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Ice Skating at The Standard Ice Rink
During the winter months ice skating rinks pop up around New York and they can be a great way to make the best of a season that otherwise doesn't always encourage you to spend a lot of time outside. The most famous rink is easily the one at Rockefeller Center, but I think my favorite ...
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Sailing model boats on Conservatory Water in Central Park
My daughter began attending preschool earlier this fall, and to help celebrate this milestone I took her for a special outing on one of the last days before the school year started. She had admired the model boats sailing on Conservatory Water during past trips to Central Park, so we decided to try our hand ...
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Teardrop Park in Battery Park City
I included Teardrop Park in Battery Park City in my list of favorite places to take a break around town, but a repeat visit this past weekend made me eager to share more about why I think it's such a fantastic little park. Filling the space created between four tall residential towers, the park offers ...
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Silver Towers Playground/Tom Otterness Playground
Last week as I watched the streetscape speed by out the window of a taxi on my way to work, I happened to spot what looked like one of the most amazing play structures I had ever seen tucked into a small public park between two buildings on 42nd Street. A quick Google search revealed that ...
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Minetta Playground
New York has plenty of destination-worthy playgrounds and public spaces, but I find myself continually thankful for the existence of the smaller neighborhood playgrounds, one or more of which can nearly always be found in areas we like to frequent for meals, shopping and entertainment, making them convenient places to stop and burn off a bit of energy. Minetta ...
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Family Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl
We've had a few very cold days this winter in New York, and as a result I've been on the hunt for new indoor activities to add to our mix of favorites. This morning we stopped by Family Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl and were absolutely won over by the combination of kid-friendly bowling, well-executed bistro food, ...
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Sea Glass Carousel
Even though we have a lovely carousel in our neighborhood, New York has a wealth of other carousels and we enjoy making special trips to visit some of the more unique ones. Topping this list is the Sea Glass Carousel nestled in The Battery, a large park at the very southern tip of Manhattan. The carousel, ...
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Governor's Island
One of New York's best quick escapes doesn't require leaving New York at all: Governor's Island lies just off the southern tip of Manhattan in New York Harbor and a 5-minute ferry ride (even shorter if you're coming from Brooklyn) delivers you to an island where you'll feel a world away from bustling streets and sidewalks. ...
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Imagination Playground
The vast majority of playgrounds in New York City offer variations on relatively constant themes: slides, swings, ladders, and elevated structures to encourage physical play. I'm grateful for the proliferation of these playgrounds - regardless of where in the city we end up there's almost always a playground a couple blocks away presenting the perfect ...
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Pier 25
For children in New York, summer unofficially begins when the sprinklers, or spray showers, turn on in parks and playgrounds. Nearly every play space has a water feature and the anticipation of the first truly warm day seems to be a May ritual, with children willing the temperature to break 80 degrees fahrenheit in order to trigger the ...
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MIDTOWN MANHATTAN
Bryant Park
Block after block, much of Midtown Manhattan has a uniform feel: acres of poured concrete sidewalks and asphalt roadways pulsing with foot and vehicle traffic, and walls of stone and glass rising up on all sides. It's such a pleasant surprise to come across Bryant Park then, an island of green in a sea of gray. Designed in ...
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Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Spring in New York always feels like a small miracle, and watching the city shrug off the monotone grays of winter as it assumes the riotous colors of spring never gets old. Most any park or tree-lined street will do for soaking up the beauty of the budding season, but for a full immersion a ...
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Washington Square Park
Nestled in the heart of Greenwich Village ('the Village,' to New Yorkers), and marking the southern end of Fifth Avenue is Washington Square Park.  With its recognizable arch and and large central fountain, the park has a storied history, and has evolved since its first use a public burial ground to a vibrant community space ...
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BROOKLYN
East River Ferry
Before moving to Brooklyn we lived in Midtown Manhattan, far enough from both the Hudson and East Rivers flanking the sides of the island that sometimes long stretches of time passed without a glimpse of the water. The opposite is true of our life now in Brooklyn, where we can see the East River from ...
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Brooklyn Bridge Park
Much attention has been focused in recent years on developing New York City waterfront parkland for use by the public. In Manhattan, the Hudson River Greenway runs the entire length of the city's west side stringing together a series of parks and redeveloped piers. On the east side of the island, the East River and ...
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Jane's Carousel
When the last email of the work week has been sent, we often make our way to Brooklyn Bridge Park and Jane's Carousel. Perched on the edge of the East River overlooking the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and all of Lower Manhattan, Jane's Carousel has most spectacular setting of any carousel in New York. The ...
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NEW YORK CITY GUIDE
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park
The track surrounding the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park is an amazing place to break a sweat and take in spectacular views of the city.  For me, it's my best bet for squeezing in a workout, as the track is only 1.58 miles, making one or two laps achievable for the unbuff.  Even in the ...
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Tompkins Square Park
For us, a typical weekend day includes a subway journey to a different New York neighborhood.  We start with lunch, peruse a few shops, and then spend a couple hours in the local playground, followed by a subway ride home ideally before dark.  Recently we visited the East Village, starting with lunch at B&H (127 ...
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NEW YORK CITY GUIDE
Make Meaning -- Art Space for Kids, young and old
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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CHELSEA
Chelsea Piers
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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CHELSEA
The Highline
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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NEW YORK CITY GUIDE
Hudson River Park
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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NEW YORK CITY GUIDE
Turtle Back Zoo -- Who Knew?!
This past weekend we did a Saturday field trip to New Jersey to a place called Turtle Back Zoo. A quick 14 mile drive from lower Manhattan, the large 15-acre zoo has over 850 animals and it was a truly incredible place to spend the afternoon. Not only was I blown away by the huge ...
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Hi guys! Here Bethie and I are showing you how to prepare a super easy dish that your family will love -- a video we bring to you in cooperation with Abel & Cole, deliverer of fabulous food boxes filled to the brim with organic freshness! Here's the list of ingredients: a royal 1 tbsp of olive oil 1 butternut squash 1 red onion 2 red peppers 2 garlic cloves 4 vine tomatoes 150g quinoa sea salt & freshly ground pepper 300 ml vegetable stock 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 25g raisins 80g black olives And for the garnish: a handful of chervil feta (optional) Directions: Peel your butternut squash. Cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Chop the flesh into 1cm chunks. Peel and cut the onion into thick slices. Cut the pepper in half and scoop out the seeds and white pith. Chop into bitesized pieces. Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Roughly chop the tomatoes. Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large heavy based pan. Tip in all the veg and quinoa. Pour in the veg stock and the red wine vinegar. Add the raisins and the olives. Season with salt and pepper. Pop on a lid and cook for 30-40 mins until the squash is soft and the sauce thick. Stir every now and then during cooking. Scatter over the chervil (or flat leaf parsley leaves) and serve in warm bowls. Top with crumbled feta if you like! A super colourful, super easy and super delicious dish for taste buds of all ages! Bon appétit!
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