Over the holiday break my husband and I traveled down to New York City for a few days with the kids. It’s always an exciting time of year to visit. Everything just looks so magical. Only thing missing was the snow. Other than that, the ‘city that never sleeps’ was indeed awake with so many lights, pop and circumstance! Our first stop in the city was a fabulous afternoon at The Met. This place is just inundated with so much history, literally! We loved everything about the place and all the amazing exhibits!
Glor and her brothers clockwise, my oldest Vinny, middle son Frank and youngest son Tony. We spent most of our days walking around Central Park. The ice skating rink was always so busy and we just didn’t want to wait in line so we kept moving along. We visited the beautiful Children’s Zoo and Glor loved it of course. (Mental note to visit the zoo again in the spring when all the trees and flower bushes are in full bloom!) One thing you never tire of seeing are all the pretty horse carriages strolling along. They were all decorated so beautifully for the holidays. One can only imagine how this used to be the only way of transportation…We skipped the usual hot spots like Rockefellar Center, Bryant Park and Wollman Rink for this hidden little gem that is The Rink at Brookfield Place in lower Manhattan. The mall is gorgeous with so many high end retailers and eating venues. Outside overlooking the Hudson harbor is a beautiful skating rink where Glor and I had a blast even after I fell twice! No fuss, no lines and the view was so much better. I highly recommend this pit stop!We of course decided to visit the Freedom Tower and One World Observatory as well. I hadn’t visited that area since well before the tragic attack to the Twin Towers. It was a very humbling experience for me. Looking down from the top of the tower was quite a view. It gave me mixed feelings of sadness and optimism. I couldn’t help but think about the many lives that were lost. The new tower is indeed impressive and awe inspiring!A few NYC night scenes… You can’t visit New York City and not notice the fabulous brownstones! We stayed at a hotel at the upper east side of the city away from all the hustle and bustle and noise. It gave us the opportunity to stroll through some of the most beautiful neighborhoods. I fell in love with some of the most amazing doors to brownstones and gorgeous mansions! I even found Versace’s former mansion which, by the way is now renting for $120,000 a month! Guess which one it is…How massive is this entrance! It almost rivals Newport’s mansions!And just like that our little trip to the city was over. I hope you find this little travel guide helpful for the next time you decide to visit New York City in the winter. I also hope you’re having a great start to the new year!