Meet HEYMAMA member, Citykin founder, and Brooklyn mama Patrice Poltzer! She shared the ins and outs of being a mama in New York with us— from what she loves, to what she doesn’t love, to where to eat—and then took us on a video tour of a few of her favorite spots!
You walk everywhere. For us not having a car is freeing. You get to explore different parts of the city and your neighborhood in a way that isn’t the same if you were in a car. You also can appreciate the street art that is rampant in our Brooklyn neighborhood..oh and more walking means more pizza and pad thai! Which brings us to the next point…
The food options. Does it get any better than eating in NY?! My kids are exposed to so many different cultures through food and it sparks organic conversation about different races and places.
Spontaneity. Because there is always so much going on, we often just leave our house on a Saturday morning and “see where the day takes us.” That day usually includes brunch, music, a pop-up event, meeting friends for drinks and exploring a different part of the city. Sometimes you even stumble upon a free Questlove concert where he is spinning for families and rose´ is being served by the gallons (Happened.) #onlyinny
The creative energy. There is a NY energy unlike anything in the world and the feeling is palpable. I love that my kids are surrounded by people who on any given day are pursuing their life passion, launching their dream company or creating something that makes you inspired to reach for the stars in your own life. They are literally surrounded by real-life examples of “anything is possible.”
Community. I know this sounds counterintuitive because NYC is so huge. But often people live away from their family home base and you end up making close friends as an adult when you live in NYC. All of that makes NYC this amazing place of tight knit friends who become your second family. I often feel like we live in a Mr. Rogers episode as we can’t walk down the street without bumping into people we know or saying hi to our favorite bodega guy. NYC can feel actually small at times.
Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier 6. Gorgeous Manhattan views, water lab, slide parks, soccer fields with skyline views, rooftop pizza and beer…all contained alongside a gorgeous Brooklyn Heights promenade walking path.
Natural History Museum. It’s basically floor after floor of taxidermy. So…..enough said?
Books are Magic. An independent bookshop in our Brooklyn neighborhood that IS ACTUALLY magical. Founded by NYT best selling author Emma Straub after a beloved local bookstore shut down in the neighborhood, this place is literal magic on a corner. And PROPS FOR THE INSTAGRAM wall. Because did you really go anywhere if you didn’t Instagram it?
The Oculus. Part spaceship, amazing food court (Eataly set up shop inside here), cool pop-up booths and roving art exhibits, this is by far the coolest place to scoot and give an architecture lesson at the same time. You are dominating parenthood when you visit this place.
The high cost of property. It is insane. Also, closet space is a luxury in NY and you pay a premium for it (huh?!).
We have no backyard so we ALWAYS have to get out of the house. There are days where I all want to do is open up my imaginary back door and let the kids run free while I half-parent over coffee and the newspaper. But see point No. 1 above. It is always a compromise living here.
The choice (especially for schools) can be overwhelming. There are literally 15 different schooling options we could have done for my Kindergartener. People have consulting companies where all they do is tell crazy NYC parents about what school route they should take. I mean that IS CRAZY. But it is also easy to get sucked into the competitive NY race and end up feeling bad about all the decisions.
Video shot by Steven Mathis.
Pig Beach. The most perfect place ever designed. Huge outdoor/indoor BBQ place with great music, cornhole, kids can run like maniacs, awesome drinks… You WILL naturally be kicked out around 7:30PM on a weekend when the changing of the guard occurs (read: skinny young people with no kids) but until that time comes…PIG BEACH IT UP.
Rucola. Picture the most perfect cozy, resides-on-a-corner, neighborhood local spot that also serves amazing cocktails and food and you have Rucola. It’s the go-to spot for every meal.
Mountain Buggy Nano stroller- It folds up to the overhead bin if we’re traveling and operates as our unofficial family station wagon. Literally thousands of miles have been logged on this thing….and counting.
A former award-winning TODAY show producer for 7 years, Patrice left in 2016 to launch a boutique video agency with no real plan or strategy other than to “make videos for people”. Good thing her family didn’t full-court press her sanity at the time because two years later – Patrice Poltzer Creative -is still going strong. Patrice and her talented team have helped some of the world’s biggest and smallest (we don’t discriminate) brands tell their unique brand story through video and develop video brand strategy. Her most recent project launch is Citykin, started with her husband and another couple friend who saw a content gap in the city parenting space. (YES THE STROLLER IS OUR CAR AND NOW WE DON’T HAVE A BACKYARD) Citykin is a place to swap city tips with other parents literally rubbing elbows with their neighbors, be inspired by city families abroad and celebrate the beauty and the B.S that comes with city parent life. Inspiration struck when Patrice almost lost her mind trying to figure out a crib-under-a-bunk-bed-hack for a tiny room in her apartment and even Google couldn’t come to her rescue.
I’ve been a member for almost two years and it’s been an amazing part of my professional and personal life. The caliber of women who are involved and the expertise they bring from their professional fields is unreal. The value of the membership has more than paid for itself in the friends I’ve made, professional advice received and inspiration given by virtue of being surrounded by smart, ambitious mothers.
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