My three kids and I were able to get away for a quick trip to NYC between Christmas and New Year’s with my sister and her two kids, my parents and my brother and his family. That means we were trying to explore and navigate the city with thirteen people between the ages of 9 and 73.   Not an easy task I tell ya’!

My brother found us a great hotel in the financial district, an area  I had never explored before. The rooms were suites and the kids loved the rooftop deck! We had a nice living area to hang out in together and the views from the roof were amazing!

Nonna and Poppy’s kids. Oldest (22) to youngest (9)

All I can say is…thank goodness for Uber!  We popped around during the day to a few different areas of the city, mostly centered around food places the kids wanted to try! We did some shopping and had lunch in the West Village, once we finally found a place that could accommodate our large group at a moment’s notice!

That night we divided and conquered. The guys went to the Ranger’s game so the girls headed out to the Black Tap in Soho.  Very cool place with yummy cocktails and great appetizers!  The girls got the milkshakes and they did not disappoint!!!

The next day it was pouring rain with crazy winds.  We decided to head to the 9/11 Memorial Museum and the Oculus.  We all met up inside the Oculus and boy, is that place amazing!  It’s an absolutely incredible structure with a ginormous mall beneath it!

We walked across the street and spent some time by the reflecting pools. They are just unbelievably beautiful!  Then we headed inside the museum and explored the various displays and memorials.  It was all a very humbling experience and I’m so glad we visited.

Every time I have visited New York City I wish that we had more time!  There is so much to see and do but we always seem to just go for a short overnight.  However, I truly cherished this experience with ALMOST our entire family.  My husband and my sister’s husband stayed home to work and take care of our dogs.

What is your favorite thing to do in NYC?  I’d love to hear and start my list for our next visit.  I’m bound and determined to stay a minimum of two to three nights next time!

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