With its toy-laden shelves, full-size crib and row upon row of color coordinated books, it’s hard to believe that baby Holly’s room was once part of a hallway. This clever reworking of a tight space came about because Holly’s parents, Craig, an art director and his wife Lisa, a marketing executive, couldn’t afford the cost of up-sizing to a two-bed in their Brooklyn neighborhood - where apartments that size average almost $4000 a month.
Perched along the eastern tip of North Fork is Greenport, an easygoing, picturesque little ex-whaling port that’s rich in kid-friendly attractions. Travel just two hours from Brooklyn and you can taking a spin on a restored 1920′s carousel and pick your own lavender to zoom along secluded bike trails and tuck into fresh from the sea lobster dinners.
So we are having a fixation with these spiky-topped fruits - I mean just look how awesome they are! Plus nothing says summer like dash of pineapple motif or, what the hell, a head-to-toe pineapple outfit (we do draw the line at this however). Kid’s label’s big and small are getting in on the game for 2014. Here are the 10 bits n’ bobs we are most coveting.
In the first of our family weekend series we stayed close to home in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Who better to quiz than local pals Erica Kazior & Courtney Gorman (pictured above with their baby girls Reese and Penelope). The long time friends run kumbaya, our new go-to for kid-friendly strolls in Brooklyn, Manhattan and beyond - this is one of the many on our to do list. Here’s their insiders guide to a perfect weekend in their neighborhood with kids in tow.
- What those baby pictures on social media tells us about moms (via NPR)
- New Yorkers don’t call their babies Brooklyn (via Slate)
- 40 secret gardens and parks hidden around New York (via Curbed)
- Van Leeuwen ice cream pop-up opens in South Williamsburg (via Bedford and Bowery)
- Watch: chubby Korean baby dances better than you (via Daily News)
Think phone apps for kids and an image of little shoulders hunched over Angry Birds or Candy Crush springs to mind. So the idea of an app that encourages your kids to want to head out into the sunshine and go exploring sounds like a total misnomer. But our pals at The Wildlife Conservation Society and the Rainforest Alliance have nailed exactly that with their new forward thinking Habitat game.
Taking your kids for a hair cut (normally a total chore) just got way more fun with the opening of marine-themed, Edamama Cute Cuts & More on Williamsburg’s Union Ave.
When Sydneysider and science teacher Flora Pringle relocated to New York last year, she hit a career fork in the road. With a 7-month-old boy to look after, working full-time wasn’t an option and part-time jobs in her profession were pretty limited. So when she had her entrepreneurial light bulb moment: to make sugar-free candy that was good for your teeth. She didn’t stop to second guess herself.
- 75 kids books that build character (via NoTimeForFlashCards.com)
- Roller rink opens at Park Slope’s Lakeside (via Red Tricycle)
- Breastfeeding ads in Texas causes controversy (via Popsugar)
- Online tool helps pinpoint Brooklyn Community Board 6′s problem areas (via NY Daily News)
- Brooklyn Bridge Park reveals free summer movie line-up (warning: Sharnado is on the list!) (via Gothamist)
- TV habits during pregnancy can affect child’s weight, study finds (via Baby Center)
Kickstarter is turning five this week and to celebrate, they’re hosting a block party at their swanky new Greenpoint digs at 58 Kent Street. The popular crowdfunding platform is planning a slew of live music, demos, an art gallery and yummy eats, plus it’s totally kid-friendly. They’ve also cherry picked some of their best success stories to come hang-out and inspire budding Kickstarter novices. These are the ones we can’t wait to meet.
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