Six reasons why NYC with a baby is hard

Six reasons why NYC with a baby is hard

My wife and I took a short trip to New York City last month. It was our first trip with our son, Jack, who was 3.5 months old at the time. Even after reading lots of info online and getting advice from friends, we really didn’t know what it was going to be like to travel with an infant. What did we learn? It’s hard. Big surprise, right?

We didn’t buy a seat for him on the flights so he was to be on our laps. He didn’t mind that for a while but he wasn’t able to sleep for more than a few minutes here and there, so that meant hours of holding him, changing positions, etc. Jack didn’t cry or scream at all during the flight, so that was lucky.

What I didn’t realize before the trip is that New York City, or probably any large city, is especially challenging. If our first trip was at big beach resort it might have been much easier. (One unrelated issue that made it even harder for us was that all three of us got sick on the trip - but that's unusual!)

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New York City for beginners

New York City for beginners

I put together this list in 2011 for a group program to New York City. The group size was 600 people and many of them had never been before. I sent this to all attendees to help expose people to some of the classic NYC experiences.

Food

  • Hot Dogs!  The best hot dogs in the world are in New York City.  If you can’t make the trek to Nathan’s on Coney Island, Papaya King and Gray’s Papaya are the next best places to experience the real thing.  Located throughout the city, they serve incredible dogs at incredibly cheap prices.  As long as you don’t mind standing at a counter to eat, it’s the best meal you’ll ever have for under five dollars!  Katz’s Deli also has great dogs.
     
  •  “Comes with a Pickle”.  Carnegie may be the most famous deli in town, but New Yorkers know where to go for the best pastrami sandwich or other deli food: Katz’s Deli on the Lower East Side.  It’s a meal you’ll never forget.  Katz’s, whose slogan is still “send a salami to your boy in the army”, is old-fashioned cafeteria style.
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New York City - Day 3

New York City - Day 3

Last night we went to Sushi Yasuda, which is rated on Yelp as the best sushi in NY. I don't agree... the atmosphere was lovely and the service was fantastic, but I thought the sushi was way overpriced and not incredible. The fish itself was amazing, but the rolls were strange - the fish was minced inside each roll - and the pieces of sushi were tiny. It was a fun experience though... and I also enjoyed the Nathan's hot dog I had 10 minutes later.

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New York City - Day 2

New York City - Day 2

Can't believe it's almost 5 PM already... the day has flown by.

We started out with an amazing bagel at Brooklyn Bagel and Coffee in Chelsea, then walked through the High Line park for a while before heading to B&H Photo. This place is incredible... it's basically a department store of electronics, mostly photography, but they have samples of almost every product they carry out for you to try. That means hundreds of lenses, cameras, tripods, camera bags, and more. Anything you can think of that is related to photography in any way, they have. Picture about 50 St. Louis camera stores in one, plus a computer store and more all in one building.

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