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Wave Hill -- a public garden and cultural center
We're lucky in New York to have a number of lovely botanical gardens to visit. We often stop by one of our favorites, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, as it's closest to our home, but this past weekend we decided to do something a bit different and traveled to the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx to visit ...
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Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater
Nestled near the west side of Central Park, not far from the American Museum of Natural History and Belvedere Castle, sits a little wooden cottage. Scandinavian in design, it has high arched windows framed with beautifully carved elements, and wood weathered from seeing the turn of 140 New York summers and winters. Imported from Sweden ...
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Belvedere Castle, Central Park
The most challenging part of a visit to Central Park might be deciding how you want to spend your time. Beyond the green space visible from the park's perimeters -- the shaded walkways, expansive lawns, rock outcroppings, and lakes -- Central Park provides space for a number of family-friendly attractions and diversions. The carefully architected ...
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American Museum of Natural History
Many of New York's most famous museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, line the east side of Central Park along 5th Avenue, a stretch often referred to as Museum Mile. But crossing the park to Manhattan's Upper West Side to visit the American Museum of Natural History is a high ...
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Metropolitan Museum of Art
There's a reason the Metropolitan Museum of Art is world-renowned: its collection is encyclopedic and breathtaking, filled with recognizable masterpieces but also with works that expose you to artists or art forms you might know less intimately. It's an ideal place to start building an appreciation for art and art history in young children, and a range of family-focused ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Day Trip to Dia:Beacon
Eighty minutes north of New York City sits Dia:Beacon, one of New York's great destinations for viewing contemporary art. Housed in a former Nabisco box factory, the expansive galleries contain the Dia Art Foundation's collection of art from the 1960s to the present, and it's a joy to meander through the the maze of rooms spread over ...
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Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden
New York is magical place to be at Christmastime, with tree stands lining the sidewalks and filling the air with the woodsy smell of pine and fir, store windows decorated with enchanting displays, lights strung across avenues and intersections, European-style Christmas markets to visit, and special holiday shows and sights to take in. As I sat down at ...
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Empire State Building
Aside from the Statue of Liberty, there is hardly a more recognizable New York landmark than the Empire State Building. Since its completion in 1931, at which point it was the tallest building in the world, its presence has dominated the New York skyline. I clearly remember visiting the observatory as a child on a ...
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Bronx Zoo
Each of New York's five boroughs has a zoo to call its own, but the city's flagship zoo, the Bronx Zoo, is not only the largest in New York, but also the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States and among the largest zoos in the world. It is part of a system of four zoos and one ...
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Winnie-the-Pooh at the New York Public Library
For my daughter's second birthday earlier this year, my mother gave her a copy of Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear, written by Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, and the winner of this year's Caldecott Medal (awarded annually in the US for the most distinguished picture book for children). Flipping ...
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Day Trip: Storm King Art Center
We anticipated being out of town this past weekend, but as sometimes happens our plans changed last minute and we woke up at home on Saturday morning to stunning blue skies outside our windows and a full day ahead of us without any obligations whatsoever. Intent on enjoying the beauty of an absolutely perfect fall day, ...
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New York Transit Museum
If you're looking for a museum that will prove as interesting for adults as it is entertaining for children, look no further than the New York Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn. While perhaps not as well known as some of New York's larger museums, it's a fascinating place to spend the afternoon. The stories behind New York's mass ...
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Roosevelt Island Tram
Judging by my daughter's joyous reaction to most of New York City's public transportation options, our journey to a particular destination is often nearly as much fun as the destination itself. We sometimes opt for the subway or bus when a cab or Uber would be far more efficient simply because we know she loves ...
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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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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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OUT OF TOWN
Day Trip: Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
Even the most ardent city-dwellers can sometimes hunger for a bit of a breather somewhere else: to feel grass underfoot, see trees on the horizon, and hear the persistent buzzing that fills the heavy stillness of a hot summer day. For me the perfect escape is Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, a working ...
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Hua Mei Bird Garden
Our weekend mornings often start earlier than we, as the parents of the household, would like, but we try to make the most of them by getting outside. We frequently head on foot or by subway to nearby Chinatown and the Lower East Side, where we can watch the quieted city wake and start its day. Typically, we stop by a ...
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NEW YORK CITY GUIDE
Fort Tryon Park and The Met Cloisters
By the time you travel to the far reaches of Upper Manhattan you've left the frenetic pace of most of the city behind. Here the topography changes, and you find yourself high above the Hudson River, with room to spread out and views for miles. It's here that you'll find beautiful Fort Tryon Park, and tucked inside ...
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The Little Red Lighthouse
Like any big city, New York is full of surprises and hidden treasures. With a free afternoon, a subway ride to Upper Manhattan, and a bit of a walk you can find yourself standing in a grassy park at the foot of the George Washington Bridge looking at a lighthouse. A lighthouse! The lighthouse is 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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Brooklyn Bridge
New York can sometimes feel almost too popular for its own good, with long lines, crowds, or lengthy waits at key attractions and sights. The Brooklyn Bridge is no exception: to walk its span on a warm and sunny day is to feel that everyone in the city - both resident and visitor alike - ...
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Community Gardens
Tucked into vacant lots and unused corners of the city, New York's Community Gardens can feel like a real discovery when you happen upon them. Two months ago we exited the subway at 2nd Avenue on our way to brunch and came face-to-face with the Liz Christy Community Garden. How I've missed it all these ...
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