New York City with a Toddler: Walking The Brooklyn Bridge
Early on in our New York City planning stages, Jordan and I knew walking the Brooklyn Bridge was a must! While in New York City a few summers ago, we only spent one afternoon in Brooklyn and ran out of time. No sleeping-in on vacation with a toddler, so we started the day with a low-key agenda of coffee, walking a bridge and pizza.
The subway station was about a seven minute walk from our AirBnB in Bushwick. We took the subway to Williamsburg, where we grabbed coffee and breakfast at Devoción's café. This was after walking around in a few circles trying to find a coffee shop that was stroller friendly. The first place we went to (per a recommendation) was basement level.
I love frequenting coffee shops while on vacation. I don't need fancy dinners, but I want need my fancy iced lattes and artisan avocado toast or chocolate croissant. Phoenix was very much ready for a diaper change and snack break by this point. I made sure to have plenty of pouches and little bites, but I also gave him our food.
DEVOCIÓN's menu is small (no syrups, etc) but their espresso is creamy and delicious. For a Brooklyn establishment it was roomy, clean and fairly baby friendly. Several babies passed through (including TWINS!). It was easy to keep our UppaBaby stroller next to us and even though patrons were working, no-one appeared bothered.
^ boob shirt. :-)
After regrouping we walked a few more blocks to the ferry. Phoenix LOVED riding the ferry to the other side of the bridge. The ride itself was inexpensive and lasted maybe 15 minutes. I sat inside with the stroller, but Jordan took Phoenix out on to the deck. The ferry dropped us off in DUMBO -- another part of Brooklyn we wanted to spend time in.
We walked down by the water for a bit. Jordan had to take a work call, so Phoenix and I found a nearby park to mostly stretch Phoenix's legs. There are parks everywhere in the city. It's really quite awesome.
Honestly, it took quite awhile to figure out how to enter the walking bridge portion of the Brooklyn Bridge. It felt like we were walking around in circles, but we eventually found it. The Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway begins at the intersection of Tillary Street and Boerum Place. Don't do what we did and type in Brooklyn Bridge in your map app -- it won't take you to a specific entry point.
Phoenix fell asleep, while we were walking the bridge, for about twenty minutes. He wasn't happy when he woke up (that was his only nap of the day), so we didn't make it all the way across. I did love walking the bridge, but in the future I'd consider going even earlier in the morning to beat some of the crowds.
We decided to attempt to eat lunch at Juliana's Pizza (which is right around the corner). A line was formed outside the door, but, thankfully, we were seated within 30 minutes. To keep a meltdown at bay, Jordan walked around with Phoenix. I observed a family order take-out and eat their pizza on some nearby benches. Now, that is smart parenting!
By this point Phoenix was so over-tired. Basically as soon as our Margherita pizza and housemmeatballs arrived we paid and placed everything in to-go boxes. We knew we still had to walk back to the subway and travel back to our AirBnB. Phoenix is a trooper and sleeps pretty consistently at night...when he's home. He doesn't sleep well on the go, so while I imagined he'd nap more while walking the streets of New York he didn't.
Phoenix is pretty flexible during the day, but we couldn't quite adjust his bedtime. Everyday we planned on getting back to start the bedtime routine around 4 pm. Our AirBnB had a balcony, so after Phoenix was asleep we reheated our (incredible) pizza and finished the previous days' bottle of wine.
^ Waiting for pizza!
^ On our leg back to the subway Jordan found THE street in Brooklyn. We had to stop and take photos. By this point Phoenix didn't want to be in his stroller, so out came the Sakura Bloom Sling. ;-)
Follow the adventure! Day One in Brooklyn.