ARCHIVE FOR July, 2013

Guest Post: Sheri Silver On Keeping City Ties11

Posted by Deirdre // 07-15-2013


I think I stumbled upon Sheri Silver’s great blog Donuts, Dresses and Dirt through twitter, or maybe she found me first. I don’t know for sure, but over the last year or so we’ve become virtual friends. I asked her to do a guest post for us because I am constantly inspired by her amazing outings with her now 4 year old – and those she takes on her own as well. She manages to do all of the cultural things in and around the city that we always have on our list but often don’t get to (tell me we’re not the only ones who do this) and she lives in Westchester!

I was thinking, maybe leaving Brooklyn can make us appreciate the things New York has to offer more than we do now? I will insert a When Harry Met Sally reference whenever possible, so now seems like a good time: when Sally admits that she and her ex, Joe never did have sex on the kitchen floor, despite being childless: “Not once. It’s this very cold, hard Mexican ceramic tile.” Do we take advantage of our situation — that the kids can take dance lessons from Mark Morris and we can go to MoMA on Thursday nights and see first run movies and be regulars at franny’s? In our case, the answer is more no than yes.  

So I thought Sheri could provide some guidance and a bit of assurance to those of you who fear leaving the city will sever ties to all possibilities of the things that you will actually do occasionally — that afternoon jaunt to the High Line or ride on the Roosevelt Island Tram or Summer afternoon at PS 1, as well as the associated delicious food and cool factor. Because she does it. ALL of it. And not in a crazy type-A way, in a fun, let’s-take-in what-we-can way.  Here, she tells us how.

Sheri's little guy on one of their many trips to the High Line

Sheri’s little guy on one of their many trips to the High Line

Hi all! I’m Sheri, and I write the blog Donuts, Dresses and Dirt. And I’m so thrilled to be here on Brooklyn or Beyond.

Although I grew up in Brooklyn (Canarsie), and even went to college there (Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture), I’ve been living in the suburbs since 1987.

I’ve raised (and am raising) my children here. My business is here. And I’m now living in my fourth home here.

I’m a suburban girl, for better or worse. And I do appreciate all of the benefits and niceties of life here. It’s clean, spacious and easy. My car is right outside my door, along with my big backyard. The public schools are fabulous.

Yet I’ve held tight to my ties to the city, and take full advantage of our proximity on a regular basis, both alone and with my kids. For me, the food, culture, parks and activities of the city usually surpass whatever is going on locally, and I get in as often as I can, all year round.

So how do I do it?

Between raising 3 very different kids (now ages 22, 17 and 4), and having my full share of failed outings, I’ve learned how to maximize the potential for a successful visit:

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