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!
A dreary neglected tunnel turns into the ultimate modern canvas as the 191 Street subway station is handed over to some of the city’s top street artists. Selected artists include Queen Andrea, Cope2, Cekis, Nick Kuzsyk and Katey Truhn. We love the upbeat and entrance in a geometric rainbow and happy little quips! Spotted on DNA info.
Never 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!
It’s gonna be an artful season for you and your culture vulturitos! Check out some of our top picks around town this season!
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 13th–16th.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
For anyone who missed our Toasty in Tribeca photo scavenger hunt (it was a bit rainy, so it’s OK!) we wanted to continue the fun. For the rest of the week we are offering free kids’ WarmMuffs for scooters for those who complete the hunt, while supplies last. We have 6 additional pairs (size small in pink, black, silver and blue; size Large in neon pink and blue) and challenge you to read this poem, hit each of the stops and send photo proof that you solved our riddle. We’ll also offer 20% off any 7AM items to participants. Good luck!!! End of the week=end of the concert so get scooting!
TOASTY IN TRIBECA: 5 STOPS ALL ABOUT WARMING UP!Sponsored by 7AM Enfant.
We’ll got a little hunt that we want to be a hoot
That brings you through the nabe
You might even get to scoot.
Stop 1: The first stop is the farthest, I’m so sorry to say
But I think you’ll really like it so it’s time to go OK?
Living in the Big Apple means easy access to all of the best museums (OK, Louvre fans, some of the best museums!). An all-time kid fave is the American Museum of Natural History, especially awesome for its cool event line up year round! Holiday time is no exception. OK you’ve seen a bunch of trees out there, but have you seen an origami tree? Standing at 13 feet, the origami tree proudly stands on display from now until January 11th 2015. An annual tradition for more than forty years, the tree is delightfully decorated with more than 800 hand-folded paper models created by local, national and international origami artists.
Each holiday season, the traditional origami tree follows a different theme, and this year’s is Night at the Museum. Enjoy origami models of Theodore Roosevelt, the Tyrannosaurs rex, the Rapa Nui Moai (Easter Island figure), and many more. Connecting the tree, the museum and one of every kids’ favorite fantasy flicks is a surefire winner.
How the tree is made
Ros Joyce and Talo Kawasaki, volunteers from OrigamiUSA and the designers of the Museum’s Origami Holiday Tree, seek inspiration in many ways. “Often,” says Joyce, “we see something in the Museum that we want on the tree that has never been folded, so we have to design a model and find a way to fold it.” The duo solicits origami masters from all over the globe and from every age group to make the ornaments adorning the tree. Any more needed is not a problem, as their archives are bursting with designs used over the 40 year history.
After amassing the ornaments, Joyce and Marshall start designing the completed work. “Ultimately we look at the color, size, and texture,” Joyce explains. “We sketch to see how the models are going to fit together to give the tree depth and shape.” The decorating takes less than a week, and then voila, it is revealed to the world. “It’s a long process but it’s a labor of love,” Joyce says. “In the end it’s all worth it to see the kids and adults light up when they see the tree year after year.” – Quotes via The American Museum of Natural History
Learn how to origami
Think you have what it takes? OK, if you’re not quite there yet, OrigamiUSA runs many classes at the American Museum of Natural History throughout the year, ranging from beginners classes to advanced workshops.
Upcoming events in the month of December include:
Special Folding Fun Session – December 7th
Origami For Members – December 14th
So gather the family for some fun, creative time!
Visit the museums website for an online application to be a part of the origami extravaganza!
We’ve already gotten our candy ready (we are trying to not nibble throughout the week!) so be sure to come by on the 31st for some treats at Babesta! And after hitting the Tribeca shops, make a plan to head on up to “Seal Park” in Chelsea, known as the coolest place to trick-or-treat in Manhattan. In the area around Tenth Avenue and 22nd Street, families gather for the Halloween festivities on October 31 around 6pm. It’s sure to be jam-packed, but, between the magnificently decorated brownstones, awesome treats, and delightfully dreadful atmosphere, Seal Park never fails to be an unforgettable Halloween experience in the city. October 31.
photo from http://www.thekitchn.com/5-small-diys-for-halloween-treats-211241