Category Archives: NYC & Boroughs

Fall Getaway to the Montauk Yacht Club

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Most New Yorkers love to visit Montauk, NY during the summer. This coastal area on the Eastern shore of Long Island is not only known for its fishing, but also for the high-end beach houses and trendy New York residents that take over the area during the warmer months.

When my family and I visited at the end of summer, the crowds had started to dwindle down, though it was still quite busy. Over the course of a long weekend, we made the most of our visit and discovered a lot.

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Fall Fun: Oktoberfest Circle Line Cruise to Bear Mountain

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Update on 2015 Oktoberfest and Bear Mountain: 

Circle Line’s Bear Mountain Cruises are happening this fall on Saturdays and Sundays between September 26 and November 1 and on Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day). Circle Line will run a full-day Oktoberfest cruise from 8:30AM – 5:30PM featuring German beer and traditional German Oktoberfest food such as soft pretzels, potatoes and bratwurst. For $35, guests can purchase a souvenir 20 oz. beer mug on board in which they can fill up for free throughout the entire duration of the cruise; there will be beer bucket specials as well.  

Once at Bear Mountain, guests can enjoy leisure time from 11:30am – 3:00pm and hike, bike, visit the zoo, enjoy brunch at Bear Mountain Inn, view the foliage, boat on the lake, and more. On Saturdays, there will be a live German band aboard. For tickets and more information, please visit the Circle Line Bear Mountain Cruises page.

 

The chill is in the air and depending on where you are, you can already start to see the leaves changing. I love this time of year, and though I am a huge fan of the beach, sand, and warm sun during the summer months, Fall has always been one of those seasons that makes my heart happy.

My family and I enjoy taking the weekends to road trip in search of apples and pumpkins, and just take in the colors of the season.

Though autumn hasn’t officially started, we kicked it off a little early during Circle Line’s Bear Mountain Cruise of the season.

It’s a lot of everything I love: experiencing a destination by water, enjoying a beautiful day out, and beer festivals.

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Experiencing a citizenM NYC Hotel Stay

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There was just no way that my husband and I were going to take on the new school year without rebooting.

No. Way.

So we did what we always do when we need to get in touch with our more romantic, more fun selves. We left our kids for a night away in New York City.

We chose to escaped to the new citizenM hotel in Times Square, which opened only recently this past April 2014. The hotel may be new to Times Square but it isn’t new overseas, with a strong presence in Europe and with plans to expand around the world.

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A Staycation Full of New York City History

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The fast changing pace of New York City makes it easy for those who visit, and even some of those who live there, to miss details of its history. It’s easy to walk past a landmark and not really notice its significance for being there, or into a restaurant and not even know about events that might have taken place years, if not centuries, ago.

New York City is not the oldest city in the state – that title belongs to Albany, founded in 1614, making it the oldest settlement North of Virginia. But it’s pretty old.

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Periyali: A Taste of Greece in The Heart of NYC

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Finding really great Greek food can be a challenge if you are in Manhattan. Venture into Astoria, Queens and you will have your pick, but Manhattan tends to be trickier…especially if authenticity is on the top of your list.

I recently discovered Periyali, on 20th and Broadway. That I discovered it, however, is a little late considering that Periyali has been a staple in the New York Greek dining scene since 1987 – a pretty big deal for NYC restaurants. It’s intimate, yet festive with pockets for more private dining to open spaces for celebrations, of which there were plenty on the night my husband and I dined there.

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A Family Favorite: Spring Day in Central Park, NY

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My family and I recently ventured into Central Park to enjoy a beautiful Spring day. Even after living in New Jersey for 2.5 years, we still find ourselves attracted to the city’s energy. We only live 35 minutes by train, but it feels like a world away and it’s nice to walk around and see the boys fall back into the flow of the city that influenced them so much at a young age.

I couldn’t help but remember the many times we ventured into the park when they were little, a place where we used to entertain the hours of our days. When I started this blog as NYCity Mama it was all I ever did with them, just go out and explore. There are times, like this particular one, when I miss those days because the kids were smaller, because everything seemed so much easier, because it felt like it was just us in this big ol’ world. My mind raced back to images of those days and to see how fast fast they have grown makes my heart hurt.

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Welcoming Spring at The Met

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When spring arrives New Yorkers find new life. It can be a bit cold at the start however, and the balance between enjoying the outdoors and staying warm can be tricky. Our favorite spot to take it all in: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). We had a few CityPASSes for my husband and I, and our kids were covered since children under 12 are free! 

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Embracing The Arts Through Interactive Tours with ArtMuse

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When I started this site, my children were very little and visits to museums were great for them (though basic for me) and provided just enough to nourish their curious, yet very young minds.

My kids are older now and their curiosity for art has developed into something a bit more sophisticated. There is no way that a children’s museum will be quite enough to appeal to them. But are they ready to really take on The Met? Can they truly appreciate the details and complexity of the exhibits at the MoMA? Is there a way to truly get them interested in those art gallery exhibits we enjoy? How can we, as their parents, keep them interested without overwhelming them with information?

Thankfully, there’s help. ArtMuse, a national and internationally based art touring guide service is not only made up of trained art historians and guides, but also offers different programs to appeal to both adults and children.

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Fun Holiday Sights & Tours in NYC

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The holiday season is in full effect and the streets of New York are as crowded as ever. Personally, I can’t get enough of the energy of the city now – with its festive, happy vibe – though it’s important to note that I make sure to clear my head and place myself in total zen mode before hitting the streets to take it all in.

But, taking it all in can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t exactly know where to start. This is when taking a list can be extremely helpful in not only getting you to the best spots to see in the city, but also to highlight some other things you might have not noticed or known about.

I took a couple of days of playing tourist in the city to check some fun tours and happenings in town.

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Making Memories at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

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No matter what I do throughout the year, I always make time to be home for the holidays and that’s because this time of the New York City is my absolute favorite. Yes, it’s cold, and yes, it’s crowded, but man oh man, is it festive, fun and awesome.

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