What's in a nickname?
Fri Oct 2
Photo: David Yaseen With arts programs perennially underfunded in New York City public schools, it's somewhat cheering to note that aesthetics are considered when new institutions are constructed . The brand-new Frank Sinatra School of the Arts building, just a few blocks from my Astoria apartment, sports a spiffy glass facade emblazoned with names of various performers. As you can see from this photo, which was taken a few years ago when the building was being erected, a few enthusiastic construction workers even paid homage to the school's namesake by scrawling his nickname on one of the support beams. (That tribute is no longer visible.) See, your kids are right to gape at every construction site they pass; you never know what you're going to spy.
What to do this weekend: decisions, decisions
Fri Oct 2
This happens to me every year: Three of my favorite annual family events always end up on the same day! This Sunday, October 4, is the dreaded day when the Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral St. John the Divine, the celeb-studded Great Children's Read at Columbia University and the Medieval Festival at the Cloisters all conflict. (That photo to the left is my daughter at the Cloisters two years back!) And they're all free, so I can't even use my budget to help me choose! In addition to my big three--all of which are outside (I hope they don't get rained out!)--there are a ton of other amazing activities around town, most of which are free. You can find our free picks here -- International Pickle Day on the Lower East Side and the Apple Picking fest at the Queens County Farm Museum both sound pretty sweet--as well as other recommended events that cost a minimal amount of cash on Saturday and Sunday . But They Might Be...
Visit the Baby Show NYC this weekend
Fri Oct 2
The Metropolitan Pavilion may be best known for hosting high-end samples sales, but this weekend it's attracting a different type of audience: parents and babies. On Saturday and Sunday, the Baby Show NYC will take over the space. Moms and dads can peruse over 50 different vendors to find the latest baby products and services from Babies "R" Us , Maclaren , Milkdot , Mabel's Labels and more. There's also a whole slew of seminars and panels lined up. Denise Spatafora, author of Better Birth Book , will talk about childbirth options, while Sophie Demenge of Oeuf and Jill Fehrenbacher of Inhabitots will give tips on green parenting. And even the littlest visitors can get in on the act: Citibabes will be sponsoring games and activities from their Power Baby program. Tickets in advance are $20 for one-day and $30 for two-days. At the door, the price goes up to $30 for one-day and $40 for two-days, so buy now! Plus, the first 500...
Big literary names this weekend at Books of Wonder
Fri Oct 2
The iconic Chelsea children's bookshop consistently showcases top-notch authors and illustrators, and this Saturday is no exception. Two of our favorites will be there: The delightful Patrick McDonnell will present his latest work, Wag! (you may remember his Hug Time , which charmed the heck out of us), and Brooklyn's Michael Rex will get goofy with The Runaway Mummy, one of five Halloween parodies featured in our current issue. We're not sure what connects the two authors—or the seven others making an appearance at the event—but no doubt there's a method to BoW's inspired madness.
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