This family Shangri-La's bad reputation is merely a conspiracy to keep the crowds at bay.
Wed Sep 24 2008
Superboys and Wonder Girls can try on capes in front of a wind machine to see how they’d look in action at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. (372 Fifth Ave, 718-499-9884). That feature alone is enough to sell us on the spot, but push back a secret set of shelves and—kazam!—you’ll find yourself in the hidden headquarters of 826NYC, a nonprofit writing program for kids ages six to 18, cooked up by onetime Brooklynite Dave Eggers.
If your tween is into knitting, she’ll love fingering the skeins at Stitch Therapy (176 Lincoln Pl, 718-398-2020), a cozy nest just off the crowded Seventh Avenue sidewalk. Less calm but equally appealing is the tiny, overflowing Toy Space (426 Seventh Ave, 718-369-9096), where busy mothers and fathers buy non-tacky gifts (think Haba wooden trains and Rody inflatable horses) on their way to a birthday party. Newer moms make regular pilgrimages to Boing Boing (204 Sixth Ave, 718-398-0251) to stock up on breast-feeding supplies, try on slings and carriers, and purchase Sophie La Girafe ($20), the nontoxic-rubber teething toy that every self-respecting Park Slope six-month-old must own.