Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Our First Hood

 This is our building - how we loved it so.
There's a bark park out front where we would stalk our bulldog buddies. 
Again, these posts are for our family records so we can always remember our first neighborhood. Battery Park City, also known as the "suburbs of the city", is extremely livable. It's a perfect place for families especially with children. There are so many schools and parks nearby. It's quiet and pretty much shuts down at night, unlike other neighborhoods. The area itself is relatively new created in the 1970's and 1980's with the soil and rock excavated during the construction of the World Trade Center.  

Scott was so spoiled with his "commute." It took him a whopping five minutes from door to desk. It was our saving grace. 200 West was omnipresent as evidenced by this picture. We joke that he never had to go east of the West Side Highway Monday through Friday. 

The Battery Ball Fields were directly east of our building. I loved walking past and seeing a Little League game under the lights. It was such a taste of home. 

I had one too many root beer floats at this Shake Shack. It was one block away - can you blame me? Also, there is a movie theater above it - talk about a great weekend afternoon.  

This place is sacred ground. A very overpriced sacred ground. I fell hard for Whole Foods while we lived right across the street. So much so, I made sure our new place was in walking distance of  a location. Scott and I would meet up here for countless dinners here.

We made friends with our awesome fruit guys. 

This was our subway station. Can't beat that express. 

I had a thing for this charming flower shop on Hudson Street. 

This is probably my favorite school I've seen in the city. That red brick and red door are perfect. And naturally, there were food trucks parked outside.

Rockefeller Park was our front yard. We spent many a Sunday here soaking up the sun, picnicking, and napping. Come summer, I will miss this and the river walk the most. 

The esplanade has the best, uninterrupted running trail.  Being so close to the water has its drawbacks in the winter because it's so windy, but during the summer it's perfect. 

I love these quotes on the gates of North Cove next to World Financial Center:

"City of the world (for all races are here all the lands of the earth make contributions here) City of the sea! City of wharves and store - city of tall facades of marble and iron! Proud and passionate city - mettlesome, mad, extravagant city!" - Walt Whitman 

"One need never leave the confines of New York to get the greenery one wishes - I can't even enjoy a blade of grass unless I know there's a subway handy, or a record store or some other sign that people do not totally regret life." - Frank O'Hara

New Jersey skyline

Sup Lady Libs

Lower Manhattan is home to many government buildings. On our way to the green line, we'd see City Hall. I think it's such a beautiful building. 

We'd also see the Brooklyn Bridge as we'd head east. 

We absolutely loved living in Battery Park City. I'd highly recommend it to anyone. I mean, where else are you going to get a Shake Shack, movie theater, Whole Foods, Chipotle, ball park, and river walk all within one block of home? The longer I'm in New York the more I learn how different the neighborhoods are - I'm so grateful we got to spend a significant amount of time here. It will always hold a special place in our hearts. 

Our First Home

Ahhh these pictures bring back so many memories! I want to remember our first home for our family memory books, so forewarning, you may want to stop reading now as this is probably boring as all get-out. 

When Scott moved to New York he lived with a roommate next to work in Battery Park City. After we got married, it was out with the old and in with the new. We said goodbye to the bachelor pad and made this place ours. I didn't realize how much fun that would be. There's really no overall theme or color scheme in our home - except if you consider IKEA furniture to be a constant. Because in our case, it most definitely is. I really just wanted our home to be a place that gives you a light and clean feeling with pops of color. And of course, my OCD organization problems took over the minute I moved in. 

We love our IKEA couch - the bottom pulls out and it's essentially a big rectangular nest where I hibernate during winter months. Scott swears it's the best purchase we ever made. 

Relatively speaking, this is a good size kitchen in New York City with tons of cabinet space. I think I'm the only idiot in the city that has her wedding china here. Those cabinets definitely fit all of it. I'm desperately missing all of this counter space as well. Seriously, such a luxury. Sad, but true. 

And of course, I had to document our pride and joy. A washer and dryer in a apartment unit is almost unheard of here. Our building was brand new and Scott was the first to live in this unit, ahhh the peace of mind that comes with knowing the whole city hasn't washed their clothes in the same machine as yours. Again, such a luxury! My germaphobe self so loved this. This picture makes me ache now as we do our laundry in our building's basement. Rest in peace personal washer and dryer - you are so missed. 

Since our building was new, it had great amenities like a rooftop grill which we took full advantage of. You could see Scott's office and One World Trade up close. 

Oh, if these walls could talk. They saw way too many burnt dinners, late nights, and sleepy Saturday mornings. They heard lots of laughter and also some some tough conversations as to our future. But most of all, they saw a newlywed couple trying to navigate life in the big city while relying solely on one another. So, despite the washer/dryer, the disposal, and the central air conditioning - that is what we will remember most about the place we call our first home. 


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Little Moments - August

August was very busy for us. Scott started his new private equity job in Midtown and we were in the middle of the craziness that is NYC apartment hunting. But we did find lots of time to be outside enjoying our neighborhood with friends.

I loved the farmers markets that were set up in our hood throughout the summer.  

Party on the rooftop top of the world. I thought someone was barbecuing. This is summer to me. 

In Bristol, I covered the Westport Little League team's journey to the World Series. My 12-year-old heart was in heaven. When I was their age, I used to tape the whole tournament and learn the players' names. I was obsessed. This was a dream story for me. It's on my bucket list to see the World Series one day in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. 

Live shot set up for a story in New Canaan. 

My heart broke after covering this story in East Haven. A small plane crashed into two homes killing both passengers and two young girls who were inside the home at the time. I had never seen anything like it in person. I ached for both families involved. It was a busy, chaotic day for news media. 

Kels had a birthday, shout hooray! And she made this amazing cake to celebrate. Girl's got talent. I'll be her taste-tester any day. 

One day, I went to get my ring cleaned in the Diamond District in Midtown - which is an experience all on its own. I love all of the main attractions that people visit New York to experience. But I find it's the everyday errands that make this place so unique and special to me, however hard and inconvenient some of them may be. This city is one of a kind. 

Another farmers market - this one at 30 Rock. 

Any day that ends with my bum on that bench is a good one. 

I went to a Yankee game with my friend Kelly, but it was rain delayed for hours so we left. Catch ya next season, Yanks. 

The question facing most New Yorkers this month was what to order with their Shack Burger:
Original Frozen Crinkle-Cut Fries or the New Fresh-Cut Fries?
My vote - I'd take the new fresh-cut fries any day. I like to think of them as a mix between Inn-N-Out and Five Guys' fries. It was high time they made the change. 

I think this fountain in City Hall Park surrounded by gas lamps is beautiful. 

I was taking the shuttle from Grand Central to Times Square one day when I saw these people filming a movie on the subway. The things you see in this place. 

We were walking home from church when we saw these cute kids working their lemonade stand. They were too darling to pass up. 

August, you were pretty fantastic.  
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