If you’re more of a dog person than a cat person, then you’re finally going to get a café made just for you. A dog cafe named Boris & Horton will be popping up in the East Village by the end of the year and our tails are wagging at the thought of sitting down with a cup of coffee while watching pups play around. New York City’s first dog café is the dream of father-daughter team Coppy and Logan Holzman and named after their two dogs, DNAinfo reports. Patrons will be able to snack on pastries, sandwiches and drinks while the pooches play in a lounging space. To comply with the Department of Health’s rules, the café area and the doggie play area will be divided by a glass wall and while humans can travel between the two spaces, their four-legged counterparts have to remain in the dog area. That side will also offer pet supplies and a photo booth for selfies with your pup. Don’t have a dog because your landlord forbids pets? You can snuggle with someone else’s dog. And if you’re on the search for a new best friend, the cafe will team up with Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue to bring in dogs that need forever homes. If dog owners need to run over to the cafe side to grab a drink or food, staff members will stay behind to watch their pets. But perhaps this will be a great way to meet other dog owners in your neighborhood, watch each other's dogs and later coordinate your own puppy playdates for the future. If you ask us, this sounds like a fun place to visit whether you own a lova
Hey there, fans of Sesame Street! Here's everything we know about the soon-to-be-released Tickle Me Elmo, your kid's future bestie. But first, some fun facts. #1 The original Tickle Me Elmo debuted in 1996 from TYCO and retails for around $100 on eBay. In case you were wondering, that one shakes, giggles and says "That tickles!" #2 A prototype critter called Tickles the Chimp was the first step in creating Tickle Me Elmo. The technology for Tickles the Chimp was going to be used in a toy called Tickle Me Tasmanian Devil (back when TYCO had rights to Looney Tunes and not Sesame Street), but clearly Elmo ended up being the best fit. #3 In 2001, there was a "Surprise Edition" of Tickle Me Elmo, where five of the Tickle Me Elmo products sold stopped laughing on Jan 9, 2002, signaling that the purchaser had won a prize. The grand prize of the five Elmos won $200,000! #whatttt Okay, okay, back to the news. Fall 2017's Tickle Me Elmo will be released on Aug 1, will be geared towards children ages 18 mos–4 years and will retail for approximately $29.99. Along with his usual funny sayings, this Elmo is slightly smaller than the previous version (sized more appropriately for preschool hands) and has two touch points (his tummy or feet) that make him laugh, move and shake. Looking for even more great kids' gear? Explore our favorite outdoor toys for kids, fun local toy stores and the best toy stores in the world, ranked!
Shark Week is swimming its way back into our lives beginning July 23 and with it, Discovery Channel’s shark-related lineup that entices kids and adults year after year. But sitting in front of the television for gripping programs on our marine friends isn’t the only way to celebrate the week. See a few of our favorite ways to honor and learn more about these scary-but-maybe-not-so-scary fishes of the deep below. The Shark Speed Boat Thrill Ride Feel like a shark on the prowl on this racing 30-minute boat ride around the NYC harbor. The wild adventure cuts through the water at 45mph with twists and turns that’ll have you gripping your seat. Don’t worry, there will be a moment of calm when the boat stops right in front of the Statue of Liberty for photos before roaring back to shore. Pier 16, South Street Seaport, 89 South St (212-563-3200, circleline42.com). $29, children ages 3–12 $24. Ages 3 and up (must be 40 inches tall). Sharks, Rays & Turtles The New York Aquarium is still rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy’s destruction in 2012—and completing a brand new exhibit "Ocean Wonders: Sharks!" to open in 2018—but luckily for us, sand tiger sharks, along with rays and turtles, are among those exhibits still on view during construction. Surf Avenue & West 8th Street, Brooklyn (718-220-5100, nyaquarium.com). $11.95, ages 2 and under free. All ages. Shark Dive If your family is brave enough to stare into the eyes of a shark without screaming into your scuba gear, then take a d
Staten Island’s MakerSpace has taken over an empty lot next to its building on 450 Front Street and converted the spot into a beautiful outdoor gallery named MakerPark. Sculptures and painting have transform the once-neglected area into a place where the community can gather for art shows, classes and movie screenings. Photograph: Courtesy Gail Middleton Shipping containers have been decorated with murals and will serve as storage for artists interested in working on larger scale projects. Not only will the public enjoy rotating art installations and programs held in the outdoor gallery, but a live streaming internet radio station will operate out of one of the shipping containers onsite. Photograph: Courtesy Gail Middleton This past weekend, MakerPark hosted its inaugural art show with sculptures created during three MakerSpace programs, including an "UpCycle Journey" class during which creations were developed using recycled materials. The theme is a fitting one, considering the lot has morphed from an unsightly junkyard made worse after Hurricane Sandy into a welcoming place for neighborhood residents. MakerPark is proof that one person’s trash can transform into a community’s treasure.
Guess what? It looks like Governors Island won't be closing at the end of summer—in fact, it'll be open one whole extra month! Since the Island opened a month early this year, 2017 marks the first-ever year that the Island has been open to the public for six months at a time. This means more biking, exploring, hammock grove-swinging and visits to Slide Hill for a zip down one of its four slides. Yippee! We'll surely be heading there for fall fun as well, like leaf-peeping (imagine those views!) and fall-themed activities like Night of 1,000 Jack O' Lanterns, a new ticketed event that will feature more than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins. Michael Samuelian, president of the Trust for Governors Island, notes that "extending the season into October is an important step in our efforts to activate the Island year-round.” For even more to do on Governors Island, visit our Governors Island, NY guide. For more family fun, explore our July events calendar for kids and our favorite summer activities for kids. Governors Island is now open from 10am–6pm weekdays and 10am–7pm on weekends through October 31, 2017.
If you were sad when the bright yellow "OY/YO" sculpture was removed from Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2016, you’ll be thrilled to know that the bilingual art piece is returning the Brooklyn waterfront. Only this time, it’ll be a bit farther north. Deborah Kass' 8-foot tall art piece has popped up on North Fifth Street Pier and Park in Williamsburg where it will live until July 2018. A nod to Brooklyn’s multicultural neighborhoods–"YO" is part of "I am" in Spanish and "OY" is part of the Yiddish expression "oy vey"–the painted aluminum sculpture will once again be a cheerful pop of color with the Manhattan skyline serving as its backdrop. Photograph: Courtesy Daniel Avila "OY/YO" was originally installed in Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Main Street lawn in 2015 as part of the Art in DUMBO campaign and viewers of all ages could often be seen climbing on the letters and crawling inside the "O." When real estate development company Douglaston Development learned that the sculpture needed a new home, it was placed on an esplanade in North Fifth Street Pier and Park the firm had built in partnership with the City Planning Commission (CPC) and NYC Parks. Now families can get up close and personal with the sunshine yellow structure once again. If this sparks a curiosity about other public art installations around the city, take a tour with our list of the best outdoor art in NYC for families.
Selling refreshing drinks at a lemonade stand has always been a fun way for kids to play business owner, gain entrepreneurial skills and earn some side money, but the seemingly innocent practice could have real legal consequences. Once money is exchanged for goods, the mini operation is considered a business and licenses will be required to comply with NYC business laws. According to the New York Daily News, zoning laws in the area where your kid has set up shop could prohibit commercial behavior entirely. Anyone selling food at fixed location, even if just for a few hours, must apply for a Temporary Food Service Establishment permit, which costs $70 for the year. Food vendors must also comply with health standards to ensure the safety of consumers and obtain a certificate from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Food Protection Course. Most law enforcement officers might turn a blind eye to your kids’ lemonade stand, but some might not. Families can remove the risk by offering cups of lemonade for free and asking for donations instead. Kids will still learn how to peddle their goods and the value of hard work without breaking the law. Once your child totals up her hard-earned cash, schedule a shopping trip to the best kids consignment shops and thrift stores, the best toy stores and the best book stores in NYC for kids.
Sugar Factory has launched an Artisanal Donut and Coffee Bar in its Upper West Side restaurant, and the colorful offerings are a feast for the eyes and tummy. The dessert spot has also collaborated with Miami-based MdoughW to release two special treats that will only be available during opening weekend July 14–16. Sugar Factory’s new Corporate Executive Pastry Chef Max Santiago introduced the first shop of its kind and unveiled a menu of new decadent donut flavors. Starting July 14, those with a serious donut craving can indulge on flavors like the Boston Cream donut, the Tiramisu donut and the Original Cannoli donut, which won the Italian episode of Cooking Channel’s "Sugar Showdown" in which Santiago appeared in 2016. Photograph: Courtesy Donna Irene Muccio Stuffed cookie cup company MdoughW’s creations include the Rainbow2 Donut, a rainbow donut stuffed with an Italian rainbow Doughie that’s then stuffed with cotton candy ($6.50). The donut is so rich and sweet that one will probably be more than enough, but if you find yourself wanting more, wash it down with a MdoughW Insane Rainbow Milkshake ($16). The vanilla milkshake is topped with a mountain of mini rainbow sprinkle Doughies and MdoughW Italian Rainbow Cake and is served in glassware dipped in white chocolate. Photograph: Courtesy Donna Irene Muccio Other flavors on the menu include the Disco Tahitian Vanilla Bean + Buttermilk donut, the Old-fashioned Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake donut, Charcoal + Mapl
If you're running out of ways to keep the kids entertained until school starts up again, Summer Streets is about to save your life. The annual event, during which seven miles of Manhattan roads are closed off to vehicles for three Saturday mornings in August, will treat New Yorkers to family-friendly activities, games, music, theater, fitness programs and more—all for free! This year’s lineup is even cooler because one of the rest stops will feature a giant inflatable water park! On Saturdays August 5, 12 and 19, seven miles of New York City’s streets will be closed to vehicles between 7am and 1pm for the public to bike, walk, run and play safely. Six rest stops hosting a variety of activities are scattered along the Summer Streets route, which runs from Central Park East on 72nd St and 5th Ave, down along Park Ave, Lafayette St and Center St until it reaches the entrance of Brooklyn Bridge in Foley Square. The Foley Square rest stop will feature the Vita Coco Beach and Beachside Slide, a 270-foot slide surrounded by palm trees, lounge chairs and a misting station. Families can also catch hand cycle demonstrations, dance performances, bike rentals and basketball games. At the SoHo rest stop (Kenmare St and Cleveland Pl), action sports fanatics can give it a go on Clif Ride Zone’s custom mountain bike track. Don’t worry, parents: coaches will be on hand to guide newbies and kids through the course. Dog-owners who want their pup to join in on the fun should head to the Astor
Unhand your smartphones, computers, iPads and tablets! Just a few hours from NYC is the perfect opportunity to unplug with your whole crew, which might be just what you need this summer. Old Sturbridge Village, New England’s largest living history museum, comes complete with period actors, restored buildings from the early 1800s, working farms (veggie and livestock) and plenty more to enchant your city-slicker kids. Happy 4th of July! Today we celebrate the birth of this country as an independent nation 241 years ago and the brave souls who fought to gain our freedoms. Wishing you and yours a happy and safe Independence Day filled with joy. . . . #independenceday #oldsturbridgevillage #patriotic #fun #scenesofma #scenesofnewengland #livinghistory #museum #sturbridge #village #massachsetts #newengland #igworcesterma #igmass #igmassachusetts #ignewengland #history #makehistory #4thofjuly🇺🇸🇺🇸 #july4 #musket #fire #meetinghouse #militia #usa #america A post shared by Old Sturbridge Village (@oldsturbridgevillage) on Jul 4, 2017 at 7:53am PDT The tech-free, stroller-accessible experience offers an entire village to explore (as the name implies), and kids can romp through root cellars, hay barns filled with chickens and period homes with actors who will puzzle over the mention of television and telephones. In order to get the full experience, you’ll want to check the day’s schedule on the website, which lists off things like log-cutting with huge saws at