On The 6th Day of Christmas

On the 6th day of Christmas, we went around our neighborhood in the Upper West Side of Manhattan to carry out a research on gift guide for apartment Supers and/or Butlers.

One thing most of them all agreed on was that they would be more than happy if they could get a Christmas card with money on the inside of it. That they can then buy whatever they really want. One went on to explain that he doesn’t get paid. Having a free apartment is his salary so it’s always nice to have some cash to spend on his family during the holiday. That he can use it to buy Christmas tree and even get turkey. Hearing some of their stories kind of made me sad and sorry for them.

So now we know what to get our own super who has been very helpful to us since moving into our apartment. I agree with what a lot of them say, our super would be more happy to receive cash amount rather than material gifts or experience.

One other thing we did while walking around the neighborhood was to admire outdoor buildings with Christmas decorations in them.

This kind of sparked an interest in what the inside decorations would look like. So maybe that would be something for another day of Christmas!

On The 4th Day of Christmas

On the 4th day of Christmas we went to Bryant Park for the Christmas tree lights switch on, fireworks and ice skating show.

It was a lovely warm winter day so it was beautiful staying outside for the show, but because we had a little infant in our crew, we went inside to get warmer.

The clear roofing of the building meant we could see the whole show from the comfort of our new seat.

There are food stores and a bar inside. An impressively clean toilet with someone on duty who was always cleaning it.

After the display, we went home. It was a great evening! Can’t wait to see what day 5 will bring.

Life imitating art.

Christmas in New York City – Day 2

On the second day of Christmas, we went to see the nutcracker at the Brookfield Place downtown Manhattan.

It was spectacular, brilliantly delivered. The turn out was amazing. From young to old, they all seemed to enjoy it.

After the show, we went to have some crepes and hot chocolate

Then it was time to do a little shopping.

Connected to the Brookfield Place is the Oculus. You can do more shopping at Westfield there. There are also several coffee places inside.

When you are there, take a minute to take in the beautiful architecture and white fine lines.

Also stop and say hello to the snowmen.

Finally it’s time to go home and look forward to the third day of Christmas! I wonder what that would bring.

Watch The Nutcracker Free

It’s not Christmas without going to see a show like the nutcracker. It’s perfect for setting the scene for the holidays and a beautiful family tradition when it’s Christmas time. Now you can go see it for free if you live or visiting New York City.

Today is the last day to see the nutcracker at the Brookfield Place NY. According to their website, see poster for more details.

How To Go Trick or Treating in The City

This may seem like a weird question but seriously “how do you go trick or treating in the city?” This was the question that was baffling my mind this last week.

You know I love creating experiences for my kids especially as we travel around a lot. Now that we are trying to settle in Manhattan, I want them to experience everything “normal childhood” comes with. But we live in an apartment and all our neighbors live in similar high rise apartment buildings with door men, security and what have you.

You can’t just buzz and wait for someone to let you in (I’ve watched too many CSI to know that’s not a good idea) and you can’t just wait aimlessly hoping someone holding candies comes by.

Luckily enough as I was running errands in town, I saw a lady going trick or treating with her son who was dressed as black panther (how cute!) I asked her and she said they just walk along the broadway (where the stores, banks and commercial offices are) and that majority of the stores give out candy.

She also advised that it is best to go before 5pm. It gets wild and crazy at night. Drinking, partying and New Yorkers being their fun loving self. Perfect I thought. At least we can be back for dinner and bedtime.

As soon as we got back from school, we went out trick and treating. We saw other people doing the same. The kids had a great time and I felt like a super woman ( polishes her halo). So if you ever wondered where people who are not living in suburbs go trick or treating, now you know!