Family Day at the Whitney tomorrow
Fri Oct 2
If you've yet to see the Whitney's Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition which we touted in our September issue , tomorrow afternoon is the perfect time to check it out. During the museum's annual Family Day , admission is just 10 bucks for your entire brood. (Technically kids under 18 get in free, but we assume parents are going too!) The fee includes access to the exhibition plus a ton of awesome, kid-friendly activities, including guided gallery tours, abstract art workshops and even window box planting in honor of O'Keeffe's signature subject. Bonus: With tons of kids running around, no one will notice if your darlings misbehave.
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.
Park Slope gets new Chinese Restaurant
Thu Oct 1
The Brooklyn Paper reports that the owners of the well-regarded New American resto Stone Park Cafe will be opening a casual Chinese eatery on Fifth Avenue in the space that previously housed Tempo. While there's plenty of delicious, cheap Thai food in the area (we're looking at you Song and Long Tan), Chinese has been lacking from the neighborhood's Asian menu. We're hopeful this addition will fill the culinary gap—and finally give Park Slope kids a chance to experience what their friends in Manhattan have been ordering up for decades. Now, if only the owners of Al Di La would open up an Indian restaurant....
Bless your pets during the Feast of Saint Francis this weekend
Thu Oct 1
Are your kids longing to honor their dog, cat or guinea pig, or just wanting a chance to parade their prized pet in public? Then the Blessing of the Animals is an event they won't want to miss. Because of his affinity with living things, Francis of Assisi is remembered as the patron saint of animals. On the first Sunday in October, many congregations throughout the city celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis by inviting folks (religious and otherwise) to bring their pets to church to receive a blessing. A few tips: Be sure to leash your pet, or bring it in a sturdy carrier. If your child's hamster is high-strung or his tabby is timid, leave the animal at home. Many churches are happy to bless a photo; some will even bless stuffed toys. And even if you don't have a pet, it's worth checking out all the furry fun. Although not all congregations choose the same day for the fest, the lion's share of church-held events occurs this weekend. In case of inclement weather, be sure to call...
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