In what ways is New York unique from other places you've lived or traveled?
In one city you have dozens neighborhoods that are complete worlds unto themselves. There's the gritty, edgy, East Village. Cool shopping in Soho. Jaw-dropping gorgeousness of the brownstones and cobblestone streets in the West Village. The High Line Park in Chelsea. The stunning jewel that is Central Park. The never-gets-old walk across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Governor's Island. DUMBO. I LIVE here and can never get to all of the many things I want to do. All while eating the best food, watching the most fashionable people and feeling the kind of energy I only experience in New York!
What's the best part of raising kids in New York?
With 3 kids, ages 21, 16 and 3, I am never at a loss for something fantastic to do - regardless of which kid I'm with. Whether it's fabulous shopping with my 21 year old, an awesome music store or gallery with my 16 year old, or a fun playground with my toddler, New York has it covered. In one walk - say, through Central Park - we can visit a zoo, ride a carousel, roll down a lush green hill and scramble up a statue of Alice in Wonderland. We are energized by the city each and every time we visit, and never run out of amazing things to do, eat or explore!
What's the biggest misconception about living in New York?
That it is a difficult city to navigate. Not true! You will not find more friendly, helpful, advice-giving people than New Yorkers. We LOVE sharing our city and telling visitors what "the best" place is to shop/eat/visit. I see this all the time - strangers helping people find their destination, figure out the subway system or just grab a bite to eat (usually at some awesome food truck). New Yorkers are the best!
I like this approach, which can be put in place as young as 2 or 3 years of age: you "pre-select" 2 or 3 outfits that you approve of and let your child "choose" between them. In this way, he/she feels some control over the situation and you can live with either choice.
THAT said, there are children who adamantly insist on tutus for pre-school and snow boots in summer. Having been a parent for over 20 years now I can honestly say, pick your battles - and clothing should NOT be one of them. As long as they are warm and dry and covered up it's all good!!