So often, parents feel like the only place to raise their kids is in the suburbs, however, there are plenty of young families in the city too. We were fortunate enough to catch up with Marie, a longtime resident of one of our Upper West Side communities in Manhattan. She’s been living with us for four years, and called Paris and London home before NYC. Marie said moving into our community was “the first time [she] felt like home.” It’s no wonder that she’s continued to make our community home for both her and her young daughter, Noor.
In talking with Marie, I got a great grasp of what life is like for the two of them in the city, and to be honest, despite living in the center of one of the world’s largest cities, they seem to have a fairly normal life (just with a little NYC spice).
Marie owns her own jewelry business (Lebourgeois – Great stuff!), and Noor can usually be found sporting Mom’s jewelry while the two of them play at Riverside Park, visit the indoor playroom at the community, ride bikes to The Statue of Liberty, take walks along the Hudson, or enjoy mother/ daughter spa day.
Living in the city allows Marie to have her business without compromising anything for Noor. Marie says, “…having everything around is so convenient, and it makes life so much easier. We still have plenty of time to enjoy all activities that the community and neighborhood offers.”
To me, it seems like life in the city for young Noor is pretty perfect. She gets to be a regular kid with perks of big city living (did we mention riding bikes to The Statue of Liberty?). I know living in the city with kids isn’t meant for everyone, but for this mom/ daughter combo, they wouldn’t have it any other way.
Check out some photos of Marie & Noor’s NYC life: