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    Madison Rose opens up in Carroll Gardens

    Tue Oct 20

    We recently spoke to Jillian DiChiaro, co-owner of Madison Rose , a new maternity shop in Carroll Gardens . The store, which is named after her two daughters, Riley Madison and Stella Rose, buys, sells and trades maternity clothes. "After my second daughter was born, I decided to sell my maternity clothes online," says DiChiaro. "I had spent a lot of money on them and felt that someone else could get use out of them. It was then that I realized how desperately women wanted fashionable maternity clothes at reasonable prices!" At first, DiChiaro bought clothes from women in her neighborhood and online, and set up shop in her house. But, when her husband got laid off (he was a former merchandiser), the duo decided to pool their talents and open up Madison Rose. The boutique carries stylish items including brands such as Olian , Maternal America , Momzee and Noppies . All buying and selling is done by appointment only, so make sure to call the store in...

    Greenlight Bookstore Launch Party

    Tue Oct 20

    The opening of a locally owned shop of any kind is cause for celebration, especially when so many NYC stores are shutting their doors. But for lit lovers, the arrival of a new indie bookstore feels like a national holiday. That's why we're thrilled to hear that eagerly awaited Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene opens to the public this Saturday, October 24 . Come by at 10am for storytime with Michelle Knudsen, author of the adorable (and bestselling) picture book Library Lion . There will be book-related goodies and prizes for the kids (and a champagne toast for grownups who return to the store at 7pm), but we think the real treat is the fact that city bibliophiles of all ages have a new haven, just in time for curl-up-with-a-good-book season.

    Tuesday's pick of the day: Turkish Celebration!

    Tue Oct 20

    If you don't know whole lot about the country of Turkey—or even if you do—you can get a taste of the rich culture at the free Turkish Celebration being held at Grand Central today, featuring live performances, tasty treats and plenty of music. If you can't make it today, swing by any other day this week; the fest continues through Friday.

    Speyer Legacy School: Just for gifted kids?

    Mon Oct 19

    Wait a minute, you're probably thinking, aren't all independent schools for gifted students? That's why my kid had to take a million tests to get into Collegiate! But that's not what the brains behind the brand new Speyer Legacy School would like you to think. Today's New York Times profiles the new K-8 school, which opened last month and claims to be unique because of its 100% gifted and talented student body. According to The Times , Speyer Legacy "follows a curriculum developed specifically for advanced learning, with an emphasis on student inquiry. For instance, students are told they are discussing meteorology rather than the daily weather, and that they are studying entomology rather than insects. Classes are limited to 18, and include time for art, music, chess and Spanish." "Speyer does not set a minimum test score for admission, though Connie Williams Coulianos, the head of school, said that all of the current students scored in the high 90s on...

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