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Parks and Recreation

by gg[singlepic id=361 w=700 h=500 float=] Summertime and the living is easy…. in the city, the mercury rises and heat radiates from the pavement but New Yorkers always know how to have a good time taking advantage of all that the city has to offer. Music, theater, sports, you name it, chances are you can find an event to suit everyone. One of the best places to be in the know about outdoor happenings is the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation website.

The Highline, our newest neighborhood park,  will host Imagination Playground on July 17 to encourage creativity and free play for all ages.

For music lovers and aficionados there is  Play Me I’m Yours, presented by Sing for Hope. I stumbled upon an installation on Gansevoort Street and secretly wished I knew how to play a tune to impress the patio crowd at Pastis.  This awesome Trans-Atlantic project is the brainchild of British artist Luke Jerram. New York City is his 9th stop on this global tour since 2008. He has placed sixty…that’s 60 pianos all over the city for public use between 9am-10pm until July 5 as well as 21 pianos  in London. The goal is to inspire a sense of community and self-expression through art and play as participants are also encouraged to connect and share their experience through their perspective city website.

The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park productions are always very popular if thou art so inclined but there are also several performances that cater to a variety of spectators.  I was fortunate enough to experience an updated version of Sleeping Beauty for the under 10 crowd. There are also dynamic ‘gorilla’ productions in Central Park which should be experienced at least once.

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Ride a Painted Pony….

by gg[singlepic id=358 w=800 h=600 float=]In the case of the new carousel at Pier 62 aka Chelsea Cove (located just north of Chelsea Piers at 22nd Street) one can choose to ride one of 33 hand-painted creatures plucked from the depths of the Hudson River and someone’s wild imagination.  Carousel enthusiasts will recognize similarities  with the Bronx Zoo’s Bug Carousel as they were both made by the same manufacturer.  What makes this one interesting and unique is the wildlife representation from both water and land that are or once were indigenous to the region. Yes, you can still dream while riding a fantasy unicorn adorned with butterflies but it’s hard not to pay homage to nature and our environment while spinning around and round on a log adorned by Horseshoe Crabs, and eels or flanked by sea-horses, turtles, foxes and deer.[nggallery id=89]

Thank you Hudson River Park Trust for a great and welcomed addition to the neighborhood. But wait…there’s more, the Battery Park Carousel is scheduled to arrive this fall!

Open daily 11am-7pm weather permitting. $2 per ride.

Visit the Hudson River Park website for more information.

Support Global Action for Children

[singlepic id=284 w=800 h=600 float=]Our Yoya & Yoyamart family is proud to be a part of this special event by Planet Awesome Kids to benefit a wonderful charity, Global Action for Children. A fun-filled family fantasy afternoon is planned with music, food and activities for all ages. Tickets are $75 in advance or $100 at the door. 100% of proceeds from admission sales and winning silent auction bids will be donated to GAC. Children under 12 will be admitted for free. It’s a win-win situation!

When: Saturday, March 20th from 1pm-4pm.

Where: Milk Gallery, 450 West 15th Street, 2nd Floor (between 9th & 10th Ave.)

For more information or to purchase tickets visit

See you there!

Calling All Cinephiles!

by gg[singlepic id=275 w=800 h=600 float=]Don’t miss the New York International Children’t Film Festival. Since 1997, the NYICFF has been showcasing intelligent and creative films geared toward young audiences and redefining the meaning of children’s  entertainment. There are 100 films of different genres from around the world to be enjoyed including experimental shorts and features, live action and of course….animated. What’s more is that the festival offers film production workshops for children 6-16.  Young critics also have the opportunity to vote for favorites and participate in the NYICFF 2010 Awards Ceremony March 14. Screening and events take place at various venues in Manhattan (Cantor Film Center, Directors Guild of America, IFC Center, Scholastic Theatre, Peter Norton Symphony Space and The Times Center) through to March 21.

NYICFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

For more information, check their website

Moomah delights

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I arrive at Moomah desperate for my morning caffeine, although it’s already 1:30pm. My walk to the register is a long one, as I stop to admire the beautiful shadow boxes that line the wall. Surprisingly, there are quite a few kid-less adults relishing their lunch, which is the category I am about to join.

A few minutes after placing my order, a frothy heavenly cappuccino arrives at my table along with a bowl of granola, walnuts, raisins and honey that I couldn’t resist. Several kids are busy chatting up their chaperones, snacking or enjoying their activities. A sign on my table informs me that the Funky Forest is open. This, one of the daily kid events at Moomah, is an interactive projected forest where kids can play while mom sips away at her coffee or enjoys a 15 min neck massage in shenzhen (available on Mondays with a purchase of a Do-It-Together Kit). In fact, classes of all kinds are available, from glow-in-the-dark yoga to art and nature courses all operated by trained staff. Behind me, I notice a large screen which makes it possible for guardians to keep an eye on the little tikes while remaining in the comfort of their seats. Nifty!

Actually, the whole place is pretty nifty. The simple modern design, good music, yummy organic menu options and plenty of toys, puzzles and activities to keep the little ones entertained,  make Moomah unique and perfectly situated in a part of the city that has evolved into a family-oriented mecca.

Moomah is located at 161 Hudson Street (Tribeca between Laight and Hubert Streets)

Please visit their website, call 212 226 0345 or email for more information.

Tim Burton at the MoMA

by gg[singlepic id=250 w=800 h=600 float=]We are huge Tim Burton fans. The Nightmare Before Christmas has become a holiday tradition for our family snuggle moviefest. So, it was with great expectations that we visited the Museum of Modern Art to experience Tim Burton’s works and learn all about his evolution as an artist. The exhibit is awesome.  The entrance (photo above by Michael Locasiano) is a quintessential Burton creation and ushers visitors into the freakish world beyond which includes 700 pieces from his public and private collections. It highlights everything from sketches, to live-action animation, movies, props and  3-D models of characters snapped directly out from the Burton imaginarium. Perhaps the most inspirational artifact is the submission he sent to Disney as a high-school student accompanied by their encouraging response letter. It is really a true testament to his passion and drive as an artist.  The exhibition will remain in NYC until April 26. We can’t wait to see his production of Alice in Wonderland  next month.


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The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day. Dr. Seuss

It was a cold, wet December day when we visited Swimming Pool , an awesome art installation by Argentine artist Leandro Erlich , presently located at PS1 Contemporary Art Center. Visitors can stand at the water’s edge and experience surreal moments by witnessing life beneath the rippling waters. If you venture below, you will find yourself in the most calming space in Queens; except for the inevitable lap or two, you’ll want to sit and meditate, even my 3-year old sat still for a minute![nggallery id=51]

Plan your visit before March 1st. It’s an easy train ride (E/V/G/7) from the city and great fun for all ages. See video visit

One fish, two fish…

by gg[singlepic id=194 w=800h=600 float=]The Hudson River is a big part of our everyday life here in NYC’s Far West Village as it provides an instant escape from the hustle of the city. Last week, while crossing the bridge between Pier 45 and 46 with my children, we noticed several objects floating on the water. At first, we assumed it was the regular accumulation of debris in the area known as the Bow Notch but upon closer inspection, we soon realized that it was actually a statement about pollution and our environment.

Artist David Tully, has anchored plastic fish sculptures in the waters of the Bow Notch. Each one is filled with trash recently recovered from the same area by Clean Sanctuary Campaign volunteers.

I was able to get a few snapshots but I admit it doesn’t do it justice. If you can, stop by before November 30 and see the installation in person, it’s a great topic for discussion and kids are able to seize the imagery immediately.

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Pumpkin Patch in the MPD

by gg[singlepic id=161 w=300 h=500 float=]Visit the 1st Annual Urban Pumpkin Patch in the Meat-Packing District to benefit the Food Bank for New York City.

There will be a lot of fun activities like:

  • pumpkin picking, carving, and decorating.
  • pedi-cab hayrides
  • petting zoo

Dates: Friday, October 23 9am-6pm and Saturday, October 24 10am-6pm.

Location: 9th Avenue and Little West 12th Street (just 2 blocks from Yoya)

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Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
1000 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
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Free Ikea Water Taxi:
Pier 11/Wall St.
New York, NY 10005
(212) 742-1969 ext 222
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Prospect Park Zoo:
450 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11225
(718) 399-7339
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