3D printers rock!

We are sort of obsessed with the concept of 3D printing around her at Babesta. It’s amazing how it changes manufacturing and opens the possibilities to custom goods and custom medicine. This is a heartwarming story we read about where children were given the gift of grasp thanks to these technological innovations.

After South African Richard Van As lost two fingers in an accident, he came across a Youtube video featuring a big puppet hand that acts like a human hand uploaded by Ivan Owen. He reached out and the two decided to collaborate to create a human sized hand. After a few tests, Van As was fitted with their first creation; and quickly managed to use the hand, picking up different sized items. A mother contacted them after hearing of it, to see if her child, born without fingers on his right hand because of a rare congenital condition called amniotic band syndrome (ABS), could benefit from their discovery. The duo then created a new hand for the 5 year old, which created a beautiful moment. “He bent his wrist and made the fingers curl. You could see the light bulbs go off and he looked up and said, ‘It copies me.’ It was really an incredible moment.”

At first, Van As and Owen had no financial support to purchase a 3D printer, so they had to mend the separate parts manually, which took weeks. After finalizing their robotic hand, they contacted Makerbot  to check if they produced their parts that would be printable using a 3D printer. Thankfully, Makerbot did, and they also went as far as to provide Van As and Owen a free printer, which really helped the duo start their project of Robohand. During the time of perfecting their hand using the 3D printer, the boy has raised money to help fit more than 100 children with Robohands, free of charge. They uploaded their perfected Robohand  on Thingiverse, a website in which people share their digital designs for others to download. This Robohand can be easily created with the low cost of $5. It is truly fascinating to see that 3D printing has taken the next step to help those in need. It is very touching to see that there are so many people who do good for this world. Rock on, Richard and Ivan!!

You can check out a full detail and audio of this story here. -LK

Circus Time!

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

Manhattan Youth presents the Showboat Circus this Sunday

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Waterfront Museum @ Pier 25

 

More important information:

Held: Sunday, June 23

Shows at:  1PM and 4PM

Advance tickets: Adults $13; Kids $10 (order online)

Tickets at the door: Adults $15; Kids $12

Docked at: Pier 25 (N. Moore St. and the Hudson River)

For more information, please click here.

 

Inspired for the circus life? Practice your skills with our Wild & Wolf juggling pins and more!

Wild & Wolf juggling pins at Babesta

Wild & Wolf juggling pins at Babesta

 

Creatures of the Night (light)

What animal do you dream about? We just got a new shipment of Jonathan Adler animal menagerie nightlights in. They provide just the right amount of light in a room to keep any of the scaries away. Sweet and peaceful done out of ceramic. Find them at Babesta here.

Jonathan Adler's ceramic lion nightlight

Jonathan Adler’s ceramic lion nightlight

A Sunny Day Checking Out the Small Businesses of Tribeca

 

 

 


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:

-convenience

-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.

Hello Summer, Welcome Back!

Today June 21, 2013, marks the official first day of summer, so flip down those shades, apply that sunblock, and stay hydrated.

Babesta loves not only chic and retro fashion of our kids, but also cool adult fashions as well! We recently came across Camilla Frank’s Tiger Kaftan in the Financial Times’ “Hot Looks to Stay Cool in the Sun”.

From "How To Spend it" in last Sunday's Financial Times

From “How To Spend it” in last Sunday’s Financial Times

It immediately reminded us of our cute Tiger swimsuits by Mini Rodini and Popupshop. Like mother like daughter!

Pop Up Shop Tiger Swimsuit at Babesta

Pop Up Shop Tiger Swimsuit at Babesta

 

Mini Rodini's Wild Tiger Striped Swimsuit

Mini Rodini’s Wild Tiger Striped Swimsuit

Time is runing out! Bath sale ends TOMORROW!

Your indoor pool need some accessories? (read bathtub) Today (June 20, 2013) and tomorrow, we are hosting a 10% off all bath items sale!! All bath items can be found in our Babesta Cribz store located on 56 Warren Street! Bath Toys, Bath Toy Organizers, Bath curtains, Hooded Towels, and more Bath items will be on sale!

Also check out our new Vine Video: vine.co/v/huz9ajY7uTI !!

Etsy’s Craft Party! Party time!

DIY and crafting lovers! An Etsy Craft Party?! In New York?! No way!

We’re totally into the whole DIY scene – so fun, and today Etsy is hosting a super-cool  Craft Party. This year’s project is to create embroidered and sewn hand puppets, uniquely decorated by you. Etsy will then donate these wonderful projects to organizations such as: Room to Grow, Children’s Aid Society, and Babby Buggy. To boot: photobooths, raffles, gift cards. . . !

It will be held in the Tobacco Warehouse at the Brooklyn Bridge and treats will be provided by Brooklyn’s well-known food trucks: Coolhaus & Kimchi Taco. It will be held today (June 20, 2013) from 5PM- 8PM, at 26 New Dock Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. It will be a great opportunity to participate with your children, families, friends, or with all! Don’t miss out! And be sure to send us some photos; we would love to see how much fun you had!

For more information, be sure to check out Etsy’s official page!

Tattooed Kroepie doll on Etsy.

Tattooed Kroepie doll on Etsy.

Auction at Cosmopolitan Cafe on 95 West Broadway

 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. 

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Cosmopolitan Cafe's beautiful atmosphere

Cosmopolitan Cafe’s beautiful atmosphere

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Cosmopolitan Cafe finds up for auction

Cosmopolitan Cafe finds up for auction

+ Pool, a super cool Kickstarter Campaign as seen on DesignTaxi

We are totally into this new project on Kickstarter that combines an environmental initiative  (cleaning up NYC’s waterways) and summer fun! Meet +Pool! Via Design Taxi. We invested! See ya at the pool in 2016! Read all about it here! http://designtaxi.com/news/358456/A-Project-To-Build-A-Swimming-Pool-In-New-York-City-s-East-River/

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