How long have you lived in NYC?
I live near New York City since July 2015, in Westchester County. It’s a true American suburbia, about half an hour from Grand Central. In 2004-2005 I have lived with my family in Connecticut that’s about an hour by train from Grand Central. During that period we already got to know the city reasonably well.
When/Why did you move here?
I moved to NY with my husband Marc and my children Nina (12) and Max (16). We moved
after my husband accepted a position in White Plains, NY. I took this opportunity to get to know the city better, as NYC is a really fascinating city in a lot of different ways; we love exploring it whenever we can!
What is your favorite neighborhood and why?
Williamsburg. It is a bit of a small town version of Manhattan, a walkable neighborhood, with nice restaurants and shops. It has a perfect waterfront at the East River State Park that has the best views of Manhattan. There are also various bridges it’s next to the East River.
I love Sweetwater in Williamsburg, a small cozy restaurant with a garden!
I like Butcher’s Daughter for vegetarian/vegan food; it tastes just great and it has a very cool atmosphere, while Balthazar (also) in SOHO has a great French atmosphere.
I also like the many restaurants of the Belgian chain Le Pain Quotidien, with sourdough bread and healthy soups and salads, the pastries and coffee are great as well; you can find them all over Manhattan.
I love to take the East River ferry from East River State Park in Williamsburg back to Manhattan or from Brooklyn Heights to Williamsburg; you get the best views and can enjoy the beautiful skyline of the city.