Visiting in NYC: A Perfect Place for Single Moms to Bring the Family
By Melanie Nayer
New York is more than Manolo’s and martini bars, and expands past Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center. While single women converge in New York for a galavanting good time, there’s a kid-friendly side to the city that will wow the kids for weeks.
The “Big, Big City,” is full of excitement, with sights and sounds better than any carnival ride. New York City moms are known for demanding the best for their kids, so when visiting in NYC, take advantage of the tons of educational, fun and unusual family attractions and events that are available.
Where to stay: The Roosevelt Hotel
Location is important when traveling with kids regardless of your budget. Manhattan is strewn with old buildings-turned-hotels that offer cheap nights in rooms about the size of your bathroom. Don’t sacrifice comfort for price in New York. You can find a good hotel in a great location at a reasonable price. Enter: The Roosevelt Hotel
Convenience, cleanliness and customer service converge in this midtown hotel. Located on Madison Avenue at 45th, The Roosevelt is only a few shorts blocks from Times Square, but far enough away from the chaos of late-night New York revelers.
Imagine walking into a piece of history – from the architecture to the chandeliers, The Roosevelt is a feast for the eyes. Having just celebrated its 80th birthday, the Roosevelt Hotel (named in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt) maintains its historic heritage thanks to its original architecture, but newly renovated rooms. Entering this grand dame evokes images of waltzing through an early twentieth-century ballroom, which will delight any young ballerina. Even the boys can get into the fun — in the lobby of The Roosevelt is some fascinating architecture. Have the kids locate carvings in the walls and columns while you check-in.
Step off the elevator to your floor and you’re suddenly in another dimension. Red velvet carpet and dim lighting guide you to your rooms, which are surprisingly larger than the average New York hotel room. You’ll have enough space to spread out without feeling congested in your quarters. The rooms possess a minimalist decor – there’s nothing breakable, there are no sharp objects and there’s no mini-bar to raid. Read: the kids can’t get in trouble. In addition, the rooms include high-speed Internet access, so you can check-in with the office while the kids spend a few minutes perusing the channels on the flat-screen. The Roosevelt has room service, convenience shops and a 24-hour concierge, so don’t worry about forgetting anything — they’ll have it.
Hint: Before heading off for your day of NYC fun, check-in with the concierge to see what tours and activities are discounted for the day. Many of New York’s top attractions work with hotels to offer discounted prices.
Side note for the single ladies: if you’re without kids for the weekend, don’t miss a night at the hotel’s rooftop bar Mad46. The rooftop bar is open seasonally but is always available for private parties and functions. Order up one of the bar’s famous mojitos while you survey the Manhattan scene from the 19th floor.
Why we like it: It’s got style, it’s got class, it’s got history, it’s got a bar.
What to do: New York Itinerary
The options are endless in New York. Where to go? What to do? When to get there? What to eat? Where to shop? For single mom’s on a mission in Manhattan with the kids and limited time, we offer these three words of advice: The Lion King.
Disney’s spectacular production of The Lion King on Broadway is more than adults dressed in monkey suits singing “Akuna Matada.” The set design, the costumes, the songs (and did we mention the set design???) will transport kids of all ages into an another world… Africa. The cast and crew immerse the audience into the Serengeti migration and before you know it, you’re singing “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” with your kids. Consult your hotel concierge for ticket prices, or press your luck at the TKTS half-price day-of booth in Times Square. Your best bet is to always buy the tickets online before the show – it’s the worth the extra money for three hours of pure entertainment.
End the night on a sweet note at Milk & Cookies Bakery (tell owner Tina Casaceli we sent you).
For mom’s with a little more time to spend in New York, take the kids away from Times Square and introduce them to the history of New York. The island is packed full of culture, including some of the best museums in the world. Start at the Museum of Natural History on New York’s Upper West Side, then take a stroll through Central Park. Make your way to the subway or hail a cab downtown to Battery Park, where you can board a ferry to Ellis Island. Nothing stirs the imagination like tracing your ancestry.
After tracing your family tree, hop on the subway (an adventure for all ages!) and get off at the Brooklyn Bridge stop. Start your journey across the bridge and get your camera ready – you’ve never seen New York from this angle. The bridge is about 1 mile long and will take you about an hour to walk across, especially if you stop for photos. Halfway down the bridge on the right side there’s a great viewing spot of the Statue of Liberty. As you enter Brooklyn, follow signs for “DUMBO” (down under the Manhattan bridge overpass) and make your way to the park. The green space is great for picnics (pick up snacks and drinks at the General Store) and you’ll enjoy the New York skyline from Brooklyn.
Fulfill every kid’s fantasy with a trip to Coney Island. You can hop train from Brooklyn and end up on the Coney Island Pier in 45-minutes. Grab a Coney Island dog, cotton candy and a ticket to the FunHouse.
Who said you needed the latest pair of Manolo’s or endless glasses cosmo’s to enjoy New York City?