PSA: Lyft now has Car Seat Mode!

 
Patricia Chang Lyft
 

Hello Riders with little ones!

I often get asked by out-of-towners how I travel around Manhattan with kids and if they will need to bring a carseat on their trip to NYC.

If you're not comfortable taking the subway and/or prefer taking a car, I definitely recommend taking a Lyft! Not only is Lyft affordable, but the ridesharing app it also provides the option to request a car seat, ensuring a safe and enjoyable ride with your little one.

Every Lyft driver who participates in Car Seat Mode is extensively trained and tested by third-party child passenger safety technicians. Our precious children's safety is a parent / guardian's priority!   

 
Patricia Chang Lyft
 

So make sure you update your Lyft App and select “Car Seat” mode next time you need to get around the city with your child. 

Your ride arrives with the car seat already safely installed, so make sure to book a few extra minutes in advance to give the driver time to install the car seat. 

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Chase loves to strap himself in!

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Enjoy your ride with peace of mind and no extra car seat to pack on your trip to NYC.

My personal advice: For parents who have children that get motion sickness easily, NYC's grid layout can be tough with all the "stop-and-go" action. So I always prepare a large ziplock bag and paper towels (way better for trapping in the odor and mess than a plastic bag) just in case for Chase. As soon as I get in, I ask the driver to please drive smoothly because Chase gets nauseous easily and to take it easy on the accelerator and brakes.  ;)

 

Use code PATRICIACHANGNYC for $5 off your Lyft Car Seat ride!

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Cherry Blossom Hunt NYC

I've always loved Cherry Blossoms. They truly make me happy and I think a tree absolutely covered in flowers is simply stunning. My husband and I have gone to D.C. to see them, and perhaps we will find ourselves in Japan one day. But my obsession with hunting down Cherry Blossoms in NYC began in 2014 when Chase was born. He was born mid April aka the peak of Cherry Blossom season~ I had a complicated delivery which kept me on bed rest for a month. Hence, missing out on any Cherry Blossom sightings. This was the start of my FOMO for Cherry Blossoms! They bloom for what feels like a second. I have gone back to many spots the NEXT DAY and all the petals were blown away~ or brown on the floor.. This year I made it my mission to catch every glorious moment up to post bloom. I'm going to share with you my finds because timing these trees can be frustrating!

Let's do this chronologically - here are my photos from the past few years. Here we go!:

White Blossoms:

 As early as March 15, 2016 - Cooper Union

As early as March 15, 2016 - Cooper Union

 April 20th - Plaza Hotel, 5th Avenue

April 20th - Plaza Hotel, 5th Avenue

Central Park:

 April 28, 2015 - Upper West Side around 85th street

April 28, 2015 - Upper West Side around 85th street

 April 11, 2017 - Sheep's Meadow North West Corner

April 11, 2017 - Sheep's Meadow North West Corner

 April 9, 2017 - South West Entrance by Columbus Circle

April 9, 2017 - South West Entrance by Columbus Circle

 April 18, 2015 - South West Entrance by Columbus Circle 

April 18, 2015 - South West Entrance by Columbus Circle 

 April 11, 2017 - Sheep's Meadow North West Corner

April 11, 2017 - Sheep's Meadow North West Corner

 April 11, 2017 - Sheep's Meadow North West Corner

April 11, 2017 - Sheep's Meadow North West Corner

 April 14, 2017 - West 72nd st by the Lake, Cherry Hill

April 14, 2017 - West 72nd st by the Lake, Cherry Hill

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 April 14, 2017 - West 72nd st by the Lake

April 14, 2017 - West 72nd st by the Lake

 April 14, 2017 - West 72nd st by the Lake

April 14, 2017 - West 72nd st by the Lake

Flatiron Building, Madison Square Park:

 April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017

 April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017

 April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017

 April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017

 April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017

East Village:

 April 22, 2016 - 17th st & 2nd avenue Park

April 22, 2016 - 17th st & 2nd avenue Park

Washington Square Park:

 April 27, 2013

April 27, 2013

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patricia chang cherry blossoms nyc

Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival - last weekend of April

Note: No picnic mats or food allowed. It is very crowded during the festival and $30 versus the usual $15. Free on Tuesdays and 10~noon on Saturdays. 

 April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015

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 April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015

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 April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015

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Central Park:

 May 1, 2017 - 70th & East Drive

May 1, 2017 - 70th & East Drive

 May 1, 2017 - 70th & East Drive

May 1, 2017 - 70th & East Drive

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Again, No picnic mats or food allowed. It is very crowded during the festival and $30 versus the usual $15. Free on Tuesdays and 10~noon on Saturdays.

 May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017

 Photo by Agata Young

Photo by Agata Young

 May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017

 Photo by Agata Young

Photo by Agata Young

 May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017

 Photo by Agata Young

Photo by Agata Young

 May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017

Central Park:

 May 4, 2017 - 76th st by The Loeb Boathouse, East Dr

May 4, 2017 - 76th st by The Loeb Boathouse, East Dr

 May 16, 2014 - 72nd st Terrace Drive west of Bethesda Terrace 

May 16, 2014 - 72nd st Terrace Drive west of Bethesda Terrace 

Madison Square Park:

 May 14,2015

May 14,2015

More:
Central Park: the bridal path at 90th Street

Sakura Park aka Riverside Park Cherry Walk in Morningside Heights along the Hudson River

Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival at Roosevelt Island, last Saturday of April

New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx

 Laduree Soho - April 25th, 26th, 27th (photo from Laduree, still on my bucket list!)

Laduree Soho - April 25th, 26th, 27th (photo from Laduree, still on my bucket list!)

 May 14, 2013 - Ah! I can't remember where downtown this was..

May 14, 2013 - Ah! I can't remember where downtown this was..

THE END! Tag me in your photos @patriciachangNY ;D