The neighborhood’s tree-lined streets and park, local markets and grocers, as well as its many restaurants, offer the Kopsovas—and other New York families—opportunities to eat, play and just spend time with one another. In exploring and uncovering the local treasures of Fort Greene as a family, their neighborhood has become an extension of their home.
“It’s easy to scoot down to the park, gather what you think you might need for a week, and often I find it’s cheaper,” said Mr. Kopsova. “It’s rather fun … social, but not a huge ordeal.”
CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, brings fresh farm produce to your doorstep for when you don’t have time to stop by a local grocery.
“It’s rarely too cold on our sun-lit terrace, and we’re lucky to have outdoor space,” said Ms. Kopsova. “I think we’re good at enjoying things together that we actually like doing. We like the outdoors, wine and food, so we host a lot of families here and grill whenever the weather permits.”
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“We always have a lot of fun eating together or people-watching,” said Max. Olea and Walter’s are staples. “Olea seats tables late into the night, so if we are feeling famished after an event we can pop in. It’s healthy, delicious and chill, and everyone can find something to nosh on,” said Ms. Kopsova.
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With all the distractions of the city, it seems there’s never really time for much of anything—particularly not for enjoying those very distractions. You and your kids have your hands in this and that, lending your limited and often sparse attention to a cultural event here, or a social gathering there, but when was the last time you forgot about the ticking hands on your watch face and took joy in the simple act of being together?
For the next seven weeks, we follow families that do.
Each day, with every meal and chore, these New Yorkers take a step back from it all. From neighborhood outings to museum visits, we connect with parents and their kids about how they keep their busy schedules in check and make time for what matters at the end of the day, when soccer season is over and to-do lists are crossed off: each other.
We also look to Houston, Miami, San Francisco and Chicago to see what they have to offer families who are searching for ways to be a part of each others’ everyday lives.
When it comes to your family, who doesn’t have a moment to spare?
Week One: From the Comfort of Your Front Yard
Week Two: Fashion, and Family: A Lifestyle
Week Three: Art and the City: A Family Affair
Week Five: Around the World in So Many Ways
Week Seven: The Tradition of Coming Together