I do love New York but there are also a lot of things that I really hate about it.… the lack of parks and open spaces, and the complete absence of places to just sit down. The other day I took my girls to the New Museum on the Bowery. I have been wanting to go since it opened and there was an exhibition by Urs Fisher which looked bizarre and cool. There was, after all, a croissant hanging from the ceiling on fishing wire with a butterfly on it! Anyway– the exhibition was indeed cool but the best discovery of the day was the little cafeteria with tables and chairs that they had in the back of the main lobby. It’s a nice place to sit (for free!) and shockingly, it was very kid friendly — they even serve peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. So for those roaming around Soho or the East Village with a stroller looking for a place to just sit for a few minutes — stop in. Admission is free for everyone under 18.
RE: NYC, did you really say there is a “lack of parks and open spaces”?? Are you kidding? I live here and cannot for the life of me imagine a city with more parks and places to hang out. I guess you aren’t looking very well. It doesn’t seem like you can go more than 10-15 blocks without a neighborhood playground and/or greenery. Not to mention the expanses of Riverside Park, Central Park, Battery Park, etc. The city is brimming with places for kids. Maybe you need a better map.