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    Pool Profile: McCarren Park Pool

    by Sarah on 7/28/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Maybe going to the McCarren Park Pool will make you feel sad and old because the last time you were here you were watching (insert hipster band name here) and drinking tall boys, ironically of course, though still definitely to get drunk. But now you are here with your kid and guess what? This is […]

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    New Parks in Downtown Brooklyn

    by Sarah on 7/23/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    For all the hype downtown Brooklyn gets, it isn’t exactly a beautiful place to be. Camden Plaza has its merits (in a certain peaceful, post-apocalyptic way), but stray far from there and you basically feel like you are a prisoner hemmed in by traffic jams and someone is projecting the movie Brazil directly into your […]

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    A Dozen Songs for Summer

    by John on 7/22/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Few things get me more excited about summer than listening to summertime music. I actually have an iTunes playlist containing over 500 tunes that fit qualify as Summertime Music, the most child-friendly of which I’ve been subtly putting on in the background as Checkers and Crazy Eights are playing. They are super-excited about summer, so […]

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    Pool Profile: Sunset Park Pool

    by Sarah on 7/22/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    The Sunset Park pool often feels like the neglected younger sister of the far more enticing Red Hook Pool. Sunset Park is also Olympic size, and has the advantage of being in the center of one of the loveliest parks in the city with a view that will make you wonder why you are paying […]

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    Hotel Transylvania at Red Hook Flicks

    by Sarah on 7/21/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Tuesday, July 22nd the Red Hook Flicks will be screening Hotel Transylvania. The movie starts at 8:30, but as with all things in New York, you want to get there early if you want a space away from the trashcans and the port-a-potties. And because God loves you, the sponsors for this film are Fort […]

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    Pool Profile: The Brooklyn Bridge Park Pop Up Pool

    by Sarah on 7/17/14 | 3 Comment(s)

    I love pools. I love swimming. I don’t say these things lightly. I am obsessed. I will take any chance to swim. When at the beach I am the first person in the water, when visiting relatives I’m in the pool before all the bags are out of the car. I do not mess around. […]

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    Everything You Need for The Perfect Family Beach Day

    by Sarah on 7/15/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Jeanene Mack, wellness coach and stylist, breaks down the essentials to pack for the perfect family day at the beach, plus a few key secrets like how to easily get sand off and how to keep a toddler happy and out of the sun.  It is summer. It is hot as Hades and most of us […]

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    Adopt a Tree with MillionTreesNYC: Are You In?

    by Sarah on 7/10/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    We’ve all seen the MillionTreesNYC signs posted on slim, new trees in our neighborhood. The goal of the program is pretty self-explanatory: plant a million trees in the five boroughs of New York City over the next decade in an effort to “increase the urban forest…by 20%.” The phrase “urban forest” weirdly reminds me of […]

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    Pool Profile: The Red Hook Pool

    by Sarah on 7/09/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Of all the Brooklyn public pools Red Hook Pool  (technically the Sol Goldman Pool at the Red Hook Recreational Center) is my favorite. First of all it is huge, Olympic size. Now, this may not seem like it matters, but if you’ve ever gone to family swim at the Prospect Y (before the new pool!) or […]

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    Adventures with Food: Take Your Kids Crabbing!

    by John on 7/08/14 | 2 Comment(s)

      With Independence Day now behind us, we can now safely pronounce it High Summer in Brooklyn. The fountains are sprinkling, farmer’s markets are bustling, parking spots are comparatively plentiful with everyone taking their respective vacation shifts, the crabs are out… Oh, wait. Perhaps that last one bears explanation. You may or may not know, […]

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    PAL Playstreets Open Today!: Let Someone Else Entertain Your Kids

    by Sarah on 7/07/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    PAL, the Police Athletic League, will be opening their annual PAL Playstreets program today, Monday July 7th a program they have been operating for the last hundred years. Playstreets typically consists of a block closed to traffic where area kids can participate in structured, supervised activities. This is both one of the wonderful and terrible things […]

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    Finding Time to Exercise: Achieve the Impossible

    by Sarah on 7/04/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    The biggest complaint I hear from moms who want to exercise is finding the time. When it comes down to it, the workout is always the first thing that falls off the list. If only we had that extra hour in the day. But we don’t. Some say we all have the same exact 1,440 […]

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    Assault in Prospect Park: Time to Be Smart and Be Brave

    by Sarah on 7/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    There are times when I think I live in the most perfect place on earth. Brooklyn, with its parks, museums, brownstones, even the hipsters and the superfund site, can feel idyllic. I sometimes forget that this is a city. I don’t mean that in the epic Roman, center of the universe sense, but in the […]

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    Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks 2014

    by Sarah on 7/02/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    This is our year, Brooklyn! Macy’s 4th of July fireworks will be on the East River this year. After five years on the Hudson, Macy’s finally got on the Brooklyn bandwagon, right behind the Eastern Bloc and that third-rate tv network. So now you will have a host of optimal viewing options right in your […]

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    Philharmonic in Prospect Park 2014: Class Up Your BBQ

    by Sarah on 7/01/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Despite spending over a decade living in this borough, last summer was my first time attending the Philharmonic insanity in Prospect Park. I suppose many of the previous years I was out of town or too lazy or not particularly plugged into all the wonderful things that were happening right outside my front door (this […]

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    Water Safety for Kids: Splash into Summer Safely

    by Sarah on 6/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Dr. Deena Blanchard, pediatrician and font of knowledge, gives us the tools we need to stay calm and carry on.   Recently, Lindsay Kujawa of, Delighted Momma wrote about her toddler’s near drowning experience and the aftermath. Her post went viral and the discussion about “secondary drowning” has become a major topic in the […]

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    Brooklyn Pools Open 2014!

    by Sarah on 6/26/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Friday June 27th Brooklyn’s outdoor pools open for the summer! Pools will be open from 11:00 am to 7:00pm with an hour break for cleaning between 3:00 and 4:00pm. It’s easy to forget some of the tricks, tips and arcane rules you had down last summer. Here is a quick refresher: Things to Bring: While […]

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    Adventures with Food: Urban Foraging

    by John on 6/24/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    My personal history with wild foraging is passionate but limited. Every summer of my childhood in Kansas found my hands stained a deep purple from picking wild blackberries. The memory of this was recently prompted when I happened upon a small thicket growing over the sidewalk in my neighborhood; the taste took me right back […]

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    Get Some Culture: Shakespeare in Prospect Park 2014 for Free!

    by Sarah on 6/23/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    All the city will be a stage this summer when New York Classical Theatre celebrates the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, as well as its own milestone 15th Anniversary Season, by touring a free production of As You Like It to multiple boroughs and a trio of New York City’s premiere parks. New York’s only […]

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    Free Rowing in Prospect Park!

    by Sarah on 6/20/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Want to live out your English countryside holiday fantasy?  You bring the parasol and fringed shawl and Village Community Boathouse will provide the rest.  From 12-4 on Saturdays, June  21 and 28, July 12,19 and 26, and August 2, 9, 16 and 23. And from 4 to 7 on Thursdays, September 11, 18 and 25, […]

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    Field Station: Dinosaurs Giveaway!

    by Sarah on 6/16/14 | 15 Comment(s)

    Win passes for a family of four to Field Station: Dinosaurs! Because sometimes the bones alone just aren’t enough. The only thing missing in this Jurrassic park is Jeff Goldblum (sigh).  a Rafflecopter giveaway Field Station: Dinosaurs! is a 20-acre outdoor Jurassic learning expedition, located just 9 minutes outside of NYC in Secaucus, NJ. Kids are able […]

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    The New Kid-Built Pratt Towers Playground!

    by Sarah on 6/12/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      On Thursday, June 5 over 200 volunteers from Forest City Ratner Companies, Pratt TowersCommunity Space, organizers from KaBOOM! (@kaboom) and residents of the Brooklyn community braved the rain to build a new playground at Pratt Towers for neighborhood kids. Pratt Towers, located in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, had been without a proper playspace for over 20 years. The design was based on children’s drawings […]

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    Discuss Sandy Recovery and Hurricane Strategy in Red Hook

    by Sarah on 6/09/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Do those “Know Your Zone” ads have you freaked out, or worse, tapping into your post-traumatic stress? Channel your fear into activism. The effects of Sandy are still felt across Brooklyn, particularly in Red Hook. Put a face and a voice to your experience, and that of your neighbors. Remember that the groundwork you lay down […]

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    Small Kid Big City: Pier 1 Playground

    by Sarah on 5/30/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick of Photosanity shares her secrets for taking better photos of your kids.  Location: Pier 1 Playground Story: A few weeks ago my sister came to visit and suggested we go to a Bargemusic concert. Of course I have been meaning to go for many years but never have, so was glad to finally have […]

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    Spring Fling Meets Camp Panic Event: Everything You Need in One Place!

    by Sarah on 4/28/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Do your weekends feel so booked with errands that you never quite get to the family time you want, or vice versa? Well, clearly you need a camp fair, clothing swap and kid-friendly spring festival in one. Lucky for you the Spring Fling Meets Camp Panic is happening May 3rd from 10:00 am to […]