I chose to use the word y’all because apparently people in New York think my little “country” accent is super cute. Haha.
We had a GREAT time in New York City with the Squally Squad: Squally, myself ( her mommy), Squally’s papa, and Squally’s TT, but as I suspected before I ever planned the trip, New York is NOT for children, but ESPECIALLY babies!
As depicted on TV usually, it is a super fast paced place where everybody seems to always either be in a rush or just be accustomed to walking WAY faster than me or my 17 month old toddler. People squeeze through tiny spaces that don’t exist between people and getting bumped into is the norm and not the exception.
Now, I must admit, there was some bad planning on my part because St. Patrick’s Day had completely slipped my mind and I picked a REALLY nice hotel, the Room Mate Grace on 45th Street, but it was inconveniently located next to an Irish Pub which was POPPING all day on Friday! We could barely get in or out of our hotel due to lines waiting to get into the pub and people just congregating and talking on the sidewalk.
Our hotel was BEAUTIFUL! Designed by..someone famous, I don’t know, but it was very pretty and stylish. We had a room called the Executive King which gave Squally plenty of floor space to run and play! It also had an indoor pool that she GLADLY took advantage of.
There weren’t very many baby friendly places to go in the inner city. We went to the Disney store and she loved that, but it was crowded and there were people everywhere at all times. We also tried to M&M store and it was the same way. We let her walk when we could, but people were NOT happy about it because as most babies do, she walks slow compared to an adult. Also it was hard to keep people from bumping into her. She loved Macy’s and Old Navy, both of which were huge, spacious, and allowed her to have free roam with minimal obstruction.