Tag: New York City

Get ready to rock your socks off at Kindiefest 2012

For the past few years, I’ve traveled to Brooklyn, grabbed my editor Liz, and headed to the most fun conference filled with some of the best and smartest people making and promoting kids’ music. We do it for love of the genre. And to find great new family-friendly music for you all, so that you have much more to choose from than yet another rendition of You Are My Sunshine sung by an off-key puppet.  But this is much more than an insider’s only event, and on Sunday, April 29, doors will swing widely open at Littlefield in Brooklyn...

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Get your popcorn ready: New York’s International Children’s Film Fest is Coming.

Film fans in the New York area are preparing for the New York International Children’s Film Festival and we are too! Over the past 15 years, the NYICFF has become a huge family event, and a great chance to expose our kids to more than 100 films from 34 countries, that obviously go beyond your usual big box-office fare. If you’re thinking about going (and make your reservations now, it sells out!), the festival runs from March 2-25. And if you need some help figuring out what to see and what your kids will love, we’ve got the scoop–straight...

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Farm to Baby – A fresh approach to baby food, delivered straight to your door

First baby food moved out of the jar and into the freezer. Then it went organic. (And organic some more.) Then, gourmet. Now, we’ve discovered a new service that puts it all together, offering delicious, fresh foods for baby made with ingredients like hubbard squash and quince straight from the farm–and delivering it right to your door. Farm to Baby NYC is a new subscription-based baby food delivery service in New York City, and we can’t wait for it to expand. They use locally grown produce, picked just days before being gently cooked in their kitchen, to deliver fresh...

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I like the island Manhattan…

I admit to having a bit of New Yorker envy. Fortunately, I find satisfaction every so often when I visit, and someone asks me for directions. But while I may not actually ever get to live in NYC, I love that I can wear a little bit of Manhattan–or even Brooklyn–in the most subtle way. These amazing Urban Gridded Earrings from Aminimal Shop look like cool gridded shapes, but look closely and you’ll see they’re actually maps. Whether you’re a fan of downtown Manhattan (pictured) or prefer Brooklyn ‘hoods like DUMBO or Williamsburg, this is such a cool way...

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Betsey Johnson. Now making…cupcakes?

Just in time for fashion week, one of our favorite local cupcake bakeries is getting all dolled up for the occasion from one of our favorite designers and we couldn’t be more excited. Seems like pink cupcakes are the new black. New York’s Baked by Melissa mini cupcakes has teamed up with fashion designer Betsey Johnson for a New York Fashion Week confection oozing with fabulousness. The mini pink-a-licious Betsey Johnson cupcakes, made with pink tye-dye cake, pink vanilla icing, pink popping (think Pop Rocks) chocolate and glitter (of course!), are a fashionista’s dream come true. Johnson sent a...

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The Nutcracker at BAM – magical holiday perfection

If you’re going to be in New York City this holiday season (shockingly, many tourists do this very thing each year!) this native New Yawker has an awesome tip for you. At least if you’d like to squeeze a performance of The Nutcracker into your festivities, without having to hock your plane tickets and hitchhike home. Now I’m a huge, longtime fan of Balanchine’s NYC Ballet production at Lincoln Center–there’s nothing quite like it–but if you’ve got young kids, it’s pretty hard to justify the $110-150 for orchestra seats. If you can even find them now. As an alternative,...

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Creativity inside the box

I love living in Boston, but every once in a while something so great comes along that it gives me serious New York envy. The Moomah NYC creative arts cafe is one of those things. But for those of us not within taxi distance of their organic cafe, cool classes, and drop-in kids craft station, they’re offering some of their craft projects now in handy kits just in time for holiday gift-giving. These kits include everything — down to the kid’s scissors — so you can bring the arts home, or really, anywhere you go.  I love the Imagination Creation Do-It-Together...

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3 good reasons to get a sitter in NYC this week

For NYC locals looking for some validation, a good laugh and a short break, we’re got a great excuse to get a sitter–or employ the significant other to give you a night with friends this week. We’ve been seeing more and more talented parents who have taken their own personal experiences and turned them into plays, comedy performances, and engaging performances that are so worth putting on the impractical shoes and getting out for the night. Here, three upcoming shows we’re excited about. Mommies won’t want to miss Motherhood Out Loud. We have been trying to get over to this...

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NYC area parents: Come see us at the New Parents Expo this weekend!

If you’re a NYC mom or mom-to-be, you’ll want to clear your calendar one day this weekend for the New Parents Expo at Pier 92, hosted by our friends at New York Family Magazine. You’ll find more than 100 exhibitors featuring the best brands and services for pregnant and new moms, babies and toddlers. Plus a stroller test track and tune up, a play area for your kiddos, and tons of awesome prizes. As in, you could walk out with a $1500 nursery from giggle, a free spa weekend getaway, a professional photography session, and a ton more. Plus...

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Exclusive: The Appaman Fall 2011 collection is here. Prepare to drool.

Every year right about now, I am so excited to whip out my fall wardrobe that I start wearing my new sweaters in hopes of forcing the weather to get cold. It’s always too early, which results in an extra-sweaty couple of weeks. I would not put my kids through this uncomfortable process, but getting an exclusive sneak peek at the just-released-today Fall 2011 collection from CMP favorite Appaman has made me very seriously reconsider.   If you’re not familiar with Appaman (what?!), they’re a Brooklyn-inspired, urban-adorable, and utterly wearable clothes line — in other words, ridiculously cool street...

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Put a ring on it. A big, sparkly Dara Ettinger ring.

I’m a big ring kind of a gal–the bigger the better. And I don’t think I’ve gotten as many compliments on any one as I have on a recent ring purchase from designer Dara Ettinger. Dara opened a new boutique in Brooklyn this year, and on my first visit, a rough-hewn, sparkly gray geode in a fluid gold-plated casing called my name. Okay, it also opened my wallet, handed the sales girl my credit card. (It was a very aggressive ring!) I’ve hardly taken it off since. If you’re not in Brooklyn, you can find similar pieces of hers...

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The best food on Fresh Direct for the time-starved NYC parent

Like so many New York area parents, I’ve been an avid user of Fresh Direct for years now. For me, shopping for groceries online is the best way to avoid the stress and mess of supermarket shopping with a curious toddler who wants to stick his fingers into packages of raw chicken and take bites out of everything in the produce section. So I did not need convincing that it’s a seriously great way to stock my kitchen. What I did need convincing about, was that the prepared meals didn’t taste like hospital food. Fresh Direct sent me a...

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American Eagle 77Kids NYC Style Lab just made Times Square 18% cooler

Today is the official launch of American Eagle’s 77Kids Style Lab shop in Times Square, and while that’s not a sentence I ever thought I’d utter with any level of excitement, after getting a sneak press preview yesterday I gotta say…I’m excited. Let’s just say the ghosts of CBGBs are in there somewhere, hold the nasty dressing rooms. When you walk down the industrial staircase right towards a giant LCD screen projecting music videos featuring the kids in the shop, Jib-Jab style (kids can take pics in a nearby “rock band” photobooth), you know this is no ordinary mall...

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The most helpful site for NYC mamas in search of… well, everything

I didn’t have kids yet when I lived in New York, but if I did–or should we ever happen to move back (could happen!)–I’d need some help getting it all together. A toddler bed to fit in a Manhattan apartment? Recommendations for a fabulous nanny? A gently-used city stroller for two? These are things for which you could turn to anonymous classified sites, but would you really want to when there’s a safer, more trustworthy alternative? Blueleo is a site filled with classifieds specifically for parents in the NYC vicinity, including Westchester, New Jersey, Long Island, and Fairfield. In...

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Enhancing the bromance

Only in New York. It might be a cliche, but it’s true. Especially when it’s the one city offering a new online service that provides the men in your life with a menu of options to send their homies thoughtful thank you gifts of beer, beef jerky or a Top Gun DVD. So why are we telling you? Because we know that women are the ones who have to say, “uh honey…did you ever thank your cousin Al for that thing he did for us?” The website at Thanks, Bro has a very simple multiple choice order form where...

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Swankify your spring wardrobe for 40% less.

If you like swanky designer clothes but not the swanky designer clothes prices, one of my favorite ever boutiques is having a 40% off sale right now that’s definitely worth a few clicks. New Yorkers can pop into Scoop in person (I love the one in the Meatpacking District), but for the rest of you, just hit the website. I’m seeing deals on items like Seven Skinny Jeans, designer handbags from labels like Philip Lim and Zac Posen, and the awesome Alice + Olivia dress shown here. (Though darn, not in my size.) Be warned, non New Yorkers—this is...

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New York City to consider ban on Happy Meal toys. Are you lovin’ it?

Ahhh, the Happy Meal. Regardless of whether or not you ever step foot in a McDonald’s, you probably know exactly what you might find if you open up that brightly colored container: A little hamburger or set of nuggets, pouch of fries–and a cheap plastic toy. How many of our kids ask for the toy before the food? Or ask for the food because of the toy? I’ll sheepishly raise my hand. It now looks like New York City may ban Happy Meal toys following in San Francisco’s footsteps. NYC Councilman Leroy Comrie asserted his desire to “limit fast...

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Calling all NYC area mamas and mamas-to-be!

Besides brownstones and indie coffee shops, Brooklyn is also known for being home to oodles and oodles of families. (As our Ed-in-Chief Liz can attest.) So it makes perfect sense that the first ever Child Grows in Brooklyn Baby Expo would take place in New York’s most family-friendly borough this coming Sunday. What makes this expo different than, say, a car expo? Well, first of all, it’s not boring. Second of all, it’s hosted by A Child Grows in Brooklyn, one of our favorite local blogs devoted to all things kids and parents. Register and you’ll have complete access...

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Why NYC may be the best place to see a kids’ movie in March

Having just lived through 80 minutes watching a Shakespearean classic turned into a story involving garden gnomes, I am not exactly itching to head out to see the next 3D “blockbuster” Hollywood has lined up for my kids. But if I can get us to New York City this month, I’ll be sure to include a trip to the Children’s International Film Festival to catch some of the best and brightest films for kids from around the world. If you’re in town, lucky you, here are a hundred great reasons to head to the movies this weekend. Starting March...

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Kids backpacks that make you go rawr, and other cool new baby + kids gifts

This past week, I had a dandy time perusing the 600,000* aisles of the NY International Gift Show, scouting out what’s cool in gifts and gear and design for our fair readers. I was also honored to be one of ten judges of the Best New Product Awards in the Baby+Kids category. One of my favorite finds of the whole show turned out to be the winner in the gear category: A new set of totally funky, punky, animalistic backpacks from a new company called Madpax. The fabulous Spiketus Rex backpacks from Madpax are going to be a huge...

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