I was in New York in August when my husband told me about an apartment that he saw.  This was nothing unusual as for the last 6 years he has stalked the TriBeCa real estate market and sees every promising property that pops up on Street Easy on his iPhone.  After a late dinner I found myself walking and perched myself on a bench across from the building. I think I sat there for half an hour just taking it in.  A stunning landmark building on a landmark block, it had just been renovated and seemed to be calling me.  I saw it with the broker the next morning and said I’d take it. Then I walked in to the loveliest preschool down the block and asked the stupidest question in New York.  Any chance you have a spot for a three year old girl starting next month?  Wouldn’t you know that yes they just happened to have one spot left for a three year old girl.  I enrolled my daughter and then went back and told my husband we were moving to New York.

I believe in signs from the universe, and clearly I took this apartment and school thing as strong signs that it was time to jump coasts and try something new for a while.  I’m loving my new neighborhood and have found an instant community among the people in my building and the parents at school.  My street has a Billy’s Bakery so I’m stocked with cupcakes and can dance it off around the corner at Downtown Dance Factory.

EAT

(As with most of my posts I could devote an entire post to the food!)

Bubby’s is a TriBeCa mainstay.  Open 24 hours most days, it’s always bustling, and has “stroller parking” out front.  Go for brunch where the portions are huge (and the tab to match).  Before you leave, check out the old time photo booth downstairs and take home a black and white strip of memories.

Tiny’s is the new kid on the block and a good addition.  A cozy two floor space with a “classic with a twist” menu, it’s best suited for those cold winter nights.

My favorite new find is the Greenwich Grill.  A bit off the beaten path, it houses a sushi bar downstairs (On my list.  Will report back.), and some of the best food around.  Their year round restaurant ‘week’ menu might be the best bargain in NY.

Tamarind is Indian food elevated.  Beautiful space, beautiful food.

In the warmer months, you can’t beat the Odeon Ice Cream Cart  for handmade butter pecan.

SHOP

Patron of the New is mostly a sea of chic black by designers like Nicolas Andreas Taralis, Thimister, and Mugler.  Or go just to take in the beautiful space.

In keeping with my obsession with bicycles, Adeline Adeline is one seriously good looking bike store.  I go to kick tires and buy a bell.

I’m in trouble now with Crewcuts just around the corner.  I go there for my daughter’s seasonal wardrobe, story time, and sometimes balloons from Mike Gold the Ballooniac (seriously amazing balloons, people!).

It’s pretty convenient having a Calypso  just around the corner too.  I go to stock up on resort fare for upcoming tropical locales (stay tuned!) or a winter staple or two.

STAY

If bucks aren’t a problem then by all means stay at DeNiro’s place, The Greenwich Hotel.  Lady Gaga does.  Long on charm and warmth with a ‘guests only’ bar, patio and cozy fireplace, and a ‘not for guests only’ spa and indoor pool.  Yep, might be the best indoor pool I’ve seen.  And let’s not forget Andrew Carmellini’s hard to reserve but worth the wait Italian, Locanda Verde, is in-house.

The Smyth is a great alternative.  A white and gray palette in a newer glass building, the rooms are big and the bathrooms are superb.  This is where I’ll recommend you stay if my extra bedroom is unavailable.

SPA

New York is a walking town and can be punishing on the feet.  45 minutes at Sweet Lily and I was ready to tackle the mean streets again.  Bliss!  And the bonus?  They carry Stephanie Johnson cosmetic bags!