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NYC kids tell us why they have the best dad in the world

From accompanying them on roller coasters to making omelets for breakfast, New York City kids share what makes their father the best dad in the world.

Get ready to “aww”: Just in time for Father’s Day, we chatted up a few pint-sized kids at Governors Island, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Public Library and New York Kids Club in Tribeca about why they have the best dad in the world, and the results are oh-so-adorable. Click through the slideshow to see answers by New York City kids both big and small, and be sure to send us a picture of your own favorite dad and his children for our Father’s Day photo contest!

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "He helps people have an easier time using the Google search engine. My dad works at Google."—Ryan, 9, Brooklyn

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    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    Atiyah, 11 and Akilah, 10, Brooklyn
    Atiyah: "He’s funny. We like to play on Eastern Parkway."
    Akilah: "My dad takes me out whenever I ask and he buys me a lot of things, almost everything I want."
     

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "He always takes care of me and works really hard to get me the things I need. He loves me."—Layna, 9, Brooklyn

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    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "Because he goes places with you."—Paul, 3, Brooklyn

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    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "He almost gave me a million toys! My favorite is Barbie."—Janessa, 5, Brooklyn

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    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    Grace, 7 (left) and Rose, 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park
    Grace: "He's a really good pusher."
    Rose: "And he takes us to ride roller coasters on Coney Island!"

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    Zahra, 4 (left) and Rayaan, 5, Brooklyn
    Zahra: "Um… hugging!"
    Do you know what you’re doing on Father’s Day? It’s coming up really soon!
    Rayaan: "Breakfast day!"

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "He made my baby sister!"—Bannack, 3, Brooklyn 

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    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "Dad. Abba."—Khaia, 1, Brooklyn

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    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    Luke, 6, with Dad at Brooklyn Bridge Park
    Luke: "We went to two parks! This one and South Street Seaport."
    Dad: "We're on kind of like a 'Two Dudes' day."

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "I love him."—Nico, 5, Brooklyn

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    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "Sometimes he cooks omelets, lentils and rice and mac n' cheese! My favorite is lentils and rice."—Julian, 6, Brooklyn

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    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "He cooks me mac n' cheese."—Sasha, 4, Brooklyn (sister of Julian, previous slide)

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    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "We go to the movies together. On Father's Day, there's this kids' marathon that I'm going to be in. But I'm not that fast."—Travis, 6, Brooklyn

  • Photo: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "I like to play with my dad. We both painted our noses with red dots."—James, 5, Windsor Terrace

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "I love dad."—Camilla, 2, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "What we like the most about our dad is that he cooks for us and always lets us play games and will give us an iPad mini."—James, 8, Jan Luc, 4, and Julien, 2

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "What I like the most about my dad is how he hugs me, plays with me and eats all my meals with me."—Jake, 4 1/2, Upper East Side

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "I love my dad because I love him and play games with him and will give him a big surprise on Father's Day. Shhhhh! Flowers!"—Marni, 4, with sister Naya, 1

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "Daddy takes me up and plays with me when it's time to play."—Tova, 3, with Nava, 23 months

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    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "We already had Father's Day in Germany. I decorated cupcakes for him and made them with raisins, pears, and chocolate. I like to paint with my dad. We were just stamping. I spelled out 'mango'. It's my favorite."—Mia, 4, Park Slope, Brooklyn

  • Photo: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "We play lots of games together! Sometimes pretend. And I like going out to get pizza with my dad."—Corrie, 6, Sunnyside, Queens

  • Photo: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "I like to go fishing with my brother and dad. We usually go to to Verona Lake. We go running a lot. I'm training for my first 5K. We're going to Shelter Island on Father's Day. I'm gonna to a 5K run/walk with my mom and my dad's gonna run the 10K."—Alex, 8, Bloomfield, NJ

  • Photo: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "I like to go to the park with my dad. We get to picnic and I like that he pushes me on the swings."—Laura, 5, Woodhaven, Queens

  • Photo: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world
    "I like making sculptures with my dad. We're supposed to make a castle. We like to do arts and crafts together. He helps me on my posters for science and stuff. For Father's Day, we're going out to dinner with my dad's parents"—Taylor, 8, Ridgewood, NJ

  • Photo: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "I like to play games with my dad like Tic Tac Toe and go to the museums. I like to go out and get pizza with him and eat at Fred's!"—Samantha, 5, Upper West Side

  • Photo: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "I like to play ball and draw with my dad and go to different places like Governors Island. I love my dad because he's nice and takes good care of me."—Kendra, 8, Brooklyn

  • Photo: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    Mikael, 5, and Aaron, 2, Park Slope, Brooklyn
    Mikael: "We like to play 'Catch the Monster.' Me and Aaron have to run away from dad and then we try to catch him."
    Aaron: "I get taken hostage and then my brother saves me and we tackle our dad. And then we do puzzles!"

  • Photo: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    "I like to go to the park with my dad. Six Flags is the best, and we ride rollar coasters. I love him because he's so fun—we bike ride and we play lots of video games."—Katrina, 9, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

  • Photo: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world
    "I like to get ice cream with my dad. We draw together and play with objects. I like his iPod."—Khloli, 3, Park Slope, Brooklyn

  • Photo: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    Noah, 11, and Zach, 8, Battery Park
    Noah: "I like playing basketball and soccer with my dad. We go out to watch movies and go exploring. We biked here at Governors Island. My dad is from France and taught me French."
    Zach: "I like to draw a lot with my dad. We build structures like mini planes."

  • Photo: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
    From left to right: Kinsley, 6, Preston, 4, and Grayson, 5, Battery Park City
    Kinsley: "He lets me have lots of fun. I like to go to the circus and the zoo because I like animals."
    Preston: "Me too! Me too! I like to go to the circus with dad"
    Grayson: "I like to ride a bike with him and cycle. We saw the elephants jumping at the circus side by side. My dad's the best cause he's so smart."

Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

Tell us why you have the best dad in the world.
"He helps people have an easier time using the Google search engine. My dad works at Google."—Ryan, 9, Brooklyn


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