About Karen Bannan & her Blog
Karen is a winner of Top 25 New York Moms - 2012
In what ways is New York unique from other places you've lived or traveled?
It's such a cliche, but it's a place that vibrates with life. Plus, you can travel as little as five miles and watch the landscape change dramatically. Beaches and trees on Long Island, nightlife in the city, skiing and sightseeing upstate. There's just so much to do!
What's the best part of raising kids in New York?
We have access to everything! In the city, there are Broadway shows, the ballet, the New York Philharmonic's Very Young People's Concerts, and museums, not to mention great restaurants, stores, and sights to see. (My kids have been to all of the above...) On the Island we've got the water so we can go boating, clamming, and swimming. There are also parks to play and run in, beaches, and plenty of public spaces. Plus, it's a melting pot. New York is the best representative of the world I can give them. Oh, and did I mention we have great schools, doctors, and public spaces? It's limitless, really, what I can offer my children by living in New York.
What's the biggest misconception about living in New York?
That we're all rude! We're not! New Yorkers are some of the most kind, caring, thoughtful people you'll ever meet. We're very friendly and willing to talk to anyone about anything. (For the most part; There are exceptions to every rule!) One stereotype that is true, however, is that we're constantly moving -- and moving quickly. I can attest to this. Sorry in advance for anyone who rushes by you. They're not rude, I swear! They are just busy!