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    The Tea Lounge struggles

    Tue Oct 6

    Photo: Imogen Brown Back in 2006, our readers voted Park Slope the city's most kid-friendly neighborhood (natch) and made note of the bustling stroller scene on Saturday mornings at local coffee spot The Tea Lounge . Needless to say, we were sad when the South Slope location of the parent-and-child hangout closed last summer due to a rent hike, and now we're even sorrier to report that the java hut's plans to expand to Brooklyn Heights have also been quashed. The Brooklyn Paper says that due to "ridiculous lease requests" by the building's co-op board, the Tea Lounge was unable to sign on for an additional location. The timing is terrible: The Cobble Hill outpost closed just last week, which leaves only one Tea Lounge in Brooklyn on Union Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. According to the owner, business there isn't exactly thriving, which makes us concerned for its future. We can't imagine Park Slope without this chameleon cafe, which...

    Tuesday event pick: Meet the Authors Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

    Tue Oct 6

    If your kid's ever wanted to meet Mary Poppins herself, today's her chance to do it! Diva-turned-writer Julia Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, will be reading from their latest book Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble at 5:30pm today. A few rules, of course (the world's most beloved nanny can't make it to easy on you!): Wristbands will be given out starting at 9am, and you must buy a copy of the book in order to obtain one. And leave those vintage Playbills at home: The former Broadway star won't be signing any memorabilia. If you adhere to these directions, you're sure to have a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious time!

    Monday event pick: Joyce Theatre Fall Preview in Bryant Park

    Mon Oct 5

    While the weather won't feel like summer the way it did yesterday, the temperature is still mild, so the last thing kids (and parents!) want to do is run home after school. So don't! The venerable Chelsea dance center Joyce Theater is holding a preview of its fall lineup in Bryant Park this evening starting at 6pm. Six troupes will perform during the free 90-minute program, including Ballet Hispanico Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Parsons Dance and Rioult. It's a great way to expose the kids to some complimentary culture...and continue to enjoy the great outdoors.

    October deals and discounts

    Mon Oct 5

    Sure, you may end up blowing your budget on Halloween (although with our tips on making your own costumes and free or inexpensive events, there's no reason why you should), but the deals below can help make this season a little easier on your wallet. 10% off items at Firefly Children's Boutique October 1 - 8 The cute kids clothing store is hosting a clothing drive to benefit the John D.V. Salvador Foundation from October 1 - 8. Bring in donations of summer (yup, we said summer!) duds, and enjoy 10% off any one regular priced item. Start your spring cleaning now! 224 Front St between Beekman St and Peck Slip, 646-416-6560. Up to $50 off Britax products at Planet Kids through October 18 If you're in the market for a new car seat, booster, stroller or infant carrier (or looking to buy a gift for one of your pregnant friends), Planet Kids is offering up to 50 bucks off all of its Britax products, both in store and online . It's always nice to save...

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