As hip city parents, we’re always on the lookout for the coolest activities for our trendsetting tots. Leave it to the cool cats over at Downtown Dance Factory to bust out the breakdancing, ensuring all the little B-boys and B-girls of Tribeca can do the worm, robot and can backspin like pros.
We all know how great an activity dance class can be. They’re active, constructive, social, challenging, and of course, great fun. B-Boy lessons have all of these great qualities, but they also add the amazing “crowd goes wild” moments. The excitement your kid will feel after successfully busting his first “top rock” to “six step” and hearing the cheers from the cypher can make for such a wonderful, memorable, priceless moment.
The “Kindiboys” lessons are offered for preschoolers, ages 3-5 and are taught by one of the studio’s resident B-Boys. The 45-minute classes introduce hip-hop and B-Boy moves, simple freezes and funky footwork. The Dance Factory also offers classes for older kids from kindergartners progressing all the way to teenagers.
Check out the B-Boy classes at the Downtown Dance Factory. And, when looking for the dopest B-Boy gear, saying we have you covered at Babesta is an understatement!
On August 5, 2013, the Hudson River Park officially opened! The final section to be completed was in our very own Tribeca.
The path stretches all the way to Gansevoort.
Aside from a pathway for runners, walkers, and all humans, there is a section especially for dogs.
Now dogs have the chance to run around and play!
On hot summer days, there are both big and small fountains for dogs of all sizes to splash around in!
There are rocks to jump on, and beige and dark blue cement for running around.
Not only should the dog owners of Tribeca be happy, but I’m sure our dogs are very excited!
“Take me out! Take me out!”
Take your dog out for a time of bonding and playing!
New York always offers fun events for everyone – especially for families!! Water Street received the City Council’s approval to hold series of events. 75 Wall Street, 200 Water Street, and 1 New York Plaza are open and dedicated to hold different events for everyone during the summer.
Cooking demos, yoga classes, face painting, and more are ready and open for everyone. There will be sculpture-making demos, strength and cardio workouts, dance classes, Gelato sampling, and more!
The events are scheduled to go on until August 30th.
Check waterstreetpop.com for more information and a full schedule.
A graduate from Princeton University, a student at New School in the M.F.A. program, and a waitress, putting forth 20 to 25 hours a week at our local Edward’s on West Broadway, Julie Sarkissian is definitely an inspiration. She had started working at Edward’s restaurant during her summer years at Princeton to save up money. Ever since she graduated and got accepted at NewSchool, she moved to New York and started dedicating 20- 25 hours a week at Edward’s (always a favorite lunch & dinner spot) to eventually pay off all her school loans. She always had a passion for writing, and while waitressing, she would imagine new situations in her main character’s voice- Lucy. Sarkissian states that the voice of her main character “came to [her] out of the blue.” Cheers to Sarkissian for her novel “Dear Lucy” which was published in April. Here is an excerpt of “Dear Lucy” provided by tribecatrib.com :
“I take one hand to open the door and keep one around my apron. An egg jumps out. “Lucy, use a basket. When you don’t use a basket, then the eggs break.” Mister is standing next to the skillet. When the skillet is hot with oil he puts his beard inside his shirt. “Then we don’t have food for breakfast. And everyone is hungry.” “I am gentle with the eggs, Mister,” I say. “Missus said, ‘Have you ever known a girl who was as gentle with the eggs?’” Missus doesn’t say anything. Today Missus forgot to tell her face to wake up. She is stirring a bowl and watching the grits turn around and around by the spoon. Mister he makes the eggs and Missus she makes the grits and that is what breakfast is. Missus, Missus, say how good I always am with the eggs. That is my wish but she doesn’t look up. A lot of the times wishing doesn’t make things happen any better than they would without your wishing. But it is something hard to learn, not to use your time to wish things. “Missus, Missus.” I have to say it louder because her ears are still asleep. So I say it louder and louder. “Missus, did you ever know a girl who was as good with the eggs?”
We are definitely putting this on our Babesta summer reading (for us, not kiddies) bookshelf!
We would love to see more success reach you, Julie!
Credits to Tribeca Trib for always updating us with awesome news:
Manhattan Youth has tipped us off to the Showboat Circus taking place this Sunday. It’s a spiced up, next level circus show aboard the historic Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge at Pier 25 (N. Moore St. and the Hudson River). Performers include: “Chris McDaniel, world champion rope and lariat artist; Jen Slaw, juggling genius; Ilene Weiss, a twinkling and tenter gal-with-guitar;” and more! -LK
Manhattan Youth presents the Showboat Circus this Sunday
We here at Babesta want to celebrate small business week! Babesta Cribz and Babesta Threads are located in the neighborhood of TriBeCa, which is filled with dozens of great small businesses that offer unique products.
A little reminder of the great things about shopping local:
-sustaining a cute & vibrant neighborhood (property values too!)
-environmental benefits like less pollution (take a CitiBike and check in on all of your local merchants!)
In celebration of small business week & all the cool businesses around us, we popped into visit a bunch of fellow shops today to say hello & snap some pics – we visited Stella, Cosmopolitan Café, Kitchenette, Christina Lehr, and TriBeCa Treats (and so many more!)
It’s you, our local friends who keep us all strong and running. Thank you to all for your support! We love all our customers & neighborhood.
Let’s toast our ice cream cones to the Cosmopolitan Cafe on West Broadway. We’re sad to see this cute café leave, but be sure to visit its sister café, which is right around the corner, on 125 Chambers Street! There were so many items for auction today as the smaller space closed, including handpicked vintage pictures of local haunts, antique signs, candy displays and antique ice cream bowls. Lucky locals snapped up wonderful scoops of history, as this space points forward to the future. Good luck to Craig and the lovely crew who ran this absolutely charming neighborhood cafe.
It was a gorgeous weekend for TOAST of Tribeca this month, and I scooped up the kids and decided to make the artwalk our Sunday event. Both of my girls love art and I thought it would be fun for them (and me) to see how many artists and how much creative talent is all around us. The work we saw was amazingly diverse and it was really a kick getting into all of these studio spaces that dotted around the area. We do see a lot of spaces of course when doing local deliveries, but many of these were in buildings that I’ve never been in, with hallways dedicated to artists and their work.
Although I loved many of the artists, a couple stood out to me from a “Babesta” point of view. The first is Elizabeth Pantirer, who’s unique shoe-art featured running shoes morphed with creatures of the sea and land. Very cool stuff and I thought something that would be awesome for a kids’ room (something sweet for a newborn crafted from a first pair of shoes? Or something super cool for a tween/teen room with a fave pair of kicks as a conversation piece). I reached out to Elizabeth to hear a little bit more about her funky creations. –JC
Sneaker Monster Artist Elizabeth Pantirer
We’re all about cool kicks at Babesta – What inspired you work with sneakers?
I was first inspired in the summer of 2009 when I wore my running shoes out. They were just about to have holes when I decided to retire them. I experienced some amazing runs in those shoes and I wanted to turn them into an art project in which I could portray the determination and ferocity I felt when running in these shoes. I then developed my first sneaker monster.
How long have you been doing this? What’s your background?
I’ve been making sneakers for almost 4 years now. I am a student at the New School and although I am not a fine arts major I do take advantage of the amazing fine arts and crafting classes they offer.
Koi Fish Kicks by artist Elizabeth Pantirer
What sort of materials do you use to build your sneaker-art? How’s it done?
I like to mold the shoe from the inside out into the shape that I desire. I cut into the shoe to shape the mouth and then mold the inside to keep the mouth opened. I then use a very lightweight clay to mold what the outside will look like. Once I’ve done this I can paint it and adhere it to the shoe. I use different types of adhesives based on the size of the clay being adhered, the effect and the weight. I have also used Halloween props (a fake finger for a shark) and gardening props (fake grass for elephants).
How was TOAST this year? Have you done it in the past?
TOAST this year was absolutely phenomenal. The studio I showed in had a lot of traffic over the weekend and a lot of people took interest in my shoes. This is the 4th year that I have been involved with TOAST. After my first year in the show a hip-hop sneaker organization contacted me about my sneaker monster and invited me into one of their shows. You said you have done baby shoes too (what animal?) -that’s pretty cool – any other standout custom requests you’ve had?
Last year I was commissioned to make baby shoes for a newborn baby. I took 2 sneakers and turned them into elephants and aligned them one behind the other. One elephant (the one in the back) was slightly smaller than the other and had its trunk wrapped around the tail of the bigger elephant. After this TOAST event I have been asked to make custom sneakers for a newborn boy. The couple come from Japan and Italy and I have been working on making one sneaker a koi fish and the other a stallion.
Custom shoes range about $200+. For more info, email Elizabeth Pantirer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re throwing a bash with our fave stroller brand, Bugaboo, to celebrate living life on the fly (and living a fly life)! We’re debuting the latest installment of Bubaboo’s video series, this time detailing the urban adventure of stylist and blogger Latonya Staubs, her family and her Bugaboo Bee. Latonya will share some of her fave go-tos in the city, DJ Neil will spin some rad tunes, we’ll all eat some yummy cupcakes and enjoy. Cheers to city moms!!
We are big fans of the Bee, as it happens, as Babesta is curated for a city child, so it only make sense that a light weight, agile, easy to fold and high quality (& super stylish) stroller would be the guest of honor.
We’ll even be doing some stroller cleaning to those who pre-sign up for it (make an appointment ahead of time by calling 646 290 5508).
The deets: Come to Babesta Cribz, 56 Warren Street, March 6, from 1:00-3:00pm.
Also (as if this wasn’t enough) a Bugaboo Bee & accessory will be raffled off!!!!