Tuesday

Washington Market Park in Tribeca, NY

Received Tuesday, May 15, 2007

This isn't the siting of one specific nanny, but rather a shout-out to all the great nannies, mannies, babysitters, moms and dads who go to Washington Market Park in Tribeca, NY.

I was there just yesterday, thinking about all the NYC parks so frequently mentioned negatively on this site like JJ Byrne and Ancient, and how the posters describe nannies all sitting in a row, chatting with each other and ignoring their charges. If anyone needs to have their faith in childcare providers and parents restored, they should come down to WMP! On a beautiful day like yesterday, the park is filled with happy kids and their caregivers. Those caregivers, probably about half mothers/half nannies and the like, were mostly standing, not sitting on benches. Small groups stood chatting together, but they were actively watching their kids, most of them so close by that all they needed to do was put out their hand at the right moment to catch their little one when he/she needed assistance.

The kids were mostly playing with other kids, which is what I think the park is for, but they were all so well supervised that the little fights that errupt over shared toys or sand throwing were quickly extinguished. The mood was so happy and social that I thought I should write this in for all the people who tend to lose faith too frequently on this site. Good nannies exist! Come down to Tribeca if you don't believe me.

(Of course, this is self-serving, I was one of those nannies at the park yesterday. But I'm not writing this for the parents I work for, or for any of the parents who employ the nannies at WMP. I'm fairly certain they know how competent their caregivers are. I just want to let everyone else know that, at least in one little pocket of the city, things work pretty well between kids, parents and nannies.)

Sincerely,
Annie
Nanny in New York

14 comments:

shel said...

thanks for this annie. as always, you are eloquent. :) it's good to see you, btw.

Boston said...

I have actually heard good things about nannies in Tribeca. They tend to be uber smart, fashion savy and lots of fun!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post!

Anonymous said...

Tribecca nannies- every single one I have ever met has been incredibly intelligent AND creative. Maybe it is something in the water.

Anonymous said...

I don't know any Tribecca nannies. All of my friends living in Tribecca are stay at home moms.

I had something bad happen to me at that park once but it was my own damn fault.

Anonymous said...

Tribeca nannies can be hard to deal with. They're sharp as tacks and not much gets by them.

But Tribeca mommies are also probably tops in the nation! And I know a few awesome Tribeca stay at home Daddies!

Anonymous said...

Fashion savy nannies in the park? Guess I'd better not show up for a playdate in Tribeca in my Gap playground uniform!
UES Nanny

annie said...

Well, 11:27, you don't have much to worry about from me, I'm Old Navy all the way (at work, at least).

Anonymous said...

but don't the Old Navy clothers run rather small? That's a downer to me.

annie said...

Not at all, their clothes run much bigger and they're better for plus sizes than the Gap or Banana Republic.

Anonymous said...

I bought some size 8 capris. 3 pairs. Brought them home. They barely got over mu thighs. I was perfectly comfortable thinking that they ran small.

Arghhhhhh!

Anonymous said...

Plus size? How do you chase the children around so effortlessly? I've been exercising my tail lately and I'm a size 10 (at 5 foot 10). The only reason why I care to get in shape is so I can better chase the wee ones at rocket speed.

annie said...

I'm not a plus size, I just happen to know they sell plus sizes (it's where I shop for my sister who is very much on the plus size).

I'm sorry about your experience, 5:14. Old Navy is the only place I am a size 6 in pants. Everywhere else it seems I'm an 8 or 10, so I felt pretty comfortable saying that they run big. Strange. Maybe the sizes vary depending on the style of pants.

Anonymous said...

1157pm:
Spoken like a true Tribeca mom. Give me a break.