Archive: Around Town

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


Babesta at Brookfield Place! We’re Mall Rats!

Babesta at Brookfield PlaceNever thought we’d see a mall we’d want to call home in NYC until we met Brookfield Place! Between grilled cheeses from Little Munster, crepes at Le District, working out at Equinox and shopping our faves at Vince, Theory, Burberry, Lululemon. . . this place had us at hello! And it’s not even done yet – more to come! Scoop, Saks Fifth Avenue, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon! And of course we love the location – on the water in front of the marina. The sundowns are spectacular!

With this new location, we’re aiming to make it easier for our friends in FiDi and BPC, introduce ourselves to the professional crowd and greet travelers, all with a great group of awesome stuff – from indie fashion, amazing gifts (many of which they won’t find anywhere else in the US) to the hottest strollers, furniture and gear! We also wanted to try  out a new format of the shop bringing Cribz & Threads together and extend our footprint, taking the opportunity to show new things! Don’t worry, nothing’s changing in Tribeca, we’ll still be there bringing you the best products curated by our off-the-hook buyers, an array of services to make it easier for parents, parents-to-be and gift-givers and the amazing baby brainiac-level knowledge of our Babesta stylists!

If you haven’t been over yet to Babesta at Brookfield Place yet, it’s time. Here are some pics to whet your appetite – we suggest  shopping Babesta (as well as our awesome neighbors CosBar, Judith & Charles, Bonobos, and Posman Books & then hitting Hudson Eats for a gooey grilled cheese – tell them we sent you!

babesta window at brookfield placeEstella and Oeuf plush toysBugaboo fleet of strollers at Brookfield place babestacool kid robot and more at babestaMy name is simone at babestabloom alma mini and gogos chop shoplove babesta

Around Town: Get Artful this Season!

It’s gonna be an artful season for you and your culture vulturitos! Check out some of our top picks around town this season!FaceBook Chuck Close

Close Up: Chuck Close at the Parrish

From May 10 through July 26, 2015, the Parrish Art Museum presents Chuck Close Photographs, a comprehensive presentation of the modern art superstar known for his large scale collage style photography (almost a modern approach to impressionism, in our opinion). Suffering from facial blindness, this New York based artist is not only an artistic pioneer but an inspiration for overcoming challenges and reaching the height of the contemporary art scene. The exhibition features over 125 of the artist’s images, from the early maquettes to large scale composite portraits. May 10–July 26. Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY.

Bjork, Volta, 2007. Photography by Nick Knight. Image courtesy of Wellhart Ltd. & One Little Indian

Bjork, Volta, 2007. Photography by Nick Knight. Image courtesy of Wellhart Ltd. & One Little Indian

It’s Oh So Awesome: Bjork at the MoMA

This spring, treat yourself to an interactive view into the life of alt rock singer-songwriter Bjork. You may remember her for her quirky fashion sense (swan dress anyone)?, but her creative spirit spans well beyond fashion and even music. The exhibit features 20 years of the Icelandic native’s innovative projects and eight full-length albums. March 8–June 7, MOMA.

 world pillowfight day

Bed Head: World Pillow Fight Day

Find your inner kid and grab a (soft) pillow. You have permission to let the feathers fly. April 4th is International Pillow Fight day, and adults from all over the city come together and regain their youth. Because the participants tend to be “big kids at heart” but not literally kids, keep your little ones at home. But definitely replicate the scene when you get home with a nice friendly match in the playroom. April 4, 2015, Multiple locations.

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin © 2014 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, DF/Artists’ Rights Society (ARS) New York

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin © 2014 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, DF/Artists’ Rights Society (ARS) New York

Sunny Day Sunday: Stop and Smell las Rosas

The New York Botanical Garden celebrates noted Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in what is to be her first solo exhibition in NYC in over 25 years. For Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory will become Casa Azul, outfitted with Mexican terracotta pots, beautiful flowers and traditional folk art items. A dozen of her paintings will be shown  in the nearby gallery.  May 16–November 1.

Whitney Museum rendering courtesy of Renzo Piano building workshop in collaboration with Cooper Robertson & Partners

Whitney Museum rendering courtesy of Renzo Piano building workshop in collaboration with Cooper Robertson & Partners

To Whit: Opening of the new Whitney

Take the downtown train from Madison to Gansevoort: That’s right, the Whitney Museum is headed south! On May 1st be a part of the highly anticipated outdoor–indoor celebration of American art. It will be the biggest extravaganza the Whitney has ever done. Opens May 1, 2015.

 May 2015 Portrait copy

Outta Town: Museums at Night

We found the perfect reason to keep your night owl flocking about town. Started in Berlin 15 years ago, the Night at the Museum festival has grown to include 30 countries and over 530 venues. Celebrated each May on the weekend closest to International Museums Day, this year’s event will feature everything from trapeze artists to poetry readings. Dash around the European museum scene and take in the culture. Unfortunately New York isn’t on the route just yet, though we know several museums have later nights on Friday & Saturday, perfect for an end-of-the-week extra dose of culture. Join in the adventure May 13th16th.


An Ugly Doll Lost in Love

looking for love

Lonely #uglydoll Betty felt a #Februarychill
Needed that special monster to give her a thrill

So decked out in her latest #threadz
Out on the town she heads

Prepared to cross borough lines
Oh will she find ❤ #love devine?

Answering a post from monstermatch.ny
Why not give a #vday romance one more try?

Searching from the #city hall stop
Scanning the benches, would this be a flop?

Little did she know waiting in the distance
Was the hippest of monster men, who was  quite persistent ….

Will #uglydoll Betty find the monster of her dreams?
Check back on V-day and see where Betty and her Monster friends go, wear, and do!…

by: Pia Finnigan

A Night at the Museum in NYC – Grab your toothbrush!

Wouldn’t it be cool to relive “The Night at the Museum” movies and actually spend the night the museum? Yeah, we think so too! And it wouldn’t be the city if there weren’t tons of choices for an over-the-top, educational and uber cool museum sleepover – you just have to decide the theme: Animals, Intrepid or Mystery! Pack up your sleeping bags  & tooth brushes: Here are some of our favorites!

American Museum of Natural History

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Central Park West at 79th Street, Manhattan

From the enormous T-Rex display to the gigantic whale, bring the children along for an educational tour and flashlight fossil find while you spend an entire evening in a dim museum. Cost includes snacks and light breakfast as well. Check the website for more details and dates, to no one’s surpass, they  sell out quickly!

Cost: $145

Ages: 7-14

Time: 5:45pm-9am


The Bronx Museum “Family overnight Safari”

kidhattan image(Image via kidhattan) 

2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx

RRRROAR!!!! Imagine having a slumber party with the lions tigers and bears, well here you have it! During this safari overnight you get a sneak peak of what the animals are up to once the suns down. Must bring your own tent and picnic dinner. Beverages dessert and late-night snack will be provided.

Cost: $175

Ages: 5 and up

Time: 4:30pm-10:00am


Intrepid Museum “Operation Slumber”


Pier 86, West 46th St & 12th Ave

This cool slumber experience includes fun sea and space exhibits that the entire family can enjoy. Admission includes Space Shuttle Pavilion Meals (dinner, snacks & breakfast), Scavenger Hunts, a Ride on our XD Theater Cosmic Coaster, Goodie bag for youth participant w/T-shirt and more.

Cost: $120

Ages: 6-17

Time: 6:00pm-8:00am


Historic Richmond Town’s “Mystery, Murder and Mischief Sleepover”

441 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island

Step back in time at this  sleepover,  although only available for private parties and groups of up to 20 children this proves to be an interesting night, guests take a candlelight tour of the early American town and witness a mock murder trial at the 1837 courthouse, where they bunk down for the night.

Cost: $45 per child; $40 for each adult chaperone

Ages: 8-12

Time: 7:00pm-11:30am


Sleepover at Citi Field


123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Queens, 718-507-6387

A dream come true for any baseball fan. Let your little slugger spend a night on NYC’s Citifield. Lil Mets fans watch a game on the jumbo screen while snacking on their peanuts and Cracker Jacks…It’s a home run!


Via: Citifield

- Maria Burgos

Rockin’ around NYC Rinks

ice skating

While Rockefeller Center and Wollman Rink at Central Park are staples during prime ice skating season we’ve discovered a few locales that are must-see or just a little bit closer to home. Lace up & get ready for an ice-skating breakdown!    

Winter Village@ Bryant Park 

Winter Garden Rink at Bryant Park is an exciting, family fun-filled and just an all-round good time holiday rink. With the festive blue tree lit up as a centerpiece, tons of people buzzing around while shopping and delights being sipped while music plays- the holiday song (Christmas Bells) seems come to life in the Midtown Manhattan. Since the price is right for everyone, Free! admission (bring your own skates or rent them for a small fee) you will be sure to return. This is great for an Olympian in training who cannot get enough ice-skating trips crammed into a single season.

Ice Skating Rink @ The Standard 

If you are looking for the chicest place to be this winter then stop by the rink at The Standard. This rink is a party all around for grownups and children alike. Little ones can make use of a smaller rink where they can feel free to roam around in all directions. It’s gorgeously light at nighttime  and  the most adorable, kid friendly penguins help first-timers feel like pros. Parents can take the rink and enjoy some free stylin’ or just sit back on the plush red couches and sip cocktails by candlelight. Don’t forget to stop into the BierGarten for a night out without the kids. Be sure to make this your go-to destination after a walk along the High Line!

Brookfield Place Winter Garden

Ice skate in a most serene venue! Overlooking the marina in Battery Park City and the NJ skyline, Winter Garden’s views of the Hudson River provide a peaceful backdrop amidst the hectic city pace. Not as thick with crowds as some other options, the you can really get some great skating in if you come by during off-hours. At the center of Brookfield there are always new and exciting exhibits to be viewed. Anyone catch the Canstruction 2014 exhibit of some of the latest light shows? While you are taking a skate break run inside to the food court to grab a snack. Cannot wait until Babesta shares this space!

LeFrak Center @ Lakeside- Brooklyn

LeFrak Center is the only destination on our list with 2 rinks! Weather is never an issue. Choose from open air or a covered rink! The rink offers a special Toddler Tuesday skate around- ideal for those just starting out.

Rockefeller Center       

Once in a lifetime! Be seen and see! Show off your skills where performers like Idina Menzel, Mariah Carey, Michael Buble and Taylor Swift have helped light the classic Christmas tree. This is the iconic winter time ice skating experience. Prepare yourself for a whirlwind of colors, languages and tons, and tons of people. But experiencing the chance of a lifetime to skate with family and friends is the best part of any holiday/wintertime experience. P.S. Sneak inside for a Godiva dessert right inside 30 Rock!

Central Park Rinks: Wollman Rink & Lasker Rink 

Calling those who consider ice-skating an extreme sport! This rink is for the purist and the ever- so-slightly hardcore. Wollman rink has been featured in films such as Love Story and Serendipity so it also has a classic “New York of earlier days” feel. While traveling further uptown through the park take a whirl around Lasker Rink. Primarily for specialties—hockey/private lessons—the public can enjoy this rink too on certain dates/times.

By: Pia Finnigan