NYC: The High Line & the 9/11 Memorial

Leslie and I have been to NYC many times. In fact, I lived there for five stupid years when I was in my twenties. This time, it was my grandmother's 90th birthday that brought us to town; and although the party was in Greenwich, we decided to fly in a night early and hang out in lower Manhattan. Aside from the usual retail misbehavior, we did do two semi-cultural activities: The High Line is a very cool park that spans from the Meat Packing district to Midtown. It's built on top of old railroad tracks, and the path and gardens are scattered with outdoor artwork installations and sculptures. There are many vendors selling yummy bites, tees and art prints;  and of course, there are some incredible views. What really struck me was the perspective you get by being propped up at a height that's neither high nor low. Walking adjacent to a building's middle floors gives you the feeing of floating.  Or maybe I just had too much coffee.

The 9/11 Memorial is literally awesome. I hesitate to write that word due to its positive connotation and general over usage, but it is truly awe-some. The pools built on the buildings' footprints are stunning--the way the light reflects onto fast-falling water, and loud-but-soft echo it makes. I can't describe it, so just go there and check it out. We didn't make it to the museum because we had Elliot with us, but we'd definitely like to go next time.

Speaking of Elliot... I wanted to also talk to you about what it's like to travel to NYC with an infant. I could sum it up in one word {SCHLEP}, but I'll break it down to the three biggest problems navigating the Big Apple with a little bitty:

1. Taxis Unless you bring your carseat with you, be prepared to put your child in a totally unsafe situation: on your lap, in the back of the car with the seat belt around his waist and yours. Yup. That's what we did, and my brother-in-law, who is a pediatric surgeon, told us that it was extremely unsafe. He's absolutely right. What's the alternative? Schlep the seat. Would I do it differently next time? Probably not.

2. Steps If you go shopping (especially in SoHo), you'll find that a lot of store entrances have steps. If you're toting your child around in a stroller, it's kind of a pain. Then again, a deterrent to any store is not necessarily a bad thing if you're like Leslie or me.

3. Restaurants. They're often small and tight with little room to store your stroller. Prepare for awkward logistics and awkward moments in general.

Moral of the story: traveling to the city with a small child isn't ideal, and anyone who lives there and has kids is stupider than I am.