When exploring New York City with kids I always try to look fashionable but still comfortable, and wear something that can easily go from daytime to evening (whenever my husband and I get that rare date night). With the summer heat approaching and increasing day-by-day I also need clothing that is lightweight and breathable. I was so excited to find this amazing stripe print maxi dress from London Times that matched all of my needs plus fit me when I was nine months pregnant! The stretch in the jersey is a win-win because I can wear it beyond the maternity months.
New York City can be a big, busy, overwhelming place especially with a 2.5 year old and a newborn, I love finding things to do with the family that are not in every guide book. Here are some Savvy Summer tips I have about New York City.
- Picnic in the Park– We love to spend our afternoons outside at a park with a picnic. You can pick-up a great “Pignic” lunch to go from Rocket Pig NYC located in Chelsea, then walk one block over to the High Line elevated park and find a spot on the grass or a nice bench in the shade to enjoy our lunch. Once we finish our lunch we enjoy a nice stroll towards the Chelsea Market for some ice cream from Ronnybrook Dairy.
- Public Art Installation and Free music for Kids- Every Tuesday and Thursday from now until August 8th at 10:30 am Madison Square Park has free concerts in the park for kids. After the show you can walk around and check out Red, Yellow and Blue by Orly Genger. Plus if you are patient enough you can brave the line at Shake Shack!
- Sunday Brunch- New York City empties on the weekends during the summer, but you will still find the crowds at Sunday Brunch. With a toddler we need a brunch place that has a high-chair (so many options in NYC are out). Our current favorites are Tipsy Parson, The Dutch, Almond and Perilla. All four have consistently good food and service but nothing fancy or a crazy scene. We usually explore the neighborhoods around the restaurants for fun unique shops and parks.
- Urban Bike Ride- Manhattan is very flat and dense, and has some of the best car-free bike paths in the world for an urban city. With the introduction of the new Citi Bike NYC sharing system, it makes it easier for New Yorkers and visitors to explore the city on bike. A great summer activity is to bike around Central Park during the car free hours (don’t try during rush hour). The long loop is a bit over 6 miles long and can take half a day if you make stops to explore along the way.
Do you have any Savvy Summer in New York City tips?
I was provided with a dress for London Times for review purposes but all opinions and savvy tips expressed here are my own.