Just after Labor Day, our family spent a week in the greatest city in the world, New York where it was a sweltering 97 degrees every day.
I don’t know who the woman is in the picture above. But, she looked as scorched as I felt.
full swamp body at all times.
did I mention, hot.
We camped our Airstream at a national recreation site in Brooklyn, which just so happened to be the first airport built in New York, Floyd Bennett Field. It was pretty unique to park Birdie right on the runway overlooking New York Harbor. It made things moderately affordable to actually stay in New York, but it did take us about an hour to get into Manhattan each day.
Despite the distance and sweltering heat, we had an amazing time! I know a lot of us, myself included, have strong stereotypes about New Yorkers. I found that each one of those stereotypes I previously held has been completely demolished. Seriously, people, New Yorkers are the best. The. Best. I did a little Google search on NYC and friendliness. I was excited to read that we weren’t the only ones being surprised by the inhabitants of this incredible city.
Here are some moments that clinched NYC for one of the kindest cities we have visited thus far:
Tobias ran his head into a countertop at a newsstand. Within 30 seconds, we had an ice pack from the owner. He was so legitimately concerned about our 2-year-old son it felt as if we were family.
Matthew left his backpack with a Gameboy in a visible pocket for about an hour on a park bench. When we went back there was a woman sitting there guarding it. She saw Matthew leave it behind and wanted to keep it safe for him. How thoughtful was that?
One afternoon, we were walking near Time’s Square. We made it about 3 city blocks before we had to stop to cool down. I went to buy the boys some ice cream, but it was super expensive (bc New York). So I chose to buy one for the kids the share. Well, Tobias had a full tantrum over this. But just then, another New Yorker random act of kindness. The man who worked at the stand brought over another ice cream for Toby. He actually gave Tobias the ice cream that was his for that shift. On such a hot day, I was touched by this thoughtful gesture.
Ok, so we have raved about New Yorkers. But there are a few, who we love to hang with NYC or not. These folks were amazing hosts and let us stay with them in their Manhattan apartment for several nights. It was an awesome sleepover party for us (sorry about our kids, loudness, and messes Col, Brandon, and Bo!) They showed us so much about their life in New York and we loved every minute of it.