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Make Meaning -- Art Space for Kids, young and old
November 4, 2010
Paint-a-pot... step aside.  I think your days are numbered. Make Meaning recently opened its doors on the Upper West Side and they are definitely on to something!  The gigantic, walk-in creativity center offers a place where parents and their kids can sit together and work side by side on a variety of creative projects -- ...
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Pizza
November 4, 2010
Pizza places are everywhere in New York so picking a favorite would not only be impossible but simply immoral.  There are zillions of restaurants ranging from the simple traditional New York slice to the thin-crust, brick-oven gourmet type and below are a few of my favorites (with kids AND without).  I am going to keep ...
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Purl Soho
October 4, 2010
This winter I plan to channel some old-world "know-how" into my life and finally learn how to sew and knit... properly.   As a city-kid, "knitting" was never something that hit my radar until recently but I would really love to tap into to this creative zone and learn to make fun things for the kids ...
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MIDTOWN MANHATTAN
Top of the Rock
October 3, 2010
If you are looking for that take-your-breath-away New York City view,  Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center is really as good as it gets.  With three levels of wrap-around walking terraces set atop one of the most spectaular Art Deco buildings in the world -- it really is a must visit if you are ...
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NOLITA
McNally Jackson Bookstore
July 23, 2010
I am all about supporting the underdog in this city and the McNally-Jackson Bookstore in Nolita is my very favorite bookstore. Not only is it great for my own browsing but I happen to think they have an incredible children's book section. You won't find any junky Dora or Elmo themed reads here and they ...
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CHELSEA
Chelsea Piers
July 8, 2010
A huge three-pier complex on the West Side Highway, Chelsea Piers is New York’s answer to suburban living. The sprawling sporting and entertainment paradise has it all – a multi-story golf driving range, swimming pool, world-class gym, Olympic sized skating rink, bowling alley, sun deck, skate park, a kids ball pit, a playground and a ...
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EAST VILLAGE
Veniero's Pasticceria
June 29, 2010
Without fail... every year since birth, my entire family has celebrated their birthday with a cake from Veniero’s. There simply is no substitute, and frankly, a birthday just isn't a birthday without one. The old-school Italian Pasticceria has been around since the beginning of time and is a wonderful place to bring your kids for ...
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EAST VILLAGE
Veselka -- Ukranian 27/7
June 28, 2010
One of the greatest things about New York City is the ability to source any type food you desire at a moment's notice -- even at 3am. Veselka has been around since I was a kid and I am happy that it is still going strong. This long-standing East Village eatery is open 24-7 and ...
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The Union Square Farmer's Market
June 28, 2010
The Union Square Farmers Market is the largest and most popular open-air food market in New York City. While there are farmers markets throughout the entire city the one at Union Square operates year round, four days a week, and is really is at its peak in the summer and fall. A visit is a ...
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EAST VILLAGE
Katz's Delicatessen
June 28, 2010
Katz's Delicatessen is a classic New York fixture and happens to be one of the few dining institutions to have survived the massive gentrification of the East Village. The sprawling cafeteria-like space is filled with nostalgia and serves up hand-cut fries, mile high pastrami sandwiches and hot dogs with all the fixins'. It is an ...
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The best of Soho's children's boutiques
June 2, 2010
Soho has exploded over the last ten years into THE major shopping hub of the city, and while the chain stores have taken over the area, the smaller boutiques are still holding strong and hiding out on the side streets. The neighborhood happens to be a haven of small and beautiful boutiques for children - ...
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CHELSEA
The Highline
May 27, 2010
You can’t help but LOVE New York City if you take an early evening stroll on The Highline. Not only is the people-watching fantastic but the whole experience will just make you feel cool. The Highline was the old elevated subway system in NYC and after years of sitting dilapidated and unused it has been ...
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CHELSEA
The Limelight Marketplace
May 25, 2010
In the 1980s, early '90s, The Limelight was perhaps the most popular nightclub in New York City. Known for its wild parties, weekly drug busts, and all around freakiness, the club closed its doors long ago but the space itself has recently been transformed and re-opened as a...gasp...mini-mall. The old cathedral space is now The ...
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High Tea at the Crosby Hotel
May 18, 2010
Recently, I paid a visit to the new and super swank Crosby Hotel for High Tea with a friend. The Crosby is part of the Firmdale group of hotels in London so you now their tea service is the real deal. The large and inviting dining space has lots of little areas to sit and ...
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Pearl River Mart
May 18, 2010
One of my very favorite things to do in NYC is to take a stroll around Chinatown. The experience is transporting on many levels and it offers the closest thing that NYC has to an "open air" market. From the fish markets to the exotic fruit and vegetable stands you will see stuff that will ...
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The Eloise Store at the Plaza
May 17, 2010
The Eloise Store, located in the iconic Plaza Hotel, is devoted entirely to the storybook character Eloise -- a precocious little six-year-old who grew up in the hotel. The store is tucked in the back of what is essentially a ghost-town of uber-luxury boutiques. The pristine pink and black space is inviting and there are ...
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Clementine Consignment Shop -- For Kids
May 9, 2010
I was thrilled when I found the Flying Squirrel consignment shop in Williamsburg a few months back as I thought it was such a great idea. How many of us have clothes that our children have outgrown or never even graced their bodies that are still in perfect condition? I think I can just safely ...
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BROOKLYN
Sweet William
April 24, 2010
When I buy for my kids, I usually go on-line to the Gap and such for the basics….but for the special items I always head to Brooklyn to the smaller, boutique-type children’s stores. Sweet William, in Williamsburg, is a beautiful little space with a very well edited selection of adorable, stylish clothing. Not to mention ...
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BROOKLYN
Things to do on a beautiful sunny day. NYC museums!
April 23, 2010
So recently I had a really terrible idea. It was pouring horizontal rain, freezing cold AND the schools were all closed for spring break… and for some reason, I decided it would be a truly excellent idea to take one of my girls to the Planetarium at the Natural History Museum. The good news was ...
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CHELSEA
Billy's Bakery. Diagnosis...Delicious
April 22, 2010
The cupcake competition in New York has swelled to epic proportions and it seems like there are cupcake pop-up shops everywhere all of a sudden. I am not sure why, as a society, we have become so obsessed with this portable baked good but who's complaining? I am totally psyched to be able to get ...
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Hudson River Park
April 19, 2010
Oftentimes, it is very easy to forget that Manhattan is actually an island -- surrounded by beautiful open water views and wide promenades to stroll and cycle. I have lived here my whole life and I still do a double-take when I catch a glimpse of a boat going by or see more then a ...
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Kaffe 1668 -- The new Tribeca fix
April 13, 2010
So the very loud, stay-at-home dad that I have written about before is truly a deep and bottomless well of good information. He has been talking up this coffee place that just opened in the neighborhood saying we were all complete and total fools if we ever went anywhere else for our morning fix. As ...
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Mayflower Inn and Spa
April 8, 2010
Since having my girls, my husband and I have only taken 3 short weekend trips away from home. Six nights. Four years. Exactly six times where I have slept past 7:30 in the morning. Now before you call me a loser… just wait… it gets even worse. Those six nights were all spent at the ...
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Landmarc
April 5, 2010
While most of us can agree that eating out with small children usually causes nothing but indigestion, I do like to get out from time to time to give us all a break. That being said, when we do venture out, I am VERY particular about finding places that are both adult and kid friendly. ...
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