Browsing: New York City

Family Activity in New York: Dinosaur Safari at The Bronx Zoo

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The last time I was at the Bronx Zoo, it was over 30 years ago and I was with my grandma. It was a hot, sticky New York City day and we took a long NYC bus ride over from her apartment in Washington Heights. Living in New York City for over 22 years with two young girls, I have yet to go back (except for one spectacular wedding!) and experience The Bronx Zoo of the 21st century because from what I’m hearing it’s got amazing, interactive experiences. What is the Dinosaur Safari at The Bronx Zoo? For example, back…

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Ice Skating Rinks in New York City

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You don’t have to leave the city to enjoy winter sports. Right here in the urban jungle, there are four inexpensive ice skating rinks in New York City that are an easy subway ride away. All of them have skate rentals and food for purchase either at the rink or nearby. The South Street Seaport Ice Skating Rink:  Open until March 2nd, 2014. Admission is $10, kids under $5 are free. Skate and helmet rentals are $6 each. Bag check is $8. Downtown residents who live in zip codes 10038 and 10005, with valid ID, receive 50% off admission, skate…

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Discovering Treasure at Discovery Times Square {Tickets Giveaway!}

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What kid (or adult) isn’t interested in finding buried treasure? Earlier this month, I was invited to discover the Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc and Discovery Times Square launch of SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure, an interactive exhibit that contains more than 500 artifacts from sunken ships from all over the world!! There are many hands-on interactive computer games and exhibits that will entertain (and teach!) any child. And lots of historical artifacts that you will be amazed has lasted for centuries and centuries. Experiencing winds up to 78-79 MPH in the Hurricane Simulator atDiscovery Times Square SHIPWRECK! Don’t these look like…

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The South Street Seaport Restaurants Are Open

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The South Street Seaport is usually one of the more bustling places this time of year. The salty air, mixed with the warm sun, makes it one of the best places to enjoy spring throughout NYC. Yet the South Street Seaport was hit extremely hard by Hurricane Sandy and it now finds itself pretty devoid of the vibrancy that had made it such a family-favorite for so long. Many places remain unopened due to extensive damages from the super storm with no official timetable for return (including The Gap, J.Crew, Abercrombie & Fitch, Guess and Super Dry.) That being said, hope is…

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A Family-Friendly Adventure in Battery Park City

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{This post was originally featured in the Mommy Nearest Blog, where I am a featured Mommy Nearest Expert.} Living in downtown New York City means having access to a ton of family-friendly activities, parks and restaurants – all within walking distance. TriBeCa, the Financial District and Battery Park City are neighborhoods where you can basically spend a whole day with your kids playing, eating, drinking, creating and shopping. As a family, we enjoy going to Rockefeller Playground in Battery Park City, especially when the weather is nice. There’s a ton of activities for all ages with playgrounds, swing sets, a basketball…

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Images from The South Street Seaport after Hurricane Sandy

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Living in Lower Manhattan means that we’ve been without electricity since 7pm Monday night, since Hurricane Sandy has hit NYC. We ventured out to The South Street Seaport the morning of Tuesday, October 30th for a much-needed outdoor walk. We’ve been hearing about the devastation in The Seaport on our crank LL Bean Radio (which everyone should go out and buy) but since we had no electricity, our television doesn’t work and we didn’t know how bad it really was. Well, there was nothing that could prepare us for what we saw: true devastation. Our hearts hurt seeing the loss…

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Eat Local at The Garden at The Four Seasons New York City

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I’ve said this before: we rarely venture above 14th street, except for work, but when the Trumpeting Media ladies invited me to test out the new Eat Local menu at The Garden Restaurant in The Four Seasons Hotel in New York City, I could not say no. And it was such a civilized way to end the crazy BlogHer 2012 weekend (I know, so long ago!), and to start the week off right with amazing food made of fresh, local ingredients. Executive Chef John Johnson came out to talk to our exclusive group of bloggers about where he sources his…

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Things to Do with Kids in New York City: Playgrounds

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My husband Michael and I have lived in New York City for over 21 years. I went to college here and basically never left; he moved to the City after living in Hermosa Beach, California for two years. When we got married and decide to have children, it was just understood between us that we would bring up our family in the City. Thirteen years later, we’re still very much rooted in Manhattan and have continued our commitment to be a New York City family. I’ve seen a handful of families go to the suburbs to live in larger homes, have a…

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Hershey’s Chocolate World Gets a Sweet Facelift

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To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Hershey’s® Chocolate World® store in Times Square underwent a sweet facelift.  I was invited to check out the new interactive experiences that every family member will enjoy. And, who wouldn’t? It’s HERSHEY’S® CHOCOLATE! When you first enter the store, you are greeted to the new “Taste Hershey’s Happiness™ station where different Hershey’s samples, including new products, will be available for a taste test. When I went, we got to taste test the new Rolos® Minis and Herhsey’s® Kisses® Milk Chocolates filled with caramel. Every week you’ll have the chance to taste different, yet complementing products and…

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#FiDi Friday: Renting Bikes in Lower Manhattan

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On a whim last Sunday we decided to go bike riding. We were slated for some beautiful weather here in New York City and decided to take advantage of it. After our morning breakfast at Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee Shop in Lower Manhattan, we took a short walk over to the CPBS Seaport Bicycle Shop on South St and John St. There were many bikes available including ones that had children’s seats and tandem (tag-a-long) bikes. Don’t worry, we went home to pick up helmets and sneakers. We are safe bikers!! You can rent bikes for one hour to a full…

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Ice Skating in Wollman Rink, Central Park

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Although we so miss the ice skating rink at Battery Park City, we’ve made do with ice skating uptown in Wollman Rink at Central Park :) It’s a great way to spend with the family, not to mention a great core and thigh workout for the mommys and daddys. It’s a pretty big rink but expect for it to be crowded. We went last Saturday morning – when it was 60 degrees out – and part of the rink gets blocked out for skating lessons, however there still is a lot of room to skate. A small cafe is available…

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