Can't remember the last time you went out to a restaurant without cutting up a plate full of food into tiny pieces? Well, here is the perfect excuse! It's NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2008 where you can get a three course lunch for $24.07 or dinner for $35.00 at some of New York's finest restaurants. You know that unless you plan ahead it will never happen so make a reservation now and do it! Don't bother calling Gramercy Tavern, they are already booked up for the entire week but don't worry, there are a lot of other amazing restaurants that still have space.
Where are all the young mommies in NYC? Rebecca Felsenthal, a writer from Parents Magazine is writing a piece about having babies at different ages. Apparently she's having trouble finding moms in the 18-20 age range. If you are a young mom in the New York area and would be interested in being interviewed for her article,
The Battery Park Movie Theater is never crowded, always clean and has the benefit of some child friendly restaurants near by, like Shake Shack
If you didn't get your chance to flaunt your cool quotient by lining up outside of the Apple Store to be one of the first to buy an iPhone, now's your chance to make up for it. Be one of the cool people to line up in front of the Apple Store in SoHo for an event just as exciting to the below the knee set - to see a live performance of Dan Zanes.
Can't imagine ever convincing your kids to step foot inside an art gallery? Well, think again. Art can be cool if it's the Sci Fi Art Show at MF Gallery on the Lower East Side. Let your kids eyeball the aliens, robots, and monsters in this fun exhibit and broaden their horizons of what art can and should be.And how cool would the above work of art be in a child's bedroom or nursery?
I discovered Whip Up recently while trolling the interwebs looking for cool things. One of the things I like about this site is it is not so overly-precious as some of the craft sites are and projects tend to be easy and doable even for the novice crafter. The full name is Whip Up, handcraft in a hectic world.
That makes it a great site for families anytime, but this month they are especially focusing on crafts for kids with a Month of Crafts for Kids. They've already posted a bunch of fun stuff like these worry dolls and these winter glove puppets.
MAMALU PERMANENTLY CLOSED IN 2009.
Mamalu in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is a great place to spend a cold or rainy day with babies and preschoolers, and the best part is that you can stay as long as you like for just $5 per child. Located across the street from McCarren Park, it's very convenient to get to with a car, I always find parking right outside. You can also get there fairly easily on the L or G train but expect a few blocks of a walk when you get off the train.
The space is large and airy and nicely designed with murals and mobiles and divided in two with the cafe in front and the play area in back. What I like about the play area is that it doesn't have a lot of toys which lets kids run around and explore without feeling overwhelmed and the toys they have are kept clean and in good shape. One wall of the play space is filled with a huge blackboard which for some is great fun, but can also present a bit of a challenge for mouthy little toddlers who like to eat chalk though its easy enough to position yourself away from the chalk stash.
One of the NYC sites I love to read is NewYorkology. Amy is the one who reminds me to post about things like the Vintage Buses and Trains. Now she's added a sweets columnist to keep her readers abreast of all things sweet and tasty in New York. Um...yum.
Nichelle Stephens, who normally writes for Cupcakes Take the Cake with my friend Rachel, wrote up a new ice cream joint in Boerum Hill called Blue Marble. Blue Marble Ice Cream is organic and made from grass-fed cows from the Hudson Valley. It sounds yummy and the store has wi-fi and a small play area for kids. Who said it was hard to be a locavore!