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!
“I love Instagram because I can tell a story with images,” says Lynn Levoy, a seasoned fashion stylist who’s worked for magazines like Elle, New York Magazine and Vanity Fair. “It creates more of a mood than other social media outlets and allows me to be more personal and take it to the next level.” Levoy has been lending her talent to the Babesta Instagram account and often shoots looks on her 4 ½ year old son, Callum, our cover model. We caught up with her to chat about her fab sense of style and the fun of raising a kid in the city.
What’s your definition of cool?
Rather than “cool,” I like to think in terms of “effortless.” Which for me is the ultimate–creating a vibe without trying.
Do you have a signature style?
I don’t overthink fashion. I dress for my mood. I usually have one thing in mind that I want to wear and then base my outfit for the day around that. I try to pass that on to Callum. I never want him to think of clothes as more than just a form of self-expression, like art.
He’s only 4 ½ but he already has quite a bit to say in terms of what and how he wears his clothes. I just let him do his thing and guide him when I can, so he can continue to develop his own unique style…
How would you describe raising a child in NYC?
…ahhhhhh, where to begin…Beyond amazing because of the amount of exposure children have to so many types of people and the everyday world around them. Challenging for parents for that same reason. There’s so much stimulation on a daily basis and we’re all just trying to find that right balance of parenting, work, social…
I love being a part of Callum’s universe and experiencing life through his eyes.
How do you get ready for back-to-school?
Nothing is better than Back to School shopping ! Each Fall season it still brings back such vivid memories upon returning to school each year. The sheer excitement of those first Fall brisk mornings, bundled and layered with sweaters, jackets, cool scarves, especially after a long hot summer. So, as Callum prepares to return to school this year, I’ve already begun to plan his must haves…
I am all about layering and I think for kids, its essential. They are always running around, inside and outside, so I find they are always hot or cold, never in between. I love long sleeve tees layered with hoodies and cardigans. Bobo Choses’ green hoodie is the perfect layering piece with a pop of color. And as with everything they do, it’s super comfy and
When we see a cool charity, we have to give a shout out! Meet Project Art. . .
With a mission to close the gap in access to arts education for children, non-profit Project Art offers free classes in painting and drawing in 7 public libraries in the city. Started several years ago in the wake of school budget cuts, increased emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and standardized testing, founder Adarsh Alphons opened the doors of a borrowed Harlem studio with nothing but a bag of art supplies and the limitless imagination of those who stepped in. Just three years later, Project Art has grown and formalized its program offering classes and raising the awareness of the importance of an arts education for children.
Tristin & Tyler give us their best style snippets when hitting the streets in NYC.
If you don’t know Tristin & Tyler, it’s time to take notice. These twins about town are busy in the city, hosting events, writing their blog and interviewing celebs – and whatever they do they are guaranteed to do it in style. Each Thursday they’re checking in with us with a style tip making for a very fashionable fall!
Downtown Express: To be subway and street ready in New York City, rock graffiti inspired gear and camo
From The Production Line of Happiness, by Christopher Williams at the MOMA.
We all got happy because Pharrell told us to. Now, we get happy once again as the MOMA presents The Production Line of Happiness, a new retrospective of work by artist Christopher Williams. Using various techniques, including photography and Super 8 video, Williams examines the capitalist society and the role of imagery in conspicuous consumption. The title of the retrospective gives a nod to Jean-Luc Godard, a filmmaker who famously aligned his hobby editing film featuring the bucolic Swiss countryside to his experience as a factory worker.
Try to resist these happy tees and tops at Babesta! Go ahead, Smile!
Make like Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise for some mother-daughter bonding at the Brooklyn Museum’s high heel art show. This fall, art and fashion collide in one of history’s most iconic objects of desire – Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe exhibition from September 10, 2014, through February 15, 2015.
Over 160 symbols of elevated elegance will be on display, running the gamut from some of the earliest historic examples, to traditional modern classics, and futuristic conceptual pieces that bear a very loose resemblance to an actual shoe. Also featured, are six high heel inspired short films that were specifically commissioned for this exhibition from artists Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Zach Gold, Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Marilyn Minter, and Rashaad Newsome.
Presented are works from both emerging and established designers, including Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Tom Ford, Zaha Hadid and Iris van Herpen for United Nude, Pierre Hardy, Nicholas Kirkwood, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Winde Rienstra, Elsa Schiaparelli, Noritaka Tatehana, and Vivienne Westwood. Also included are classic shoes by André Perugia, Pietro Yantorny, Roger Vivier, Beth Levine, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Sorta a who’s who in fashion!
Early shoes on exhibit include seventeenth century silk Italian chopines, eighteenth century European leather and metal patterns, and nineteenth-century cotton and silk embroidered Manchu platforms from China.
Ready for some stand-outs: Look out for Marilyn Monroe’s Ferragamo stilettos from1959 (awesome!), stiletto mules of silk, metal, and glass by Roger Vivier for House of Dior (1960); and a wool “heel hat” made by Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Salvador Dalí (1937–38). How bout a black leather platform bootie with an 8-inch heel designed by United Nude for Lady Gaga (2012); Céline’s fur pump (2013) covered in mink; and several other designs made in collaboration with United Nude such as Zaha Hadid’s chromed vinyl rubber, kid nappa leather, and fiberglass “Nova” shoe (2013). Don’t forget “Printz,” from Christian Louboutin’s Spring/Summer 2013–14 collection, and Iris van Herpen’s 3-D printed heel, “Beyond Wilderness” (2013)
So: now the point: Start your pint-sized shoe diva off early with the flyest kicks at Babesta,
So if you’re looking for mother-daughter bonding this fall, consider a playdate that everyone will enjoy at the Brooklyn Museum . Inspired? Shop cool shoes (that aren’t so high & treacherous)
Head’s Up! Fiona Walker animal heads have arrived at Babesta! The U.K. label that creates handmade decorative animal heads in wool has won our hearts! A bit tongue in cheek, we are particularly partial to Fifi, the french poodle, who makes an adorable statement in a girls’ room.
We love that the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts an annual exhibit of New York City kids’ artwork! Right there alongside of centuries of the world’s greatest artwork hangs the world’s newest contenders from prekindergarten to 12th grade. The juried exhibition resulted in 77 artworks including paintings, prints, sculptures, photos, mixed media, collages, drawings and video. Up until October 20, it’s something to visit with your kids to inspire them at anything is possible, even a grand opening at the Met!