Mommy-Daughter Date in NYC


On a recent stay in Northern New Jersey, Aubry and I headed into New York City for the day. I had a 3 o’clock photo shot with Keith Barraclough for The Redhead Project so we figured it was the perfect excuse to explore the city.

It had been to New York City 10 years earlier, to the month and it was Aubry’s first time in the city!

Aubry loves trains and trolleys, buses and subways… public transportation really so this was a fun trip for her.

We parked at the Red Hawk Deck Parking Garage in Montclair, New Jersey and walked the short bit to the Montclair Heights station on NJ Transit headed for New York Penn Station.

The ride was nice, not too long, not too short, right under an hour


We exited the train at New York’s Penn Station and stepped out onto 33rd Street with a great “Welcome to New York” from the Empire State Building!


We were on W 33rd Street outside Penn Station for this photo! K-Mart across the street- FYI

Check out Broadway Ave in the Garment District to see what they have for sculptures.

Since we were waiting for a friend to meet us, we decided that Times Square and all it’s excitement was were we needed to go.

Didn’t realize creepy Superheros would greet us, they work for donations but we passed, or I passed, Aubry liked them but they were creepy and Universal Studios does it way better.

We found the Disney Store ,to use the bathroom – upstairs in the back right and we actually found a really good deal on Elsa jewelry.

After connecting with our friend, Sam, we played on Umpire Rock and Heckscher Playground. The rock is amazing!

The playground was under construction, busy and just fun because of the location, newness and massiveness of Umpire Rock with every glance at the playground.


After a bit to eat and an ice cream we made our way to the subway and grabbed a ride south to Washington Square Park.


What a great park! Fun because you see it often in movies and being a neighbor to NYU you’re bound to find something going on. We played near the fountain and then to the playground. A decent little playground, fenced in and gated. One way i n- one way out and the swings are in a separate fenced area. Handicap swings, that Aubry loves, and plenty to climb on for all ages.

After our playtime in Washington Square I had a 3 o’clock photo shoot to get to!! A short little walk landed us at the Soho loft of Keith Barraclough and his wife Kate. I had so much fun being photographed. It was weird at first.

I had never done anything like this and really shy from having my photo taken. After a few hours and some clothing changes we found ourselves back on the streets, this time with a destination of a playground.


Teardrop Park, I had read about this park on Pinterest but we never made it. It was getting dark and a playground on the corner of Warren and West across from the Battery Park Fields.

The playground had a great backdrop: the Freedom Tower as well as great monkey bars and play ground sized for older elementary children. An open space and basketball hoop were also on site. Fenced in, clean and across from public fields.

Speaking of Freedom Tower, once the sun set the playground was closed and we moved on, south toward Ground Zero.

If time had allowed and I didn’t have a 4-year-old, I would have enjoyed exploring this area and museum more. Oh well, just another reason to return.

The fountains at the base of the towers were touching, sobering and done very well.


Well, this momma needed to get home at a reasonable hour so we jumped back on the subway, headed north to a sushi burrito place on W 37th Ave (we used the Herald Square subway station). With an original destination of the sushi burrito place, we found a familiar sight when Chick-fil-A appeared practically next door.

We had to eat here.

I knew my daughter would eat and fill up, she’d been mostly snacking all day on snacks I’d packed.

Please note this selfie I took at Chick-fil-A NYC—it’s the BEST PHOTO BOMB in a personal picture of mine.


After eating, using their bathrooms and saying goodbye to Sam and to the Empire State Building, Aubry and I caught a 9pm train back to Montclair Heights.

And this is how she rode home.


Thank you New York, see you soon,

-Michelle and Aubry



Total Frugal Cost:

Train: $15.50

Subway: $12.00

Parking: $12.00

Food*: $50, hot dogs, gyro, chick-fil-a, packed healthy snacks and water

*can eliminate this for even more frguality

total for day: $89.50



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