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January 30th, 2013 | By Alicia Silverstone

Ok, I’m leaving New York. I’m very sad. I have loved being here with my family for three and a half months. We lived next to Washington Square Park, which is my favorite park in NYC. And they don’t have horse-drawn carriages.

Bear conquered the park. He danced with people, wandered around saying hello to everyone, spent some quality time with Hari Krishnas drumming and chanting and made a friend named Scotty, a man in his 50s or 60s who is a great musician with a beautiful voice. Scotty just hangs out in the park and plays, and his different friends come around and play or sing. Bear and Christopher spent a lot of time there. He met a grand piano guy, a trumpet guy, and just so many bands. He loved it, everyday!


This, of course, is not my first time in NYC. I have been coming here since I was 14 almost 3-4 times a year, depending on the year. But this time really got to me again. There’s a wonderful spontaneity I feel there. I love how I can feel maybe a bit off one moment and start to walk and immediately feel better just walking and being amongst people. I feel much more flexible with my plans… there is such a sense of play there.

I have always loved the subway and walking everywhere, oh yes, and the food!! I will miss the aesthetic in the restaurants and in the streets. Places like The Butcher’s Daughter and Pure Food and Wine are just so swanky.

I’m working on my ultimate guide to dining in New York! It includes tons of yummy places so be sure to check it out before your next adventure in NYC.

What do you love most about your city?

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Photo source: / Leo Newball, Jr.

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