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FEATURES 10 | Scheduling Your Kids How much is too much when it comes to your kid’s schedule? Our Editor weighs in 30 | How to Choose a Hebrew School Criteria to keep in mind when making your choice 38 | We Try Out Stitch Fix Making shopping for kids’ clothes an absolute cinch 46 | Apple Picking and Fall Fun Our top picks for apple picking, hayrides and fall fun close to the Big Apple 52 | Dikla Goren Dekel — Stylish Mom on the Go The DUMBO influencer and blogger chats with us about gratitude, embracing chaos, and her passion for fashion 58 | New York’s Best Neighborhoods for Families We break down the most familyfriendly spots to live around the city. Did your ‘hood make the cut?

Stories & columns 6 | Editor’s Note Back to school time can be a renewal for grownups too 8 | Contributors The wonderful peeps who have shared their talents this month 16 | Mom Stories Essay: Being a New York Newbie 20 | Ask the Expert How to deal with bullies, even if the bully is your own child 22 | Mom Hacks Healthy, easy and affordable school lunches and snacks for when you’re bored of the same old 26 | Getting Organized for Back to School Tips from a professional organizer to get you on track 28 | Family Health Flu shot facts. Don’t do winter without reading this 34 | Parent’s Book Club Jennifer Weiner’s latest novel, Mrs Everything 74 | We Asked All the back-to-school feels


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Home & Away 62 | Neighborhood Guide: Chinatown The best places to slurp some xiao long bao with the fam and much more 64 | Family Day Out: Beer Halls and Beer Gardens Keep the whole family pleased with these surprisingly kid-friendly spots 68 | Travel Hersheypark: We review the chocolate wonderland with kids in tow

Family fun 70 | Calendar Unmissable events in Manhattan and beyond for September

Activities directory 40 | Back to School Activities Exciting activities and enrichment programs for kids

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September always feels like a renewal. The new school year begins and fall is on the horizon. The reset button has been set, and a summer break with plenty of warm sunshine has re-energized the whole family. This month can also mark an important time for those school-age kids: the nervous energy of being in a new grade, reconnecting with classmates, meeting their teacher. Exciting! As a parent, I make new goals every September. This is why I am going to follow every tip from Professional Organizer, Laura Kinsella’s, Five Ways to Prep for the New School Year (page 26). To keep the organizational momentum going, we’ve got tasty snacks and lunch tips for the kids (page 22), make easy and inspiring meals for the kids.

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Gracing our cover this month, we have powerhouse mom, Dikla Goren Dekel (page 52) a parenting influencer who oozes positivity and gratitude while embracing the chaos of parenting. Lastly, getaways are not only for summer! As we move into fall, check out our piece on taking a Family Road Trip to Hersheypark (page 68). It’s as much fun as you can imagine a chocolate theme park would be. If you are ready for apple picking and hayrides, you’ll want to read up on our extensive Autumn Adventures guide (page 46). Happy September!

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s we move on to a new school year, I have been spending my free time researching the sports, classes and extracurricular activities my kids will be doing this school year. I am a former “Sports Moms,” think like a Stage Mom of after school activities, and that would be me. I hadn’t planned it this way. My mother never pushed my sisters and me to do sports. But my father was the outdoorsy type, and we did everything from track and skateboarding to raquetball and volleyball. When my oldest son was around 16 months, I enrolled him in his first soccer class. It was adorable watching him and his “teammates” figure out where exactly the ball was to go and why they couldn’t tackle or eat the netting. Then it got serious. The kids got older,


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and there was more passion, practice time and parent participation required. After soccer, we did basketball, flag football and then gymnastics. My son excelled in gymnastics, and I started to think — Olympics. Gold! But he hated it. He felt he was being pushed too hard, and the truth is, he was. I kept pushing. But he was miserable, and he demanded a break, or a break-up as I called it with what I thought was our one-onone bonding time. So last school year we took the year off. My youngest had recently been diagnosed with autism, so focusing on his needs was already proving to be quite time-consuming. And privately, I was becoming a bit unhinged with all that was on my plate. This decision was the best thing we could have done as a family. We focused on the youngest, his therapies and getting him into a specialty school. My oldest still participated in his

after-school activities, but as far as anything extra, we stopped it all, even the guitar lessons. Having this past year off also helped me get some perspective on time and how we spend it. This is the time while these kids are young; I needed to stop trying to be a super mom and chill out! Cherish the memories and let them have fun. Now we’re back at it. We missed the practices, the running out the door early on Saturday mornings, even the snow days where I use to curse the weather as we trudged through the snow. But the truth is these kids wake up at dawn. We might as well get out the door and be productive! And participating in a sport or extracurricular activities has enormous benefits. There were many Saturday mornings where I’d find my son on the Xbox, and we would spend the better part of the day arguing about being on the tablet. Participating in a sport

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or extracurricular activity helps our kids to learn to communicate better, to practice social skills and to come together with a group of kids in the same age group (some from different schools!) who learn to be part of a team. I am excited and nervous about going back to the running around and the evening practices. But I’m ready, and I have begun to mentally prepare myself to go with the flow and enjoy the ride. A few tips I learned during my hiatus: When it comes to after-school or weekend classes — what does your child want? I never asked my son what he wanted to do. When one activity wasn’t his thing, we just moved onto the next. I never considered that maybe he didn’t like sports. He was excelling in after-school classes like theater and dance and yet I continued to put him in sports classes. I felt if his friends are in these classes, shouldn’t he be as well? During our year break, I stopped pushing, and I was surprised when he asked to play baseball this year. He has had a hand in the league we chose,

committed to the time and days he will be practicing and agreed to the time we will be getting up for games. He is genuinely excited, which helps us feel united in having this be a great experience for us as a family. Step back if you have overscheduled your kids If the classes, activities or weekend sports leave you or your family feeling like you’re losing it, step back. This doesn’t mean quit. Skip a game or two. Talk to the coach and let him or her know you’ll be missing a few classes. Take some time to ask why is this not enjoyable. It may be the wrong fit for your child? Perhaps they are in too many activities? Finish the class if you can, set new limits and work within the limitations you set up for your family when choosing the next set of classes and activities. Ease up during the classes and games My husband was the assistant coach for my son’s soccer team, which put added pressure on my son. The games, especially if the

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in the German American School declined. In 1911, the German American School was officially recognized by the New York State Board of Regents, and to this day, the School offers a “Regents” diploma upon completion of the 10th Grade, before continuing to Advanced Placement classes. The impact of World War I and World War II led to a decline in German study, but with the strong support of parents, the German American School maintained its presence in the city and even grew its student body. The School started a lending library, dropped the singing, and added geography and the study of literature. By 1985, the German American School was ready to adjust its approach to serve a broader population, and the focus changed from the children of German immigrants, to any student from First Grade through 10th Grade eager to learn German. The School now reflects New York’s amazing

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Being a New York Newbie By Hester ABA


he thing about New York,” the mom said, as we strode towards the school gates at pick-up time, our necks craning to seek out our kids in the crowd, “is that it spoils you for living anywhere else.” I managed to make my head nod along and covered up my grimace with a rictus smile. Making mom friends is hard when you’re new in a city, so I was not about to have this fragile, nascent relationship derailed over a little difference of opinion. But as I sob-hiccupped to my husband later that night, what exactly was I supposed to be spoiled by? I mean, I like the superquick Amazon Prime delivery as much as the next person, but the endless winter, the rats on the subway platform (the subway itself!), the stink of garbage in the streets, the high prices for everyday groceries, that my kids learned the “F word” in their first week here, the fact that all of the moms at the school gates dropped off their kids then turned on their heels and strode off to work with their eyes on the sidewalk… It was all adding up to a feeling of decidedly not being spoiled. I can totally imagine that if you move to New York right after college, in your twenties, the experience must be heady and thrilling. All the amazing possibilities of this city, sparkling and shining in front of you: who you might meet and fall in love with, the career you could have, the friends, the bars, the shops, the clubs, the freedom. You can probably easily overlook the cramped apartment, the expense of everything, the long working hours, because hope and youth and excitement. When you move to New York with your husband in your mid-thirties and two kids, and choose your apartment based on school zones, and haven’t been to a bar in months and have literally zero friends, there isn’t quite as much excitement. I like to consider myself a bit of a professional at the whole moving thing. I’m originally from the UK and moved


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from there to Switzerland where I met my husband, then to Hong Kong where we had our kids, then on to Singapore, where we had been living for the past six years. I’m used to packing up our whole life and starting all over again in a new place, and I know from experience that it takes a full year to let go of the place you were living before, and to embrace and love your new home. Six months into my New York experience though, and I was struggling to add to my list of things I loved. I knew I had Prospect Park on my list, our neighborhood pizza place, and Amazon Prime, but that didn’t seem to

be enough to build a great love from. I was starting to worry that our New York move would be the one that broke me. I missed Singapore’s year-round sunshine and heat, pristine streets and tropical greenery, my friends who felt like family, the swimming pool in our backyard and silly little things like the autonomy of driving and my favorite Aussie café (side note: email me if you have a recommendation for an authentic Australian avocado toast spot). My daughters didn’t know how to put on gloves or socks after spending their whole lives thus far in a hot country and didn’t

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understand the idea of layering clothes, or needing to wear a coat. They also desperately missed their friends, and cried before going to school every morning. A couple of times, I even joined them. What if, instead of New York spoiling me, I was too spoiled to ever enjoy living in New York? Fast forward six months. Today marks a full year of living here. My kids have made friends and are thriving at their school, having joined in on dance performances, concerts, play-dates, field days and a fashion show. They no longer talk about their friends in Singapore. I have a few, delicate, gossamer friendships that I’m trying to strengthen, knowing that adult friendships take time and nurturing. I’m working, which has helped to embed me in this city, taking part in little everyday conversations at the office, giving purpose and structure to my day. I haven’t yet fallen head over heels with the city in the way that Joan Didion expressed when she said: “…quite simply, I was in love with New York. I do not mean “love” in any colloquial way, I mean that I was in love with the city, the way you love the

I was starting to worry that our New York move would be the one that broke me. first person who ever touches you and you never love anyone quite that way again.” But I’m starting to get flutters from special quintessentially New York experiences like… The old lady who talks to my dog every morning and knows her name. The cop who pulled over when I was (embarrassingly!) sniffling on the street after failing my NYC driving test to check that I was OK, and who told me how he failed his own driving test five times and assured me that next time I’d pass. And I did! The pet shop owner who sits outside his shop

in the sunshine and says hello to me when I pass, making me feel like a local. Walking my kids to school in the morning and saying hello to the other parents. Reading the New York Times’ Metropolitan Diary and feeling like I can relate. Taking a glass of wine up to our rooftop with my husband and looking out over the vast skyline of the city. The barista at our local coffee shop who agreed to be interviewed by my daughter for her school project and talked to her thoughtfully and beautifully about the meaning of his job and how he serves the community by giving them coffee, for thirty minutes while he worked. The sheer beauty and relief of the leaves growing back on the trees in the spring. This ever-growing and much-cherished collection of tiny special moments might one day add up to a great love. My heart is open.

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BULLYING How to help deal with this serious issue BY SAMANTHA HUGGINS


t’s true that hurt people, hurt people. Kids who are trapped in a bullying relationship experience deep power imbalances that can build in momentum and impact over time. These inequalities between children can be caused by popularity, racism, able-body privilege, gender identity and many other factors. The pain for the receiver can be immeasurable, and the outcome can have a lasting emotional and social impact on both parties. What is bullying? According to, bullying is defined as “unwanted aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.” The behavior is repeated or has the potential to be repeated over time. There are several versions of bullying, including social, verbal, emotional and physical. These forms of bullying can happen both in person as well as through social channels such as texting and online games (thank you, technology!). This means the threat of bullying is even more significant than when many of us parents were kids. When bullying is happening, it can be constant, with no break for the entire family. The bullied child may cope in a variety of ways. Kids might go into an emotionally frozen state and not speak out until their distress manifests into physical illness. Some children become depressed or exhibit other emotional and psychological changes, while others may try to tackle it head-on. Addressing the bullying The tricky thing about our kids getting older is that we can’t just pick them up off the playground floor and walk out of the park. Resolving conflict isn’t easy once children reach a certain age. As we get older and add more depth and dimension to our relationships and social structure, the stakes become higher. The repercussions of our


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actions and how we choose to support both parties can significantly impact the outcome. It’s a delicate balance for everyone involved. Dealing with bullying Here are some tools and suggestions for parents whose children are feeling attacked, as well as those kids who are being accused of bullying and might, therefore, feel on the defensive themselves. Try to stay calm: Whether your child is the accused or the recipient of bullying behavior, let’s put on our empathic hats and collect information before we act. Our goal is to be swift, thoughtful, and to not make the situation worse. Be mindful of labeling kids: Labels feel

like hard facts. When we speak in stone, we are cementing ideas about our kids as well as their perceived views of themselves. Rather than saying “so-and-so is a bully,” consider using language that feels more fluid. “My child has been bullying yours.” “My child is being bullied.” These kinds of statements offer an ending, and we are thereby planting a seed of future resolution. Check-in with your kids and do it often: Just as we learn as new parents to consider growth, weight and perceived milestones to assess whether or not a child is thriving, it is essential to check in on how our children are doing socially. Children might share their struggles in subtle ways. Whichever mode they are in, there are usually clues and

opportunities to approach these subjects throughout the school year. Sometimes it takes more cajoling than a simple “How was your day?” Learning signs of bullying and how to keep open lines of communication between you and your kids can increase the likelihood that they will be willing to share what is going on in their lives. Circle your wagons: As our kids get older and move up the educational ranks, many parents experience difficulty in connecting with other families at their kids’ schools. Parents’ lives become busier and, as our children require less immediate attention there is often less opportunity for engagement with our kids’ classrooms. This can weaken relationships among and between parents and school communities, and lack of communication can affect the willingness to partner to resolve delicate issues that children are confronted with. If bullying is something you feel is happening to your child, reach out to trusted resources for support. If you do not have a support system, look to connect with your school’s administration or a teacher in your child’s

Just as we learn as new parents to assess whether or not a child is thriving, it is essential to check in on how our children are doing socially.

and more than 70% of kids and teachers report witnessing it. This is a systemic problem. Hopefully, we can address this issue by creating and maintaining strong community webs of support in our schools, neighborhoods, and homes, encouraging empathy and addressing unearned privilege. Let’s agree to talk and listen to each other when we are faced with these horrible situations. Let’s also work on building strong community relationships. I know I will be working on mine.

classroom. They may be able to open the channels to working with the family of the suspected bully. There are also vast online resources, such as and pacer. org. Remember, you are not alone. According to the Society for the Positive Care of Children, nearly 30% of kids report being bullied between sixth and 12th grades,

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t’s that glorious time of the year again — back to school! Between shopping, stocking up on school supplies, and making massive to-do lists, we all have been busy. But with a new school year comes new opportunities to do things better. Back to school can come with its own unique set of stressors, not the least of which are school lunches and the plethora of snacks our kids require seemingly every hour on the hour. This means it is time to pull all of our ingenuity and creative force to master...the lunch box. It is time to find that perfect combo of healthy and fun that your tribe might actually eat. Like most moms, nourishing my family with healthy meals is important to me. But it can get a bit overwhelming keeping up with the pace of NYC and staying grounded in healthy habits. I have learned a few tricks to simplify the process. Warning: the following tips could radically transform your mom life and may even result in you having time to pack your own lunch as well!


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Fave School Gear Now that you have all the timesaving tools and snack hacks ready to go, where are you going to put all these delicious morsels of goodness? Have no fear, I’ve got just a few of my favorite lunch gear goodies lined up for you. Check them out here: Thermos Funtainer stainless steel food jars. These babies actually keep food hot and cold, plus they’re durable and can survive being dropped and tossed around a bit.

One-pot meals are hassle-free Stop wasting dishes and time cooking everything in different pots. Need boiled eggs, pasta and soft-cooked carrots for the kids’ lunchboxes tomorrow? No problem! Boil one pot of water and toss them all in. Pay attention to the time, using a small strainer to scoop out what needs to come out first. Cool it all. Separate and put into the lunchbox or storage container of your choice until it’s time to be feasted on.

Stasher bags. These nontoxic silicone reusable bags are amazing. You can heat them and freeze them, and they are dishwasher-safe. Put any and all snacks inside.

“Don’t fix what isn’t broken” applies to kids meals too Don’t be afraid to repeat meals. If you have found a meal that your little ones love to eat and enjoy — no need to reinvent the wheel. Kids are creatures of habit; having the same meal two-three times a week is a good thing. If the lunchbox keeps coming back empty, or at least with some of the food eaten, thank your lucky stars and take the win.

Bentgo box. Bento Boxes are great for getting crafty with a variety of different lunch items and snacks. They are versatile and one of my favorites.

Meal delivery services are a mother’s helper Try out a meal delivery service; they’re not just for dinner. There are many meal delivery services where you can get pre-planned, sometimes already prepped meals delivered right to your door. You can whip these up in no time and even have your kids help! One of our family favorites is Hungryroot. They have some plant-heavy, nutrient-loaded meals and snacks that are so delicious, my kids loved them. Most of their meals can be prepared in 15 minutes or less (with kids helping), and they are colorful and creative. Think pad thai with sweet potato noodles and a colorful shaved brussel sprout salad. Another service is Yumble, which is a meal service designed specifically for kids. You can order up meals with farm-fresh produce that are nutritionist-approved and ready to eat.

OmieBox Bento Box with Thermos. This is a really cool lunch box, bentostyle. There’s actually a built-in thermos to keep food hot or cold inside the lunchbox.


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Classic chicken nuggets with corn and peas or multigrain mac and cheese with a side of broccoli are big hits on their menu. Say yes to the school lunch Don’t forget the school lunch. If school lunch

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What lunch is complete without the snacks? Here are some of my favorite snacks you can pick up to add that extra something to your little one’s lunch. Bobo’s Oat Bars and Bites, LesserEvil popcorn, Bitsy’s Smart Crackers and Once Upon A Farm smoothie blends. Drinkable yogurt and granola, mandarin oranges and fresh snap peas are also great on-the-go snacks.

is provided, it’s a viable option as well. I had illusions of grandeur last school year and expected every one of my son’s lunches to be perfect veggie skewers in small shapes and pinwheel magic. It didn’t happen, and that’s OK! Some days I packed the “perfect” lunch, other days I sent him to school with a bottle of water and a banana — such is life! He ate school lunch and was just fine. Everyone’s schedule is different. Whether you’re a stay at home mom, a mom who works outside of the home or somewhere in between — these tips can help you streamline your routine. When it comes down to it, we are all just trying to have as many stress-free mornings as possible. These hacks have worked well for my family and me; use what works for you and your family’s lifestyle. Now off to the races — I mean classroom! Denise Nicole is a birth and postpartum doula, wellness advocate and content creator. Her goal is to help people find sustainable and healthy habits for themselves and their families. Denise is very passionate about wellness for all, self-care and finding the perfect matcha. Denise is a mom of two; follow her family on their NYC adventures on Instagram @abrooklynbabe



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5 Ways to Prep for the School Year By Laura KinseLLa Founder oF urban organYze


here’s always a little magic in the air at the start of a new school year: one loop around the store, and the smell of crisp paper and rainbow-colored school supplies transports me back to those exciting first few days when everything felt so shiny and new. As a parent, it takes on a whole new meaning: the excitement can quickly fade with the onset of homework assignments, permission slips, birthday invitations, PTA duties, and the list goes on and on... Whether you have littles just beginning school, or seasoned teenagers who may or may not be as excited about their upcoming early wake up calls, it’s a wonderful and important time of year to simplify and streamline those routines in order to get and stay organized for the busy weeks and months ahead. Here are five ways to prep you for a successful school year:

1. Refresh the entry: With summer quietly exiting, take a few minutes to assess what is living by the front door. Bubbles & beach toys should be cleaned and stored, making way for backpacks and seasonally appropriate shoes and accessories. Separate anything your child has outgrown to be donated, and anything that could delay or distract from your morning routine (hint: toys & electronics) should have a home someplace else. Your entryway should function like a well-oiled assembly line: hooks for coats and backpacks, and bins or cubbies for shoes and accessories. With space permitting, each child should have one designated (and labeled) area to utilize themselves. That’s right, no more trailing and picking up after them, unless they are under 3 years old, or have other circumstances that would require your additional help. To stop paper clutter in its tracks (or a missed permission slip), get your kids in the routine of emptying out their bags as soon as they walk in the door. Decluttering on the daily drastically reduces the amount of paper clutter that can accrue over the weekend, which means less paper needing processing and attention from you. Introducing small habits shift while promoting independence and engages your kids and manages what’s expected of them from the start. They may not always hang their coat without being told, but the new system will make nag-free mornings the norm, and not the exception. For small spaces, try installing a customizable door rack to get those easy-to-lose items off of the floor and at their eye level and reach.


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2. DIY homework caddy: Even in our tech-filled days, kids will inevitably need writing tools (like a pencil or pen) when sitting down to do homework, as well as other supplies depending on their age (i.e. a scissor or calculator.) Creating a homework caddy simplifies the overall process of homework, as everything is already at their fingertips, which means zero time wasted searching for that number two pencil, or requesting one from you. Having a portable supply station makes homework achievable anywhere (your little one may prefer to sit at the kitchen table but your teen may prefer the quiet of another space), and clean up is a total dream. This caddy has plenty of sections to divide each category, and is also a blank canvas for those younger kiddos who may enjoy personalizing them with their name or stickers before school begins!

3. Create a snack station: Growing minds need to stay focused and fueled, and there’s no reason why kids can’t help themselves in this department! Stock pantry containers like these with parent-approved snacks (think string cheese, apple sauce, veggie sticks, etc.) for easy retrieval in the fridge or lower cupboard. Kids can snack on the path to self-sufficiency, while you save yourself from becoming a short-order cook!

4. Restock your wellness cabinet: Any parent knows that school harbors a lot of germs (especially if you have pre-schoolers), and germs eventually lead to sick kiddos. To be prepared for those less-thanpleasant days, take note of what is in your wellness or medicine cabinet. Check expirations, and restock items you know you’ll need for the flu season. Having Tylenol on the ready for those 2 am fever spikes, or bacitracin for the aftermath of physical activities are lifesavers for those unexpected, but inevitable moments.

5. Sync up those calendars With the onset of parent teacher conferences, and numerous afterschool activities, it’s important to establish how your family will communicate to keep everyone’s schedules afloat. Whether you abide by a paper or electronic calendar; decide what method works best for your family, and stick with it! For older kids with cell phones, Google Calendar easy to use and can tackle even the craziest of schedules with family sharing, especially with color coding and more. If you’re a paper calendar family (or have little ones who can’t quite read or don’t have a phone), hang the school calendar in the kitchen or in an area where everyone can see. Having that visual reminder of weekly engagements is a fool proof way to keep track of important dates so nothing gets overbooked or overlooked. My 3-year-old daughter (who is a pre-reader) absolutely loves looking at the calendar every morning on the fridge. Even though she doesn’t quite know what it says, I feel confident as a parent knowing she’s learning to build self-discipline

and basic time management skills. There you have it! Get your kiddos on board and you’ll be equipped for a successful school year. Happy OrgaNYzing! Laura Kinsella is a mom, organizing expert and founder of Urban OrgaNYze, a New York City-based home organizing company dedicated to helping busy moms and families declutter, streamline and style their space. Laura blends principles of organizing and minimalism to transform even the trickiest of NYC homes. She is a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals and has been seen on A&E, Apartment Therapy, and more. Check out her site and follow @urbanorganyze on Instagram for more tips and inspiration!

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Flu Shot Facts Common questions about the vaccine By Pramod Narula, m.d.

I am planning to get the flu shot for myself. I’ve heard I should also have my daughter vaccinated against the flu, but I am worried. I’ve heard so many conflicting things: that the shot can actually give her the flu and that she might get the flu anyway. So why bother? I want to protect her and do the right thing — I just don’t know what that is!


here are many theories and misconceptions out there about flu shots, including the ones you mentioned. Let’s tackle some of the big ones with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Can a flu shot give you the flu? No, a flu shot cannot cause flu illness. The influenza viruses contained in a flu shot are inactivated (killed), which means they cannot cause infection. Flu vaccine manufacturers kill the viruses used in the vaccine during the process of making it, and batches of the flu vaccine are tested to make sure they are safe. In randomized, blinded studies, where some people get flu shots and others get salt water shots, the only differences in symptoms was increased soreness in the arm and redness at the injection site among people who got the flu shot. There were no differences in terms of body aches, fever, cough, runny nose or sore throat. Is it better to get the flu than the flu vaccine? No. The flu is a serious disease, particularly among young children, older adults and people with certain chronic health conditions, such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes. Any flu infection can carry a risk of serious complications, hospitalization or death, even among otherwise healthy children and adults. Therefore, getting vaccinated is a safer choice than risking illness to obtain immune protection. What about people who get a seasonal flu vaccine and still get sick with flu-like symptoms?


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Some people may experience flu like symptoms despite getting vaccinated because they may have been exposed to an influenza virus that is very different from the viruses the vaccine is designed to protect against. The ability of a flu vaccine to protect a person depends largely on the similarity or “match” between the viruses selected to make the vaccine and those spreading and causing illness. There are many different influenza viruses. Is it too late to get vaccinated after Thanksgiving (or the end of November)? No. Vaccination can still be beneficial as long as influenza viruses are circulating. The CDC recommends that providers begin to offer influenza vaccinations as soon as vaccines become available in the fall, but if you have not been vaccinated by Thanksgiving (or the end of November), it can still be protective

to get vaccinated in December or later. Influenza is unpredictable and seasons can vary. Seasonal influenza disease usually peaks in January or February in most years, but disease can occur as late as May. Is the “stomach flu” really the flu? No. Many people use the term “stomach flu” to describe illnesses with nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. These symptoms can be caused by many different viruses, bacteria or even parasites. While vomiting, diarrhea, and being nauseous or “sick to your stomach” can sometimes be related to the flu — more commonly in children than adults — these problems are rarely the main symptoms of influenza. The flu is a respiratory disease and not a stomach or intestinal disease. Pramod Narula, M.D .is the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at NewYorkPresbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.

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How to Choose a Hebrew School What to consider when finding the right Jewish education for your child By Gavriella Mahpour


hoosing the right Hebrew School for your child can seem like a daunting task. There are various factors that you may wish to consider, such as location, cost, the school’s level of Jewish observance, your goals and priorities for your child and tour structure and availability. In the context of this article, the term “Hebrew School” refers to what used to be commonly referred to as “Hebrew Sunday School,” but today refers to a Jewish learning program that takes place during the weekend or during after-school hours on weekdays. Check out these fool proof tips to make your family’s Hebrew School decision-making process a breeze! Location The location of your ideal Hebrew School should be a factor in your decision. Is the potential school nearby? Many synagogues


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offer supplemental programming for elementary-age children or instructional education for bar and bat mitzvah-age students. Oftentimes, synagogue-led programs are the right choice for parents who desire a familiar learning environment, teaching staff or social circle for their child. Alternatively, your local Jewish Community Center (JCC) may also offer weekly programs designed to enrich your child’s Jewish education. Cost The size of your budget may also impact your decision. Bear in mind that even though a program may be less expensive than others, it does not necessarily mean the quality is less good. Take into account the pros and cons of each program with your goals for your child as paramount. However, if you feel one program has outstanding attributes, it may be worth it to pay the slightly higher fee.

School’s level of Jewish observance Another aspect that deserves consideration when choosing a Hebrew School is compatibility with your family’s level of Jewish observance. Is your potential preference Reform, Traditional or Orthodox? Does the level of religious teaching match the level of observance in your household? These are just a couple of questions parents and caregivers should ask themselves when assessing program options. Take a tour One of the easiest and best ways of finding your ideal Hebrew School is by taking a tour of the program’s facilities while classes are in session. A private or open house-style tour provides prospective families the opportunity to observe the teachers’ classroom management style, get a feeling for the program’s curriculum and ascertain how knowledge is relayed to students. Are the classrooms or other settings clean, orderly and welcoming? A

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tour is also an excellent forum during which to ask any questions about the program that you may have. The majority of program directors are more than happy to schedule private tours for potential incoming families who desire a closer look at the school. Your goals and priorities What would you like your child to learn at Hebrew School? Standard topics of study usually include Jewish prayer, history,

holidays, community service, Shabbat and Hebrew language. If your child is of bar or bat mitzvah age, schools may also offer preparatory classes consisting of Torah study and/or chanting his or her Torah portion. The ultimate goal of a quality Hebrew School program should be to enrich your child’s knowledge of and love for Judaism. All of these factors should prove more helpful in making your decision as to which Hebrew School is a good fit for your child for

a great year. Gavriella is a contributing writer and editor for New York Family, having been with the magazine since 2011. Her writing interests include family events, education and food. She is a voracious reader whose favorite genres are mystery, fantasy, science fiction and thrillers. Gavriella also works as a preschool educator in Bergen County, New Jersey. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Manhattan’s Stern College for Women.

Local Hebrew Schools Manhattan Congregation Or Zarua - Or L’Atid program Upper East Side 127 E 82nd St. 212-452-2310 Hebrew School is just one piece of the puzzle at Or Zarua. The Or L’Atid program for youth and family encompasses Hebrew School, holiday celebrations, social events, Shabbat programming, and more. Students there are engaged and connected, while doing real, active Jewish learning. The depth and breadth of their program gives their kids Judaic knowledge and abilities while connecting them with tradition and ritual, with Rabbi Bolton, their educator, Sigal Hirsch and teachers, and with one another. Kids at Or Zarua love learning, a value passed down from parents and other adult members of the community. Students are engaged with deep questions, opportunities for personal connection, music, art, movement, and authentic Jewish practice.

Congregation Rodeph Sholom Upper West Side 7 West 83rd St. 646-454-3080 Congregation Rodeph Sholom offers exciting and innovative programming from Pre-K-12. Their highlights include an emphasis on inclusion for all families; social justice; a brand new, fully renovated


sun-drenched floor designed for young families and children; a gifted clergy team who prioritize building relationships with families; and an individualized Hebrew program which allows students to work at their own pace as they develop the skills of fluent reading and chanting prayers. Students can also practice with a newly developed Hebrew App! Children choose classes based upon interest areas such as comics, music, yoga, visual arts, photography, debate and culinary arts in the new state-of-the-art kitchen. The program inspires ideas, instills values and creates community. Through lively discussions, creative projects and engaging activities based upon their interests, students will embrace Judaism with joy, incorporating the teachings of Torah, prayer and acts of loving kindness in everyday life.

The Jewish Youth Connection, sponsored by Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun Upper East Side 125 East 85th St. 212-774-5692 The Jewish Youth Connection calls themselves “the Hebrew School with H.E.A.R.T in the heart of NYC” offering a Hands-on, Energetic, Attentive, Relevant, and Tech-savvy environment for their students, who each walk away with a stronger connection to Judaism. Their

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unique approach to providing each student with the attention they deserve sets it apart from other Hebrew schools in New York City. The staff, teachers, tutors and administration put their heart and soul into the program, creating an engaging, loving and nurturing environment. Make sure to check out their Bar and Bat Mitzvah programs, as well as their classes starting from K-7.

Brooklyn Beth Shalom v’Emeth Reform Temple Religious School Ditmas Park / Flatbush 83 Marlborough Road 718-282-1596 The Beth Shalom v’Emeth Reform Temple Religious School is a welcoming and inclusive program that provides students with an understanding and love for Judaism and its traditions. Students learn to appreciate the richness of Jewish heritage and to embrace the values of the Jewish faith. Shabbat morning classes focus on community-building and Jewish learning in a lively, interactive setting. All students attend class on Saturday mornings, including Shabbat services for families and children. They approach every student as an individual — from personalized Hebrew instruction to enabling them to help conduct Shabbat morning services. Their focus on each student successfully

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Union Temple of Brooklyn Grand Army Plaza 17 Eastern Pkwy. 718 638-7600 This program strives to create Jewish learning experiences that empower students and families to live joyful and meaningful lives. Children from all types of Jewish backgrounds and families feel at home here, including those with special needs. Sunday morning begins with the whole school community gathering for tefillah. The classroom study that follows includes Hebrew, Torah and Jewish culture enhanced by music and art. Families are actively involved in school activities and holiday celebrations. Through studies and weekly tzedakah, students learn what it means to be a Jew in today’s world. By the time they begin their Bar or Bat Mitzvah preparation under the tutelage of the rabbi, they are fully prepared. Wanting Jewish learning and culture to expand beyond the temple walls? They offer many opportunities for parents to be a part of the experience – at school, home, and during Shabbat and holidays.

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freesynagogue@ They are about to begin their second century of serving the Jewish Community of Queens, and are experiencing a true renaissance with significant growth in membership of young families with children. They offer Hebrew school classes starting at age 6, and religious education starting at age 5, and continuing religious education for their post-Bar and Bat Mitzvah students. Only a short eight years ago they were a synagogue with no Religious School. Today, families from Forest Hills, Sunny Side, Astoria, Woodside, Elmhurst, etc. are all making the trip to Flushing to be a part of the new Free Synagogue of Flushing. The children in their program range in age from 6 to 14 years old. They have a wonderful educational staff consisting of talented college-age instructors filled

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New Beginnings By Mia SalaS


ith the start of a new school year, September is all about fresh starts, new challenges and exciting opportunities on the horizon. In this month’s featured pick, you’ll follow two sisters through each new stage in their lives, from elementary school to old age.

Mrs. Everything Jennifer Weiner

Growing up in the 1950s, sisters Jo and Bethie


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have two completely different personalities. Jo is the tomboy and rebel, while Bethie is the feminine good girl. But Jo and Bethie’s lives significantly change over the years as they experience traumas and tragedies amongst a changing America. Neither woman has the life that she expected. Mrs. Everything explores the question: How should a woman be in the world? Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of 16 books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and her memoir, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. A graduate of Princeton University and contribu-

Welcome to New York Family’s Parent’s Book Club! Each month, we feature a different Monthly Pick novel, all of which have several copies available in the New York Public Library. We encourage you to start your own book club with friends, loved ones, and neighbors, using our Monthly Pick as your book of the month. Host meetings to discuss the novel with our discussion questions, and enrich your perspective of the book with our author interview on NewYorkFamily. com. We hope to connect NYC families and encourage more “me time” for parents.

tor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at Facebook: @jenniferweiner Instagram: @jenniferweinerwrites Twitter: @jenniferweiner We hope you enjoyed reading and discussing Jennifer Weiner’s Mrs. Everything. With Halloween coming up in October, I think you can guess what genre our October Monthly Pick will be. We’ll give you a hint: it’s a novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat (or wherever you read) until the very last page!

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Discussion Questions You read the book, now we have the discussion questions here to guide your book club meeting! We hope that these questions will spark thought-provoking, intellectual and even controversial discussions about the novel.

1. Both Jo and Bethie experience trauma, including rape, sexual harrassment, confinement of sexuality and death. What trauma, in particular, resonated with you the most? Pick a passage from this trauma that impacted you emotionally. 2. Why does Jo decide to marry Dave? Do you blame Jo for taking the path of least resistance, rather than fighting for her love? Although we’ve come a long way since the 1950s in terms of LGBTQ+ rights, to what extent are some of these same questions and pressures that Jo faces still present in society today? 3. What is the relationship between women and beauty in this novel? What are the characteristics of beauty according to Bethie, Sarah and Jo? How does Bethie’s perception of beauty change over the course of the novel? 4. Discuss some of the memories that stick with Jo and Bethie and are continually mentioned throughout the novel, such as their dad’s death, Uncle Mel, or Mae and Frieda. Why do certain memories stay with the girls? What is the role of memory in this novel? 5. Harold, Bethie’s friend in the play, reappears at multiple times throughout the novel. What about Harold stands out to Bethie? Does he provide her with comfort or remind her of a better time in her life? 6. Compare Jo’s relationships with Lynette and Shelley. In what ways are they different? How does Jo evolve from these two relationships? 7. In your opinion, is Sarah a good mom? What are the characteristics of a good mom? Why do you think that Weiner chose to refer to Jo and Bethie’s mom as “Sarah,” rather than “mom?”


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8. What is the role of travel in this novel? How do Jo and Bethie each use travel for different purposes? 9. Why is Jo jealous of Bethie and vice versa? How does their relationship dynamic change over the course of the novel? 10. Why does Bethie get involved with Devon in the first place? What draws her to him? 11. Return to the opening chapter, Jo in 2015, and reread it. Why do you think Weiner starts the novel here, in 2015, with the revelation of Jo’s cancer, rather than just starting with Jo in 1950, especially since the rest of the novel follows a chronological structure? 12. A running theme in the novel is gender inequality. How are the lives of men and women different in the novel? How did reading about this history of gender inequality influence your perspective of the current state of women’s roles and rights in society? 13. What is the value of all-female spaces? Consider the commune of women that Bethie joins (263-269) the snow day dinner party and the conversation that follows (290-303), and the various exchanges between Jo and Bethie. 14. How does marriage influence the lives of the various female characters? In literature, a novel that ends with a happy marriage is known as the traditional courtship plot. To what extent have we, as a society, strayed from the traditional courtship plot? 15. Discuss how the definition of femininity evolves over the course of the novel. Do the characteristics of

femininity change or is it women’s relationship to femininity that changes? 16. Who was your favorite character in the novel and why? 17. Share a passage from the novel that stood out to you. Why did you choose this passage? 18. Love is a running theme in this novel, especially in the way that love is complicated. We see the challenges that Bethie and Harold face in their marriage due to race and the challenges that Jo faces her whole life because of her sexuality. Consider the depictions of various relationships in the novel. How do you know when love is worth fighting for? How do you know when love is real? 19. How does Jo’s perspective of her mother change when she has her own kids? 20. The ending of the novel brings us back to the start of the novel. Discuss the ending. Were you satisfied with it?

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This Styling Service Gives You Control Stitch Fix is designed to make life easier when it comes to shopping for clothes for the family By Mia SalaS, Donna laDD


ack to school is around the corner and as parents, we are always looking for how the school year could be a bit easier with all that we have to manage. A little bit off our plate would be lovely, right? When our kids are younger we have more control over what they wear (awww — those were the days) but as soon as they are older, the opinions on what they will or won’t wear can be a daily challenge. Enter Stitch Fix Kids. Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service that allows a parent to share what their child’s fashion vibe is for the moment. Once the initial process of getting their style down, you can have their Stitch Fix box delivered monthly or for special occasions. You may have always hoped that there was a way for your clothes to reflect your family’s personality and preferences without the


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hassle of actually going to the stores and spending hours searching for the “perfect” piece. Well, with Stitch Fix, there is. What is Stitch Fix? Stitch Fix is all about personalization — they understand the need for self-expression through style, and their personal stylists are here to help you develop your own, evolving style. Stitch Fix is available for women, men and kids, so nobody in the family gets left out (well, except your furry friend!). How does Stitch Fix work? You begin by taking a style quiz, all about your personality, clothing preferences, style, sizes and more. Then, you’ll receive a ‘Fix,’ a box full of clothing for you to try on at home. The styling fee is only $20, and the $20 gets credited towards anything you keep. Oh, and did we mention that shipping and returns are

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Craft Studio UES: 1657 Third Ave., New York, NY 212-831-6626 Tribeca: 174 Duane St., New York, NY 646-922-8823 The Craft Studio opened in 1994 and has been bringing magic to NYC ever since! In addition to their locations, The Craft Studio “To-Go” brings fun into homes, schools, and corporations. The studio travels all over the tri-state area bringing the fun to you and spends the summers in the Hamptons! Owner Lindsey Peers considers the company’s biggest success to be the charitable work the studio does with numerous organizations bringing awareness through art. The sense of community The Craft Studio creates among its team members, clientele, and neighborhoods is magic.

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classes for kids, ages 2 to 12, focus on the basics of visual arts and are a challenge to a child’s inventiveness, helping to develop his or her imagination. A varied arts program is offered, including creative art classes, drawing from the model, and more. Class size is limited so everyone receives individual attention. They also offer portfolio classes for teens to art classes and life drawing sessions for “kids” of all ages.

Education Enrichment Alexander Math & Physics Tutoring Locations throughout Manhattan 917-985-1987 The highest rated tutoring service in San Francisco has come to New York. Alexander Tutoring is renowned for their unique approach to teaching math and science. Primarily focused on middle school and high school students, they have many success stories in their 10 year history of helping San Francisco students excel in these challenging subjects. One of their claims to fame is that they use actual physicists to teach math and physics. They create a customized education plan for each student and then meet them in local libraries, where the atmosphere is just right. Limited spaces are available for the 2019/2020 school year.

Launch Math + Science Centers Upper East Side/Upper West Side/Tribeca 212-600-1010 Launch Math + Science Centers provide toddlers to tweens with inspiring math instruction and STEM-based camps and classes, plus private in-home instruction. Children in Launch’s exciting specialty programs learn to code, design bridges, build solar powered robots – and that’s just the beginning. Kids get to keep many projects so that the fun continues at home! This fall, Launch provides flexibility and savings with $150 OFF on multi-class registration, free after-school pick-up at select UWS schools, multiple STEM classes offered per session, and math for all levels.

NY Kids Club Locations throughout Manhattan, Brownstone Brooklyn & LIC, Queens NY Kids Club is New York’s premier children’s enrichment space, renowned for creative and innovative kids classes, day camps, birthday celebrations, and special events where learning comes to life! Their academic approach inspires each child’s inherent love of learning in a fun and energetic environment. NY Preschool is dedicated to educating children 18 months to 4 years old. The curriculum incorporates STEAM lessons which include stories, songs and art. This approach begets a developmentally appropriate, academically rigorous foundation that prepares your child for social and emotional success in future schooling. NY Preschool graduates outperform kindergartners by 75% in reading and math.

SciTech Kids 215 E. 81 St. New York, NY 212-804-7055 SciTech Kids immerses children, ages 3 to 14, in hands-on, project-based activities built from Common Core Standards. Led by scientists, each week students explore STEM concepts to solve a problem. Students are exposed to the sciences, engineering, architecture, astronomy, oceanography, robotics, coding and much more. They also offer classes in video game design, Minecraft, 3D printing, and virtual reality. Want a SciTech Kids maker experience? Attend the drop-in mini-maker classes. SciTech Kids proudly announces that they now conduct the workshops for their partner, National Geographic Ocean Encounter in Times Square.

Language Collina Italiana 1566 Third Ave., Suite 603, New York, NY 212-437-7770 Italian language programs at Collina Italiana allow children to learn the “Bella Lingua of Italy” in an age-appropriate, fun and inviting atmosphere. Classes for children include Girotando, a year-round Italian language playgroup (Giallo,

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German-American School Liederkranz Club 6 E. 87th St., 6th floor New York, NY 212-787-7543 With a curriculum that serves grades K through 10, this is the only German-American afterschool program accredited by the New York State Board of Regents. They offer once-perweek, after-school German language programs beginning with basic alphabet and phrases through comprehensive grammar, culture, history and conversation. Apply for school year enrollment. See the registration form on their website.

Performing Arts The Ailey School Midtown 405 W. 55th St., New York, NY 212-405-9000 They’re growing in leaps and bounds at The Ailey School Junior Division. Does your little one love to move and dance? The Ailey School’s First Steps and Bounding Boys program, for children ages 3-6, is a creative and fun way for your child to learn about dance, rhythm, and music. For children who want to get serious about learning different dance techniques such as modern, ballet, West African and more, help them get a step ahead by signing them up for the pre-professional training program for students ages 7-9. Register today at

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semester-long, after-school and weekend courses to summer and holiday camps, students of all ages are immersed in the empowered storytelling and collaboration that is core to an Atlantic education. In addition to creating characters and scripts, budding actors have opportunities to produce their own work. Each class has a focus that varies from improvisation to film, but are all rooted in the famed Atlantic Technique, and all classes culminate in a workshop performanc for family and friends!

Ballet Academy East 1651 Third Ave., 3rd floor, New York, NY 212-410-9140 Ballet Academy East was established in 1979. The school began in one small studio in a townhouse on East 79th Street. Today BAE offers over 300 dance classes per week for children and adults of all ages and levels. Their facility is also offered as rental space and hosts theater performances for all of New York City.

Future Stars Music and Arts Center 101 West End Ave. at 64th St. New York, NY 646-656-1083 Future Star Music and Arts Center provides all levels of music and arts education to children including piano, violin, guitar, voice, fine arts, dance, Mandarin and more! They have three convenient locations throughout Manhattan. Their instructors graduated from world-top institutes (The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music, Berklee College of Music, NYU, and UCLA) with years of teaching and performing experience. Future Stars helps children find and build their talents in music and arts. Find them, find the right choice!

The Galli Theater New York After School 74 Warren St., New York, NY 212-731-0668 Classes, held on Mondays from 3:45 to 5 p.m., include fun, contemporary theater games, music and movement. Each week, students build on skills that prepare them to present a fairy tale show. Children

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SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young 247 W. 37th St. New York, NY 212-414-9696 Registration is now open for 2019/2020 SAY’s Confident Voices, the award-winning after-school and weekend Creative Arts Program for kids and teens (ages 8-18) who stutter. Confident Voices has three programming sessions during this school year, starting Sept. 27 with the SongwritingProject, supervised by

legendary musician, Everett Bradley. Participants in the Short Play Project, beginning Dec.13, craft and produce their own original plays. The Mentor Project starts April 17th and teams young people with mentors to create free-format performance pieces. Each project ends with presentations in a safe, non-judgmental space of free expression. To enroll a child who stutters visit

Steps on Broadway 2121 Broadway, 4th floor New York, NY 212-874-3678 Steps on Broadway, Steps Youth Programs, Steps Beyond, All Dance. All styles, all levels, for all ages ... Master Classes & Company Residencies Workshops. See website for new class schedule, announcements, rates & regulations and class level key. They offer a daily schedule. For your convenience, save time and buy classes online.

TADA! Youth Theater 15 W. 28th St. New York, NY 212-252-1619, ext. 118 TADA! classes and camps are team-taught by two professional teaching artists with extensive experience in musical theater and arts education. Personal and creative growth takes place in a structured and supportive environment where ensemble methods are taught to encourage collaboration. All classes and camps balance the process of skill development with the joy of musical theater and culminate in a high-quality performance. During the fall, they offer weekly musical theater classes for ages 3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12 and oneday camps when schools are closed. Join them on Saturday, Sept. 7 at their Open House. For more information, visit

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British Swim School Midtown West/Herald Square 885 6th Ave., New York, NY 725 10th Ave., New York, NY 917-727-9942 British Swim School is a near 40-year-old program that provides a premier water survival, learn-to-swim, and stroke development curriculum. Their swim instructors are lifeguard and CPR certified, and receive extensive additional classroom and in-water training. They give 15,000 lessons each week across the US. Lessons are offered to children as young as 3 months. Families are invited to experience the British Swim School difference. Mommy-, Daddy-, and Caregiver-andMe classes for kids under 3 years are available. If you have a pool and prefer the convenience of at-home lessons, they can come to you!

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he start of fall is always an exciting time. While kids are busy with backto-school, what better way to spend family time on the weekends than to head to one of these apple picking orchards within striking distance of the city. Kids will be pumped to pick apples, learn how food grows and many of the orchards offer hayrides and a host of other fun fall activities on weekends. We’ve included the travel distance from Midtown so you know how long the journey will be. Because each apple picking season is different, be sure to call ahead to check that there will be ripe apples to pick, and provisions for bad weather, before you set off.


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One Hour and Under Demarest Farms 244 Wiermus Road, Hillsdale, NJ 07642 201-666-0472 (40 min from Midtown)

Starting September 3rd, you’ll be able to taste the first of fall’s harvest! Step foot in the orchards and start picking delicious apples for your seasonal pies, ciders and more. Hop on a hayride, pet and feed farm animals and don’t forget to try Demarest Farm’s sweet apple dessert treats. Some of their tasty apples include Cameo, Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Gala, GoldRush, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Liberty, McIntosh, Mutsu (Crispin), Red Delicious, SunCrisp and Winesap. $7 per person (age 2 and over), which includes free parking, entrance to the apple orchard, a hay wagon ride, two petting zoos, adventure

playground, corn box, photo display area, crooked house village, wooden playsets and picnic area with tables. Open to the public from 3-4:30 pm on weekdays starting Sept. 3. Queens County Farm 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Queens, NY 11004 718-347-3276 (40 min from Midtown)

What better way to celebrate fall than to start the season off with apple picking? Join the Queens County Farm on weekends throughout October to explore the grounds and taste a variety of Hudson Valley apples. There will also be scrumptious donuts, apple pie, and even crisp apple cider to enjoy while you pick in the orchards. Don’t forget to pick up your Halloween pumpkins, go for a

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hayride, and roam The Amazing Maize Maze while you are there. Open 11 am - 4:30 pm. October 5th-26th, Saturdays and Sundays, October 14th. Gate admission is free. Hillview Farms 223 Meyersville Road, Gillette, NJ 908-647-0957 (50 min from Midtown)

Make the trip to Hillview Farms to pick seasonal apples from late August until the end of October. Spend the day with the family on the farm picking from a variety of apples, taking a ride on their hay wagon, and seeing animals roaming around the farm. You can’t go wrong with the classic red apple, but make sure to take home a few other delicious options, such as Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Jonathan, Macoun, McIntosh and Stayman/ Winesap. Open 9 am - 6 pm (field closed to the public at 5 pm), daily. One Hour to One Hour and a Half Dr. Davies Farm 306 NY-304, Congers, NY 10920 845-268-7020 (1 hr & 10 min from Midtown)

Warm apple pie days are here! Visit Dr. Davies Farm starting on the first of September to pick apples for all your delicious fall desserts. You will be able to pick from 4,000 trees, with 20 different varieties of apples, spanning over 55 acres. Bring your whole family along, even your dog, for a great outing that everyone will enjoy for the fall season. Open 10 am - 4 pm, daily. Cash or check only with ATM available. Riamede Farm 122 Oakdale Road, Chester, NJ 07930 908-879-5353 (1 hr & 20 min from Midtown)

welcoming their main harvest with a variety of delicious apples available for picking beginning Aug 31. Bring the family to visit the orchards as well as their farm store with stone fruits and vegetables. Open 9 am - 4:30 pm, daily (through October). Stuart’s Fruit Farm 62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs, NY 10527 914-245-2784 (1 hr & 20 min from Midtown)

Since 1828, Stuart’s Fruit Farm has been a proud family-operated farm. This fall season, bring your family along for the beginning of the apple-picking season where there will be an array of apples to choose from and the opportunity to go on a hayride around the orchard! Before you leave the farm, spread your blanket out for a picnic and share a homemade pie from the farm stand. Apple picking begins Sept. 6 and runs through November. Open 10 am - 5 pm, daily. Cash or check only. Alstede Farms 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930 908-879-7189 (1 hr & 20 min from Midtown)

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard 130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY 10560 914-485-1210 (1 hr & 20 min from Midtown)

Alstede Farms invites your family to pick their crisp, seasonal apples for the fall season. Kids will be thrilled to see and learn how food grows as they pick their own for a healthy snack. Eat straight from the tree or bring home this delicious fruit for making traditional homemade apple pie, cider and delightful pastries. Choose from over 50 different varieties. Not sure where to start? Don’t forget to check out the other fun activities offered on the farm, such as exploring the mazes, spending time with the farm animals, and more! You can also pick berries, corn, peaches and more. 9 am - 6 pm for pick your own with last admission at 5 pm, open daily.

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Apple Ridge Orchards 101 Jessup Road, Warwick, NY 10990

With 34 varieties of apples, Riamede Farm is opening its apple-picking gates on August 29. Get a taste of their first batch of ripening apples, or check out their other varieties as they begin to ripen over the course of the next six harvesting weeks. Open 9 am - 4:30 pm, daily.


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Kick off the fall season by visiting the most scenic and rustic pick-your-own farm. Just 60 miles from New York City, you can pick from a variety of 20 different apples throughout the Hudson and Warwick Valley. Have a fun and educational experience as you spend time at the orchards picking. They even have dwarf trees that little ones can reach! Make sure to also take a trip on a hayride, pet and feed the farm animals, explore the corn maze, visit the honey bee observation hives and taste their sweet and delicious apple treats on the farm. Open to the public from 9 am - 6 pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and all holidays. Open 9 am - 5 pm, Monday Sunday for school group reservations only. Admission and parking are free. $29 for half a bushel of apples. Lawrence Farms Orchards 306 Frozen Ridge Road, Newburgh, NY 12550 845-562-4268 (1 hr & 30 min from Midtown)

Take a drive to Lawrence Farms Orchards and make it a family day out! Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the farm and have a blast picking a variety of apples such as McIntosh, Jonamac, HoneyCrisp and Gala. Take a break from picking and head over to their concession stands where you’ll find apple-flavored treats, along with hot dogs, milkshakes, chicken fingers and more. Open 9 am- 4 pm, daily. Admission is $5 per person with a $2 credit towards produce purchases, children under 2 years old are free. Season passes available. Barton Orchards 63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag, NY 12570 845-227-2306

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Switch up your typical weekend plans and take a family car ride to Barton Orchards. These apples are known for being the best in the area with over 120 acres of apple trees to pick from. Apple picking starts here from the middle of August through November. As we move through the fall season, a variety of different apples will be available for picking, such as Early Golds in August, Jona macs in September, and Ida Reds in October. And, to make sure that you have the freshest apples, Barton’s Orchards rotates picking areas around the farm! In order to pick apples, you must purchase a Barton apple bag that day. Open 9 am - 6 pm, from August-November.

Apple Dave’s Orchards 82 4 Corners Road, Warwick, NY 10990 845-772-1242 (1 hr and 35 min from Midtown)

Masker Orchards 45 Ball Road,Warwick, NY 10990 845-986-1058 (1 hr & 30 min from Midtown)

Masker Orchards is a go-to for familyfriendly apple picking in the Hudson Valley region (you can even bring the dog). Drive right to the trees with your family and then get lost in the massive orchard picking a variety of apples (picking poles are also available) and taking in the views and foliage. With 14 varieties of apples ripening throughout the season at Masker Orchards, you’re sure to find all of your family’s favorites; and to help make sure of this, they put together an approximate ripening guide. Admission, parking and bags are free and apples are $29.95 per bag (but you can eat all the apples you wish as you pick for free). For the kids, there are barnyard baby animals, pony rides, and wagon rides. The country store has great cider as well as an assortment of apple jams, butters, pies and other goodies. There is also, a haunted house, live music, country store and more! Apple picking season starts August 31st to early November. Open 9 am-5 pm, daily. Fishkill Farms 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 845-897-4377 (1 hr & 30 min from Midtown)

Fishkill Farms has been part of the Morgenthau family for over 100 years and invites your family for the apple picking season. This 270-acre apple orchard offers a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the year that you can pick. Be sure to stop by for their apple season in the months of September and October. Open 9 am - 6 pm, last entrance at 5 pm daily.


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Opening Labor Day weekend, start your picking at Apple Dave’s Orchards and take home a variety of apples like McIntosh, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Gala, Empire, Jonagold, Rome Beauty, Red Delicious, Macoun, Fuji and Golden Delicious apples. You can also visit their farm store where they have fresh-pressed apple cider, apple donuts, pies, flowers and seasonal items. Opens Saturday, Aug. 31. Open 9 am 5 pm, daily. Harbes Family Farm 715 Sound Ave, Mattituck, NY 11952 631-298-0800 (2 hrs from Midtown)

The star attraction at the 78-acre Harbes Family Farm is the breathtakingly beautiful apple orchard. Featuring 27 different varieties, the orchard uses an innovative trellis system to grow apples that are within reach of even the smallest of hands. Prices vary from $10 per person for the Early Bird Special (three lb bag) to the $22 per person Apple Lovers Big Bag Special (12 lb bag). On weekends and holidays they offer pig races, singing hayride tours, and hosted interactive activities. Plus, Harbes Barnyard Adventure (a paid admission area of Harbes Family Farm) has eight acres of family-friendly attractions where you can discover farm animals and chicken and bee observatories as well as enjoy the Gnome Hedge Maze, trike track, Jumbo Jumpers, sports zone and so much more. This season is extra special as we join Harbes as they celebrate growing memories for 30 years! Bishop’s Orchards 1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT 06437 203-453-2338 (2 hrs from Midtown)

Bishop’s Orchards takes pride in growing the highest quality fruits to enjoy year after year from their family to yours. They grow over 20 varieties of apples that suit all your needs for cooking, gifts, or a quick snack on the go. At their pick-your-own locations, bags are free and you pay for what you pick by the pound. On the weekends a tractor trailer ride takes

you into the orchard. Kids of all ages will love the farm animals, corn maze, haystack climbing, farmer’s market goodies and farm fun! Bishop’s Orchards also recently opened their new ice cream stand, featuring delicious flavors, sundaes, ice cream sandwiches and their specialty, the Bishop’s Blitz! Hank’s PumpkinTown 240 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976 631-726-4667 (2 hrs from Midtown)

Hank’s PumpkinTown in Water Mill, NY is well-known to families for its amazing apple picking and over 30 acres of fall family fun! It costs $25 to pick one peck (about 10 pounds of apples), after you’ve had your fill of picking, wander over to the wooden playground, maze park, face painting, and gem mining. We love mining for fossils and gems and have even found (fool’s) gold before! For some extra fun head to the maze park ($15 admission) and you’ll have unlimited access to check out the giant corn maze, jump on the 70’ jump pad, enjoy hayrides, tractor and family corn trains, duck races, a pedal cart race track and much more! The Market has yummy, freshly baked pies, cookies, cupcakes, candy apples and everpopular cider donuts. BONUS:

If you’re looking for fantastic family fun, head to the Warwick Applefest in the Hudson Valley on Oct. 6, 2019. Make sure to get an early start and prepare for some traffic and crowds. A tradition for over 25 years, the festival features craft and food vendors, a farmer’s market, live entertainment and a children’s carnival. Plus, you won’t want to miss the apple pie baking contest. Your family’s secret recipe might be worth entering.



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On the importance of gratitude, embracing chaos, and her love for style

By Katarina Avendaño


other and influencer Dikla Goren Dekel is a mom on the move. After growing up in Israel, she moved to NYC at age 29 where she settled into life with her long-time love and now husband Noam. After the birth of her second child, she started GirlPlusTwo, a blog and social media moniker that reaches mothers around the world. Her platform was built out of her desire to build a career where she could spend time with her kids while working — a career choice that ended up being the perfect fit. Most days you can find Dikla on Instagram, dishing on her love for fashion, travel, and the juggling of three, soon-to-be four kids! She doesn’t just talk about motherhood, she shares moments from her busy days, showing how crazy but fun it all can be. Whether it’s surviving a road trip with the kids or creating a family routine that works for getting the entire family out of the door to school, Dikla makes motherhood look exciting. Supporting her through her mom journey is an incredibly loving family: supportive husband Noam and kids Romi age 3, Ori 5, Yuli 8. It’s obvious that family comes first in this household; there is so much shared love and happiness. Dikla and her husband Noam do their best to teach their children about finding everyday joy, the importance of gratitude and positivity! We chatted with Dikla about GirlPlusTwo, raising kids, and being a NYC mom.


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Can you explain what GirlPlusTwo is and what sparked your passion for creating it? I founded GirlPlusTwo after my second son, Ori, was born. I was itching to reinvent myself, and used my blog as a way to showcase my life as a mother in the City, explore my love of fashion and connect with parents around the world. I wanted to create something that was wholeheartedly mine, to be my own boss, have creative direction over everything I produce, and still spend as much time with my kids as possible. I have a degree in economics and business management but knew early on that I would rather work with people than sit behind a desk all day crunching numbers. I need something truly dynamic. Next thing I know, this is my full-time gig, outside of mothering! And I couldn’t be happier about it. How were you able to launch your website and grow your Instagram following as a new mom and stay motivated through it all? My motivation for doing GirlPlusTwo was to create an exciting career for myself. This motivated me in its earliest months, especially as the blog took off. It also continues to motivate me now, as I make friends and connections through the blog that I could never have dreamed of. I also would be remiss if I did not give major credit to my loving husband, who has supported me in pursuing my dreams every step of the way, and my family, friends and interns. I am grateful to have so many amazing people in my life who believe in me and want to see me and my blog succeed.

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“I wanted to create something that was wholeheartedly mine, to be my own boss, have creative direction over everything I produce, and still spend as much time with my kids as possible.” (Above) Scenes from GirlPlusTwo, Dikla’s blog about being a mom in NYC. (Opposite) At home with husband Noam and kids Romi age 3, Ori 5, Yuli 8.

You share a lot about budget-friendly family activities. Can you give some tips for New York City moms who are not looking to spend a ton when it comes to family fun? The park is a great place to start since it’s free! Take advantage of the playground for casual sports and picnics. Another great way to save on fun for the kids is to use household activities or grocery trips as an opportunity to get involved and have a great time doing it. You can even offer sticker stars as “points” that can be used toward rewards or make a grocery run feel like a scavenger hunt, not to mention Swiffer dance parties! Be sure to check out which days museums have free entry when ice cream is on sale for in-house sundae parties, and when local Y’s or JCC’s are having free trials or discount days. As a fashionable mama, where do you shop for clothes and do you have any advice for quick and stylish looks? I’m all about having a large wardrobe of basics. I like to mix and match neutrals with jeans or leggings, and a bunch of accessories for an effortless (and easy!) look, especially when I’m trying to get my three little ones together and out of the door. I don’t have a particular store that I shop at; I love finding pieces all over the map, but do love to shop online. I love Anine Bing for a rockstar look and LoveShackFancy for romantic date nights. What’s your routine for getting the kids ready for the new school year? Any tips for getting out the door quicker on those frantic mornings? I have one word for this: Teamwork. If your partner is able to be there and assist, take them up on their help! Split the morning chores: brushing teeth, getting the kids dressed, making breakfast and lunches, so that one parent doesn’t feel like it’s all falling on them.


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Also, involve the kids! Giving the older kids mini-tasks like choosing the cereal and putting bowls on the table makes them feel needed and important, and allows for another aspect of the morning to be taken care of. To get the kids ready for the new school year, we always do a big school supply and clothing shopping day, where the kids can pick out a few things they want and feel like they have an active role in planning for the year. I also start making bedtimes a bit earlier about a week before school begins and put extra effort into ensuring that a routine is in place for the first day. As a busy mom of three children (and one on the way!), how do you juggle everything? I’m glad that you think it looks like I am juggling everything — that’s quite the compliment! Most days, it doesn’t feel like that at all. It’s a constant effort to maintain balance and order. I try to keep a good schedule, especially in the mornings, and keep a consistent route for school drop-off, pickup, daily errands, and the like. This coming year, it’s such a blessing that Yuli and Ori will be at the same school because this last year each of my kids were in different schools, and drop-offs and pickups took forever! Also, for after-school activities and extra-curricular classes, I try to schedule all three kids for the same time-frame and within walking distance of each other. This makes our lives as parents just a bit easier! After having your first child, you’ve shared that there were difficult times within the first year of parenting. How did you both tackle this and learn together as new parents? Because our family lives in a different country, no one taught us how to deal with the difficult times postpartum. We had to experience everything on our own, without the support of family close by. Our friends back home, too, were thousands of miles away

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physically and light-years away from the world of parenting! But, maybe because of having no one else to count on in those first few weeks, we had to ‘win’ at this parenting thing on our own and learn together as new parents. Now, almost a decade later, we’ve gotten more of the hang of this parenting thing, including balancing out our relationship as husband and wife and as parents. We make sure to carve out time for each other regularly. We make a point of going out for a date night every other week. We also are conscious of each other’s feelings and needs – Noam is a morning person, and I’m a night person, so we factor this in when deciding who takes which shifts with the kids. I’ve realized that it’s mostly about listening to the person in front of you, understanding their needs, and trying to give them what they need to make them happy. To me, this is love.

Photo by Ana Gambuto

Around the city with the family Favorite place to grab a bite to eat with the kids? Cecconi’s Dumbo at 55 Water St.

Favorite date night spot? Broken Shaker at 23 Lexington Ave. It’s a super cool bar, with major Miami vibes, in a total hipster way.

Favorite ice cream/cookie/treat place? Levain Bakery! It doesn’t get any better than those gooey chocolate chip cookies.

Favorite park? Brooklyn Bridge Park, of course!

Favorite fall activity with the fam? Apple Picking! We love heading to the orchard out in Long Island and picking apples that we can later make into an apple pie.

Favorite family tv show/movie? The Xbox is currently playing non-stop in our home! I’m not even sure of the last time I watched something on TV. I would love to find a great TV series to get into — I’ve heard that Making a Murderer is really good, so maybe I’ll start that!


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What values do you find the most important when it comes to family, and how are you teaching your kids this? I feel very fortunate to say that the core of our family is genuine love and happiness. Noam and I teach our children to be grateful for all that they have, to be kind to all others, and to realize that each moment is a moment for happiness. We demonstrate these values to our kids through our interactions with one another, with friends, family members, and of course, to them directly. We encourage generosity and inclusivity with their friends, as well as an appreciation for the good in their lives. We are also big proponents of fun. We want our children to live their lives with goodness and happiness every step of the way. How do you maintain a connection to your home country of Israel and teach your kids about their roots? We travel to Israel at least twice a year, if not more. Israel is our first home, it’s where we grew up, and it is the foundation of our identities as people. Our families also come out to visit us as often as they can. But, we are still thousands of miles away. The beauty of technology, though, is that we are able to Facetime with everyone over there every single day. Not a day goes by when we aren’t connected to life in Israel. We also celebrate all of the Jewish holidays and are involved with the Chabad here in Dumbo, which helps our children develop a love of Judaism and pride for their Jewish identity. With three kids and another baby on the way, busy times are coming! But, that is part of the fun of parenting, and Dikla wouldn’t want it any other way. For her, every day is an adventure and she is grateful for it all, cherishing each day. Whether it’s running after the little ones or sharing the experience of watching a sunrise, Dikla takes a moment for family. To learn more about Dikla, visit or follow her on Instagram @diklagoren

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Family-Friendly Neighborhoods From a small town vibe to a ’hood with 10 playground choices — we’ve found the best New York City communities — plus one terrific suburb! By Danielle Sullivan


icking one neighborhood in which to settle down in New York City can be a feat in and of itself. All around the city, you will find diverse communities teeming with culture, events, parks, nature and museums. Whether you want a more laid-back setting that’s close to the city or a home right in the middle of the hustle and bustle, there are up and coming, as well as resurging, family-friendly neighborhoods that offer community, excitement, culture and memories to last a lifetime. We scoured statistics for the cost of rentals and homes, the quality of education, and the availability of indoor and outdoor family fun, dining and shopping. Our neighborhoods were chosen based on having a close-knit community feel, top-notch schools, affordability (it’s still New York guys!) and a wide variety of offerings in the arts, culture, sports and events for children and parents! Here are our top 13:

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Battery Park City, Manhattan Snuggled between the Hudson River and the West Side Highway, Battery Park City is always bustling with activity. In many family-friendly neighborhoods, you have to sacrifice plentiful eateries or proximity to venues, but not with Battery Park City. There is everything you need within walking distance, from pharmacies and supermarkets to family activities and nightlife. Or you can enjoy some quiet time and watch the ships come in at the waterfront. Battery Park City’s rate of elementary school student absenteeism is among the lowest of the city, and it also houses the elite Stuyvesant High School. Hot spots: The Skyscraper Museum, Museum of Jewish Heritage, Teardrop Park, Brookfield Place Recent median sale value: $1.7M Starting rent for 2-3 bedrooms: $5,500-$7,500 Schools: Three of the highest-ranked schools in the city including the prominent Stuyvesant High School

Astoria, Queens Astoria has become one of the hottest places to raise a family. The unofficial Greek capital of New York, Astoria has the best Greek food to be found along with a 15-minute commute to midtown on the N, R, W, or M. Between its multiple family-centered events and venues, along with its family-owned Greek restaurants and quick commute to Manhattan, families have all they need right in their neighborhood. The middleclass vibe consists of a diverse group of parents who enjoy the lower rents and neighborhood feel. The view of Manhattan’s East Side from Astoria Park is nothing less than magnificent.

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn You can live in Bay Ridge for months and still not visit every eatery there. With a mix of renowned staples like The Kettle Black, Hunter’s Steak & Ale House and Uno Pizzeria & Grill as well as with new cafés and restaurants, it’s a busy parent’s paradise. A stunning view of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge lights up the neighborhood every night for its native residents and newcomers alike. The neighborhood is vibrant and lively, with many schools, stores and a strong family ambiance. The R train will get you to midtown in 45 minutes, and the NYC ferry can get you to Wall Street in 40 minutes.

Hot spots: Museum of the Moving Image, Kaufman Astoria Studios, La Guli Pastry Shop, Astoria Park Recent median sale value: $475K Starting rent for 2-3 bedrooms: $2K-$2,700 Schools: 38 schools in total, including the distinguished I.S. 141 The Steinway

Hot spots: Owl’s Head Park, Fort Hamilton Athletic Field, 4.5-mile bike and walking path along Shore Parkway Recent median sale value: $360K Starting rent for 2-3 bedrooms: $1,800-$2,400 Schools: 12 schools including, P.S. 102 The Bayview

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Glendale, Queens This little neighborhood gem remains somewhat underthe-radar. Not flashy like better-known areas, Glendale has a wonderful family atmosphere with tree-lined streets and two-story homes as well as rentals. While strolling through this working-class neighborhood, you’ll hear church bells and see kids playing ball out in the street. You’ll find stores like Trader Joes, Home Depot, Staples, Panera Bread and Five Guys. Glendale also houses The Shops at Atlas Park, a mall featuring a landscaped courtyard bordered by multiple stores, eateries and a multiplex cinema. Throughout the area, you’ll find some of the best German food in the city. The nearby M and L lines take about 30 minutes to reach Manhattan. Hot spots: Forest Park, Leone’s Pizzeria, Zum Stammtisch (German cuisine) Recent median sale value: $1.5KM Starting rent for 2-3 bedrooms: $1,800-$2,200 Schools: Multiple high-quality elementary schools and competitive parochial schools

Glen Rock, New Jersey It’s no surprise that Glen Rock, NJ, has been ranked one of the best towns in the Garden State by New Jersey Family magazine. With a population of just under 12,000, Glen Rock has highly-ranked public schools and countless community activities with nearly everything located within a 10-minute car ride. Commuting to NYC is available via NJ Transit or by bus. Two train lines service Glen Rock, so the wait times are short and the ride is just 47 minutes to Penn Station. The close-knit community enjoys nature trails,

gardens and a municipal pool. Hot spots: Annual Glen Rock Family Fair, Thielke Arboretum, Francesca Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta, The Glen Rock Inn, Stone & Rail Recent median sale value: $635K Starting rent for 2-3 bedrooms: $2,300-$3,300 Schools: Four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school all receive A’s for academics, clubs and sports, and quality teachers

Greenpoint, Brooklyn Greenpoint tends to be more family-oriented than its more popular neighbor, Williamsburg, and yet also has a fabulous blend of innovative restaurants and shops. Charming in its old school vibe, Greenpoint has a variety of available housing: walk-ups, converted warehouses, new condos and row homes. Once known as an industrial neighborhood, it has recently blossomed with creativity and residential offerings. Several churches are scattered throughout the treelined streets, and the waterfront is one of the biggest attractions, allowing for day or night strolls and boardwalk fishing. Kids play softball, volleyball, soccer and handball in McCarren Park or the smaller McGolrick Park. You can get to Manhattan in about 30 minutes via the G train or the East River Ferry. Hot spots: Authentic Polish food, old-school butchers, McCarren Park, Msgr. McGolrick Park Recent median sale value: $860K Starting rent for 3 bedrooms: $2,700-$3,000 Schools: Three elementary, one middle and two high schools, including P.S. 31 Samuel F Dupont School, which ranks 9 out of 10 for testing

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Harlem, Manhattan Harlem has been steadily rising as one of NYC’s best family neighborhoods. The parks are plentiful and 125th Street is bustling with shops, restaurants and bistros. Dominican, Ecuadorian and AfricanAmerican culture is abundant in both shopping and dining, making it easy to find fantastic food. Kids (and adults) may beg you for regular lunches and dinners at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Birthday parties at the popular Harlem Shake include Double Dutch and swing dance fun. The neighborhood is served by most major train lines and buses and is just 20 minutes from midtown on the subway. Hot spots: Dwyer Cultural Center, Marcus Garvey Park, Morningside Park Recent median sale value: $540K Starting rent for 2-3 bedrooms: $2,000-$2,600 Schools: Highly-regarded schools, including Central Park East I & II

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Prospect Lefferts Garden, Brooklyn This neighborhood lies at the crossroads of the city, just minutes from both downtown Brooklyn and lower Manhattan. It is bordered by Empire Boulevard to the north, Clarkson Avenue to the south, New York Avenue to the east, and Ocean Avenue/Prospect Park to the west. All major train and bus lines are sprinkled throughout the streets and Prospect Park is just a short stroll away. Stunning historic brownstones, countless cafés, restaurants, family and community activities and events are abundant. Hot spots: Brooklyn Public Library, The Owl Music Parlour, Prospect Park Recent median sale value: $1.6M Starting rent for 2-3 bedrooms: $2,100-$2,800 Schools: Seven primary and secondary schools, including the Lefferts Gardens Charter School, which has a focus on environmental science

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Riverdale, the Bronx Some call Riverdale the best of both worlds because you gain a wonderful sense of peace, quiet and family life, yet the commute to Manhattan is relatively easy. This northern town in the Bronx was once a summer retreat for the rich, so Tudor-style mansions still exist. There are also many single homes and co-op apartments making it possible for all types of families to live here, as well as several churches and synagogues. The schools, ranging from elementary to college, are some of the most prestigious in the city. Hot spots: Wave Hill, Riverdale Park, Seton Park Recent median sale value: $260K Starting rent for 2-3 bedrooms: $2,200-$2,500 Schools: Top-ranked public and private schools, including highly-ranked Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy (M.S. High School 141)

Roosevelt Island, Manhattan According to StreetAdvisor, Roosevelt Island is ranked as the second-best neighborhood in all of Manhattan. Did you even know it is part of Manhattan? With just about 10,000 residents, Roosevelt Island provides what growing families crave: quiet and a small neighborhood feel just minutes away from the glory of the city. It’s a place where you will know your neighbors and your neighbors will know you. On the island itself, there are several family fun offerings, including a 60 foot. community swimming pool, public grills, baseball fields, basketball courts, playgrounds, concert areas, several parks and green areas, a community newspaper, farmers’ market and countless food trucks. Considered a middle-class, not upscale neighborhood, prices are relatively affordable (for NYC!) and traffic is light. Overlooking the East River, there are many ways to commute: the tram (from 60th Street and 2nd Avenue), the F train, its own red bus service, ferry service to Queens and Manhattan, and two bridges.

Hot spots: Lighthouse Park, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Four Freedoms Park, Nisi Kitchen, The Octagon Recent median sale value: $1.4M Starting rent for 2-3 bedrooms: $3,600-$4,400 Schools: Highly-rated P.S./I.S. 217 has over 600 students

Tribeca, Manhattan The old saying,“You get what you pay for” rings true in Tribeca. While rents are higher than in other areas, everything you want is at your fingertips. You’ll find child-centered sports and activity venues like Asphalt Green, Gymboree and NY Kids Club, several arts and crafts venues and science-centered programs for all ages. The neighborhood has a lot of stroller traffic, and moms and dads meet daily in the local playgrounds. Choices of restaurants, specialty shops and eateries are plentiful. The renowned Odeon is often known as the perfect Tribeca bistro serving up French-American delights. Every major subway line is just steps away, and you can hop on a bus or take a leisurely walk to midtown. Hot spots: Hudson River Park, The Wonder member playspace and Maman Tribeca Recent median sale value: $3.8M Starting rent for 2-3 bedrooms: $5,000-$7,800 Schools: P.S. 234 and P.S. 150 get top honors

Upper West Side, Manhattan This 40+ block family neighborhood, right in the middle of busy Manhattan, is home to 10 playgrounds and three greenmarkets. Between the plethora of nearby museums, cafes, playgrounds and boutiques, the Upper West Side remains one of the top neighborhoods for growing families. It’s also home to two of the city’s most beautiful parks: Central Park and Riverside Park. The Upper West Side is also known for its yummy delis and specialty shops, like Zabar’s, Citarella and Schatzie Prime Meats. Hot spots: American Museum of Natural History, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Hayden Planetarium, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space Recent median sale value: $1.1M Starting rent for 2-3 bedrooms: $2,400-$3,500 Schools: Top public schools P.S. 199, P.S. 87, P.S. 9 and some of the most esteemed private schools in the city

Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn This quiet neighborhood has a distinct hometown feel. It is a hop, skip and a jump from the busier Park Slope, so you can throw your kids in a stroller and take a walk to the various stores and playground meetups in the Slope, and then walk back home to the peace and quiet of Windsor Terrace. There are beautiful limestone and brick row houses, co-ops, condos and rentals. Prospect Park is the stunning backdrop for this charming neighborhood and you will find yourself there often, no matter how old your children are. There

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are kid-centered events, music and fishing, and you can walk along the park path to visit the Prospect Park Zoo or the Audubon Center. The F train will get you to midtown in 35 minutes. Hot spots: Prospect Park, Farrell’s Bar & Grill, Regina Bakery, Dub Pies, Nitehawk Cinema Recent median sale value: $1.6M Starting rent for 3 bedrooms: $2,400-$3,000 Schools: Six schools, including the highly-ranked Magnet School For Science And Technology

Danielle Sullivan is a writer, mom of three living in New York City and is a proud Brooklynite. She is an awardwinning writer who has won awards from the Parenting Media Association for ten years running. Follow her on Instagram @deewrite.

Some Family-Friendly Apartment Buildings Manhattan

Roosevelt Island The Octagon, 888 Main St

Tribeca 70 Charlton, 70 Charlton St UWS The Belnord, 225 W 86th The Astor, 235 W 75th The Chatsworth, 344 W 72nd UES The Kent, 200 E 95th The Pavilion, 500 E 77th 180 East 88th, 180 E 88th

Brooklyn One Brooklyn Bridge Park, 360 Furman St Instrata Brooklyn Heights, 75 Clinton The Chatsworth

Bronx Skyview Riverdale, 5700, 5800, 5900, Arlington Ave

Queens The Kent

The CORTE LIC, 21-30 44th

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Manhattan’s Chinatown This bustling neighborhood has plenty to entice families, from soup dumplings to cute kittens By Sarah JackSon


hinatown is a bustling, exciting neighborhood that’s packed with culture. It was first settled in the 1800s when Chinese immigrants who had worked in the Gold Rush and on transcontinental railroads came east to escape the discrimination they had faced in the west and seek out better jobs. Today, Manhattan’s Chinatown is one of the oldest and largest in the country. From museums and a cat café to soup dumplings and the largest Buddhist temple in New York, here are the things you can’t miss on a day’s adventure with the kids. Food and drinks Joe’s shanghai 9 Pell St., New York, NY 10013

For lunch, stop by Joe’s Shanghai for their famous “xiao long bao,” or soup dumplings. Each dumpling is filled with a savory broth and either pork or crab, depending on your order. To fully enjoy them, take a small bite of the dough first, then slurp the broth and finish the rest of the dumpling.


(Above) Joe’s Shanghai on Pell Street is famous for its soup dumplings. (Left) Collect Pond Park honors one of old Manhattan’s water sources.

Chinatown ice Cream Factory 65 Bayard St., New York, NY 10013

After some exploring, there’s no better way to cool down than with a sweet treat from Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. For more than 30 years, they’ve been dishing up homemade ice cream flavors like almond cookie, taro, don tot (a creamy Chinese egg custard), strawberry cheesecake and mocha chip. aji ichiban 37 Mott St., New York, NY 10013

If you’re looking for Asian snacks, chances are you’ll find them in Aji Ichiban. At this bulk snack store, you can fill a bag to your heart’s content with everything from preserved fruits to candies and even meat jerkies. Try some samples, but definitely get some candied ginger, preserved plum candy, China’s iconic White Rabbit Cream Candy (the rice paper wrapper is edible, too!) and some dried squid. Teado Tea shop 145D Hester St., New York, NY 10002

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Collect Pond Park 130 Leonard St., New York, NY 10013

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Chinatown, but Teado Tea Shop is a cut above the rest. Choose from a wide selection of freshly-brewed, teas, as well as ice slushes, fruity juices and more. They also have light eats if you want a quick bite. reCreaTion and eduCaTion Museum of Chinese in america (MoCa) 215 Centre St., New York, NY 10013

Immerse yourself in Chinese-American history and culture with a visit to MOCA. The museum’s ongoing exhibit, “With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America,” traces the Chinese-American experience from the late 1700s to the present. Plus, there are plenty of family-friendly programs here, including storytimes, drop-in art workshops and even festivals!

On a sunny day, enjoy a stroll in this historical park. The original Collect Pond was 60 feet deep and served as a source of drinking water for nearby residents in the 1700s. It even played a role later in naming one of Chinatown’s most iconic streets: When the pond became contaminated, it was drained into a 40-foot-wide canal that is now known as Canal Street. Mahayana Buddhist Temple 133 Canal St., New York, NY 10002

The largest Buddhist temple in New York City, Mahayana Buddhist Temple also holds another city record: It is home to the city’s largest Buddha statue, at a towering 16 feet tall! For a party of five or more, you can take a tour of the temple — just make sure to book online a week in advance. Mmuseumm 4 Cortlandt Alley, New York, NY 10013

(Above) Manhattan’s Chinatown dates to the 19th century and remains a gateway to new immigrants today. (Left) Meow Parlour on Hester Street offers an opportunity to cuddle with friendly felines. Meow Parlour 46 Hester St., New York, NY 10002

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If you’re not paying attention, you might walk right past Mmuseumm without knowing it. At just 36 square feet in area, it’s truly unlike any museum you’ve ever seen before. (Did we mention it’s housed in an old elevator shaft?) Mmuseumm calls their work “object journalism,” making social

commentary through small installations of revealing objects. Some of the items they have featured before include personal belongings that immigrants lost while coming to the United States, as well as relics of spin-off American fast food franchises abroad.

Make some furry friends at Meow Parlour, the city’s first permanent cat café! At this unique cafe, you can enjoy some snacks while you cuddle some cats. What a ‘purr-fect’ place to wind down and enjoy time with some adorable kittens? The best part is that this cat café is also a nonproft that allows you to adopt cats that are within the Meow Parlour. All cats are adoptable and could use a good home. Visit their website to meet and learn about their kittens that you’d like to adopt or foster. Adults and children over age 9 pay $8 each for half an hour with the kitties. If you have a child under age 9, make sure to come during the designated children’s hour when tickets are $9 per person for one hour, and kids must be accompanied by an adult. September 2019 |


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Kid-Friendly Beer Halls & Gardens These venues are becoming a hotspot for NYC families By Mia SalaS


ou may not immediately associate a Beer Hall with kids, but there are a number of Beer Halls & Gardens in NYC that actually welcome young kids and families. Join other families at a communal table or hang with a large group of friends and you’ll be surprised how family-friendly the atmosphere is. Beer Halls are certainly not all about beer; they feature lunch, dinner and even brunch menus, full of a fusion of traditional German, Eastern European, and American foods. Giant, soft pretzels are a Beer Hall classic: one that both kids and adults enjoy! Learn more about German history and culture through food, entertainment, architecture, design and atmosphere. If you’re looking to head to Beer Halls & Gardens this summer or fall, we’ve rounded up the kid-friendly ones around New York City! Brooklyn

Spritzenhaus33 33 Nassau Ave. Greenpoint, Brooklyn 347-987-4632

With a delicious menu and a spirited, friendly environment, Spritzenhaus is a great Beer Hall for your family. A wonderful space for community, you can spend hours here, eating, drinking, and chatting with other families. Choose from a variety of sausages on pretzel buns with toppings and dipping sauces. Kids love the Belgian fries and Sigmund’s soft pretzel. Enjoy the indoor, industrial setting with communal tables or, in the warm weather months, move the party to their outdoor seating. Play Jenga as you snack on fries, and don’t forget to stay up to date with Spritzenhaus’ Jenga hunt, which challenges visitors to find certain Jenga pieces with writing on them. Hours:


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Monday-Wednesday 4 pm-4 am, ThursdaySunday 12 pm-4 am. radegast Hall & Biergarten 113 North 3rd St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn 718-963-3973

Not only does Radegast Hall serve lunch and dinner, but they also do brunch! Get your Brooklyn brunch on with homemade pierogies, blueberry ricotta pancakes, gypsy toast, and much more. Try the NY prime strip with a side of German potato salad as an entrée. The Grill offers sausages, sandwiches and plenty of delectable sides. Be sure to check out the specials when you go! In addition to the kid-friendly food options, Radegast Hall also hosts events that are perfect for families. Enjoy live music by artists and bands such as Kings Country Pleasure Club, Sugartone Brass Band, DJ Nique and Bout Time Vibes. Join other friends and families at the communal tables to spend the afternoon dancing, eating and

making memories. Also a plus: strollers are welcome every day except Saturday after 2 pm! If you would like to book a private event, Radegast Hall is very accommodating. Kidfriendly hours: Monday-Friday 12 pm-8 pm, Saturday-Sunday 11 am-8 pm. BErG’n 899 Bergen St. Crown Heights, Brooklyn

From the founders of Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg, BERG’N is a must-visit Brooklyn Beer Hall. Vendors include Pizza by Charlie, Jianbing, King David Tacos, Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque and Landhaus. With this diverse selection of food, you can be sure that you won’t leave with an empty stomach. Stay up to date on BERG’N’s calendar to attend events such as trivia night, debates on the big screen and game night. You can also host your event at BERG’N, either in the private room, private room and courtyard combo or everything the light touches (the

(Above) Feast on German delights at Bierocracy in Long Island City. (Left) Radegast in Williamsburg features live music.

entire venue). Kid-friendly hours: TuesdayThursday 9 am-10 pm, Friday-Saturday 10 am-9 pm, Sunday 10 am-10 pm. DSK Brooklyn 710 Fulton St. at Hanson Place Fort Greene, Brooklyn 347-841-4495

Kid-friendly options on the menu include freshly baked pretzels, which you can add Nutella or Obazda (cheese spread) to, truffle fries, pommes frites (French fries), Käsespätzle (German mac & cheese), chicken schnitzel, German s’mores, and Gummi Bier (a beer mug filled with Gummi Bears and marshmallows). If you’re looking for a venue for your little one’s birthday party, DSK Brooklyn provides the perfect venue in their private event space, Haus on Hanson. Enjoy various events, such as live music, dog shows, trivia night, dog-friendly days in the beer garden, science talks, and more. Hours: Monday 5 pm-1 am, Tuesday 3 pm-1 am, Friday-Saturday 12 pm-4 am, Sunday 12

pm-12 am. QueenS Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden 29-19 24th Ave. Astoria, Queens 718-274-4925

Keep your family entertained for hours at Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden with great food, music, events and more. Enjoy live music by artists and bands such as Ronald Reggae, Stomp Society Swing Band and Dan Zlotnick. Test your knowledge on Thursday with trivia night or host a private event for your friends and family. Kidfriendly items on the menu include fish & chips, mac & cheese, perogies, hot pretzels, nachos grandes, buffalo chicken wings, French fries, and hot dogs. Finish your meal

off with something sweet, such as crêpes, apple strudel or crème brûlée. The history of this beer garden is quite interesting; the Bohemian Citizens’ Benevolent Society of Astoria, which owns and manages the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, was formed in 1892 and named after the medieval Kingdom of Bohemia. The construction of Bohemian Hall began in 1910, and by 1919, the outside Bar and Park were finished. The Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden has survived for decades, and it continues to blend Czech and Slovak cultures with American traditions and culture, all while providing endless family fun. Kid-friendly hours: Monday-Thursday 5-9 pm, Friday 3-9 pm, Saturday-Sunday 12-9 pm. Bierocracy 12-23 Jackson Ave. Long Island City, Queens 718-361-9333

The snacks are just as good as the main courses at Bierocracy. Start with popcorn chicken, giant bavarian pretzel, or homemade fried cheese, and then try the pork schnitzel, fish & chips, flatbread veggie or chicken and bacon pizza, dark beer goulash with dumplings and more! The Bierocracy sliders are also a hit for kids. For desserts, kids love the German warm September 2019 |


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seasonal crumble cake. As for brunch, there’s a kids brunch menu that includes schnitzel fingers and fries, sliders, kids flatbread pizza, ice cream float and kids fries. Bierocracy strives to create a welcoming and “old world” communal beer hall atmosphere, so you can be sure to have a unique and memorable experience during your visit. If your kid’s birthday is coming up, consider hosting it at Bierocracy, as they have a private party room with customizable food and beverage menu options, audio system and a large projector screen. Hours: Monday-Wednesday 4 pm-12 am, Thursday 4 pm-1 am, Friday 4 pm-2 am, Saturday 11 am-2 am, Sunday 11 am-11 pm. Manhattan harlem tavern 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd. Harlem, Manhattan 212-866-4500

With communal tables, booths and a bar area with a nostalgic design, Harlem Tavern is a warm and welcoming environment for your family. The diverse menu features many options that kids can enjoy, such as chicken quesadilla, chicken tenders, Harlem tavern sliders, home fries, tacos, tavern style mac & cheese and more. In addition, Harlem Tavern offers “Kids Corner,” kid-friendly menus for ages 12 and under for both brunch and dinner. Kids’ dinner entrees include penne pasta, fish sticks, two mini burgers, chicken fingers, grilled cheese sandwich, mini mac & cheese and mini cheese quesadilla. If you’re looking to book an event, such as a birthday party or gettogether, Harlem Tavern can accommodate up to 400 people in their venue, complete with party packages tailored to your event. Hours: Monday-Thursday 12 pm-2 am, Friday 12 pm-4 am, Saturday 11 am-4 am, Sunday 11 am-2 am. Zum Schneider 107 Avenue C at East 7th Street East Village, Manhattan 212-598-1098

An authentic Bavarian Bierhaus and German restaurant, Zum Schneider is a great place for families with German food, events and shows. Kids get to draw on the floor with chalk and enjoy dishes such as Brezn (Bavarian soft pretzel), Schupfnudeln im Sauerkraut (hand-rolled, pan-fried potato dumplings) and lots of different sausages. Apfelküchle is a must — everyone loves these apple fritters in beer batter with vanilla sauce, served with vanilla ice


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Zum Schneider offers a taste of Germany in the East Village. cream. Additionally, Zum Schneider hosts events, such as celebrations for their 20th anniversary, German-American Parade, and Oktoberfest. Zum Schneider even has its own soccer club: Zum Schneider FC ’03. Hours: Monday-Wednesday 5-11 pm, Thursday 5 pm-1 am, Friday 4 pm-2 am, Saturday 1 pm-2 am, Sunday 1-11 pm. Although there is no curfew for kids, the kitchen closes at 10 pm Sunday-Thursday and 11 pm FridaySaturday. Loreley Beer and Garden 7 Rivington St. Lower East Side, Manhattan 212-253-7077

Loreley offers lunch, dinner and brunch. All three menus are extensive, featuring many kid-friendly options. Choose from sausages, French fries and tater tots, fish & chips, burgers, tacos, soft-baked German pretzels, buffalo wings, sliders, nachos, red velvet waffles, mini pancakes, potato pancakes, avocado toast and more! Don’t miss out on the New York style cheesecake and fried ice cream for dessert. There are also lots of specials, the kid-friendly ones being Taco Tuesdays and $10 lunch specials on MondayThursday, 12-5 pm. Enjoy both the indoor Beer Hall and outdoor Beer Garden venues with your family! Hours: Monday-Tuesday 12 pm-1 am, Wednesday-Thursday 12 pm-2 am, Friday 12 pm-4 am, Saturday 10 am-4 am, Sunday 10 am-1 am. Although there is

no curfew for kids, we recommend you avoid Happy Hour: Monday-Tuesday until 10 pm, Wedesday-Thursday until 7 pm, Fridays 12-4 pm, and Sundays 7-10 pm. the Bronx the Bronx Beer hall 2344 Arthur Ave. Belmont, Bronx 347-396-0555

Don’t miss out on this beer hall gem that the entire family will love! The menu consists of dishes from The Bronx Beer Hall and neighbors Mike’s Deli and Cafe al Mercato. They also have plenty of kid-friendly items that include classic BX burger & fries, grandma greco’s wings, various pizzas, chicken & waffles, french toast, and plate o’bacon. Brunch is served on Sundays, 11 am-4 pm. The Bronx Beer Hall Calendar is fully stocked with events, so stay up to date for live entertainment, including music and comedy performances. You may also host your event at The Bronx Beer Hall, working alongside an Events Coordinator. Don’t forget to browse The Bronx Beer Hall Merchandise to show off your Bronx Beer Hall pride! The Bronx Beer Hall location is also super convenient for more family fun after your visit to the Beer Hall, as the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Gardens are nearby. Hours: Sunday 11 am-8 pm, Monday 4-11 pm, Tuesday-Saturday 11 am-close (or when the last person leaves).

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Family Road Trip to Hersheypark Take a train or drive to scenic Hersey, PA, where you’ll find fun and chocolate thrills! By Donna LaDD


onfession. I avoided Hersheypark for years. There are a few reasons. For starters, I grew up in California and had an allegiance to a particular mouse amusement park (the only mouse I’ll ever be okay with). It felt funny to attend a park based on chocolate. As delicious as chocolate is, I didn’t quite get how there could be a space based on candy. I was also a bit wary of a hotel stay as our youngest child is autistic and the sorts of spaces we stay overnight require a lot of amenities. But as I started to research family getaways for long weekends, my search seemed to always circle back to Hersheypark. And when the universe (a.k.a my job) presented the opportunity to visit the famous chocolate park, I decided it was time to give Hersheypark a whirl.

(above) The vibe of Hersheypark is very happy and all about the candy. (left) at our hotel, Hershey lodge, the indoor pool’s reese’s Water Walk was a huge hit.

Where to stay when visiting Hersheypark We stayed at the Hershey Lodge, which is a convenient three-ish mile drive from the park. The hotel’s overall message very kid-friendly, and this vibe was felt as soon as we checked in. The chocolate experience started immediately at Hershey Lodge as I was handed about four milk chocolate bars as a welcome gift. My oldest was ecstatic at this gesture! The lodge is quite large; there is a bit of a walk to get from one section to another, so we ended up driving to find our room. Our room was simple, there wasn’t anything super grand about it, but this was perfectly fine; it was clean and cozy, which is all we needed. Pool time at Hershey Lodge There are two pools: one indoors and one outdoors. We had planned to visit the outside pool but never made it there as my children went bonkers for the indoor pool known as Hershey’s Water Works. This water area is 30,000 square feet of fun. There are two giant water slides and basketball hoops for water basketball. My youngest loved the kiddie areas, and it was a relief to see that he could safely, under my watchful eye, have fun for hours. My oldest especially loved the fun water challenge called Reese’s Water Walk, which is basically what it sounds like — you


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try to walk on water on floating Reese’s Pieces. And my favorite, the Cocoa Cabana, a snack and cocktail bar in the pool area, meant I could eat while the kids played. Another fun attraction my oldest gravitated towards was the Arcade, which can be accessed 24/7 with your room key. There are also two 18-hole private golf courses available to guests of the Hershey Lodge that my husband teed off at one morning (no extra fees), as well as mini-golf. Where to eat at Hershey Lodge There are many dining spots at Hershey

Lodge. In my opinion, multiple restaurant options are a huge plus in a hotel stay. This is a total game changer with how the stay will go. The restaurants we dined at were kidfriendly and super accommodating. My top two restaurant picks — The Forebay and Fire & Grain. The Forebay is open only for dinner and is fine dining, so not cheap. But most fine dining spots aren’t exactly pro-kids, and there was not one eyelash batted when my youngest threw milk on the floor. So totally worth it to have a lovely dining experience where kids are tolerated. Fire & Grain is also super kid-friendly with a delicious breakfast buffet as well as children’s menus for both breakfast and dinner that my kids found quite yummy. Hersheypark with kids We headed to Hersheypark early, which is always a good idea as long lines are never ideal when visiting amusement parks. The park was created by Hershey’s founder and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey as grounds for his chocolate factory employees. Immediately upon entering the park, you

Hersheypark features many water options, including The Shore, a giant wave pool that gradually deepens from zero to six feet. are encouraged to measure your kids with the candy measuring system. From Hershey’s Miniatures to Reese’s and Twizzlers — your child’s measurement is defined by a brand of (Hershey, of course) candy. Once this size is determined, your child now knows what rides they are allowed to go on. The atmosphere of the park is very happy and all about the candy. My oldest, who is the only kid I know who complains about amusement parks, ate it up (literally). In the past, I have had to coax my children into going on rides at fairs — with this visit, it was so not the case. For the youngest, who is only 3, this was his first experience going on rides. Ever! I was a bit worried as my little babe is autistic and I wasn’t sure if he would be okay going on the rides solo, but he did great. He loved every ride we put him on. The kids’ favorite rides were the Mini Pirate, Space Age, Pirate and Swing Thing.

When it was time for the youngest to nap, I strolled around while my husband and oldest splashed around at The Shore. The Shore is a wave pool that gradually deepens from zero to six feet; thankfully, the park provides lifevests. There are many water options at the park, which was an excellent way to break up the day, especially as we were there during a heatwave. Before we left the grounds, we stopped at Hershey’s Chocolate World, where we made a personalized candy wrapper and created a candy bar, a birthday gift for grandma. There is also the Food Hall & Bakery where you can sit, eat and rest up a bit. The bakery serves up extravagant ice cream cups and milkshakes — we tried and devoured the dark chocolate s’mores that are made to order. Yum! If you have the time, check out the free chocolate tour on how a chocolate bar is made starting with the first ingredient, cocoa beans!

To visit around Hershey, PA Before we headed home, we checked out the Hershey Gardens featuring the new Butterfly Atrium, which was quite gorgeous and The Hershey Story’s Museum Experience. These two spots were not on our radar, but we were happy that we checked them out as it was fascinating to learn about Milton S. Hershey’s philanthropy work and legacy. I recommend checking both out. As a family, we had zero expectations for this trip to Hersheypark, but from the moment we arrived at The Hershey Lodge and then the park, my family ended up having a fantastic time, one that we will always remember. I do believe that staying at a hotel that is geared for kids added to this trip to Hersheypark being an overall success. As my 10-year-old stated, “This was the best trip ever!” Hersheypark is located at 100 Hersheypark Dr. Hershey, PA 17033 September 2019 |


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Great Kid-Friendly September Events in Manhattan By Mia Salas

GRACIE SQUARE ART SHOW September 7-8 Bring your family to browse various artworks of regionally and nationally celebrated artists. Not only can you purchase masterpieces for your home, but you can also enjoy sandwiches, sweet treats and drinks from Yura at the Grace Square Art Café. Kids will also get to participate in hands-on art projects and workshops. Free, 10 am-5 pm. Carl Schurz Park, East End Avenue and East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028,





September 8 Bring your kids to experience a whole event centered around reading and writing. Hosted by Word Up Community Bookshop, Uptown Kid Lit is a children’s book festival that has books for every reading level. There will also be a puppet show performance, story time, readings, activities, author talks, a school supply giveaway and more! Introduce your kids to the world of literature and foster their love of reading at Uptown Kid Lit. Free, 12-4 pm. Inwood Hill Park, 600 W. 218th St., New York, NY 10034,

WEST SIDE COUNTY FAIR September 8 Enjoy a full day of outdoor fun with your family at West Side County Fair. A perfect Sunday activity before the kids head back to school on Monday, the fair features live bands, sideshow performers, carnival rides, local food and merchandise vendors, cotton candy, Grow NYC Stop ‘N’ Swap and more! Free, 1-6 pm. Pier 1 in Riverside Park South, West 70th Street, New York, NY, 10069,

93RD ANNUAL FEAST OF SAN GENNARO September 12-22 Stretching over 11 days, you have plenty of time to check out the Feast of San Gennaro. Eat at the best restaurants in Little Italy, taste food from street vendors, listen to music at concerts, watch the parades, play games, engage in arts and crafts and jump on the bounce house! Families love the exciting and colorful environment of this festival. And don’t forget to check out the world-famous cannoli eating contest! Free admission, cost varies for food. Little Italy, Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Street, New York, NY, 10013,

6TH ANNUAL TEAMCINDY 5K RUN FOR RESEARCH September 14 Get active with your family at this 5K run or walk! The course is stroller-friendly, so you can even bring your really little ones out for a jog. Then head to the After Party & Awards Ceremony to enjoy lunch (included in your registration) and recognition. All proceeds go towards early detection and prevention of brain aneurysms. $35 through August 30, $40 day before and $45 day of. Adults, $20 Ages 12 & under and students, 8 am-12 pm. Riverside Park, Riverside Drive & West 103rd Street, New York, NY 10025,


Get a close-up view of the past at the WWI History Weekend on Governors Island on September 14 and 15.


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September 14 Monarch butterflies are true beauties, and at the height of their migration, you are sure to find a bunch of them! Your little ones

will explore the gardens in search of these butterflies. Learn all about their migration to Mexico and other interesting facts about the life of a monarch butterfly. There will also be lots of fun interactive activities and crafts, all related to these fascinating creatures. Free, 1-4 pm. Touchdown of the 103rd Street Footbridge in Randall’s Island Park, 20 Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY 10035,

WWI HISTORY WEEKEND September 14-15 Time travel back to World War 1 at WWI History Weekend. As the largest, free, public WWI exhibit in the United States, this historyfilled weekend is sure to impress. Watch performances by reenactors, talk to authors and experts and check out the vintage vehicles and animals. Free, 10 am-5 pm Saturday, 9 am-3 pm Sunday. Parade Ground, 15 Evans Road, New York, NY 10004,

HALLOWEEN COSTUME WORKSHOP September 28 Kids ages 6 and up are invited to get inspired at The Skyscraper Museum’s Halloween Costume Workshop. Halloween is always one of those holidays that sneaks up on us, so this year, start planning your epic costumes in advance. Make a unique costume using the skyscraper designs and museum contents as guidance. Children $5,

parents free, RSVP required, 10:30-11:45 am. The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280,


Enjoy a day of family fun before the school year begins at the West Side County Fair on September 8.

September 28 Hop into a kite making workshop to construct your very-own kite! Kids and families are invited to design and fly their own kites, representing ideas of freedom and peace. The event recognizes the United Nations General Assembly and International Peace Day in a creative and recreational fashion. Free, 11 am-4 pm. 1 FDR Four Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island, New York, NY 10280,

SUBMERGE: NYC MARINE SCIENCE FESTIVAL September 28 Join in on the fun of science at Submerge, hosted by Hudson River Park. There will be experiments, science entertainment for kids, kayaking, local wildlife, fishing, interactive demonstrations, and more. The goal of the festival is to raise awareness about the importance of taking care of our coastal waters, introduce children to marine science, and make STEM accessible for children. Free, 11 am-4 pm. Hudson River Park, Pier 84 at West 44thStreet, New York, NY 10036, New York, NY 10044, September 2019 |


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HABANA OUTPOST KIDS CORNER: ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL BASH September 3 The Kids Corner at Habana Outpost offered workshops and crafts on the weekends all throughout the summer. With school starting up again, it’s time to finish off Kids Corner with the Back to School Bash! Enjoy arts and crafts and celebrate both the end of the summer and the start of a new school year with your neighborhood friends. Free, 11 am-2 pm. Habana Outpost, 757 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11217,

The Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Day September 21 As the largest free literary event in New York City, The Brooklyn Book Festival presents more than 300 authors and 250 booksellers! Children’s Day encourages reading for kids through workshops, author readings, art projects and more.

Young readers get to browse a wide selection of books, hear from their favorite authors, get crafty with book-themed arts and crafts, engage in performances and listen during storytime. Free, 10 am-4 pm. MetroTech Commons, Brooklyn, NY 11201,

NYC BROADWAY WEEK September 3-16 There are so many familyfriendly shows playing in the theaters right now, and there’s no experience like Broadway! In the epic 2-for-1 deal during NYC Broadway Week, catch your favorite Broadway shows for a great price. Get ready for amazing theater and family memories. Prices and showtimes vary. Broadway, New York, NY,


September 7 As the final movie in the CinemaLIC summer series at Hunter’s Point South Park, Mary Poppins Returns (2018) is the family-friendly hit that’s sure to entertain everyone. Even if your little ones haven’t seen the first Mary Poppins, they will still appreciate this sequel. Out of all the movies offered throughout the summer at this beautiful, outdoor venue, Mary Poppins Returns, rated PG, is the best for kids! Free, movie starts at sunset.


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MC VEGGIE FRESH AT HUDSON RIVER KIDS September 9 and 12 Learn all about living a healthier lifestyle through rap and hip hop! MC Veggie Fresh encourages healthy behavior changes, self-confidence, cooking with kids, friendly rap battles and food exploration. If your little ones want to continue the exciting journey of health and nutrition, they can read Shanon Morris’ debut book: MC Veggie Fresh Rocks The Mic! Free, 4-4:45 pm. Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 at North Moore Street, New York, NY 10013 on September 9, Pier 62 at West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011 on September 12,


Bring your little ones along to sing and dance with Scott Klopenstein! Scott will lead young kids through an interactive, sing-a-long session. Afterwards, spend the day at Domino Park and grab a bite at Tacocina. Free, 10-11 am. Domino Park, Tacocina Lawn, 15 River St., Brooklyn, NY 11249,

EZRA JACK KEATS STORY AND CRAFT September 19 Bring your little ones for storytime with a book by Ezra Jack Keats, a pioneer in American children’s literature. Librarians will then lead kids through a bookrelated craft for further enrichment. At the end of the session, every kid gets to keep a free copy of one of Keats’ books! Free, 4-5 pm. Central Library, Youth Wing, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238,

SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM DAY September 21 Smithsonian Museum Day is not only a

citywide event — it’s nationwide! Head over to one of the participating museums with your family after downloading your ticket for free entry. Museums include Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Museum of Chinese in America, New York City Fire Museum, Queens Historical Society, The AKC Museum of the Dog and many more. Free, museum hours vary. Multiple locations citywide,

BROOKLYN CHESS FESTIVAL September 21 Are your kids ready to test out their chess skills? Whether they’re fierce competitors or learning for the first time, the Brooklyn Chess Festival is an educational and engaging experience. NYC Parks is partnering with New York Chess & Games and FilmBarn Brooklyn to present not only chess games, but lots of other board games! They will be able to perfect and test their board game skills, as well as meet new friends as they make their way through the rounds of games. They will have a blast! Free, 10 am-4 pm. Dr. Ronald McNair Park, Eastern Parkway between Classon and Washington Avenues, Brooklyn, NY, 11238,

SQUARE DANCE September 27 Grab your partner and get ready for a night of square dancing!

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Learn how to fish on Randall’s Island at the Get Hooked Fishing Festival on September 28. There will be country food, otherwise known as delicious comfort food, music and lots of special activities for kids and families. Spend the day outdoors in the park with family and friends. Free, 5-10 pm. Bryant Park Lawn in Bryant Park, New York, NY 10018,

GET HOOKED FISHING FESTIVAL September 28 Learn all about fishing and underwater wildlife at Get Hooked Fishing Festival. Partake in catch-and-release fishing with equipment provided, play games, make crafts related to underwater wildlife, listen to live music and enjoy plenty of refreshments. Free, 11 am-2

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35TH ANNUAL MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL September 29 Travel back to the Middle Ages at the 35th Annual Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park. There will be music, magic, jugglers, jesters, knights, medieval crafts, food and drinks and medieval clothing. Be sure to watch the joust between four knights on horseback! Free, 11:30 am-6 pm. Margaret Corbin Drive and adjacent lawns in Fort Tryon Park, New York, NY 10040,

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What Does Back-to-School Time Mean for You? Back to school is a season for us! It is the beginning of a new school year, new teachers, friends and a whole new mindset of expectations on what’s to come! I love that feeling of excitement leading up to that very morning when the sound of the alarm clock mixed with the brake of the school bus runs through the house. @twindollicious I’m so excited for back to school season for both myself and my girls! This year, my older daughter is going to Middle School, my youngest will be starting Kindergarten, and my middle girl is going into third! I also love this season as renewal for myself - I’m taking a playwriting class and getting back into freelancing. A season of learning, fun, and challenges for all of us! @weekendjaunts Back to school means back to the routine. Less traveling. More time at home. The fall brings a whole new vibe to our house - which lends itself to football and slowcooked chili Sunday’s. This is my favorite time of year. The coziness that fall brings after a busy summer always puts a smile on my face. @eay814


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New York Family September 2019  

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