Houses and kettles

crumpled City Junior New York map,brilliant for the kids

Apparently Americans don’t really use kettles. How can they not use kettles?? It doesn’t even bear thinking about. Friends tell me it’s tricky bringing British electricals to America unless they have a transformer. What is a transformer, though? How can you tell if the kettle, juicer, baby monitors, slow cookers and so on will work? Am going on the assumption that basically no electricals will work and we should just buy everything new on arrival. New for New York, has quite a nice ring to it…

Slowly starting to sort out all the young baby items we won’t be needing to take with us, that can be passed on to friends. Quite a lovely job, actually, reminds me how big B now is (nearly 18 months already!)

Spent a surprisingly enjoyable morning ringing up all the companies who’ve posted us catalogues in the past fortnight and asked them to take us off the mailing list “as we’re moving overseas”. Very satisfying.

Found an adorable crumpled map of New York for kids, and we’ve started encouraging T to play with it, slowly getting her familiar with the idea of moving there. C has been to New York recently to start learning about the new job, so hopefully he can squeeze in a bit of time to explore some of the child-friendly areas people have suggested.

Family-friendly areas recommended so far:

–        Manhattan: TriBeCa, Battery Park City, the West Village, the East Village, Upper East Side

–        Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Fort Green, Carroll Gardens

–        Further afield: Larchmont, Harrison, Rye

Hmmm. Where to live, where to live.

Author: Alex

Hello. Toddling Round New York is my own little blog of our family's experience of moving young kids from London to New York... And of having a baby out here. They are my own baby steps of exploring this incredible city. I lived in five countries in four continents growing up, so you'd think I'd be good at this by now. Here you'll find stories and photographs of our adventures, the highs and the lows of expat parenthood, and some ideas I hope you'll find useful if you're in New York with young kids.

5 thoughts on “Houses and kettles”

  1. No electric kettles but when I was in Philly I had a stove top kettle that whistled which was kinda retro cool

    1. Hi Fi, actually that does sound quite cool. I once saw a lovely red Aga stove top kettle and couldn’t justify buying it, perhaps now I have the perfect excuse!
      On the subject of tea, packers have just told me they can’t ship tea. Am going to have to carry it on the plane. #nice problem to have…

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