Upper West Side
An avenue-by-avenue guide to the most family-friendly area outside Orlando.
Thu May 15 2008
New York Kids Club (265 W 87th St between Broadway and West End Ave, 212-721-4400) supervises tykes six months through six years during unstructured playtimes, and offers classes in dance, crafts and martial arts. And children's flicks usually reign at the AMC Loews 84th Street 6 (2310 Broadway at 84th St, 212-877-3892), where the first screenings of the day start around 10am.
At neighborhood institution Harry's Shoes for Kids (2315 Broadway at 84th St, 212-874-2034), staffers will get your tot properly fitted with a new pair of Primigis, Pumas, Uggs or Stride Rites. The Zeyna and Philippe shop (2265 Broadway at 82nd St, 212-580-4401) stocks kids' clothing in sizes from infant to tween, Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags, board books and yoga wear for mom. A surprise hit, though, is Essential Plus (2259 Broadway between 80th and 81st Sts, 212-724-4905): a drugstore at street level but a toy wonderland one flight up, complete with two train tables (Brio and Thomas & Friends). You'll know you've found it when you see the flock of toddlers gathered around the coin-operated Flintstones car and Bert-and-Ernie fire truck out front.
Finish up at Italian gelateria Grom (2165 Broadway at 76th St, 212-362-1837), where a small cup of all-natural frozen goodness will set you back five bucks—but don't scream highway robbery until you've tasted it. We suggest a combo of the fragola (strawberry) sorbetto and tiramisu gelato.
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