with a stop at Organic Avenue to pick up a gingery Royal Red juice. Plus, I love this quote by Micheal Pollan, which they feature smack dab in the center of their wall. Nothing could better represent my philosophy about food.
Then we have Forager’s Market where I can forage to my heart’s content: locally-grown fruit and vegetables, almond milk cold brew, triple cream cheeses, truffled sausage – it’s not where I do the bulk of my shopping, but it’s where I buy the good stuff…The credit-ruining, husband-complaint-inducing, fancy-$10-food-magazine kind of stuff.
I always seem to leave with a handful of their goat milk caramels stashed in my pocket….
Murray’s Bagels is across the street, making it an occasional pre-preschool pit-stop…
Even better is to bring home cream cheese + tomato + red onion on an everything bagel, and eat it in the comfort of my living room.
And we are 1000% spoiled by having a Doughnut Plant only a few blocks away. Spoiled, I tell you. Vanilla Bean for the kids, Crème Brulee for me. Except for the day when I took this picture and they were sold out and I had to go for some hazelnut nonsense. Not the same, trust me on that crème brulee tip. Donuts don’t get better.
But aside from eating a lot of good food, we’ve been spending most of our free time at this place: Chelsea Piers. It’s our home away from home, where the kids come after school to hang out. Gymnastics, tennis, this place has everything. It’s a zoo and often makes me want to run and join the Amish, but then I glimpse the boats, and the mini carousel, and the sun streaming through the floor-to-ceiling windows, and I breathe….and think…”Chelsea Piers, I forgive you.”
Then it’s back home, dinnertime, and time to give the kids a bath.
It’s a busy week in a busy neighborhood in a busy city but it seems to work. Most of the time at least. Have a great week everyone.
Beautiful photos of everything! Love Jackson ❤️
I liked your photos I would love to visit New York it always reminds me of here in London 🙂
Time I visited again methinks!
As always lovely photos. My fave are the boat ones. I just love those sky as against the boat shots =) #ww
Beautiful images. I’ve never been to New York City, it’s a different way of life. Thanks for sharing.
I adore your rambles in whatever neighbourhood you happen to be in, Jessica…okay I admit I lingered a tad too long over the concept of the ultimate custard doughnut… and my hear goes out to Jackson, who is clearly apprehensive about the mention of ‘bath’!!! YAM xx
Thank you so much Yamini! 🙂
Wonderful images. Happy kids, happy dog, yummy food and boats. What else is needed?
I could never live in the city (especially New York) because I am a country girl. You couldn’t get me away from my mountains for long! But I would soooo love to visit NYC one day! I love your pictures! 🙂
Amazing!!! Love the photos, just beautiful!
Wonderful photos Jess. NYC is a great place to raise kids. So much available – and only a short walk away.
Thanks! The best place for kids, they love it here xox
What a lovely set of photos this week. Someone gave us some of those caramels as a gift once, they were delicious!
What a great post, thank you for sharing!
You are an AWESOME photographer! Teresa from NanaHood
You have captured some wonderful moments!! What a great place to spend time!!!
Apples and doughnuts! Yum!
Beautiful Photos. Great.
I was in a big rush after linking, so I came back to go through the photos and the story. I think the chocolate chip cookie photo is my favorite. It’s funny how Emma won’t let you near her with a hairbrush, but she’s happy to carry one as an accessory. I love the colorful hairbrush in that otherwise not so colorful shot. Take care and thanks for hosting!
Beautiful photos! I don’t think I would be able to handle living in a city. Although, currently we live in the Chicago suburbs which is enough of a city for me. Have a terrific day.
Oh wow!!!! you made me NYC homesick!!! I truly really deeply love New York, I think it is definitely the capital of the world, with all it´s different cultures, people, and food living under the same roof! on of my favorite places there is Eatily, have you been there? I live in Caracas, Venezuela… but even though it is a big city it does not offer any of the perks that a big city should! Amazing pictures by the way!
Yes, I’ve been to Eataly- was just there a few weeks ago to enjoy a cheese plate & a beer with a friend; the rooftop is also awesome!
Great photos! My favourites would be the ones of the boats and the miniature carousel. Also, I’m suddenly craving donuts…
Well, I’m not much of a city girl…not much of a country girl either, guess I’m a suburban girl, but I digress.
Jessica, you actually make a good case for living in the city! I had a little flutter thinking about the specialty stores, being able to walk early in the morning (and I’m NOT a morning person), the excitement of it all!
I wonder what the donuts taste like. They don’t look like any from around here (the South)…maybe one day!
Have a great week!
Thanks Mary, have a wonderful week as well!
wow you certainly have the best of both worlds! 🙂
I love the image with the sun peering through the buildings so much! Great photos!
Thanks so much Alissa 🙂
wow great photos..I have a daughter emma too 🙂
thanks for linking your WW at http://www.hubbyandmeplus3.com
A great name! 😉
Lovely shots of a fantastic city!!
I could look at pictures of NYC all day long 🙂
Wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing. I love this time of year.
Wow! You really do have the best of both worlds! I am more of a country girl myself but the beauty of the city is undeniable.
Love the homage to NYC!
Okay, so I was totally slobbering over all those yummy food! I wish I could try them someday!
Wow! Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!
Love how you used the light in the cityscapes… and now I want some yummy food
these are lovely captures.I really enjoyed by reading this post….
Thank you for linking up your photos with us last week. We are excited to share your photo on today’s Wordless Wednesday. All of your photos are beautifully taken. Our favorite was your sweet little one walking the dog!