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. 

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