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Monthly Archives: June 2010

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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Officially Summer

by gg[singlepic id=366 w=800 h=600 float=]It’s official. Summer started yesterday and if you were waiting to hit this milestone before starting to shop for the season, don’t worry….we still have sizes.  Yoya’s Summer Collection is gorgeous and we’ve sent in our reserves to make sure you’re able to find a special ensemble. These sleeveless floral dresses have just enough color burst and twirl factor to make any garden party blossom! Our line offers beautiful prints in lightweight fabrics  that make rising temperatures bearable; and designs that challenges you to discover simple details like polka dot accents and flower-tipped belts. Accessorize with Mathilde de Turckheim’s new collection of precious butterfly and dragonfly pins that are sure to spark a few conversations and will be, by far, the only flies welcomed at the picnic.[nggallery id=91]

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.

Kaiko’s Friendly Monsters

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We love t-shirts with cool and unique graphics. Kaiko’s use of rare vintage Japanese  fabrics in floral  and plaid prints have helped to establish this new brand. Their organic t-shirts are deliciously soft, and have a slightly worn wash that gives that feeling of your favorite old t-shirt but without the rips and stains. In a monotone color, a cute pointed ear bat bearing a rose and old-fashioned space robot that has befriended a small bird adorn these cozy tees.[nggallery id=88]

C is for Cordelia de Castellane

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This is our first season working with the French label CdeC. This well-priced line started in 2006 and has everything you’d expect from Parisians, beautiful liberty prints, light comfortable fabrics, and style. Our customers appreciate it all as well as it has quickly become one of our better selling brands and since we are the only store on the East Coast to represent CdeC, you’re sure that the outfit will be something special. The style of CdeC is distinct casual chic from subtle airy tunics for boys (see previous our post) and adorable 2pc sun-suit for girls are just a few of the hits that we’re proud to offer. I wonder what will be for fall? [nggallery id=87]

Paige Lauren

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Paige Lauren’s collection of super soft organic cotton lounge wear is great for lazy days  on the beach or just chillin’ in the crib. A smart selection of  rompers, crawlers and short sleeve dresses offer an array of subtle colors and stripes to assure your baby has something perfect to wear everyday of the summer. Newborns can be treated to the best in comfort with Paige Lauren’s sleep sac which features fold-over mittens  to protect baby from scratches and easy button down access for parents with open elastic footing.  Paige Lauren’s use of micro modal, and supima cotton along with the line’s simple and cozy aesthetic have garnered them a prestigious  iParenting Media Award.[nggallery id=86]