Embracing NYC Indian Summer in 2 Days – Visit from Germany (EN)

If you live in NYC, you probably won’t have a lack of visitors. This weekend I was thrilled to have one of my best friends Ira from Germany staying with us for the weekend.  Ira was even more excited to be in The City, which she knew from her internship back in 2003. However, this is still a first time. The first time of being 4 nights away from her two kids!

I love the moment of every single reunion with a family member or a friend and most of them have some kind of goodies for Philipp or us. No exception with Ira! In fact, Ira’s suitcase was half filled with kids books, toys, countless organic healthy toddler snacks and other gifts for Philipp. All made in Germany. For us this was Christmas in Fall!

Thanks to my husband and our babysitter, Ira and I basically had two days without kids ahead of us… fully packed with things we wanted to do. Two very intense days where we tried to embrace The City to the fullest. Two days without constantly pushing a stroller. Two days where we were actually able to finish our own sentences without any interruptions. …just time for us from heart to heart.

While I am writing this blog post, Ira is on the plane back to her sweet sweet home and I still have her words in my mind when she arrived: its good to be back… it smells like New York.

Our Highlights:

Breakfast stop at The Jane Hotel. Simply a lovely and cozy boutique hotel with impressive history (e.g. the hotel used to host the Titanic survivors) located in West Village. We had a quiet breakfast with very yummy food. The perfect contrast to the buzzing City and not touristy at all.
(Good place also to go with kids)

Morning walk on the Highline. The Highline used to be an abandoned railway before it was repurposed to linear park running from Gansevoort Street to ~34th Street (1.45miles/2.3km long). An amazing spot to embrace Indian Summer (apart from Central Park).


Whitney Museum of American Art
This Museum was closed in 2014 and reopened at a new location on May 2015 in West Village/Meatpacking District. The new location/architecture of this Museum alone is worth seeing and on the higher floors of the Museum you will have an amazing view of Downtown and the Hudson River. We both loved the fact that this Museum is much smaller than e.g. MoMA or The MET where I always get lost at some point. However, there is still enough to see with an art collection of 21,000 works all during twentieth and twenty first centuries laid out on 7 floors.
(Unfortunately the elevators in this museum are always overcrowded. I would recommend to take the elevator directly to the 7th floor and walk your way down.)


Bleecker Street. We both love the area around Bleecker Street. With Magnolia Bakery on Bleecker and knowing that Sarah Jessica Parker lives in this neighborhood, this part of The City always reminds me of “Sex and the City”.

Upper East Side. We also took a long walk on Madison Avenue and Park Avenue. On Madison Avenue you can find all the designer boutiques from Celine to Hermes. The perfect spot for us to do some window shopping and to do a stop at Laduree to have the best macarones on this planet.

Other Favorite Places to Eat:
The East Pole (UES)
Warm and cosy. A great place to have brunch or lunch if you are on the Upper East Side.

Fig & Olive (Midtown)
Clean and chic. An excellent modern Mediterranean cuisine with locally sourced ingredients. Ideally, go there without kids as space is limited.

posted by Meng