Tag: New York City

NYC, you just hit the Rice Krispy Treat jackpot

Gee, another place to eat sweets, opening in New York City? That’s no big whoop. But when the new eatery serves up gourmet rice crispy treats (because Rice Krispy Treats would be a trademark issue, right?) in flavors like red velvet, birthday cake and caramel fleur de sel? Well…that’s breaking news.   The new Treat House, which just opened last week on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is sure to give those ubiquitous cupcake places a run for their money. The husband (a NYC restaurant vet) and wife (a preschool teacher) owners of Treat House make seriously gourmet rice...

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LEGO: The Art of the Brick. And by art, we mean whoa.

And here I get all excited when my six-year-old puts together a LEGO Lord of the Rings set and only asks for my help twice. Recently opened, artist Nathan Sawaya’s solo show Art of the Brick features unbelievable creations all created out of LEGOS. If you happen to be a New Yorker or just visiting my fair city any time through the fall, this looks like one to take the kids to for sure.   They may not get the references to the Winged Victory, Girl with the Pearl Earring, or Edvard Munch’s Scream, but I’m sure their minds...

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Web Coolness: Disney princesses redressed, NYC for free, and more LEGO women

Here are some things we’ve loved reading around the web this week. We hope you do too!   Disney princesses get beautifully outfitted in more historically accurate clothing. (via Laughing Squid) If serving dinner to your kids is a big production, you’ve got to see this hilarious video that turns it into just that. The kids will have geometric fun making these smiling polyhedra characters from Minieco. NYC for free: Check out Mommy Poppins list of free New York attractions for kids. Do you remember fourth grade? This photographic series captures the wishes and worries of special kids from around the globe. (via Design Mom) Ice Cream...

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The 2013 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash: We’ll be a part this year, come join us!

When I first discovered Baby Buggy, the remarkable organization that helps new mothers most in need, I was instantly captivated. As a new mom myself, I wanted to know what I could do to help. And now, several years later, I’m so excited to not only join the amazing roster of women who consult as “Friends of Baby Buggy,” but to be one of the sponsors of their annual, star-studded, super crazy fun annual kids’ carnival fundraiser. And you’re invited! If you’re in the NYC area, the Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash is honestly one of the best events ever....

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City babies wear black. And chase pigeons. And hail cabs.

Let’s say you’ve got a die-hard city loving mama to shop for, and price is basically no object. We’ve found the most fun little baby gifts for urban babies used to things like taxis, park benches and black in the summer. The city baby gifts range from cute stuffed yellow taxis and a black Town Car limo (in the rain, in a pinch, right?) to the more whimsical King Kong on the Empire State Building. (I think the damsel is more Naomi Watts than Jessica Lang though.) And hey, if you’re a super insider? Get that giant play mustache for the...

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InPieces puts LEGOs in the most unlikely places. (No, not under your feet.)

If you’re a LEGO fan, a fine art photography fan, a kid, or just a cool adult (which, of course you are) you’re going to flip over this exhibit.   Nathan Sawaya, an inspiring LEGO sculptor, has put his talents together with those of photographer Dean West to create the InPieces Collection currently on display at New York’s OPENHOUSE gallery. And wow, is it cool. Look closely at the photos, and you just may catch a dog, a beach flip-flop, an umbrella, a fluffy white cloud, or even an entire red gown on a woman made out of LEGOs,...

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From Brooklyn, with love

I am an advocate for shopping online. As a mom, I rarely have time to visit the mall or shop at my favorite local stores. So it’s always a treat for me to come across new sites with an effortless style that’s as fun to browse as it is to actually shop. Brooklyn Makers is one of those sites. Brooklyn Makers offers a beautifully curated selection of clothes for boys and girls, creative and educational toys (like these cute ABC peg dolls, seen above), sweet hats and hair accessories. You will also find cool stuff for grownups. And if...

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You had me at Bacon Peanut Brittle.

It seems that our society might be seeking out a few too many reasons to celebrate each and every day of the year (Penguin Awareness day anyone?). That said, I have found room for some elite exceptions. With today being National Peanut Brittle Day. In this house, brittle is king. My husband is quite the connoisseur and in our foodie expeditions in and around our eclectic island city we are happy to share that we have struck pure gold. Seeing as how it only comes once a year, I think today is a perfectly good excuse to buy some. Straight...

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Annie the Musical is back on Broadway! The sun is out, people.

I am old enough to remember the original Annie on Broadway, starring Andrea McArdle. That show had me and a zillion other little girls dreaming of living in a mansion with a swimming pool and a cute dog–although maybe keeping our own parents. So when I heard Annie was coming back to Broadway this year, I jumped at the chance to bring my daughters to a preview. I can’t say that the Annie revival quite lives up to the original 70s debut, although there are some very good performances indeed. Katie Finneran absolutely shines (like the top of the Chrysler Building?)...

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Web Coolness: reflecting on Sandy, Star Wars goes to Disney, and free art for all

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.  Such an important piece to read this week: How to be a good fellow citizen in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. And, go here if you’d like to sign up to volunteer to help clean up the city in the weeks ahead. (via new york family) How will our kids remember these traumatic moments? Turns out, some of our scariest moments may become some of their favorite memories. Riding out the storm with small children. . . one family reflects on...

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Web Coolness – Fun printables, hilarious kid movies, and Minnie Mouse–the fashion model in need of a sandwich?

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Such a cute, free, and easy printable Labor Day party for your Monday barbecue (and Happy Labor Day!) What a lovely idea: Saving for Someone Else’s Rainy Day. Kristen has found some cool, age-appropriate dresses for tweens from the land down under that won’t be on every other girl in class. Disney icons go anorexic, as some say, in the name of fashion. What do you think? What are you grateful for? A wonderful post with ideas for living a gratitude-filled...

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A Brooklyn home without the Brooklyn prices

There’s a saying in real estate: location, location, location. But after that’s out of the way, in New York we tend to put a premium on character. You know, exposed brick, tin ceilings, original wood floors. (Don’t ever expect to find wall-to-wall carpeting here. If you do; wonder what it’s hiding underneath.) But now,  if you didn’t find the character you’re craving, now you can fake it with this unbelievable wallpaper series. The trompe l’oeil Brooklyn wallpaper series by Merci, at one of my long-time favorite shops, Rockett St George, is mindblowingly cool. The papers look like the turn-of-the-century...

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An amazing day camp in New York City – even for non NYC kids

Updated with exclusive discount! Imagine sending your kids to a camp where they get to explore all the best sights and sounds of New York City for a week, with a huge educational component. Now imagine that you are visiting New York for a week, and that you can allow your kids to join in while you see your own sights (and shops). Interest piqued? Us too. A day camp called NYC Is My Backyard, created by two former New York public school teachers, is giving more traditional day camps a run for their macrame. With so many amazing...

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5 must-haves for chic summer travel

If you haven’t yet checked out the beautifully designed online style mag, CeciStyle, from the custom stationers of Ceci New York, we think you might like it. In fact, today is a pretty good day to do that very thing. Not coincidentally, we’ve even contributed a little piece about our 5 must-haves for chic summer travel. If you’re looking for the links to the items, find them here: 1. Longchamps Le Pliage Bag2. TKees Leather flip-flops3. An ereader + a great case4. A Sony Cybershot or other camera that didn’t come as part of your smartphone5. Sunscreen Swipes by...

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Mermaids are alive, well, and living in Coney Island

This past month, New York celebrated the 30th annual Mermaid Parade. For those of you not familiar, hoo boy . . . where to start. Well, maybe this gorgeous children’s book that will charm all mermaid wannabes, regardless of age. Or sex. Once a year when vacation starts I march in a parade to celebrate the opening of the ocean during the summer solstice… Thus begins Melanie Hope Greenberg’s Mermaids on Parade, a wonderful tribute to the most lively, most exuberant, most exciting parade of joy and craziness probably anywhere. It tells the story through the eyes of a...

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We scream for New York’s best ice cream

Being named the #1 anything in New York is a major badge of honor. Not to brag, but this city is chock full of the best of pretty much everything our country has to offer. Knowing that, when I found out there was a new #1 Zagat rated ice cream shop but 4 blocks from my office, the little kid in me did the happy dance right on over. If you’re in the NY area or heading here this summer, it’s a must-visit. Ample Hills Creamy in Brooklyn, NY is not your typical ice cream shop. Founded by Brian...

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The 6 best new products for babies (because I couldn’t narrow it to five)

Picking just five of the best new products for babies? That’s hard! And yet, a few weeks ago, I was honored to be one of the terrific judges at the New York Baby Show Expo put on by New York Family Magazine, and was asked to do that very thing. Narrowing down from about a zillion, all of which are wonderful (and sure to appear here soon), here are the winners by popular vote among us…plus one product that I voted for that I can only assume came in a very close sixth. Because it’s awesome. Ubbi Diaper Pails (above)...

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The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store – where else are you going to find Kryptonite at 2 AM on a Sunday?

If you have got super hero fan at home, and we are talking a comic-con diehard, we have found the place to make all of their comic book dreams come true. Welcome to The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. Sure, we have featured capes and costumes here before, but this clever shop has waaaay more than that to offer. Selections start with a fabulous superhero baby romper, but you’ll also find mind readers, vacuum suction cups for scaling walls, x-ray glasses, gallons of antimatter and loads more in their wide selection of must have real hero items. It’s like the back page of those comic books of your youth,...

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Dan Zanes in a most unexpected place: your own kitchen

Dan Zanes is happiness squared. His music puts me in a great mood each and every time I give it a spin–even without the kids, when I’m alone in the minivan. So I’m excited to see his new project that didn’t come out of a sound studio, but a ceramics studio. [after the jump, learn more about a special Dan Zanes event for families this week!] The new new Dan Zanes pairing with one of my fave shops, Fishs Eddy, the quintessential funky New York restaurant-quality tableware shop, makes so much sense. One look at the quirky tubas, cellos,...

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Want to meet Anna Quindlen? Well guess what…

One of my literary heroes has always been Anna Quindlen. She’s not only an amazing columnist, Pulitzer Prize winning  journalist, hard working mom, and now incredible author, she’s an all-around very cool, very inspiring woman. Next Tuesday in NYC, I’ll be hosting a reading and signing for her new book, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake which is a warm, humorous take on motherhood, marriage, girlfriends, our bodies–ya know. All the stuff we’re talking about anyway. Only she’ll say it better. Which is why you’ll want to buy it, then have it signed. If you’re in the NYC area,...

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