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    Miss MJ

    Need NYC trip advice!

    We’re taking a multi-generational family trip with my to NYC. In-laws have a 1-year old and we’re wondering what the deal is with car seats and cabs/Lyfts/Ubers, etc. Should they bring their own? Are they provided or can you request them? Just generally, how is the best way to do this without having a huge production every time? (Or is there even a way to do it without the production?)

    Also, I would love some recommendations for kid-friendly things to do/places to eat that adults also would enjoy.

    Thanks!

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    Miss MJ

    Travel bump!

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    Kate
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    There’s something called Uber Car Seat where you can request it through the app for an extra $10 or something. I just googled it.

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    Kate
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    And is the 1-year-old the only kid? Central Park, the zoo there…

    For older kids, the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Museum of Natural History, a show, FAO Schwartz toy store in Times Square.

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    Miss MJ

    Thanks, Kate! There are older kids, too, but just the one that needs the car seat. I’ll tell them to check into the Uber Car Seat thing.

    #677911 Reply

    I tried to respond twice, but for some reason it wasn’t working.
    UberFamily is live in NY now, but I’m not sure how popular or easy that is. And no other service will pick you up without a seat per federal car seat regulations.
    You can check a stroller and car seat for free on any airline. And you can get an attachment for the seat so you can wheel it around like a suitcase…

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    Demitasse
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    Honestly, as a naturalized New Yorker (if I can say that after only 8 years), I’d say skip the cabs/Lyfts/Ubers and do subway/bus transport, as it’s much easier and cheaper.

    As for kid-friendly things, I second the Central Park rec. The main branch of the NYPL (42nd and 5th) has, besides the stunning architecture, a great kids’ section, AND Christopher Robin’s original animals (Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga. I’m 30 years old and I go down to say hi to them sometimes.)

    The Met has some kid-directed activity trails, and there are some relatively unpretentious restaurants if you walk a few avenues east from there; Heidelberg has good German food.

    If you’re up for taking the subway or the MetroNorth to a nice area of the Bronx, you could do the New York Botanical Garden, which has a children’s activity garden, and the great Italian neighborhood in Belmont, with plenty of pizza pleasing to young and old. It’s still a very family-friendly neighborhood.

    #677925 Reply

    Subway and bus and train are great and will be a good option for daytime traveling around, but when you have a child and a thousand suitcases it’s really nice not to lug all that crap around to and from the airport to wherever you are staying.
    That depends on how much you’ve packed, etc. since kids, we’ve always had to take a car to and from the airport, no matter what.

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    Kate

    Yeah, if you’re flying in, it’s like a $40+ cab ride to midtown. I’m not sure if you actually can get an Uber *pickup* at the airport or not. Definitely research ahead of time, or see if you can reserve a car service with a car seat if they can’t bring their own.

    I like living in that northeast corridor where you can take the Amtrak in right to Penn Station. Recently we were staying in Times Square to see a show, and it was under $10 for an UberX for 4 people with overnight bags from the station. We were crammed in, but so cheap!

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    BecBoo84

    If you are traveling with any kiddos who just need a booster (so maybe the 10 and under crowd depending on size), we always bring one of these: https://www.amazon.com/BubbleBum-Inflatable-Booster-Black-Silver/dp/B00AQYZCXK.

    And, in response to the poster above, taxi services are generally exempt from federal/state/local car seat regulations, so the 1-year old would probably not need a car seat from a legal standpoint (although obviously recommended from a safety standpoint). This is from the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission: http://www.nyc.gov/html/tlc/html/faq/faq_pass.shtml#9.

    Good luck, and enjoy your vaca!

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    dinoceros
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    Yes, taxis in NYC are exempt from the car seat stuff. My first thought, too, was that public transportation is best. I guess if it were me, I might take a car from the airport (either one of the uber/lyft thingies, or a car service that you can request a seat in) and then use public transportation during the day. I can’t imagine carrying a car seat around NYC.

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    I was just saying to and from the airport…not lugging it around day to day.

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