Crowdsourcing: New York City

It’s been nearly 7 years since we lived in New York, and more than a few since our last visit, so I’m really looking forward to spending some time in the city when school is out. We’re taking the kids (or rather I’m flying on a red-eye with them to meet Aron, who will already be in town for a conference—wish me luck), and I’m especially excited about sharing it all with them. We have decided that we are each going to come up with our top three things we want to do (or eat), so that everyone’s priorities are met—but my list is a whole lot longer. So far, Skyler wants to ride in a taxi and Hudson wants to take the subway and see a skyscraper, so I’m thinking it’s going to be easy to be the one steering the ship.

I’ve just been brainstorming—I’ll pare it down soon—but I have a working list that I’ll post below. We have two nights of babysitting for grownup nights out! Then we’ll be in Montauk for a few days, if you have tips.

Still, because it’s been so long, I know I’m missing some new musts—and some of my old ones (like the pork and watermelon salad at Fatty Crab), are no longer an option. What do you think should be on a must-do, must-eat, must-shop list for New York (with kids) these days? The options are dizzying!

P.S. Do you think it’s worth bringing the kids’ scooters and helmets? And Hudson’s first walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, our last months in the city, and when New York spits in your mouth.

Work-in-progress wishlist:

To Eat:
Frankies Spuntino French Toast
Diner in Williamsburg (maybe also Marlow & Sons)
Caracas Arepas
Shake Shack. Near AHM, Mad Sq park, or in Battery City (near teardrop slide).
Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookie
City Bakery Pretzel Croissant
Momofuku Pork Buns
Pearl Oyster Bar Lobster Rolls
Essa Bagels
Prune, maybe for a date night or brunch
Locanda Verde pancakes or pastries
The Smile
Pizza!! Motorino, Una? best neapolitan pizza?
Untitled (at the Whitney)
South Indian street food near my old offices
Drinks at The Jane Ballroom
Brunch at Public
Cupcakes from Magnolia
New to us to try? Dominique Ansel Bakery, Jack’s Wife Freda, Brooklyn Crab back garden, Roberta’s

To Do:
Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, Visit Brooklyn heights and Brooklyn Bridge Park—Jane’s Carousel, Pier 6 playgrounds, Pilot Bar, etc.
The American Museum of Natural History (UWS)
Met roof, maybe.
Central Park: Balto statue, the boats (row and sail), the zoo, the carousel, biking, tunnels and bridges at Heckscher Playground, etc…
Hudson walkway (and piers in Tribeca)
Times Square at Night
Top of the Rock
Shopping day in Nolita
Other ideas: Sailing on the Hudson, Highline…

[Photo from Highline, Part 2]

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