This winter, Jason and I will be celebrating 15 years of living in Battery Park City! We came downtown from Chelsea, in search for more space, and I remember like it was yesterday taking the girls from my showroom down here for their opinions on the apartments we were considering. This was of course B.C. (before children), with only two little furry puppies. We weren’t even married at the time. The neighborhood was still in a state of rebuilding and we were mostly drawn to the water views; not to mention, my best friend Julie lived around the corner.
To say the transformation over the past 15 years has been epic is a major understatement. Post 9/11, most shops, restaurants, and businesses left for Midtown or beyond, leaving behind maybe two boutiques and three restaurants. Streets were desolate, and nights were extremely quiet. To be honest we hardly spent much time down here, except for time spent in the apartment, because it was much larger than our previous pad.
Over the years, Jason and I had children, and the neighborhood changed- drastically! With each child, we looked to move out of the city, but something kept pulling us back. The area was developing and families were moving in. The children loved their friends, their schools, and the countless new playgrounds. Eventually, the shops started to trickle back, new restaurants and bars sprouted, and somehow, developers found more land to build additional high rises in this tiny neighborhood of NYC and growing zip code.
Watching the Freedom Tower and Oculus go up seems like ages ago, since now we are surrounded by many new sky scraping steel structures. I remember the first time walking with the kids through the Oculus, as their little eyes lit up. The massive wings of the building hover overhead, as you walk through its massive belly. Ryder initially called it the dinosaur building, because its exterior spine structure reminded him of a Stegosaurus.
Whether I am catching a train to my office, cutting underground during rainy weather, shopping or noshing, we find ourselves in the Oculus, practically on a daily basis. The shops and restaurants have become our usual neighborhood jaunts, especially since Eataly has opened its doors! I stop there for groceries, or just a fun pizza night out with the kids! They even offer cooking classes for individuals, or the entire family! With Father’s Day upon us, we plan on signing up for one of their upcoming classes: Cookies for Dad on Saturday June 16th, or a Family Pasta Cooking Class on June 24th! More details can be found here.
And I’m not going to lie, but the shopping part has been a bit of a problem for me. I literally shop ’til I drop in the WWTC (Westfield World Trade Center). I’ve managed to curb my spending habits somewhat, but when it first opened I went totally nuts, as did some of my friends! With shops like H&M, & Other Stories, Sam Edelman, UGG, Havaianas, and plenty more, its hard stay away. There are even beauty shops, jewelry stores, an express manicure salon, and liquor shops, all under one roof.
I am super excited to have teamed up these amazing Westfield World Trade Center shops to offer all SITC readers a discount through June 26th.
20 % off at & Other Stories
15% off at Rituals
10% off at Pure Liquid Wine & Spirits
Just mention STROLLERINTHECITY to the staff before checking out.
Last summer, Westfield World Trade Center introduced the “Tribeca Drive In Westfield Dinner & a Movie” right under the Oculus. Take your kids, or maybe leave them with a sitter for date night, to watch a movie, outdoors on the big screen. Seating is provided, and best of all, its 100% free of charge! Movie season kicks off again this weekend. Check out what’s playing!
Thursday: La La Land
Saturday: Princess and the Frog
To see the full schedule this summer head over here.
I absolutely love that we get to call Battery Park City home, while simultaneously sharing it millions of people from around the world, who have started to flock here over over the years! Be sure to put Westfield World Trade Center on your list of summer destinations. I promise you will easily spend an entire day there with the kiddies. I know we do!
For a complete list of shops and restaurants click here!