funny fact: when we moved back to new york city from washington DC, we started our apartment search in the west village. partly because the idea of living near joe’s pizza excited us to no end, and also because it’s just a terribly fun and charming part of new york.
there was also this moment when we were dating once upon a time a billion years ago where we were in the village at maybe ten o’clock at night, standing in the most beautiful and epic snow storm right outside of murray’s cheese shop. i couldn’t feel my legs but i could see my own breath because it was so cold outside, and the snow was reflecting off the lights around the neighborhood so the streets were brightly lit because of it. you could see the patterns of the fast snow falling so quickly from the sky when you’d look up, although it was almost blinding because of the amount of snow coming down. hardly anyone was out, and josh put his hands in my coat pockets while we stood there for a minute. and then he started to dance and then i started to dance and leap and just be dumber than dumb playing in the snow. i think about that memory a lot. i feel myself rolling my own eyes typing this, but you can’t shake falling in love in a snow storm, okay? it’s stuck with me all these years and i blame a lot of my love for spending time in the village to that night way back when.
anyway, back to the west village apartment thing. we looked at maybe eight different apartments in one afternoon with both eleanor and samson in tow. finding a 2 bedroom in our budget in that neighborhood was pretty much impossible that year and i don’t really remember any of the apartments we saw but this one, where the kitchen sink was basically in the shower and you couldn’t open the refrigerator door all the way because it hit the opposite wall and the biggest bedroom had no closet and only room for a full sized bed yet i remember thinking, “no no, this has potential. i can make it work.” :)
fortunately, the upper west side has treated us really well and we’re happy to call it home, but we still head down to the village more than any other part of the city. i know it’s too cool for us as we push our minivan stroller along the smaller sidewalks, but i don’t care. i still love it and i know josh loves it and my kids definitely love it (the playground by joe’s especially). so sometimes my wheels start turning and i’m all pulling up my streeteasy app thinking, “maybe…..” haha. just kidding. that only happened once and after i pulled up the current rental listings i shut it all down within 10 seconds. it was a fun idea for a minute there.
we spent the early evening down there one day last week wandering around. we shared a few slices of pizza and also a grilled cheese sandwich for dinner from murray’s, then a green smoothie because why not. actually, i think the green smoothie happened first. all of it was delicious.
it’s amazing how much the kids are aware of their surroundings in new york now. we get off the subway in the village several blocks from the nearest playground but eleanor excitedly points in its direction, “oooh! can we go that way?! to the playground with the spider web net?” i love that she knows.
see! the green smoothie! and our biggest smoothie monster right now. i’m looking at you, conrad!
i made so much fun of josh when he bought this ginormous water canteen but honestly, i’m so glad he did. it saves us everywhere we go.
and thus concludes our west village playground/dinner run. (by the way, we walked by the new tacombi that’s opening up on bleeker which is totally cool but you guys, the upper west side would take really good care of you, too. just saying.)
ps. who’s been exercising with me and keeping to the 3x a week goal?! i’m feeling energized and ready for another week of it! i’m terribly sore and sometimes i feel so mad at my trainer, but i’ve never felt so motivated and i love that.