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    International Women’s Day NYC: U-N-I-T-Y

    by Sarah on 3/02/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    This Saturday, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. Started at the turn of the last century, IWD began as a chance to champion the working-women of Eastern Europe. But the political overtones gave way, in many countries, to a more general appreciation of women. While, I admit, I wasn’t really up on IWD, I had [...]

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    Is the Brooklyn Aesthetic Dead?

    by Sarah on 2/28/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    I’ve been complaining about the need for the world to move on from the “Brooklyn” aesthetic for a while now. Don’t get me wrong, I love a specialty cocktail, probably more than the next person, and I love facial hair on dudes in flannel shirts (I blame this on coming of age in the 90′s), [...]


    Buzz A Rama: For the Speed Junkie in All of Us

    by Sarah on 2/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    I am often reminded of how much I don’t know. And this is what I love about New York City. There are whole neighborhoods I have yet to explore. But I really thought I had my little corner of Brooklyn covered. I was wrong. This past weekend a friend introduced me to a Kensington area [...]


    Upstarts! Parents Raising Children, Building Businesses: Zoe Levine

    by Sarah on 2/25/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you’ve had a kid in the last decade and you live somewhere in the vicinity of Prospect Park, you’ve probably heard of (if not met) Zoe Levine. Zoe is the queen of prenatal and postpartum fitness, running her own personal training and fitness program, The Thriving Body. You need your diastasis recti measured? You [...]

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    A Valentine for De Blasio

    by Sarah on 2/14/14 | 6 Comment(s)

    As we celebrate Valentine’s day, I want show some love to our mayor. On the heels of his no-snow-day backlash, I think Bill needs some support. Was it gross out yesterday? Of course. Was it a “beautiful day?” Certainly not. Was it life in the Northeast in February? You get where I’m going. I’ve been [...]


    Kindergarten Application Deadline Extended!!

    by Sarah on 2/13/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Apparently even the DOE has a heart and couldn’t take the irony of ending the kindergarten application period on Valentine’s Day. My candy heart is aglow with words like “phew!” and “seriously?” What does it mean? You now have an extra six days to tour those last few schools you planned on blowing off; to [...]


    The Cure for The Boring Date Night: Gowanus

    by Sarah on 2/12/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    The Gowanus neighborhood conjures lots of images—superfund site, flood zone, artist enclave, industrial wasteland—it is a strange secret sort of place, where one goes to hide out from the world.  It is the back alley of Brooklyn, and, in my opinion, nothing is better for quiet and contemplation than a back alley. But, in the [...]

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    Brooklyn Robot Foundry: Revolution is Coming, Side With the Bots Now

    by Sarah on 2/11/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Here’s a fact: Robots are cool. Here’s another fact: building robots is even more cool.  And at the Brooklyn Robot Foundry your kids can do just that, develop their spacial relations, improve hand-eye coordination, and build buttons instead of just pressing them.  Jenny Young, the founder of the BRF, grew up building and creating in [...]


    Montessori Info Evening February 27th: A new Montessori preschool in Brooklyn

    by Shayna Gehl on 2/10/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    (Sponsored) Are you dreading the preschool application process for next year? Have you heard about Montessori education, but are not quite sure what it is or if it would be good for your child? Invest two hours to get the inside scoop on a brand-new, high-quality Montessori program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers: LePort Montessori [...]

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    Countdown to Kindergarten Registration Deadline

    by Sarah on 2/06/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    Still haven’t logged on to Kindergarten Connect? Still stressing about all your choices (such as they are–teacher-center, proscribed, homogenous factories–but whatever)? Well, you have just over a week to get it done. The deadline for registering is February 14th, XOXO, the DOE. Assuming you like your zoned school, you really don’t have much to stress [...]


    Final Days of New York Cares Coat Drive

    by Sarah on 2/05/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    I know the holiday season was basically a maelstrom that served turkey,  but now it is well behind us, we have entered what I like to call The Lull. The Lull is the point in the year after you’ve decompressed from the holidays and before you submit to the hammer of summer vacation/wedding attendance plans. [...]

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    Adventures with Food: Mermaid’s Garden CSF and Market

    by John on 2/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    At this moment I am at a restaurant in Cobble Hill on a Saturday morning, alternating between writing this and handing out neat packages of yellowfin tuna to familiar faces as they come in and out. Four-year-old Checkers is eating a fresh chocolate croissant from Bien Cuit next door and coloring happily, sometimes greeting people [...]

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    Chinese Lunar New Year 2014 in Brooklyn and Beyond

    by Sarah on 1/31/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Happy Year of the Horse! (it’s a Wood Horse year, in case you’re keeping track) Today is the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, and if you hadn’t guessed by the name, it will be a fast-paced year, according to some astrologers, fueled by the wood element. So “wood and fire” based industries [...]


    (Sponsored) Protect Your Child’s GPA: Here’s how!

    by Shayna Gehl on 1/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      In an environment where getting our kids in to preschool can seem like a competition, making and maintaining good grades may feel like an insurmountable task for middle school kids and beyond. No matter their age, you may face a time when you need your child to have more access to academic help. What [...]


    (Sponsored) There’s Life Beyond Brooklyn

    by Shayna Gehl on 1/21/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you’re like most parents in Brooklyn, you’ve probably ricocheted between “should I stay or should I go” as your children age and the all-encompassing fear of finding a good school takes over. It’s probably safe to say most of us all struggle with the same fears of leaving vs. staying. Sonya W. Cronin, a [...]

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    Lea, The Newest Ditmas Park Restaurant

    by Sarah on 1/13/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Apparently we should all be living in Ditmas Park (or Bed Stuy) because this is where all the best restaurants are opening, including Lea (pronounced Laya). Those of us who spend time on Cortelyou have been waiting for some smart person to move into the old Vox Pop space (yet another opportunity to open [...]


    Whole Foods Community Giving Day Benefits Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    by Sarah on 1/10/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Have you been wanting to check out the new Whole Foods, and by check out I mean snoop around and generally make fun of prices and products (then leave with a bag fully of said pricey products). Then this saturday is the day to do it, since 5% of the day’s proceeds will go to [...]

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    (Sponsored) Upcoming Events at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

    by Shayna Gehl on 1/09/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      If you’re in need of things to do in the city, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts has you covered till spring. Check out the round-up of all the wonderful performances they’ve got starting as early as this Sunday! Brooklyn Center’s Target Storybook Series continues this Sunday with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No [...]

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    11 Places to Hide from The Polar Vortex (and drink hot chocolate)

    by Sarah on 1/07/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    With the coming polar vortex, there is but one thing to do tomorrow—besides burning volumes of tax code in the mysteriously functioning fireplace of the central branch of the NYC public library—drink hot chocolate. The magic of the drink is that it is permanently linked in our minds with some brisk outdoor activity. Sure, you [...]


    (Sponsored) Brooklyn Sandbox: A Great Start For Little Learners

    by Shayna Gehl on 1/06/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Being a member of a good number of local parenting groups, there are many questions that remain strongly on our parenting radars. One of those questions is where can I find a good quality daycare? With many mothers returning to work shortly after baby, this is a legitimate concern and often leads to an overwhelming [...]


    Restaurant and Play Space in One: The Moxie Spot

    by Sarah on 1/06/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Now that it is officially wet, sloppy, slippery and gross outside, it’s time to come in from the cold. Sure, sledding over the weekend was fun, fun that is thankfully over. And by now, with the new year, the snow day and one epic feeling weekend, we are all ready to get these kids off [...]


    Kindergarten Applications: Why Being an NYC Parent Sucks

    by Sarah on 1/02/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    January 2nd. Back to real life. Now we see the saddest sight, the carcasses of Christmas trees lining sidewalks, grim remnants of tinsel tangled on their branches. It feels as if they should be shrouded, look away from our hideous consumption, our ability to dispose of symbols of faith and joy. Maybe I’m being a [...]


    Education – The Gift That Keeps on Giving: Introducing Monkeybear Press

    by Shayna Gehl on 12/23/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Monkeybear Press is a small art studio and indie developer in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. “We are artists and parents and make vibrant, educational apps and eBooks that young kids love. We aspire to create a handmade aesthetic. As parents of young children we want to reach individual children, not mass markets. We believe exposing young children [...]

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    Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services in Brooklyn

    by Sarah on 12/20/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Once all the presents have been bought and all the food prepped and stocking stuffed and pills pop, ‘cause Jesus this is stressful, it’s time to celebrate the man, the baby, the Big Baby. Jesus, the eternal birthday boy, reminds us that, as the Who’s down in Whoville say, “Christmas doesn’t come from a store. [...]

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    Brooklyn Business Spotlight: Slope Wellness

    by Kim on 12/20/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Who doesn’t love a chance for some “me time” in the form of a relaxing treatment?  Receiving a massage and spending the rest of the day feeling relaxed and peaceful fits my definition of a pretty darn good day.  Lucky for me, I had this experience TWICE recently when I signed up for an acupuncture [...]