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Goodbye Plastic

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M dau My daughter had a wonderful first summer at NCDC. From the welcome picnic until the final day, d ay, she felt comfortable and supported. She tried new foods and new sports, and made new friends. She came home happy and tired, which is what camp is all about. —NCDC parent parent

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FEATURES 8 | Mom Hacks: Goodbye Plastic! The best reusable bags now that New York has banned single-use plastic bags 28 | Spring Clean Your Life Channel the power of springtime to give your whole life a makeover 32 | Jodie Patterson: Bold and Brave The author and activist talks about her experience parenting a trans child and her new book, The Bold World


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Stories & columns 6 | Editor’s Note Hello Spring 12 | Why Day Camp? How the experience of day camp can benefit your child 38 | The Last Word Spring roots

Home & Away 20 | Hot Properties The best luxe apartment buildings for families

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Family fun 34 | Calendar Unmissable events in Brooklyn and beyond for March

Directories 14 | Camps Directory 24 | Charter School Guide

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Editor’s Note

Hello Spring When you live in a bustling city like New York, there is a noticeable shift with the arrival of spring. Off go the heavy coats, our walks home from the train are more enjoyable as the rays of sunlight rejuvenate us. Even spring flowers work their way through the cracks of the city’s sidewalk. With this season comes renewal and the recharging of our batteries and what better way to recharge than through stories of inspirational moms. Our cover mom this month, “The Bold Jodie Patterson” (page

NewYorkFamily.com Publisher: Hester Aba Executive Editor: Donna Duarte-Ladd

32), teaches us about parenting with an open heart and the art of learning to adapt. Marie Kondo, anyone? If you’re like me and tackling a bit of spring cleaning in all facets of your life, then you need to read “Hello Spring! The Best Ways to Embrace the New Season in New York City” (page 28). Lastly, check out our calendar of Family Fun (page 34) for all the great events in NYC! Donna Ladd Executive Editor

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A Stately Setting for a Shoot at Guidepost Montessori We shot our gorgeous cover story with author and activist, Jodie Patterson, at Guidepost Montessori’s jawdropping Upper East Side location. Located in a stately townhouse on E 79th street, Guidepost’s lucky students are just a stone’s throw from Central Park, with access to all the sights and attractions of Museum Mile. The architecture and decor of the building made for the perfect backdrop for our whole team to get creative! Guidepost Montessori now has four locations across NYC: two in Manhattan (Museum Mile and the Upper West Side) and two in Brooklyn (Brooklyn Heights and Williamsburg). All the locations have a really unique setting reflective of the neighborhoods they’re based

in. Guidepost’s programs serve children from ages 12 months to 11 years, and their Montessori approach and nurturing atmosphere are just two of the many reasons why parents and their children across the world adore them. Guidepost Montessori at Museum Mile 12 E 79th St, New York, NY 10075 Guidepost Montessori at Columbus Square 775-D, Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10025 Yumi Matsuo

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The Best Reusable

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The ban on single-use plastic bags is now in effect — here are our favorites for NYC life By IsaBelle Bousquette


t’s time to get your hands on some reusable shopping bags, New Yorkers! The statewide ban on single-use plastic bags went into effect on March 1st, 2020. Every retail establishment that pays a sales tax, from grocery to clothing stores, will be switching to paper bags. More likely than not, they’ll be charging 5 cents for those bags. So instead

Best Produce Bag: Net Zero Double Handle Cotton Net Market Tote Bag If you’re a frequent produce shopper, check out Net Zero’s Double Handle Cotton Net Market Tote Bag. The double strap design means this bag functions as a both handbag and over-the-shoulder bag for when it gets heavier. The straps are 100% cotton and are very durable. You can fill the bag with cans, and it still won’t break (although it won’t look as aesthetic as it does filled with fruit). The mesh style is not necessarily the best pick for comprehensive grocery shopping. However, it is perfect for a trip to the farmer’s market or a romantic stroll down the produce aisle! $18.99, netzerocompany. com


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of getting flustered at the checkout counter (should you just spring for the extra 5 cent bag or can you carry a carton of milk for five blocks?) come prepared with a reusable shopping bag! But with so many great reusable shopping bags out there, how do you find the one that’s right for you? For New Yorkers who walk everywhere (except the places they take the subway), portability

Best Collapsable Bag: BeeGreen Basic Reusable Grocery Bags The adorable patterns aren’t the best part of the BeeGreen Basic Reusable Grocery Bags (although they’re close). These bags fold up into a square pouch, meaning they’re easy to carry around in your purse or pocket. Then, when you’re ready to do your grocery shopping, unfold and fill them with as much as you can. The reinforced stitching means they’re able to carry up to 50 lbs! The BeeGreen bags are so compact, you can keep one with you at all times. That way, if you decide to make a spur of the moment stop at the supermarket, you’re always prepared.$14.55 for a pack of five, beegreenbags.com

and convenience are key. We want the bags that zip up and fit in our purses when we’re not using them. Bags that don’t tear from the hustle and bustle of NYC streets. Bags that say: “I’m prepared, I’m environmentally conscious, and yes, I’m a New Yorker.” With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a list of the best reusable shopping bags that, like you, are ready to take on the big city.

Best Fashionable Bag: Verloop Knits Gossamer Reversible Bag This bag from Verloop is made of gorgeous iridescent gossamer and comes in a rainbow of fun colors. It’ll catch the sunlight as easily as it’ll catch all your friends’ attention. It won’t necessarily hold as much as other reusable shopping bags, but what it lacks in volume, it makes up for in style. Straight from Verloop’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection, this is a bag that’s definitely high fashion. And, if you’re passionate about mindfully created, innovative products, it’s worth checking out the rest of Verloop’s line. Who knows? You might find a gorgeous gossamer scarf to match your reusable bag! $34, shop.verloopknits.com


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Best Portable Bag: BagPodz Reusable Bags BagPodz is absolutely the best way to carry around a ton of reusable bags at the same time. While many reusable bags collapse into their own pouches, BagPodz conveniently hold up to ten reusable bags. When you hit the register, just keep taking out as many as you need to fit all your groceries. The pouch itself zips up and has a clip on the back so you can attach it to your shopping trolley (or your belt loop, if you prefer). BagPodz are also sustainably produced, making your shopping experience eco-friendly from start to finish. $34.95 for a pack of ten, bagpodz.com

Best Lightweight Bag: Standard Baggu The Standard Baggu is kind of like your bread and butter when it comes to reusable shopping bags. It’s super basic and lightweight. Why do we like it? Because it comes in endless fun colors and prints, from red tartan to the Charlie Brown squad. Why do we love it? Because it’s made of 40% recycled nylon sourced from pre-consumer waste. The Standard Baggu holds 2-3 shopping bags (or 50 lbs.) worth of stuff, but it also comes in a Baby Baggu size and a Big Baggu size. Then, it folds up into a mini 5’’ by 5’’ pouch, so you can keep it with you at all times! $12, baggu.com


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Best “Big Shop” Bag: Lotus Trolley Bags You won’t want to carry the Lotus Trolley Bags around with you every day, but they’re perfect for that once-a-week “big shop.” If you know you’re about to load up on groceries, then the Lotus Bags conveniently spread across the cart accordion-style in an innovative patented design. One bag is insulated, one comes with a special container for eggs, one with a special pocket for produce. (But if you’re looking for more produce pockets, check out the Lotus Produce Bags, which come in a set of nine!) When you’re ready to take your shopping out of the trolley, the rods slide out and you can pick up the bags from their side handles. The bags themselves are eco-friendly and machine washable. This purchase really takes convenience to a whole new level. $36.99 for pack of four, lotustrolleybag.com

Best Versatile Bag: Clevermade Snapbasket The Clevermade SnapBasket will serve you well in grocery shopping, but it’s also an investment for life. Use it as a gym bag, a laundry bag or even an overnight bag. The “snap” refers to the fact that it conveniently collapses into a flat slab, making it easy to store or pack away. This is definitely a bag that can carry a heavy load, with strong vegan leather handles and a capacity of 30 liters. And, if you’re using it as a purse, it has a built-in zipper pocket to store your valuables. $34.99, clevermade.com

Best Over-the-Shoulder Bag: Flip & Tumble 24/7 Bag The 24/7 bag is compact and colorful. If you’re looking for a bag that sits comfortably over your shoulder, this is the one. The felt patch underneath the strap makes it comfortable on your shoulder and keeps it from slipping. The 24/47 bag won’t carry as much weight as some other reusable bags (it holds up to 35 lbs), but it does roll up into an exceptionally small (3”) ball. The 24/7 bag could definitely become your go-to reusable shopping bag, and you can pick it up in every color, from coral to peacock, to match every outfit! $13, flipandtumble.com


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whole group cheers them on because the whole purpose of the game being played at camp is to be part of a team and work together to succeed.” Making friends Duffy says that camp is one of the best places to form friendships. “Children are together all day and enjoying fun activities. They sing songs, swim, talk over lunch and play games and sports together in a relaxed environment that feels very different than school.”

Why Day Camp?

Great reasons why these camps are beneficial for your child BY JESS MICHAELS


onsidering day camp for your child? Day camp is often your child’s first steps towards independence and can help your child develop important life skills and interests that will last a lifetime. Not to mention day camp is just FUN! From swimming to arts & crafts to special event days, camp packs a whole lot of excitement into just a few weeks over the summer. Check out these great reasons why day camp can be so beneficial for your child. Independence Being away from you, even if just for the day at camp, allows your child to work on skills without your assistance and to explore their interests all by themselves. As a result, children gain confidence that they can do things on their own. Katie Duffy, Director of Camps for Asphalt Green in Manhattan says, “From taking the bus to and from camp to getting changed for swimming independently without the help of mom and dad, campers are practicing independence daily and feeling good that they have conquered something on their own.” Communication With children spending hours each day engaged in screen-based activities, it’s no surprise that children have lost the art of


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communicating face to face and being able to recognize the emotions of others. Gordon Josey, Director of Breezemont Day Camp in Armonk, NY comments, “I believe that camp 20 or 30 years ago was nice to do but wasn’t as necessary as it is today. Camp is a place for children to disconnect—where children can just talk and laugh with each other, practicing face to face communication. You can be smartest kid in school but if you don’t know how to communicate and listen to others, you aren’t necessarily going to be successful in the 21st century.” Community Camp is an intentional community that your child is instantly welcomed into. Campers and staff share rituals and traditions unique to the camp which helps everyone become part of a tight knit and supportive community. “We have a dedicated group of people who work full time as camp professionals and only think about camp. It’s how we are able to create the culture and community we have,” says Josey. Gordon explains that camp is about team building and creating a safe place for children to try something new or hone skills they have already been working on. “Whether it’s a child who plays baseball during the school year and just hit a home run or the child who struggles athletically but just hit the ball off the T in T ball, the

Play The American Academy of Pediatrics states the importance of play in promoting healthy child development and believes it allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity and physical and cognitive, and emotional strength. “Unfortunately, today’s children no longer play,” comments Josey. “Whether it’s because of social media and video games or we as parents no longer let kids just go outside and knock on a neighbor’s door to play, camp is where a child can play the way we played as children. Expert instruction Want your child to get quality sports instruction this summer? Many day camps offer expert sports instruction while also allowing your camper to participate in traditional camp activities like arts & crafts and archery. “One of the best parts of camp is that children are exposed to so many different sports and activities, which allows kids to realize what they like,” says Josey. “Along with traditional camp activities, we offer expert instruction for our sports with a tennis professional teaching tennis and a NCAA Basketball pro teaching basketball, so if you are looking for quality sports instruction, it can be found at day camp.” Confidence School is great for learning math, reading and writing, but not every student walks away from the school day feeling confident. What’s so great about camp is that there are no tests or scores— only activities designed to help children build confidence. “Confidence comes in different ways at camp. When a camper performs in the camp talent show and gets a loud round of applause or when a child sets the goal to move up a swim level and then achieves it, they are gaining confidence and walking away feeling good about themselves,” says Duffy.

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Brooklyn Friends School Summer Programs Downtown Brooklyn, NY 718-852-1029 brooklynfriends.org Their summer programs take the best of the school year experience and make the light shine even brighter! Every day offers new opportunities for children to grow, to learn, and to develop their talents and interests. Summer Camp for 3 to 8 year olds and Summer Arts for 8 to 12 year olds are distinguished by their outstanding faculty and favorable teacher-student ratio.

Brooklyn Music School 126 St Felix St., Brooklyn, NY 718-638-5660 brooklynmusicschool.org contactus@ brooklynmusicschool.org Discover the joy of music and dance this summer at the Brooklyn Music School’s Summer Music & Dance Institute. The Institute

offers a broad introduction to music, dance and the performing arts for students ages 5-8. Students learn new instruments from BMS’s world-class music faculty, learn new dance moves from our dance teachers, and put it all together in performances in the famous BMS theater. For students ages 9-12,”Intensives” offer in-depth study and ensemble play in either Rock Band, Orchestra, Dance, Hip Hop, and Jazz.

Camp Pixel: Studios 866-771-6837‬ pixelacademy.org Camp Pixel Studios are a mix of the “traditional” summer camps you grew up knowing and the one-ofa-kind project-based STEM camps that they’ve been running for the last seven years. These ALL-INCLUSIVE camps pull together a group of like-minded campers and run for a full month (four weeks) under the guidance of

a dedicated counselor! Each studio focuses on a specific technology theme and allows campers the opportunity to dive deep into a subject they love by creating EPIC projects. PLUS, every Studio is all-inclusive meaning you get field trips, free lunch, and free extended care!

CBE Kids Summer Day Camp Garfield Temple/Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 718-768-3814 cbebk.org/camp Offering campers a summer of new experiences! The Elementary Day Camp ages 4.5 to 9 includes swimming, sports, music, gymnastics, arts and crafts, nature, and circus arts. Movin’ on, Travel Camp grades 5-9, uses the Temple House as a base for daily trips in and around NYC; two overnights are included with a mature, qualified staff. Ha’Geemnasia, a unique Israeli-style Hebrew immersion camp offers native

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Gan Jewish Daycare Summer Camp 2901 Campus Road, Brooklyn, NY 718-338-7575 gandaycare.com Summer is the perfect time to engage your child’s imagination through handson experiences in music, water-play, exploration and arts & crafts, such as ceramics, tie-dye, paper mache and much more. Their classes for children ages 2 to 6 are led by licensed Early Childhood Teachers. Gan Summer Camp has air-conditioned classrooms, and a fun-filled outdoor play area. Every day children have time to explore water play and sprinklers and gross motor activities. Each day is fun filled with many different

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New Country Day Camp Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds Staten Island, NY 646-395-4357 newcountrydaycamp.org newcountry@14streety.org A program of the 14th Street Y and Educational Alliance, this camp is a joyful and inclusive community where campers, families and staff build meaningful connections with each other and the natural world around them, and experience personal growth through high-quality programs rooted in the outdoors and guided by Jewish values. Transportation

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Park Slope Day Camp Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 718-788-7732 parkslopedaycamp.com Offering a traditional camp experience right here in Brooklyn. Explore the outdoors, go on trips, and visit the pool and beach all in the same week! Their Sports Academy and Circus Camp offer a chance to explore your child’s interests and talents! Flexible registration means their camp is there for you when you need it. Families can also take


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Piper Theatre Workshop 336 3rd St., New York, NY 718-768-3195 pipertheatre.org Children ages 7 to 17 spend the month of July creating worlds of imagination and wonder at the Old Stone House and Washington Park. Under the guidance of their extraordinary teachers, students create full-scale productions performed at the end of each workshop. Oneand two-week programs for Starlings, ages 7 to 11, vary from improvisation to Shakespeare to musical theater. Four-week programs for students ages 11 to 17.

Trail Blazers 394 Rogers Ave., Brooklyn, NY (Day Camp) 210 Deckertown Tpke., Montague, NJ (Overnight Camp) 212-529-5113 trailblazers.org registration@trailblazers.org Join them for their 134th summer! Since 1887, Trail Blazers’ programs have been where campers connect to nature, make new friends, and create life-long memories. From grades

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Williamsburg Northside School Summer Camp Preschool 2’s & 3’s Campus: 152 N 5th Street, Brooklyn NY 718-599-7300 PK- Grade 8 Campus: 299 N 7th Street, Brooklyn NY 718-599-9600 willnorth.org/camp This summer, campers will explore Wildlife from around the world! Using a playful and creative lens, campers will dig deep into the wonder of the oceans, seas, deserts and rainforests! Enrichment Activities include: Mad Science, WR Arts Dance, Geek Forest, Grow with the Flow Yoga. Children in our Preschool campus will

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also be treated to a daily dose of unstructured gross motor time on our spacious rooftop playground, and visits to our community garden, and sprinkler setup! Children in our PK- 8 campus will be offered Mini Musical workshops through Child’s Play NY during July and are also offered Spanish Immersion sessions during the last 2 weeks of camp. Visit the website for the full 7 week schedule.

Windmill Montessori Summer Camp Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY 718-375-7973 or 4277 windmont.org admissions@windmontsch.org Registration is beginning now for their Academic Montessori/Creative Writing Summer Day Camp for 3 to 12 year olds. Windmill offers a nurturing place where children make friends and learn through the Montessori Method, while having lots of fun. Spacious enclosed yard with playground and pool lets campers safely participate in outdoor activities, all with highly qualified and caring staff’s guidance. Local trips, weekly themes, arts & crafts, computers, singing, group games, and pool activities

are enjoyed. Four to six week programs are offered, as are sibling discounts. Door-todoor bus service is available. Call for individualized appointments.

YMCA of New York ymcanyc.org/programs/camp/ find-camp With dozens of locations across the five boroughs, and their Sleepaway Camp upstate, New York City’s YMCA has a summer camp that your child will love — at a location convenient to you! All Y camps feature: • Well-trained staff who serve as positive role models • Activities and games that develop self-esteem and leadership skills • Activities that promote cultural diversity • Exposure to new ageappropriate, challenging, and fun experiences • An atmosphere that fosters fairness, teamwork, and cooperation • Visits to the City’s top attractions, including zoos, aquariums, parks, and museums • Health, exercise, and nutrition education Check their website for locations and open house dates!

All Aboard for Summer with Friends Brooklyn Friends School summer programs take the best of the school year experience and make that light shine even brighter! Every day learn, and to develop their talents and interests. Summer Camp for 3 to 8 year olds and Summer Arts for 8 to 12 year olds are distinguished by their outstanding faculty and favorable teacherstudent ratio. The experience for kids is fun and energizing, just as summer should be.

Enroll for Various Sessions from June 18 to July 26, 2020

375 Pearl Street in Downtown Brooklyn

just steps away from 9 subway lines and next door to the Marriott Hotel

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Hot ProPerties Great residences for family living in the city

By Olga UzUnOva


inding the best living space in NYC has gotten easier with these amazing properties that go the extra mile when it comes to accommodating families. Whether you are looking for a living space with a rooftop, a state of the art children’s playroom, or an apartment building located surrounded by fantastic school choices, here are 13 great properties you won’t regret checking out if you’re new to NYC or moving within the city.

Downtown Manhattan: The Broad Exchange Building Neighborhood: Financial District Address: 25 Broad Street

The Broad Exchange Building, once the largest and most prestigious office building in New York City, is now a luxury condominium that launched sales earlier this year. The Broad Exchange is a pet and child-friendly building in the busy and popular Financial District. When the weather permits, enjoy the scenic rooftop space for fun parties, the shared outdoor kitchen, and BBQs with friends and family. Kids will love the outdoor playground and enjoy the indoor playroom featuring interactive play areas, educational toys and opportunities for making art. Downtown Manhattan: 77Greenwich Neighborhood: Financial District Address: 77 Greenwich

This luxury highrise is located in the heart of FiDi and has been designed as a safe haven for families who need a cozy nest in the bustle of the city. Cloud Club on the 77th floor is a zen space designed as the ultimate retreat from the city noise with a landscaped rooftop terrace with 360-degree views. Families can enjoy the observation deck on the 42nd floor with its outdoor kitchen and BBQ grills. Kids have space to create, interact, and play in the children’s playroom with enhanced protections on the windows and other potential risk areas. 77 Greenwich is two blocks away


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the Kent, on the Upper east side includes Camp Kent, an interactive indoor-outdoor playroom. from Battery Plaza which is perfect for family outdoor activities and walks along the Hudson river shore. Kids can enjoy the SeaGlass Carousel Amusement park and breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty. Glenwood - multiple locations (Miller Adv.) www.glenwoodnyc.com

Make use of your uptown or downtown Glenwood building’s amenity spaces. Each location provides a family-friendly environment perfect for growing families. Depending on location, Glenwood buildings offer playrooms, pools, and gyms which cater to the busy New York family. Downtown rush, Midtown entertainment, or Upper Manhattan family environment take your pick, and Glenwood’s various portfolio of upscale apartment options will satisfy your needs. Brooklyn: One Clinton Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights Address: One Clinton St


One Clinton is an architectural beauty at the center of historic Brooklyn Heights. With direct access to Cadman Plaza Park, Whitman Park and a 10 min walk from the DUMBO area, this apartment building is perfect for families. Amenities include a sky lounge with full entertaining kitchen, bar, and terrace, children’s center with indoor and outdoor active play areas and a screening room. A state-of-the-art branch of the Brooklyn Public Library will anchor the ground floor of One Clinton and presents a unique facility for book-lover residents. Manhattan: The Hayworth Neighborhood: Upper East Side Address: 1289 Lexington Ave thehayworthnyc.com

In The Hayworth, you can find both your family home and a center for the community. The world-class 92Y, in partnership with the Hayworth, will provide your children with music, acting, and drawing classes in


Learn about the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program at the Family Resource & Wellness Fair


ark your calendar! Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC), in partnership with Park Place Community Middle School invites you to enjoy the Family Resource & Wellness Fair on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 12-4pm at 62 Park Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217! Parents, guardians, and students will have the opportunity to learn about the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program which provides opportunities for children to attend enriching programs in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and Cobble Hill. The

scholarship program is open to children ages 4 to 18 who live or attend school in Brooklyn school districts 13 or 15. There will be free activities for children, workshops for parents, prizes, giveaways, and performances! Join our program partners for fun and interactive activities. Automatic Studios will be teaching students about their movie making program. Brooklyn Ballet will grace the stage with a live performance and have a ballet coloring station. Camp Pixel will have a mini escape room puzzle that students will need to figure out the code to activate the machine. Mark Morris Dance Center


will share information about their long standing dance program. Camp Yokey will do a VR activity and showcase games. Upper 90 Soccer Brooklyn and Super Soccer Stars will share information about their soccer program. Brooklyn Fencing Center will do a live demo on stage. For more information on the Family Fair, please visit atlanticave.org/familyfair or call (718) 875-8993. For more information on the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program and to apply, visit atlanticave.org/ scholarshipapply. Support our local youth by donating to the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program at gofundme.com/f/ aaldcscholarships.

Event Open to All Children and Their Families Who Live or Attend School in Brooklyn Districts 13 or 15

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the cheerful children’s room. Apartments’ interiors are designed by Lee Mindel of SheltonMindel. Each residence features an expansive gallery wall and has loft-like proportions with grand windows that let all the sunshine in your home. If you decide to eat out there are plenty of options nearby starting with Dig Inn right next door. The subway is a few steps away (4, 5 and 6 lines) and the local Whole Foods is a five minute walk away. Manhattan: The Belnord Neighborhood: Upper West Side Address: 225 W. 86th St thebelnord.com/

The clean and modern Belnord stands out amongst its limestone sisters on the UWS. Extensive views over the courtyard, the cityscape, and the sky will inspire you every day. The Belnord occupies a prime location near some of the best schools and leisure areasRiverdale park is two blocks away as Central Park is 10 minutes walk. On the south corner of the building is the subway stop for 1 and 2 express trains. Local gourmet restaurants The Mermaid Inn and Talia’s Steakhouse will be great for your special occasions and the AMC 84th Street theater is a nearby option for an afternoon movie day with the family. Roosevelt Island: The Octagon Neighborhood: Roosevelt Island Address: 888 Main Street octagonnyc.com

The Octagon on Roosevelt Island is just ten minutes away from Manhattan, and offers magical views over the skyline of the city. With a freshly renovated fitness center, yoga room, entertainment center, and pool, your family will be spoiled for choice for activities. Other family-friendly facilities include a playroom, waterfront playground and a daycare center. The Octagon also offers a free shuttle bus service to local public transport to allow you to easily get to work and play!

(Top) Incredible views at 77 Greenwich in the Financial District. (Above) A spacious layout at 45-45 Center Boulevard in Long Island City.

Long Island City: Corte Neighborhood: Long Island City Address: 21-30 44th Drive www.cortenyc.com

of the city and is great for family gatherings and weekend outdoor activities. Helpful additional features include a fully equipped gym, resident’s lounge, and parking.

The residences of CORTE offer a sanctuary in vibrant Long Island City. Corte’s supercool and modern architecture makes a real statement, and you’ll love the floor-to-ceiling windows in each unit. Great family amenities include stroller storage, a playroom, and the landscaped communal roof deck. The grassy open terrasse boasts amazing views

Long Island City: 4545 Center Boulevard Neighborhood: Long Island City Address: 4545 Center Blvd tfc.com/residential/4545-center-blvd/ new-york-luxury-no-fee-apartmentsand-retail-spaces


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4545 Center Boulevard is nestled on the Long Island City waterfront with iconic sights of Downtown Manhattan. 4545 Center Boulevard is close to Gantry Plaza State Park, surrounded by 12 acres of green space, the Queens West Sports Field, an outdoor sports park, and nearby schools- 1st Ward School, Saint Marys, and The Riverview School. With multiple public transportation options like the MTA, LIRR, and NY Waterway, 4545 Center Boulevard offers the best of suburban living, in the heart of the city.

Come to a New York Family Camp Fair to Get Organized • Daycare and Childcare • A Patchwork of Summer Activities • School and Education Programs

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 TH 12 – 3PM Brooklyn Children's Museum

45 Brooklyn Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11101


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Ascend Public Charter Schools

Williamsburg Charter High School

(WCHS) Accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year Upcoming Open Houses: February 1st, March 7th, April 4th

WCHS offers: • Advanced Placement (AP) and Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) classes • Special Education (SPED) and English as a New Language (ENL) services

• Student-driven course selection • Social emotional supports • Visual and performing arts, extracurricular activities, and athletics

Visit www.thewcs.org to

APPLY NOW 198 Varet Street Brooklyn, NY 11206 admissions@thewcs.org



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15 K-12 schools in Brownsville, Bushwick, Canarsie, East Flatbush, Cypress Hills, East New York, and Lefferts Gardens 347-464-7600, ext. 1002 ascendlearning.org/enroll In largely underserved communities, students at Ascend are placed firmly on the path to success in college and beyond, and are offered an opportunity to transform their lives. Ascend provides an ambitious liberal arts education inspired by the country’s finest schools, creating a clear path to college and career success, in beautiful, newly renovated buildings where Ascend families and students are cherished members of a warm, supportive community that fosters social skills, self-reliance, and intellectual confidence. These are free public schools open to all, regardless of academic ability, prior academic achievement, special needs, or English language learner status. Now accepting applications for the upcoming school year at ascendlearning.org/enroll. Visit one of their upcoming open houses to learn more.

Brooklyn Rise Charter School Sunset Park 347-470-9833 www.brooklynrise.org A tuition-free public charter school Brooklyn RISE Charter School builds the knowledge, habits, and mindsets for academic success, ensuring all kindergarten through fifthgrade students are on the path to college.

Explore Schools ExploreSchools.org 718- 989-6730 information@explorenetwork. org At Explore Schools, we teach our students the academic skills they’ll need to succeed in a college-preparatory high school – and, just as importantly, to love learning right now. A network of elementary and middle schools, we offer a rigorous and inclusive academic

program, with small-group instruction, an extended school day, CommonCore aligned curricula and enrichment classes. Our classrooms are joyful and safe spaces. We are proud of our school culture, which is characterized by hard work, achievement and mutual respect between students and adults. Parents are an important part of our community, and we welcome your involvement and volunteering efforts. We welcome English Language Learners and students with special needs, and offer special education, counseling and support services. Our schools are located in Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Flatbush and Canarsie.

Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School 1580 Dean St., 3rd Floor, Brooklyn 718- 604-6910 launchschool.org At this middle school every child and every family is known and cared for, and every student develops their intellect and character to achieve more than they thought possible. Launch serves the Bed-Stuy/Crown Heights and surrounding neighborhoods. They’re part of the EL Education network, a proven model implemented in 160 schools nationwide balancing academic rigor and character development through experiential, projectbased learning. Students participate in Learning Expeditions, long-term studies of real-world topics that engage students and teach them critical life skills. Students choose from a wide range of electives and after-school activities and participate in a daily advisory that focuses on developing character and life skills. Launch students attend the very best high schools in New York City and go on to college and careers of their choice.

PAVE Red Hook Charter School (K-8) 732 Henry St., Brooklyn PAVE Red Hook Charter

Explore Schools Now accepting applications for K-8th Grade

A K-5 public charter school in Sunset Park Una escuela pública charter de K-5 en Sunset Park

Our mission is to provide students with the academic skills and critical-thinking abilities they need to succeed in a college-preparatory high school.


Enrollment for 2020-21 is now open!

We have an extended school day, ensuring 25% more learning time.

¡La inscripción está abierta para el año 2020-21!

We use individualized and small group instruction to meet all students' needs. We offer extensive support for students who need extra help or have special needs.

Apply today at www.exploreschools.org/enroll The forfor Kindergarten lottery applications is 5pm,isApril 1 2016. Thedeadline deadline Kindergarten lottery applications 5pm, April 1, 2020.


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PAVE Academy Charter School is now accepting applications for Kindergarten to 8th grade. Deadline to apply is April 1st at 12:00 PM.

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School (pre-K) 76 Lorraine St., Brooklyn, 718-858-7813 paveschools.org PAVE schools prepare kindergarten to 8th grade students to thrive in competitive high schools and four-year colleges. PAVE provides its students with a rigorous academic program and a community built on the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s core values of Perseverance, Achievement, Vibrance and Excellent Character (PAVE). PAVE promises students and families an outstanding, comprehensive education that will propel graduates to succeed in great high schools, college, and life beyond the classroom. Within their pre-K through 8th grade continuum they instill each scholar with the core academic skills and strength of character that enable him/her to pursue a life of meaning and purpose.

Williamsburg Charter High School Williamsburg 718-782-9830 thewcs.org admissions@thewcs.org The Williamsburg Charter High School unites youth, families, staff, teachers and the community at large in providing young people with the tools necessary to make sense of the world, preparing them in their journey to become citizens of the local and global community. Young people accomplish this through participation in a liberal arts education that includes language, literature, writing, science, history, mathematics, the visual and performing arts, technology and explorations in disciplines designed to teach justice, independent thinking, respect and compassion for themselves and others as well as the skills of critical thinking, communication and research.

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The best ways to embrace the new season in New York City By Mia SalaS


he first day of spring is just around the corner on March 19, which means the weather is about to (hopefully) get a whole lot warmer, buds and maybe even some flowers will start to appear, and everyone will be shaking off those winter blues. Eventful and lively in any season, NYC is especially vibrant in the spring with all the many opportunities to workout, get in touch with nature and the outdoors, catch the latest in fashion, eat delicious and healthy food, and relax & rejuvenate your mind and body. We’ve rounded up the best ways to kick off spring in NYC so that you can have all the energy you need to thrive this season. Get Active

Shape Up NYc: Zumba Poe Park Visitor Center, 2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Looking for a free fitness class to get your workout grind back on? We love Shape Up NYC, a class that combines Latin, international, and popular music with dance moves to create an aerobic workout. It’s always tough to stick to a workout schedule, but with a weekly class, you’ll have the motivation to get moving and grooving! Every Saturday, Free, 10-11am.


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Morning Fitness at Fort tryon Park Heather Garden in Fort Tryon Park, Cabrini Boulevard and Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10040

Breathe in the fresh (soon-to-be spring!) air with this morning fitness class. If you’re not much of a gym person, try this outdoor workout as trained professionals lead you through walking, stretching and strengthening exercises. Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around that has health benefits that can’t be found indoors. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30-8:30am, Saturday walks begin at 8:30am, Free. NYRR Open Run Multiple locations

Break out your running shoes for this weekly run through the park. Kids are welcome to join as well! NYRR Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative- bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks. The best part about these open runs is that they take place all across NYC, so they’re super convenient. There are five parks in Queens, five in Brooklyn, two in Staten Island, four in Bronx and two in Manhattan that host open runs. Be sure to visit NYRR Open Run online to check out the specific parks and times, as

well as register in advance. Strollers, dogs and little ones of all ages are welcome — just be sure to fill out the waiver for your kiddos. the High Line Gansevoort Street to 34th Street, New York, NY

Bring your family, strollers and furry friends to the High Line to enjoy some time outdoors and check out all of the beautiful spring sights that the elevated pathway has to offer. Make your way through luscious gardens, art displays and plenty of spaces to sit down for a rest and peek out at the busy city beneath you. Another reason the High Line is best in the spring — the vendors return after the cold winter season to bring you delicious food. So after your power walk, casual

sign up for a class so that you can be in your favorite part of the room. Classes include the Mellow Hum, Foundation Hum, Unified Hum and Dynamic Hum, ranging from gentle movement to challenging flow and strength content. Check out the schedule of classes to see what class time works for you. You’ll love the flexibility, with class times lasting from 6am to 8:30pm to accommodate your busy NYC lifestyle. Single class $35, Unlimited Monthly Classes $195, 10-Class Pack $250, Introductory Offer (Unlimited Classes for 3 Weeks) $75, Sound Bath $25. In ToucH WITH naTure & THe ouTdoors Brooklyn Botanic Garden Tours 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225

We love the Chase Away the Winter Blues Outdoor Tour at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, taking place on March 1, 12-1pm! Join Lynne Spevack, a licensed psychotherapist for this outdoor wintertime walk. Learn the simple lifestyle practices that can help you maintain a sunny outlook. March’s theme is Early Spring Flowers, so celebrate the transition to spring by checking out over a dozen different species of flowers. There’s also Nature Walks with Bradley Klein: Preparing for Spring on March 8, 11am-12pm. Catch a glimpse of the Garden’s awakening animals and plants, just in time for spring. Both tours are free with Garden admission. First signs of spring Tour Heather Garden in Fort Tryon Park, Cabrini Boulevard and Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10040

stroll or morning jog, treat yourself to some yummy bites. Karma Kids Yoga Multiple locations

We’re obsessed with the parent & child yoga classes at Karma Kids Yoga. Get active with your kiddos as you benjoy a yoga session full of relaxation, imagination, and plenty of poses and stretches to practice at home. Classes include Baby Yoga & Developmental Movement, Mom & Baby Yoga, Mom & Baby Pilates, Parent & Child, Storytime, and Family Yoga. There are also Kids Only classes, including a class for kids with special needs. Also check out the Prenatal Yoga, Pilates and Power classes, as well as some of the classes for teens and bigger kids if your little ones are now

not so little! Pre-registration is often required, but drop-ins are welcome- no need to buy a membership or class package unless you want to. Class rates vary per yoga studio, so be sure to keep up to date with the weekly schedule. Humming Puppy 119 West 23rd Street, Level 2, Suite 200, New York, NY 10011

Want to practice yoga without your kiddos? We totally get it- everybody needs some “me time”, especially NYC mamas! We suggest Humming Puppy, the 80-degree yoga studio that quite literally hums with a combination of frequencies to enhance and deepen your experience. Class sizes are limited so that you can have plenty of personal space, and you can even reserve a specific mat when you

What better way to get back in touch with the outdoors than this First Signs of Spring Tour? Bring your family on a walking tour of the Heather Garden in Fort Tryon Park with horticulturist Madeline Byrne. Learn about the plants currently in bloom and all about the Garden’s history. Compare the Heather Garden with the plants found at the New York Botanical Garden, where Byrne has over 15 years of experience. Spring is just around the corner, so get ready by spotting the signs of spring in nature. March 1, Free, 1-2pm. Garden Projects, Games & More at Queens Botanical Garden 42-50 Main Street, Flushing, Queens, NY 11355

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Children’s Garden Family Day on March 21, 1-4pm features planting activities, garden crafts, create your own trail mix, a gardenwide scavenger hunt and more. Another family-friendly spring event is the Garden Creatures Community Art Project, a drop-in Saturday workshop that uses paper-mâché and paint to create collaborative sculptures of flowers, mushrooms, insects and other spring-like creatures. Stop by any Saturday in March, 2-4pm. Both of these events are free! It’s also never too early to start thinking about your summer veggies, so register for the Start Your Summer Veggies Workshop on March 15 or 29, 11am-1pm. Recommended for adults and kids ages 10 and up, you’ll take home your own starter garden. Drop-ins welcome upon availability, but sign up to be safe: $20 non-members, $15 members. The Orchid Show: Orchid Evenings 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458-5126

Put a spin on your typical winter date nights and have a romantic evening at the New York Botanical Garden to kick off spring. One of New York City’s most spectacular evening outings, The Orchid Show is a kaleidoscopic display of dazzling orchids. The singular style and high energy of the evening performers set the stage alongside signature cocktails and local flavors from the Bronx Night Market. On Saturday nights, you can even make a reservation for a pre-show dinner or light bite at the Hudson Garden Grill. Now in its 18th year, The Orchid Show will surely not disappoint! Orchid Evenings take place on March 14, 20-21, 27-28 and April 3-4, 10-11, 17-18. Entry times are 7, 7:30, 8 & 8:30pm. $39 non-member, $29 members. Macy’s Flower Show: Voyage to Oceanum Herald Square- 151 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001

For over 70 years, Macy’s has been designing beautiful garden displays for the Macy’s Flower Show, and this year is no different. With 2020’s theme, Macy’s imagines a world that exists way down below — from colorful underwater flowers and coral reefs to mythical creatures from the ocean’s abyss.


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From the moment you walk into Macy’s, you’ll embark upon an exciting under-the-ocean odyssey, discovering long-lost treasures and breathtaking aquatic beauty along the way. Deep dive into spring with this sea of inspiration, opening on March 22, and staying on display through April 5. Take a Closer Look...at Spring! 450 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225

On weekends in March and April, head to Prospect Park Zoo for Take a Closer Look... at Spring! Celebrate spring, nature and learn how to use your powers of observation to explore the natural world around you. Explore the zoo, play games, enjoy interactive activities and try drawing your observations with your own nature sketch book activity. This is a great way to spend an afternoon or morning with your family as you break into the spring season. Free with Zoo admission, 10am-4pm. The Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History 200 Central Park West, New York, NY 100245102

Open through May 25, this popular annual seasonal exhibit is back with more than 500 free-flying butterflies amid lush tropical plants! Revisit your love of nature this spring by checking out these fluttering, symmetrical creatures. The exhibit features butterflies from three families: Pieridae, Papilionidae and Nymphalidae. Learn all about their colors, patterns, behaviors, environment and more as you make your way through the conservatory. Timed entry daily, every quarter hour from 10:15am5pm. Select a General Admission + One or General Admission + All ticket and choose Butterflies. Kite Flying in Central Park Central Park, New York NY

Bring your kiddos to one of the best NYC parks for a fun day outside. If it’s a breezy day, bring your kite to fly up high in the sky. While kite flying is allowed in Central Park

year-round, windy winter days are definitely not the best for the classic spring/summer activity, unless you really bundle up. We recommend looking ahead at the weather and choosing a warm spring day with plenty of wind to get your kite soaring! Edge 30 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001

Explore the outdoors from 1,100 feet high in the air with Edge, opening March 2020 in Hudson Yards! As the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere, Edge combines cutting-edge technology, engineering and architecture to provide panoramic views of the city. With angled glass walls, a glass floor, skyline steps and a champagne bar, Edge will be an experience like no other, and a daring, exhilarating start to your many more outdoor spring adventures. Ticket packages vary. SPRING FASHION Mansur Gavriel Circle Bag

What better way to welcome a new season with Mansur Gavriel Circle bag in blush or coral. No, not a diaper bag or a bag that is going to hold the baseball mitts and the baby wipes. An actual bag that you maybe can fit twelve items in. Yes, something that may be deemed frivolous but is downright gorgeous and says, “hello, spring.” Women’s Trend Report at Nordstrom

Catch the latest in fashion with Nordstrom’s Trend Report. These popular trends embody spring in every way, from color to pattern. Graphic Florals is a perennial favorite, featuring blown-up proportions on floaty, tiered lengths and abstract, bloom-scattered motifs on effortless silhouettes. Pastel Pop reimagines closet must-haves into bursts of color for a timeless, yet modern attitude. Wear one pastel hue or let your accessories pop on a muted palette. These pastel looks mean business. Order online, or head over to the Nordstrom flagship store just south of Central Park! Tenoverten x HATCH Trio

Your nails shouldn’t get left out of the spring fashion makeover. We’re obsessed with this Tenoverten x HATCH Trio collab. Tenoverten, pioneers of the non-toxic nail movement, and HATCH, the premium life-

style brand for clean, mama-safe beauty and timeless clothing for pregnant women and beyond, join forces to launch three shades of nail polish along with in-salon services for new moms and the mom-to-be. These clean and safe brands are also full of life, brightness and sunshine, perfect for the spring. Inside, you’ll find Feisty Mama (magenta), Zen Mama (blush) and Poolside Mama (coral) for $36. If you really want the whole effect, get your HATCH MAMA manicure or pedicure at one of the tenoverten NYC locations: Financial District, Soho, Midtown and Tribeca.

part of their culinary team to research, qualitycheck and liaise with purveyors including farms, local winemakers, craft breweries and greenmarkets. The menu changes daily based on seasonal availability, but PRINT. offers healthy and delectable dishes year-round. And with a beautiful interior design, you’ll surely have a romantic evening.

Ulla Johnson Dress

The Farm on Adderley 1108 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, NY 11218

The New York Family staff of moms here are a bit obsessed with Ulla Johnson. This spring, we have our eyes on one of her floral pieces. Her looks, especially one of her flowy dresses — work on a cool day when all you need to add is a fitted blazer. Once the weather breaks pass 70 degrees — it will be no jacket required and just a chic set of sandals. GOODBYE COMFORT FOOD, HELLO SPRING TREATS NYC Ice Cream Shops

Sure, maybe ice cream is technically a summer sweet, but the cold, tasty dessert is also the perfect way to break into spring! There are so many great ice cream shops around NYC, but some of our favorites are: Ample Hills Creamery, Max & Mina’s Ice Cream, Eddie’s Sweet Shop and Sugar Hill Creamery. First Day of Spring at Rita’s Multiple Locations

Every year, the iconic ice and custard shop celebrates the first day of spring with free Italian Ice! On March 19, kick off the first day of spring by bringing your family to Rita’s. Choose from delicious flavors as you take part in this Rita’s Tradition that has a long history of over 25 years. Keep in mind, the line may be long, but free icee treats are definitely worth it. PRINT. 653 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

A top date night spot, PRINT. is one of the country’s leading restaurants dedicated to seasonal, sustainable cuisine. With farm fresh ingredients during the growing season and organic and traceable products during the winter, PRINT. totally gives off spring vibes. PRINT. even employs an in-house forager as

Not only a farm-fresh restaurant, The Farm on Adderley also has amazing community partners that make us smile. The Sweet Givings program raises money for charities, outreach programs and other great causes, such as the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital in February in response to the tragic bushfires in Australia. You can even drop off your natural corks, because the restaurant partners with ReCork for natural cork recycling. The art on the walls makes for a gorgeous scenery as you dine, and the menu features healthy, delicious options, including roasted rainbow trout, farm burgers, brunch selections, smaller plates and seasonal cocktails. Bonus points: there’s a kids menu! Tacocina 25 River Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Sure, Tacocina may be open year-round, but nobody likes to enjoy their taco outside during the chilly winter months. Get into the spring spirit with Tacocina’s outdoor seating, featuring a view of the Williamsburg waterfront. The Tacocina team presses its own tortillas to-order, using a heritage breed of corn from coastal Oaxaca in southern Mexico. Enjoy creative and classic flavors, chips & guac or salsa, and a focused selection of Mexican beer, canned wine, tequila cocktails and soft drinks. Bring your family for a bite to eat before you conquer the Domino Park playground or elevated walkway, or enjoy the outdoor scene at Tacocina with your co-workers and friends. Post-work margaritas? Yes, please! The Harvest at Spot Dessert Bar 13th Street Marks Place, New York, NY

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Maybe we’re not entirely done with comfort food this spring, but with The Harvest, you get the comfort taste with a healthy look. This super sweet dessert is made of layers of berries, soft cheesecake, oreo crumbs and earl grey milk tea, served with raspberry sorbet. Healthy? Not so much, but it’s baked into a planter pot with the oreo crumbles on top to mirror dirt, complete with a mint twig sprouting out of it. This treat definitely qualifies for a spring Instagram post. Another favorite is Chocolate Forest: pistachio and apricot crumb covered choco mousse cake with chocolate filling, served with pistachio ice cream. Again, on the outside, this dessert looks like an elegant green forest, which basically cancels out all of the calories on the inside in our mind. RELAX & REJUVENATE The Happinest NYC 170 S 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Interested in meditation and mindfulness sessions to get mentally prepared for the new season? The Happinest NYC offers classes for the whole family. Known for their meditation and mindfulness for kids, the studio also has programming for adults, and specifically for parents. Browse the various classes and register for a drop-in or consider securing a membership. This is a great way for you and your kids to break into spring together. Chillhouse 149 Essex St, New York, NY 10002 75 Varick St, New York, NY 10013

Chill out, kick up your feet and relax at the Chillhouse — the destination for modern self-care. Get a facial, massage, manicure/ pedicure or book a visit to the sauna. Some of our favorites are the “Mama Needs to Chill” prenatal massage therapy and the “Make Me Glow” facial. Book your service online today and get ready for a day of relaxation and rejuvenation for your body and mind. Another plus: there’s a cafe to satisfy all of your salty and sweet cravings! March 2020 | Brooklyn Family



The Jodie Patterson

The writer and activist speaks candidly about parenting, diversity, and learning to adapt By Hester ABA


odie Patterson is a writer and activist, raising five children in New York City. Jodie’s memoir, The Bold World, which recently came out in paperback, lovingly and unflinchingly discusses her childhood and her own experience of being parented, as preparation for the challenges she has faced as a parent herself. Jodie’s awakening as an activist grew from the experience of one of her children identifying as transgender: her son, Penelope. We talked to Jodie about her fascinating life, and her tips for parents facing unforeseeable and unique challenges. We loved reading your memoir, The Bold World. One of the main lessons your parents imparted is “to think in numbers” when it comes to the experience of being Black. What does that mean to you? As a black person, I’m often made to feel that there aren’t many of “us” out there. That I’m only one of a few. That I’m the strange minority in the room. My parents taught me differently. They taught me to think collectively, to link arms with anyone who shared a similar perspective of the world and shared the obstacles we experience as Black people. So brown folks all over the world became “Our People”. Simply because all brown people experience racism and oppression in some form. Thinking collectively made me feel powerful — even as a little girl I felt like I was part of a warrior tribe. Whenever you link yourself to lineage and to a global collective, you center yourself. I’ve tried to pas≠s that on to my children: You are the prototype. When you tell Black children, girls,


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queer kids “you are the prototype” it’s radical — because everything else in society is telling them they don’t count. You mention that your father wanted you to be able to “flow” from one situation to another; to be comfortable with rich and poor, uptown and downtown, Black and White. How do you think we can best teach this skill to our children? Adaptability is one of the hardest skills to learn. It’s also a key element in our children’s life success. Through practice children can build an inner ability to adapt to change. At some point I had to allow my kids to enter all spaces, not just the pretty ones — sparring rings, neighborhood basketball courts, country clubs, suburban, urban and visiting rural friends. It’s important to take your children into different neighborhoods, visit friends across town, experience a meal in an environment that is very different from their own so that crossing borders become no big deal. Your oldest son was accepted into your family at age 19 as a “man-boy”. Do you have any advice for parents who might be adopting older children? Nain and I met when he was just completing high school. We were immediately drawn to each other and over time developed an unbreakable bond. It was a connection that’s hard to put into words, because it sounds so reckless maybe: You meet a kid, you invite him into your home, you become family. But the best way to describe it is that we ‘chose each other’. And because we met when he was 19, there are many elements of his life that I don’t understand and dont know. And vice

versa. We take each other as we are today and not how we wish we were. For me this is a new approach to parenting because I’m not raising him, I’m sharing life with him. You have a transgender son, Penelope, and your account of his pain as he tried to understand and express his identity is heartbreaking. How did you find the wisdom to come to a place of understanding yourself? Malcolm Gladwell says it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert, so I researched, read, investigated on the internet, went to gender conferences all over the country and sat quietly in the back and listened, joined parents in discussion groups, sat with doctors, read more books… It was a year of deep learning of the basics around gender variance. And then eventually I put all that knowledge into my pocket and I just lived, experienced and enjoyed life with my son. The deepest learning came from staying in close proximity to the very person I was trying to understand better. The books and research took me out of the dark, but the real shift came from being with Penelope. What resources would you recommend that parents of trans or gender non-conforming children tackle first as part of their 10,000 hours? The Human Rights Campaign is an enormous source of information. It’s the largest LGBT organization and has made a commitment to protect trans identifying people. Within the organization, there is a group of parents — Parents for Transgender Equality Council — that gather information, offer support, influence policy, debunk

negative stereotypes, and reshape the narrative one school, one person, one elected official at a time. They are phenomenal! I also really respect the work being done at The Ackerman Institutes Gender and Family Project. Their peer and parent groups saved my family from sadness and confusion. They also have great educators who train schools to be more gender inclusive and safe. How did you guide Penelope’s siblings through his trans status? We talk out ideas, and “Lab Out” big concepts — sometimes for hours at a time. Basically, anytime we don’t agree on big issues, we sit down and Lab it out. The rules are that whoever has the proverbial microphone gets to speak for as long as they need, you can’t interrupt and can only speak your truth. So my 13 year old scientist says, “I respect you Penelope, and I’ll always use your preferred pronouns. But I don’t believe in trans. It’s not scientifically proven. And scientifically speaking, physiologically speaking, you are a girl.” Penelope might then say, “Trans is a fact. And this is the way god has made me”. My 13 Year Old might counter that God is not proven either. They’ve been discussing both God and Gender for years and they still don’t see eye to eye. For us, the goal isn’t to agree, it is to discuss and disagree with decorum. Sometimes we discuss big ideas for so long that we become bored and the ideas become no big deal and we eventually decide to go play basketball instead. What is next for you in your activism and work? I was recently elected Chair of the Board of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. I’m very proud of the work in front of me: How do we empower parents to champion for their gender non-conforming kids? How do we help make HBCU college campuses safe and appealing to our LGBT students? How do we combat AIDS in the south and get PrEP into the hands of all people living with AIDS? How do we unite the faith community and the queer community so that we’re working together? What does LGBT acceptance look like globally? How can we elect a pro-equality president? Big questions that need strong programs and even stronger budgets… But this is the work that excites me these days!

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Jodie’s memoir The Bold World is available wherever books are sold. To keep up with Jodie’s adventures, follow her on Instagram @ jodiepatterson. March 2020 | Brooklyn Family


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Great Kid-Friendly March Events in Brooklyn By mia salas

STORYTIME WITH ISAAC FITZGERALD: HOW TO BE A PIRATE W/ MAHOGANY L. BROWNE AND JON SCIESZKA March 1 Bring your kids to the bookstore for a storytime with Isaac Fitzergald, who will read his first picture book, How to Be a Pirate. Little ones will love the pictures, illustrated by Brigette Barrager. The book tells the story of a young girl who turns to her Grandpa when the neighborhood boys say she can’t be a pirate. With each tattoo that Grandpa shares with CeCe, they are transported to imaginative lands where they learn all the qualities a pirate should possess: most importantly, to believe in yourself. Free, 2-3 pm. Books Are Magic, 225 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11231, booksaremagic.net

FAMILY WORKSHOP: DEATH BECOMES HER March 7 Your family will get to participate in two handson activities inspired by the Death Becomes Her exhibit on view in this workshop. The exhibition features ten female artists who explore how

death and the grieving process impact life. Create your own response to the exhibit and explore the gallery through a kid-friendly scavenger hunt! Free with RSVP, 11 am-2 pm. BRIC House, 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11217, bricartsmedia.org

SRI CHINMOY 5K & 7-MILE IN PROSPECT PARK March 8 If you’re looking for a family outing with your bigger kids, run this Sri Chinmoy race as you check out the scenic views in Prospect Park. 5K runners must be 13 years old or up and 15 years for the 7-Miler. Snag a free race t-shirt and a medal for all finishers. After the race, enjoy a hot pancake breakfast with your friends and family. Bring your little ones to cheer on your now notso-young kiddos as they race! 5K: $30 through March 6 at 5 pm, $40 race-day if available, 7-Miler: $35 through March 6 at 5 pm, $45 raceday if available, 10 am both races. East Drive and East Lake Drive, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY 11225, srichinmoyraces.org

UKRAINIAN EASTER EGG DECORATING WORKSHOP March 8 In this family workshop, you’ll learn how to decorate Easter Eggs using the traditional Ukrainian technique of beeswax and dye resist. Kids ages 6 and up will create their own Pysanka (Ukrainian Easter Egg) and leave with directions for how to recreate this experience on their own! $60 per child with one parent, $20 additional participants per family, pre-registration required, 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Private Picassos, 237 5th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215, privatepicassos. com


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Donate or pick up children’s books at the Brooklyn Book Bodega at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on March 15.


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March 10 Get into the St. Patty’s Day spirit with this interactive performance at the library. Sing and dance along to Irish songs, and listen to Irish stories from Emerald Island. Join in on the adventures with Urban Stages, full of leprechauns, mermaids and even a talking pig!

Free, 4-5 pm. Jamaica Bay Library, 9727 Seaview Ave. at East 98th Street near Rockaway Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11236, bklynlibrary.org

BROOKLYN BOOK BODEGA: READ, WRITE, Create! March 15 We love the Brooklyn Book Bodega mission: to increase the number of 100+ book homes for kids 0-18! Bring your gently used children’s books to this gathering with family, friends and neighbors, and partake in reading-related activities and programming. You can take books from the bodega without giving. Be sure to stop by at 1 pm for reading and activities with the spotlight author, Louie Chin, Bodega Cat. Free, 12-3 pm. Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 77, 141 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205, brooklynbookbodega. org

POP-UP PERFORMANCE: BROOKLYN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA March 15 Drop by the Museum to catch Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra! Highlighting members and featured musicians, the Orchestra in Residence fills the galleries with a family-friendly range of classical music from across the globe. Free with Museum admission, 2-3:30 pm. Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052, brooklynmuseum.org

THE CAT IN THE HAT March 28 Do your little ones love the children’s book, The Cat in the Hat? If so, head to the library to watch The National Theatre’s adaptation of the well-known story. Not a word has been touched or added to Dr. Suess’ classic! Watch this lively, engaging play with sound effects to be transported into another world. Families will be given priority seating. Free, 1-2 pm. Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238, bklynlibrary.org

ESENCIAL March 28-29 Acclaimed Spanish cirque company Vaivén Circo invites young minds to join them on an adventure of imagination. Watch these world-class acrobatic masters leap, dive, dance and juggle through a puzzle-like world of pillars and arches. Presented by BAMKids Spring

2020, select Esencial shows will also be relaxed performances for kids with special needs. $18, 11 am-12 pm and 2-3 pm on both days. BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217, bam.org


Families can learn to create traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs at Private Picassos on March 8.

March 29 Bring your little ones to this family concert! Get ready to sing, dance and play with the Rock and Roll Playhouse as they play the music of Dave Matthews Band for Kids. An interactive performance that encourages kids to use their imagination, rhythm and voice, you don’t want to miss out on this performance. $12, free for kids under age 1, 12 pm, doors open at 11 am. Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211, therockandrollplayhouse.com March 2020 | Brooklyn Family


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PIZZA PERFECTION CLASS March 3 Bring your little chefs to the Kitchen to learn how to make worldfamous mini pizzas. Master the perfect dough with yeast, whole wheat and honey, then move onto the yummy tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese and oregano. This family class is for kids ages 2 to 5, making it a great (and delicious!) activity for your real little ones. $45 per kid with one caregiver, 1:30-2:30 pm. Taste Buds Kitchen, 109 West 27th St., New York, NY 10001, tastebudskitchen.com

WOMEN IN TRANSIT March 5-29 As March is Women’s History Month, head to the New York Transit Museum to celebrate Women in Transit! There are three programs for kids: Transit Tots for ages 2 to 5, History on Wheels for all ages, and the Discovery Room for ages 2 to 5. Hear transitthemed stories, make discoveries and learn fun facts and explore transitthemed stations through play. Free with Museum admission, Transit Tots: Thursdays March 5-26, 10:15-11:15 am, History on Wheels: Weekends March 7-29, 11:30 am and 2 pm, Discovery Room: Weekends March 7-29, 11:30 am and 3:30 pm. New York Transit Museum, 99 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, nytransitmuseum.org

PAIGE IN FULL March 7 Get ready for a family performance that explores identity, ethnicity and culture. Paige in Full is a visual mixtape that blends poetry, dance, visual arts, and music to tell the tale of a multicultural girl growing up in Baltimore.


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MasterChef Junior Live! March 13 The culinary hit TV show MasterChef Junior is taking the stage in Brooklyn! The family-friendly show will feature head-to-head cooking demonstrations, challenges with past

Before the performance, sign up for an interactive hip hop workshop that will get you moving and grooving! Performance only: $14, $10 Members, $8 Kids, $6 Member Kids, Free for Teens, Performance and Workshop: $22, $15 Members, $13 Kids, $9 Member Kids, Free for Teens, 1 pm workshop, 2:15 pm performance. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, Queens, NY 11354, flushingtownhall.org

JUST KIDDING: SQUIRREL STOLE MY UNDERPANTS March 14 A mischievous squirrel steals Sylvie’s favorite piece of clothing when she’s hanging up her laundry in the backyard! Will Sylvie rescue her underpants and discover the magic within herself? The Gottabees’ stories reflect children’s everyday aspirations, concerns, and emotional experiences. Through wordless puppetry action and live music, your family will discover something imaginative and new. $17, $14 Members, 11 am and 2 pm. Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025, symphonyspace.org

MasterChef Junior contestants and an overall immersive audience experience, fun for all ages. Tickets start at $29.50, 6 pm, doors open at 5 pm. Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11226, kingstheatre.com

STORYTIME WITH MARA BERGMAN: THE TALL MAN AND THE SMALL MOUSE March 14 He’s a tall man who likes to fix things. She’s a small mouse who likes to find things. Could this be the beginning of a beautiful friendship? Find out at this storytime with Mara Bergman as she reads her children’s book, “The Tall Man and the Small Mouse”, illustrated by Birgitta Sif. Free, 11 am-12 pm. Books Are Magic, 225 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11231, booksaremagic.net

ARCH MADNESS March 21 In the spirit of “March Madness,” architectural features of skyscrapers will be pitted against each other and young architects will have to choose which ones will rise to the top. Designed for ages 5 and up, this family workshop will encourage creativity, imagination and outside-the-box thinking! $5 per kid, Free for members, RSVP requested, 10:30-11:45 am. The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280, skyscraper.org

BRAIN AWARENESS WEEKEND DROP-IN March 21-22 Visitors of all ages can drop into the Educational Lab in the Hall of Human Origins to celebrate the wonders of the brain. Learn how the brain evolved in animals, chat with neuroscientists, participate in hands-on activities, and explore how our perception of color can change our minds and influence our actions, inspired by the new exhibition, “The Nature of Color”. Free with Museum admission, 12-5 pm. Hall of Human Origins Educational Library, American Museum of Natural History, 200 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5102, amnh.org

SWEET & SPICY POP-UP March 22 Come hungry to the Sweet & Spicy Pop-up! Choose treats from a curated selection of artisanal spice and

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