Slip ‘N Slide toward the weekend!

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Haven’t quite found the right way to beat the heat this summer? With July coming to a close and the “dog days” of summer ahead, we may have found your go-to spot! A giant water slide is coming to downtown Manhattan, Foley Square, for three Saturdays in a row, beginning this weekend!
Indulging in this refreshingly glorious way to cool off (270-feet of water slide), is part of Slide in the City’s partnership with Summer Streets, the annual festival where the people of the city take over their own streets!  Stretching from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge, people in NYC can enjoy their own backyard for walking, biking, partying and now sliding!
All activities, stretching 7 miles along Park Avenue (and connecting streets), are free and open to participants of all ages from 7am-1pm! For a ride on the water slide register ahead of time online. Then get ready to slip, splash, slide and most importantly cool off!

 

Bugaboo Runner Loaner Program at Babesta

bugaboo runner_final_frontWe are excited to announce that starting Thursday, July 16, Babesta will be offering the Bugaboo Runner  for loan, so you can try before you buy and see if a running stroller is for you! We think you’ll be amazed at this performance stroller accessory that can transform your Bugaboo Cameleon, Donkey, Buffalo or Bee into a running machine! Only offered from our Brookfield Location (strategically placed along the city’s premier running trail along the Hudson River), reserve your date and take it out for the day!  Loaners go out in the morning and have to be in by sundown!

Join us tomorrow, Thursday July 16 for snacks, live demos from the Bugaboo expert team, and make your reservation! We have 2 Runners that will be able to reserved daily through the fall! Happy Trails!
Reserve yours by emailing runner@babesta.com or come in to Babesta at Brookfield Place, 250 Vesey Street, NY, NY /  +917 388 2683.

 

“Along the Way” w/ Brooklyn’s KAWS

 KAWS (American, b. 1974). ALONG THE WAY, 2013. Wood, 216 x 176 x 120 in. (548.6 x 447 x 304.8 cm) overall. Brooklyn Museum; Gift in honor of Arnold Lehman, TL2015.27a‒b. © KAWS, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York. (Photo: Adam Reich, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York)

KAWS (American, b. 1974). ALONG THE WAY, 2013. Wood, 216 x 176 x 120 in. (548.6 x 447 x 304.8 cm) overall. Brooklyn Museum; Gift in honor of Arnold Lehman, TL2015.27a‒b. © KAWS, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York. (Photo: Adam Reich, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York)

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New York based designer, KAWS is sharing his art with his own ‘hood this summer. The Brooklyn residing KAWS, aka Brian Donnelly, is bringing his sculptures and paintings to the Brooklyn Museum. KAWS, who previously worked for Disney, is displaying his take on familiar cartoon imagery, which are reminiscent in the main attraction; “Along the Way.” The two eighteen-foot-high wooden sculptures are a colossal greeting to visitors as they enter the museum. They will be hard to miss in the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion & Lobby. KAWS, who began his career as a graffiti artist, has a growing fan base as his artwork was showcased in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This latest exhibit also includes the paintings GLASS SMILE (2012) and SHOULD I BE ATTACKING (2013).

Fete the French at the Family friendly Bastille Day Celebration this Sunday at Brookfield Place!

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We are so excited for our Bastille Day celebration at Brookfield Place this Sunday! Come join us for our “Let them eat cupcakes” themed day (check out Marie Antoinette in our window), celebrating France! We are giving 15% off French brands and themed goods – by Janod toys, 7AM Enfant, Vilac, Sophie the Giraffe & more! Although we can’t offer such deal on our fave french Babyzen Yoyo stroller we are giving a free cupholder with each purchase. As always we’ll put it together for you and deliver for free if you’re under Canal Street. paris calling 3_LR

Cupcakes & champagne served all day! And this is just some of the fun! Our neighbors, Posman’s Books will be reading French books, there will be french language lessons, French games, music and food all day both inside & outside at Brookfield Place!  Be sure to join us!

Vive la France!

 

Gallow Greens Encourages a Magical Adventure

The McKittrick Hotel, known for Sleep No More, is opening its rooftop to the elementary school set. Enter Gallow Greens, the rooftop brunch destination, and you are no longer in Manhattan, but in a fairy tale complete with potions and gardening galore. The Chelsea based hotel is hosting a Potions & Planting event for children, six Sunday mornings this summer through September 12th. Adventurers aged 6-11 are invited to this summer spot for an educational and enjoyable outdoor experience. Head to the rooftop, right off the High Line, to a place where getting your hands dirty is encouraged! Hurry to buy advance tickets because some dates have already been sold out.potions

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Make Mine a Double PROMO: Buy a City Select & get the 2nd Seat Free! (JUNE)

Be sure to take advantage of the latest promo for the awesome City Select stroller by Baby Jogger. This awesome ride can convert from 1 to 2 and is one of our fave sets of wheels for city kids – both mixed age and twins. The narrow profile and the flexibility of the frame make this a great in line option for two. And this month, we are offering a free 2nd seat with the purchase of a City Select stroller. Can’t beat it! Call to reserve yours at 646 290 5508 or swing by one of our shops at 56 Warren street, or 250 Vesey Street at Brookfield Place. www.babesta.com.

 

Welcome to Raneytown!

 

raneytownJourney to the world of Raneytown! We were reminded of imaginative artist, Rebeca Raney’s, hand-painted artwork when she gifted us Friendship rocks (made with matching colors to share with your friends). The imaginative, Brooklyn-based artist, has branched out from sketches to assemble a collection of goods that now include one-of-a-kind bags, wallpaper, note cards and more. Filled with a whimsical cast of characters, Rebeca’s designs have been displayed around the world from Miami to Japan.
Teaming up with Uprise Artist, Ms. Raney has opened her pop up shop in Nolita at 171 Elizabeth street. Stop by an exhibit of signature sketches on display at Babesta Cribz to enjoy some of her earlier works.rebeca raneyrebeccaraney

by: Pia Finnigan

Weekend Fun: Polka Dot Extravaganza with Yayoi Kusama at the David Zwirner Gallery

yk-in the exhibitHeaded over to David Zwirner this weekend and got to see the newest Yayoi Kusama exhibit. Although I thought it might have died down a smidge, it was a gorgeous day so the line was long!  Such a fun show for both kids and adults! As you approach the front door of a suburban-looking house on 19th street (in the gallery), you’re handed a sheet of re-stickable polka dot stickers with which you’re invited to decorate the interior. Walking in is a wow-moment, as the once-whitewashed interior is inundated with brightly colored dots 5 deep- on the walls, floors, sofas, tables and chairs. Of course, it’s hard to resist decorating those around you as well, and I daresay no one left without a mark of the artist, colorful dots making an escape on clothes, faces and iPhones, spilling out into the Chelsea streets and beyond. The adjacent exhibit of Kusama’s features a patch of silver polkadotted pumpkins (note this part is not participatory – they take any extra stickers as you leave the house so be sure to use them all).

YK - fantasy pumpkin patch

Grabbing a snack at Chelsea Market after the exhibit, we spotted many still-spotted people, who had clearly visited the same, still wearing proudly their many badges of pop culture art just a few blocks away.

YK - dots have left the building

THUMBS UP! But note: Long wait, short exhibit – pick your time wisely! Fun, participatory and great for kids and adults alike.

David Zwirner Gallery, 525 W. 19th Street, NYC

Grab Your Bathing Suit and a Bike Helmet! A Staycation in the City is Easy and Fun!

With Memorial Day behind us, it’s time to celebrate the unofficial start of summer and enjoy the sunshine! Busy schedules and travel make it hard, though, to carve out time and travel to a destination vacation.  However, a staycation in the City is well within reach and at the McCarren Hotel, located in hip Williamsburg, fun in the sun is closer than ever!  With complimentary Brooklyn Bicycle Co. bikes and an outdoor saltwater pool, your little ones can break out those sporty sneakers and the cool swimwear to enjoy the weather.  And as your weekend comes to a close on Sunday, be sure to check out the Brooklyn Flea Market, located only a few blocks to the east.

The Gansevoort Meatpacking is another exciting staycation option located in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan and has an outdoor pool (including this ever-cool swan) as well as close proximity to the Highline Park and the brand-new Whitney Museum.  And if you have a pet, fear not! The Gansevoort was voted the most pet-friendly hotel in America!

 

Photo courtesy of Chelsea Hotels

Grab your water shoes! Brooklyn Bridge Park is about to make a Splash!

Brooklyn Bridge Park water park Jeppe Hein

We’re super excited for the upcoming exhibit Please Touch the Art, by Danish artist Jeppe Hein, a water and mirror labyrinth that’s being erected at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The series of 18 sculptures intended for public interaction are sure to be a hit for big and small alike. Our favorite aspect of the exhibit is Appearing Rooms on Bridge View lawn where water shoots up establishing rooms with wet walls (bring your native water shoes!).  Other works include the skyline inspired Mirror Labyrinth, featuring mirror polished stainless steel of varying heights dotting the landscape as well Modified Social Benches, a series of 16 benches each unique, quirky and unexpected. The exhibit begins May 17 and extends to April 17, 2016. See you there!

Photo by Jon Spence