My daughter and I stumbled into lush and leafy Teardrop Park tucked between residential buildings in Battery Park City of Lower Manhattan. This park is definitely aimed at kid fun with its long slide that deposits the rider into soft sand. Youngsters will also find a “natural” wading pool, boulders for clambering, short tunnels, substantial lawn, and trails. The grounds are kept exceedingly clean by any standard and never crowded. In fact, it is rather quiet as it is hidden from the obvious tourist paths, even with its proximity to Riverside Park and the World Trade Center. Teardrop Park is a good runaround stop after visiting the 9/11 Memorial. Additionally, families could bring a picnic purchased from Le District at Brookfield Place.
Next up is a foodie find. The restaurant Schilling, by Michelin-starred chef, Eduard Fauneder, opened in May (2016). It is housed in what is the last tenement building located in that areaof the Financial District, a few blocks from the 9/11 Memorial and Battery Park. The restaurant has a bistro vibe with a glass front that opens up completely during good weather. They serve Austrian and Mediterranean influenced fare. However, what I really appreciated is that even though it has a foodie menu and sophisticated ambiance, it catered to families with a children’s menu and booster chairs. Lastly, reservations are available but if the cushioned booths are taken, there is a long communal table for walk-ins. The staff never turned us away.
And finally, Hamilton the musical seems beyond the reach of mere mortals due to its overwhelming popularity, so we alternatively headed up to Harlem to visit Alexander and Elizabeth Hamilton’s home: The Grange. This is a National Park and as such is absolutely FREE. Visitors sign up for guided or self-guided tours upon arrival. There is a short movie explaining how the house was moved from its location of near oblivion to its current location on what was part of the original Hamilton property. The Parks Department is still restoring the gardens. It is located at the north end of Saint Nicholas Park. Finally, if you have time to kill between tours, visitors can meander through the park or visit the 36 acre neo-gothic campus of the nearby historic The City College of New York (CCNY).
Happy Ramblings from Sleeps5,
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