Rainy Days on the Upper West Side

With fall in full swing in New York City, as you might have seen lately many of us can look forward to quite a few rainy days ahead at The Sagamore. When it’s cold and wet outside and you just can’t be bothered to leave the apartment, make the most of your time inside your Sagamore home. Here are 3 ideas beyond “Netflix binge” (though hey, no judgement!) to keep you busy on those rainy NYC days.

1.) Clean or Organize

This isn’t the most fun suggestion of the bunch, but it’ll make you feel great afterwards. A few hours of forced indoor time is the perfect opportunity to clean your kitchen, sort through the linen closet, or reorganize your home library. Empty your closet, rearrange your shoes and get rid of all the clutter that’s been gathering inside your apartment. In NYC there are tons of places you can make donations to for all the stuff you don’t want. And of course, there are a million places where you can buy all new stuff.

2.) Start a Rain Project

What’s a rain project? Something you’ve always wanted to do, with no time limit, that you can work on incrementally. It can be home-related or not, anything from reading a book to coding your first website. Whenever it rains, you’re going to work on it; you might even find yourself looking forward to the forced productivity. We live in a city full of amazing places. Take this time to research and learn more about things to do when it’s nice out again. You’d be surprised how much you can learn about your neighborhood just be reading the daily newspaper!

3.) Stock Your Kitchen

Rainy days are made for the kitchen, and a full freezer of meals and to-go snacks will make the nicer days ahead that much more enjoyable. While Seamless is always an option in NYC, cooking yourself is so much more affordable! This is a great time to freeze unbaked scones, cinnamon buns and other baked goods for morning rushes and trays of mini frittatas for workday lunches. You can also chop up fresh vegetables, put meats into serving sizes and put them in your freezer so you have meals ready to go in the weeks to come.

Entertain the Child in You in the UWS

Have family coming to town or friends with kids that you’d like to entertain? While there are a plethora of things to do in NYC for adults, there’s also some great things that kids AND adults can enjoy as well. Check out some of these options in the Upper West Side!

Columbia University’s Miller Theatre is organizing a fun event entitled: Morningside Lights. From Saturday, September 19th – Saturday, September 26th, the event delivers a week’s worth creative workshops in which families can design and craft their own lanterns. They can then showcase their work in a twilight procession through Morningside Park on Sept 26th at 8pm. The evening will be filled with a glowing, beautiful mass of handmade art. This year’s theme, “New York Nocturne” calls for vibrant lanterns inspired by the city after dark. Be sure to sign up for workshops online. A special craft table for families can also be found at the Common Ground Festival (Sept 26th) on the day of the big parade in Morningside Park. The event is recommended for ages 8 and up.

Before you take the little ones to Broadway, try something a little more low-key and local first. For some theatre fun with the kids,  check out the performance of Click, Clack, Moo at the Calhoun’s Mary Lea Johnson Performing Arts Center. The performance is on Saturday, September 26th at 2:00pm.

Also happening this September, Children’s Museum of Manhattan has a new installation called, NYC + Me: A Little Bite of the Big Apple. Only a 10 minute walk away from The Sagamore, this could be an easy, fun event to bring the kids to. From Friday, September 25th-mid January 2016, Little New Yorkers can explore their hometown at CMOM’s new exhibit that celebrates living in the Big Apple. In the gallery, tots can drive taxis and police cars, build mini skyscrapers, make public art, show off their talents on the street, manage a food cart, read stories, run for local government and even try a NYC-themed obstacle course.