OF LITTLE KIN JOURNAL
Kathrine lives in New York with her husband and three girls; Eleanor, Alma and Evelyn, to where they relocated after having lived her whole life in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Before moving halfway across the world, she had worked in the fashion industry for more than 10 years, holding positions like Fashion Director and Editor in Chief at some of Denmark’s most prestigious fashion magazines, but the attraction of the fashion world started to fade the day she became a mother for the first time.
She now spends her time writing, blogging on Little Kin Journal, doing consultant work for smaller kids brands, working on a number of personal projects and of course taking care of her baby.
Take a tour around the big apple with her City Guide below.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING IN NEW YORK?
I moved to New York with my family 3 years ago. Before then we lived in Copenhagen, Denmark but because of my husbands work and the fact that we both felt we needed a change in our lives, we decided to move here.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING HERE?
One thing is all the opportunities; there’s always a ton of good exhibitions, old movies in the cinema, some children’s theatre or ballet show you can go and see or a park you can visit. But what I love most about living here is people’s state of mind. People in this city are so daring, they are brave in taking chances in their lives in a completely different way than I have ever experienced in Europe. They really believe you make your own happiness, they live by it and everybody is really supportive of each other’s ideas.
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WHEN DO YOU THINK NEW YORK IS MOST MAGICAL?
After moving here, Autumn has become my absolute favourite season. To me, there is nothing more beautiful than seeing New York change colour from green to brown, red and yellow. But the most magical moment in this city is probably the morning after a big snowstorm and you walk out and find everything covered in half a meter of untouched snow. I really love how extreme all seasons are in this city.
FAVOURITE THING TO DO IN SUMMER AND WINTER?
I’m definitely more an in-between seasons kind of woman and love both autumn and spring and the activities that come with these seasons. New York gets really hot during summer and we end up spending a lot of time close to the water, where there’s a bit of breeze. We live close to the Brooklyn Bridge Park and go to the public pool at pier 2 a lot. We visit Governors Island during the summer, which has been made into a huge recreational park and we go to some of the amazing beaches on Long Island (a lot of them you can even access by public transportation).
WHAT’S THE BEST THING TO DO DURING WEEKENDS?
We love taking a long walk in Brooklyn Bridge Park, go by Jane’s Carousel and have a ride, drink a cup of coffee in Dumbo and maybe eat lunch at one of the lawns in the park, overlooking the river.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO HANG OUT WITH YOUR LITTLE ONES?
Central Park is without a doubt one of our favourites. We might visit the small zoo, go play on one the many playgrounds in the park or just walk around. The National History Museum is great on rainy days and Children’s Museum of the Arts is great if you have kids who like to make all kinds of crafts. We also bring our kids to all the amazing museums in the city. The Whitney and Guggenheim are probably their favourites because the buildings in themselves are so interesting, and the Whitney is perfect to combine with a walk on the High Line.
ANY SPECIAL EVENTS THAT HAPPEN EVERY YEAR?
Whenever we have tried to take our children to one of the big early events in town it always ends up being less successful than the days where we just go with the flow. We always enjoy the summer season on Governors Island and both Halloween and Christmas are quite magical in New York. Everybody goes a little over the top with decorations and costumes and the vibe is really nice and friendly.
WHAT RESTAURANT WOULD YOU GO TO AND SPLURGE FOR A SPECIAL OCCASION?
If it’s just me I love The Butchers Daughter. My husband and I both like Takahachi or Sugar Fish for Sushi. The Smile is cosy for both coffee, lunch and cocktails and Two Hands has a whole cult following for brunch. The Farmacy is my children’s favourite Ice Cream café and I like to stop by Maman for coffee when I’m out and about.
SIGHTSEEING PLACES NOT TO BE MISSED?
If you visit New York as a tourist, don’t miss out on looking down at the city from one of the tall buildings. I prefer the view from Top of the Rock because you can look at Empire State Building. Walk across Brooklyn Bridge, visit a few neighbourhoods in Brooklyn (Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill are all great) and go and visit at least one of the big museum.
DISCOVER THE HIDDEN GEMS
If you like art but don’t want to pay the expensive entrance at the big museum, the Chelsea Gallery District is a great alternative. The Metrograph is a very cool cinema where they show classic films in 35mm, Taiyaki serves the funniest ice creams (have your ice cream served in a fish-shaped cone or dressed up as a unicorn) and Acorn Toyshop is small but beautiful if you (or your kids) are into handcrafted and heirloom toys.
AND FINALLY, ANY TIPS FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS?
Bring your walking shoes
and an easy foldable stroller
for toddlers. New York is best
seen by foot and subway.
LOVE THE LOOK
With thanks to Kathrine X