Long Island Family - March 2024

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Joelle Garguilo, mom of two and Emmy-winning reporter, on her love for small businesses, why you should give your dreams a chance and why there really is no place like New York

Why Kids Learn Lasting Lessons at CAMP

Spring Fun Blossoms!

Our bucket list guide to getting the most out of the season



Usdan invites young artists ages 5 to 18 to immerse themselves in art making, nature, and fun this summer on our wooded Long Island campus.

Summer 2024 offerings include 4- and 8-week arts programs for students ages 5 to 18 and 1-week recreational programs for students ages 7 to 14. Bus transportation is available from Long Island and New York City to our day camp in Wheatley Heights.

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Winter finally showed up in New York, and while we still have chilly days ahead of us, March is a season of transition where warmer temperatures take us out of hibernation, and the city starts to bloom.

Warmer weather means summer will soon be here (really, remember when we were just talking about Back to School?!). We have a helpful list of Summer Camps(page 16) worth checking out for the kids!

This month, it is International Women’s Day on March 8th. We celebrate women every day, and in the spirit of transitions, we have a helpful piece (page 24) on Career Pivots and

making changes, small or big.

Speaking of career shifts, our cover mom for March, Joelle Garguilo (page 26), WABC’s new Entertainment Reporter and mom of two, started her journey as an Emmy-Winning reporter with a wish she would whisper to herself her dream to work in television while working as an accountant. Joelle also shares about parenting her two daughters, supporting local businesses, and why you should give your dreams a chance.


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A Guide to Staying Safe Online

In this day and age, the internet is pretty inescapable. Kids are starting to go online at younger and younger ages. With this in mind, staying safe on the internet is more important than ever.

The idea of letting kids go on the internet can be pretty nerve-wracking, especially when the internet is so huge and there’s so much out of our control. But there are ways to make surfing the web safer for kids and steps you can take as a parent to make the experience safer.

Here are some tips for parents to help their kids stay safe online.

Set Guidelines For Your Child’s Internet Use

In your house, you’re the internet service provider for your young children. When your children are first starting to use the internet, set guidelines for what sites or programs they’re allowed to use, when they’re allowed to be online and who they’re allowed to connect with.

This can (and should) become more flexible as they get older, but it’s good to have a framework when young children are first starting to go online.

Review Apps and Sites Before Your Kids Use Them

It’s a good idea to vet websites and apps before your young children use them. Establish an expectation that young children ask permission before visiting a website or downloading an app and then review them before giving them permission.

Many app stores, like Apple’s App Store or Google Play, have the ability to passwordprotect app downloading. This can add an extra layer of security to make sure you can review apps before your kids download them.

Put Limits on Screen Time

Limits on screen time can be beneficial for everyone: children, teens and adults. Many devices come equipped with features that track and limit screen time.

Encourage your kids to have fun with

activities that don’t involve a screen, and try to phrase screens out before bedtime every night. And lead by example by encouraging family time that doesn’t revolve around a screen.

Establish an Open Line of Communication

Have conversations with your kids about what they’re doing and who they’re communicating with online, and keep these conversations going as your kids get older.

If you establish this open communication now, your kids will be more likely to come to you for help later if they need help with a situation online.

Monitor Internet Use When Possible

A simple way to monitor internet use for young children is to set up the family computer in the living room or another common space. But if your child has a tablet of their own, this can get more complicated.

Depending on the age of the child, you can establish rules about where they’re allowed to use the tablet. There are also apps you can install to monitor the tablet’s usage. While these rules will ease as your kids get older, it’s a good idea to monitor their internet use when they’re young.

Make Use of Parental Controls

Learn about the parental controls available on different apps, web browsers and devices. Turn on options like SafeSearch on Google to limit what search results get kicked back to your child, or teach them about child-friendly search engines like Swiggle or Kids-search.

Look into options like YouTube Kids, which offer more contained environments. Save your child’s favorite websites to the favorites tab so they can navigate to them on their own. While not foolproof, using these controls can make the internet a little more contained for your kids.

Emphasize Password Safety

As your children get old enough to have their own passwords, teach them about the importance of keeping their passwords secure.

Explain to them why passwords are important tools against identity theft and that they shouldn’t be shared with anyone, even someone who you think is your best friend. Try to avoid saving passwords to devices when possible.

Use Social Networks Safely

When your child gets old enough to have their own social media accounts, help them make them to ensure they’re set up for a safe experience. Have your children use privacy settings, and add your children as friends from your own profile. Occasionally take a look at your kid’s friend’s list to make sure they aren’t being added by strangers.

Watch What You Post

Teach your children to not post personal information online, like their full name, age, birthday, phone number, where they live and more.

And this is a good rule to follow as an adult, too. Lead by example by checking to make sure the things you post online don’t contain any identifying information.

Watch Your Family’s Digital Footprint

It’s important to remember that the internet is forever, and that anything posted can’t be truly erased. Children and teens need to be taught to be smart about the information and images they post online.

And this is also true for parents who post pictures of their children online regularly. Stay in control of your digital footprint by only sharing things online with people you know and trust, and teach your children to do the same.

Helpful resource kidshealth.org/en/parents/ net-safety

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What is the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act?

We break down the 2024 plan

We all are experincing higher grocery bills, kids’ clothing costs have increased, many essential cost of living expenses continue to go up. With inflation still increasing and not many families receiving pay raises to cover the cost of living, many parents wonder if a new federal child tax credit may return. The tax relief you may be hearing about is similar to the one from 2021 that helped struggling families across the country, and it might return, maybe, if a new bipartisan proposal comes to life. For many families, this will provide some much-needed financial assistance. Here’s what parents need to know.

The proposal is a joint Democrat and Republican effort (yes, you heard that right ) to help lower-income families, but it also includes support for businesses. At press time the bill was passed by the US House of Representetives. The next step would be for the Senate to pass the bill. If it goes into law, it would revive the child tax credit from the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act, according to The Economic Times.

Here are some highlights of the plan, which is called the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024, according to a press release from the U.S. Senate:

• Supports working families with an enhanced child tax credit

• Expands innovation and competitiveness with economic policies like research and development expensing

• Rebuild communities struck by disasters with tax relief

• Enhances the low-income housing tax credit

• Eliminates fraud and waste by ending the Employee Retention Tax Credit program

“American families will benefit from this bipartisan agreement that provides greater tax relief, strengthens Main Street businesses, boosts our competitiveness with China, and creates jobs,” Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith, (R-MO), said. “We even provide disaster relief and cut red tape for small businesses, while ending a COVID-era program that’s costing taxpayers billions in fraud.”

How will it help families?

The proposed tax credit most likely won’t be exactly like the original. But there are elements to the plan that will help lowerincome families.

First, the deal would expand access to child tax credit. There would be phased increases to the refundable portion of the child tax credit for 2023, 2024 and 2025. There would be no penalties for larger families (thus ensuring the credit phase-in is applied fairly to families with multiple children).

Under current law, the maximum refundable child tax credit is limited to

$1,600 per child for 2023. This proposed deal would increase the maximum refundable amount per child to $1,800 in tax year 2023, $1,900 in tax year 2024, and $2,000 in tax year 2025.

The plan also details that there would be flexibility for taxpayers. They could use either current or prior-year income to calculate the child tax credit in 2024 or 2025.

The credit would also be adjusted for inflation starting in 2024.

“Sixteen million kids from low-income families will be better off as a result of this plan, and given today’s miserable political climate, it’s a big deal to have this opportunity to pass pro-family policy that helps so many kids get ahead,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), said.

For more information, visit senate finance website, which provides technical information about the plan.

A dditional reporting by Donna DuarteLadd

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20 Lessons from Camp We Use Every Day

If you’ve ever been a camper, counselor, worked at a camp, or knew someone who did, you know there’s something special about the anticipation of summer camp. Many live 10 months for two, waiting for the minute they can fling off their school backpacks and run full speed ahead toward their summer home. Sleepaway evenings are spent around a campfire. Day camp afternoons are filled with special activities and snack-time galore. There’s canteen and cabin nights, swimming and sports competitions, whimsical adventure and waterfront fun.

Ask those of us who went to camp (no matter how long ago it was) and you’ll find smiles, friendships cultivated, and words to songs that we can sing at a moment’s notice. We can tell you about our beloved counselors, reminisce about a shared past, and recall our fondest camp memories. We went to camp, our lives have been enriched, and we want others to share the same experience. There’s wisdom in summer camp and it seems that it’s not until we leave that we realize the weight of so many of its gifts.

Today, there are lessons from camp I use every day. There were, of course, the tangible lessons, such as learning to swim and clearing your plate from the table, but the most important lessons may be the ones you can’t see.

Be the Change

Spending time with people from different places provides a time to share stories and hear various ways of life. At camp, kids learn that if there is an unfair practice somewhere (whether it’s how the captains for a team are picked or that a friend might struggle with a difficult home life), the way to make a difference is to listen, get involved, and act with a kind heart.

Have Patience

In my Counselor-In-Training program, we did many activities that continue to apply to life

today. One was an exercise in giving directions. While some had to write directions, others had to draw a map. It showed us how people view things, learn, and deliver information differently.

Include and Value People

Whether it’s day or sleepaway, camp showcases fun and inclusivity for all. Regardless of the activity or role, kids quickly learn there is a vital place for everyone. There are the experts at storytelling, acting, geocaching, swimming, arts and crafts, sports, and ropes courses, and others who are able to have their firsts in these experiences. There are cooks and maintenance workers, nurses and swim staff, directors and CITs, bus drivers and office staff, and campers and counselors from every walk of life—and everyone plays a vital role in making camp the special space it is. Knowing she is valued and that she matters is something your child takes with her when the camp gates close at the end of the summer.

Embrace Diversity and Don’t Judge

At camp, I met counselors from Camp

America (a camp counselor exchange program) whose accents and histories were different from mine. My friends and fellow campers all had different religions and came from varying socio-economic backgrounds. Whether listening to stories around the fire or having snack time chats with counselors, the message gets across: Each upbringing is different and each struggle or triumph should be valued equally.

Laugh, Sing, Dance, and Dream

Whether he’s laughing at a friend’s story, finding his feet in a new choreographed move, working his lungs in the talent show, or staring at the lake dreaming of what’s to come, camp offers your child the magic of creativity, wonder, and imagination. With much needed downtime away from the stressors of school and the pull of screens, parts of the brain awaken that foster the artist and dreamer in him.

Cultivate Independence

Camp helps kids find themselves. She’s away from home, but cared for, fed, and provided

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with a safe space. Little by little, she takes her first steps at independence. With each summer, the scary becomes less so and her confidence builds. Cultivating your child’s independence in a safe environment at an early age leads to strong personal development and continued growth.

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

Whatever it was that seems different, terrifying, or impossible is achievable at camp. I learned to swim at camp and later became a lifeguard and aquatics director. I was petrified of spiders and have subsequently gone bush camping in subSaharan Africa and the Australian Outback. Leaving home for camp was difficult the first time, but it made going away to college that much easier. He’ll learn that although experiences may be filled with nervous anticipation at the start, what he gets when he reaches the other side of that fear is priceless.

Be True to Yourself

My three closest friends (from camp) and I are each incredibly different. In our youth, we were an equitation lover, a farm fanatic, a waterfront fiend, and a fan of arts and crafts, and we rarely chose the same activities. There were four different religious beliefs, four different hometowns, varied socio-economic backgrounds, unique style senses, each with a different conglomeration of immediate family, and yet, 30 years later we’re still on each other’s speed dials.

The Simple Things Matter Most of All

Camp is ghost stories and campfires, beach days and arts and crafts, free swim and nature hikes and sea glass hunting and searching for shooting stars. Without the need for high tech screens, the camp experience reminds kids that it’s the simple things that matter most.

Treat Others How You’d Like to Be Treated

At camp, as in life, kindness matters. Campers learn lessons of working as a team, sharing kindness, and trying to lift others up on a regular basis. The overall message of treating others as you’d like to be treated flows through the day’s activities from cabin chores to sharing the last bits of chocolate for a s’more.

Take Time Out for Yourself

Day camps have snack time and many sleep-

away camps have canteen or time to relax, recuperate, and rejuvenate. This translates years later to a community of people who know they need to listen to their bodies, take a break at times, and care for themselves.

Believe in Yourself

Staff members believe in campers and often propel them to believe in themselves. Knowing someone believes in him at a young age stays with a child—it’s what he will grab onto as an adult when things get tough. People believing in you so fiercely makes you believe in yourself.

Don’t Be Afraid to Try New Things

I learned to silkscreen, went on my first hike, took my first horseback ride, and took a fearful plunge off of a 10-foot boulder into open water—all for my first time at camp. Knowing there is always someone there to encourage her to take the plunge, hold her hand, and catch her if she falls (literally and figuratively) makes the anticipation of trying new things easier. Later in life, being scared but plunging ahead anyway takes many different forms. Whether it’s starting a new school, a first job, learning to drive, or going away to college, those lessons from camp stay with her—always.

We All Have Talents

He might be the best at finding bugs along the nature trail. She might love to build things, create stories, or solve problems. He might be the best listener, give the best hugs, or love to help others find their smile. Camp provides outlets for all to find their talents, embrace them, and continue to thrive.

Life Is What You Make of It

Sometimes at camp it rains for a week straight. Here she learns she can be miserable, sulk in her cabin, and be negative about the weather. Or she can learn to dance in the rain, find the joy of splashing in puddles and playing in the mud, and listen to the soothing sounds of the water as it hits the leaves. Life is what you make of it—be mindful, turn the negatives into positives, and always leave the place you’re in a little better than how you found it.

Show Compassion and Learn Empathy

At camp, I met people who were different from me, which helped shape my perspective of the world and my place in it. For two weeks each summer there were kids living in foster

care in New York City who came to camp. For many, it was their first time to see a large body of water or to work on a farm. For those two weeks we all had a fabulous time at camp—just like any other two-week session. Camp allowed relationships to grow, people’s stories were shared, and we learned that people most certainly do change people.

Share What You Have

I’ve officially been borrowing my best friend’s clothes since the age of 12. Flip flops made their rounds and whatever sweatshirt one could grab in the morning became yours for the day. We shared hair dryers, stories, canteen money, visiting day treats, memories, and experiences. Sometimes sharing meant your bed when a friend had a nightmare. Sometimes sharing meant your family when someone else’s wasn’t around. Sometimes sharing meant your experiences to put someone else at ease. Camp showcases that sharing is necessary, teaching us to build bridges, not walls.

Always Try Your Best

The only failure at camp is in not trying. Putting your best foot forward, jumping in, and trying your best is one of the hallmarks of camp. New campers learn there is no harm in coming in second, not getting the lead in the camp skit, or missing the goal. This lesson transfers through the decades, keeping camp’s positive attitude afloat in all of us.

Nature is Good for You

Whether it’s sleepaway camp or day camp, each day kids return to their cabins or homes dirty and tired after an energetic day. Inspired by nature’s ability to flip a mind switch, lower blood pressure, and change our perspective, kids who go to camp turn into adults who appreciate the magic of nature.

Relationships Matter

Friendships forged at sleepaway camp are some of the best I know. Camp teaches kids to meet new people and get to know one another. Counselors from 20 years ago continued to be my mentors for years after camp, and today we share travel advice and are willing to meet up all over the world. My best friends from camp have been a part of my story for more than 30 years. We’ve been there for the happy and the sad, both around the corner and across the globe. Today we may utilize social media and technology to communicate, but these friendships stand the test of time.

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Beth Sholom Day Camp

401 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights



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Beth Sholom Day Camp, located in Roslyn Heights, is a summer camp for children ages 3-15 serving Nassau and Queens. Door to door transportation, lunch and 2 snacks are included as well as towel service. Their program encourages children to try new activities, build friendships, and develop skills in a safe and nurturing environment. Campers participate in a variety of activities including daily swim instruction, athletics, arts, and more.

Buckley Day Camp

2 I U Willets Road, Roslyn 516-365-7760 buckleycamp.com info@buckleycamp.com

Spend an unforgettable summer with Buckley Day

Camp. Their engaging counselors, state-of-the-art facilities, special events, and aquatic adventures make every day amazing. Your child will build confidence, make friends, and create lasting memories. Enroll now for a summer like no other!

Camps ‘R” Us

10 Campuses: Baldwin, Bellmore, Deer Park, East Rockaway, Farmingdale, Hicksville, Kings Park, St. James, Syosset, and Williston Park




Camps ‘R’ Us provides families with an accredited, award-winning, and affordable camp experience. Kids ages 3 and up love their sports, arts & crafts, dance, gaming, gaga, STEAM, swimming, special events, and field trips. Parents love the peace of mind that comes with knowing their children are cared for in a

safe, nurturing environment. They are celebrating over three decades as a family owned and operated day camp with 10 campuses on Long Island.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

DNA Learning Center

One Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor



Cold Spring Harbor

Laboratory DNA Learning Center (DNALC) provides hands-on biology-focused lab enrichment programs to students entering grades 6-12. Week-long in-person science camps are held at three locations: the Dolan DNALC in Cold Spring Harbor, the DNALC NYC at City Tech in Brooklyn, and the Regeneron DNALC in Sleepy Hollow. Led by experienced instructors, campers learn to use sophisticated laboratory and computer equipment to perform advanced

experiments at grade levels beyond their peers. Scholarships are available.

Countryside Montessori School

354 Lakeville Rd, Great Neck 516-406-3623


Countryside Montessori School offers summer camp for children 18 months to 6 years old. An 8-week program offers flexibility in the number of weeks and offers half and full day options. Toddlers enjoy the spacious playground in the mornings and nap in the afternoon. For primary students, academics (similar to the school year) are offered in the morning and the afternoon is for play. Email for more details.

Destination Science

Multiple Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester Camp Locations 888-909-2822


kheraghty@destinationscience. org

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March 2024 | Long Island Family 17 Celebrating 41 summers of Fun Friendships and Memories! To schedule a tour and find out why there is nothing quite like a summer at Buckley in Roslyn, NY call us at 516.365.7760 or email us at info@buckleycamp.com CLONING GENETICS BIOTECHNOLOGY DNA ODING FORENSICS summercamps.dnalc.org CAMPS DNA LEARNING CENTER SCIENCE B I OINFORMATICS C D A T A SCIENCE GET HANDS-ON WITH SCIENCE THIS SUMMER! • Entering grades 6–12 • Brooklyn, Long Island, & Westchester • Week-long day camps • Authentic lab experiences • Real-world applications • Dynamic instructors • Knowledge and skills for the classroom and beyond! ENROLL TODAY! On the web: SCAN ME! SCAN FOR WEBSITE

Now Celebrating 25 years of FUN! Destination Science has proudly focused on STEM learning through sciencebased activities to encourage year-round learning! Parents may enroll their kids in 1 or all 3 exciting hands-on, science camps! Over 15 STEM activities and make & take projects weekly, three science stations per day, plus games, challenges, silly songs and all the friendship and fun of camp! Destination Science’s energetic, professional educators make learning fun! Enroll early for best savings.

Park Shore Country Day Camp

450 Deer Park Road, Dix Hills 631-499-8580

parkshoredaycamp.com info@parkshoredaycamp.com

Located in Dix Hills on 15 acres and offering programs for ages 2-15. Activities include athletics, aquatics, high ropes course, bungee, rock wall, ninja course, ATVs, arts and crafts, and special

events. Travel programs for grades 6-9. Specialty camps: Extreme STEAM Science Kids and Sports Track. Transportation, before and after-care, and lunch are available. New for 2024: Gaga Stadium with viewing decks, new Sky Trail elements, new spray park, new travel trips, and new preschool water play area.

Soccer Stars Summer Camps

Multiple locations across Eastern Queens & Long Island 212-877-7171



Soccer Stars & Pro Soccer Kids are Long Island’s #1 youth soccer program. With 24 years of experience under their cleats, Soccer Stars have positively impacted over one million kids nationwide by putting the FUN in FUNdamentals in their weekly classes & camps. Soccer Stars help children improve their soccer skills, develop self-confidence & physical

literacy, improve gross motor skills, build teamwork, & hone socialization skills. Their highly trained coaches & early childhood experts lead an age-specific curriculum with a low kid-to-coach ratio so every child gets individual attention & can grow at their own pace.

Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts

185 Colonial Springs Rd., Wheatley Heights 631-643-7900

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Surrounded by 140 acres of natural beauty, Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts is the perfect place for children to joyfully express their creativity. They offer 1, 4, and 8-week day camp programs for students ages 5 to 18. Classes are taught by exceptional educators and professional artists in music, art, theater, creative writing, chess, and more. Bus transportation is available

from Long Island and NYC to their woodland campus in Wheatley Heights.

YMCA of Long Island

Summer Day Camp

Multiple Locations: Bayshore, East Hampton, Glen Cove Holtsville, Huntington, Patchogue

121 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove 855-296-2254 ymcali.org camp@ymcali.org

At the Y, campers build friendships and engage in physical activity in a safe and healthy environment. As one of the region’s largest, most-diverse camps, their variety of programs for ages 3-15, (Kiddie Camp, Youth Camp, Pre-Teen Camp, Teen Camp, Sports Camp, and Counselor-In-Training).

Camp 2024 includes 2-week sessions from Monday, July 1 – Friday, August 23 featuring age-appropriate activities and opportunities to try new things, build confidence, and create lifelong memories.

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Angels of Long Island

A local thrift store with a goal of extreme affordability

“Something’s got to give,” is what Debbie Loesch says drives her to run her nonprofit organization, Angels of Long Island. According to her, before anything else, we must all seek to solve the problems in our own backyard.

That’s what Angels of Long Island does. It began as a Facebook group in 2015 asking for donations to assist one family. The charity started out of Loesch’s home, but quickly outgrew it. In 2018, they opened a thrift shop in Patchogue, and in 2023, they opened both a thrift shop and a grocery store in Mastic.

“At the end of the day, you’ve got kids that are going to school and they can’t concentrate because they’re hungry,” Loesch told the Press. “They’re hungry, and they’re dirty and they’ve been made fun of, but they’re dirty because mom and dad can’t afford more. They can’t afford clothing for them to go to school, and it’s just sad.”

To combat these insecurities, Angels of Long Island makes all the products at its thrift store extremely affordable.

“On Mondays, for example, we have ‘Manly Monday,’ men’s clothing and shoes for $1.50 or something and we have brand new stuff as well,” Loesch said. “But you know if people can’t afford even our low prices, they come into our outreach department and we will help them.”

The grocery store in Mastic is free –lending credence to the name “angels.” The nonprofit runs on donations and volunteers, but also purchases products to give out. But it’s not just canned food that people can get at the grocery store.

“We do an outdoor farmers market every Monday and Thursday. which families

can attend twice a week for that and they get fresh produce fruit, vegetables, they get a big good bread, salad sandwiches,” Loesch said. “Once a month, each household can attend the free grocery store and the grocery store we have meat produce dairy, sandwiches, salads, regular non perishables, and personal hygiene.”

Loesch said, despite taking a small hit from the pandemic, business has been booming – Angels just needs to take the leap and get connected with the network of care on Long Island, including working with organizations such as Boy Scouts, the Lions Club, and more.

What spurns Loesch to do all this is a belief that humanity is capable of doing better.

“I think we’re all capable of doing something,” Loesch said. Doing something to make a difference. When I grew up, neighbors watched out for neighbors – that’s not the case anymore.”

To volunteer or donate, visit www. angelsoflongisland.com.

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Bucket List Spring in NYC

Spring brings a little step to us New Yorkers. It is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors, such as strolling on one of our majestic bridges, heading indoors, and visiting one of New York’s iconic cultural institutions. The best part is you can mix it up with some of the many free things New York has to offer. Happy Spring!

1. Stroll through the New York Botanical Garden’s outdoor grounds and collections, including the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. On Wednesdays, there is *Free* admission all day for NY residents -nonresidents can obtain gratis admission from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (on Wednesdays.)

2. Head to Goshen, NY, and enjoy the Spring season of Legoland New York, a Certified Autism Center since last year.

3. Head to Long Island City MoMA PS1’s where you’ll find exhibitions, performances, events, and more. Admission is FREE for all New York residents. For visitors: $10 for adults, FREE for kids 16 and younger, and $5 for seniors and students.

4. Enjoy exhibitions, immersive experiences, and more at the new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation- part of the American Museum of Natural History and part of your admission. Some exhibitions cost extrawe recommend reserving tickets in advance.

5. Speaking of AMNH, swing by The Secret World of Elephants exhibit! It’s all about the different elephant species and their relatives, and they tell their whole story with life-size models, videos, graphics, and a bunch of other cool stuff

6. Enjoy Long Island’s Vanderbilt Museum in Long Island and enjoy the estate exploring the Memorial Wing, Habitat Wing, Nursery Wing, and Hall of Fishes.

7. Travel to The Met Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park with a gorgeous view of the Hudson River. You’ll be captivated by medieval art, renaissance Europe, and more at this beautiful museum.

8. Check out the Cherry Blossoms throughout the city in spots such as Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Riverside Park, Central Park, and the famous New York Botanical Garden Cherry Blossoms trees.

9. If looking for stunning NYC views -the Edge NYC has the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. Located at Hudson Yards, make time to shop around or eat some delicious foods before or after you get your panoramic views in

10. Walk over to Gansevoort Street and Washington Street and enjoy a free Highline tour. Visit the site for days and hours.

11. Climb the giant sturgeons at the Pier 26 Science Playground, a brand new 4,000-square-foot marine science-focused play area in Hudson River Park.

12. Rainy afternoon? Stop by one of NYC’s cat cafes to meet some friendly felines while you wait for the clouds to pass. Popular spots include The Meow Parlor on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and the Brooklyn Cat Cafe near Brooklyn Bridge Park.

13. Jump on a ferry for the full New York experience and head to Brooklyn Bridge Park -don’t forget to visit Jane’s Carousel, have a picnic, and take a selfie with the bridge as a background.

14. Head to Coney Island for a wild day! See live sharks at the New York Aquarium and stop to

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ride the Cyclone on your way home.

15. Tour real Naval ships and meet our country’s Armed Forces members during Fleet Week, which kicks off just before Memorial Day Weekend.

16. Travel to the islands! And by “islands,” we mean Roosevelt Island, Governors Island, and Little Island. Have a barbeque at Lighthouse Park on Roosevelt Island, visit The Yard for unique unstructured play on Governors Island, and see the flowers in bloom on Little Island.

16. Go for a stroll on Gansevoort Peninsula, Manhattan’s very first public beachfront! The largest standalone recreational space in Hudson River Park just opened in October 2023, so New Yorkers will finally have the opportunity to explore it this spring.

17. Walk through the streets of DUMBO and discover the diverse art. From the famed DUMBO Walls to the stained glass Watertower sculpture on top of 20 Jay Street, there is something to discover at almost every turn.

18. Catch a ballgame! The Mets home opener is set for March 28, and the first home game for the Yankees is April 5. Minor league games are easier on the wallet; the Brooklyn Cyclones’ and the Staten Island FerryHawks’ also start the season in April.

19. Enjoy one of the unique carousels in New York of fiberglass fish illuminated with colorchanging LED light fixtures. The SeaGlass carousel is at the Battery Conservancy, located at the park’s southern end.

20. Go wild at the Bronx Zoo when you visit with animals from around the world! Plus, take in unparalleled views of the park when you add the Nature Trek to your visit filled with wooden bridges and tunnels to cross.

21. Whether you live near or make a day trip of it, head to Shadmoor State Park in Montauk, which features a vast ocean, hiking trails, and birdwatching. Pack a picnic and enjoy.

22. Spend the day at Far Rockaway Beach and enjoy the boardwalk; bring your skater (and safety gear)- enjoy the 15,700 square feet concrete park of stairs, rails, ledges, and more.

23. Visit waterfalls in Central -there are five in total, and you can find them in the Ravine, the stream valley section of the North Woods.

24. Plan a staycation at the TWA Hotel, whether you grab something to eat before or after a flight or stay a night or a few; this hotel is truly a New York adventure perfect for families.

25. Visit the TheSeaport NYC and spend the day at The Imagination Playground New York City Police Museum, hop on a NY Water Taxi, pack a picnic, and head over to Governor’s Island; the list is endless on all there is to do at this fun spot.

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Career Pivots

How to (re) light your fire!

Longing to move but standing in place, I see you. At the crossroads of the wrong direction and the one you don’t currently know, it is easy to remain right there. If you are stuck in a job that feels like work, wander with me for a moment. I can see the way forward because I have been at this intersection before. In my career journey, I transitioned from stifled lawyer to burnt-out ad woman to passionless pandemic parent to today’s emerging artist and writer because I learned to be brave, talk to people, and try things.

And I am not special. According to Pew Research, 53% of employed U.S. adults who quit their job in 2021 changed their occupation or field of work. In that year,

47 million Americans quit their jobs — an unprecedented mass exit from the workforce sparked by Covid-19. While resignations have slowed since their peak in 2022, the current workforce continues to demand work-life balance and fulfillment from employment. As companies grapple with incentivizing employees to return to the office five days per week, the work-from-home lifestyle gives colleagues the freedom to grow side hustles into self-supporting businesses. It is easier for hustlers with a clear passion point and target market to cut the cord from corporate America. However, for many, the nagging desire for change is the only identifiable message from the voice of intuition. Without a clear destination, we linger.

Trapped in the wrong direction? Be bold and ask for help

Connecting to people with jobs I admired

helped me to understand my options and how to get there. In my current exploration, one such advisor is Dara Astmann. A Westchester-based career coach, Astmann helps clients from around the country evaluate what works best for their families while discovering their own fulfillment needs. Astmann understands because her career story is a lesson in navigating the circuitous route of a modern career. After 20+ years in advertising media and sales at Viacom (now ParamountGlobal), Astmann made a slow and deliberate shift to coaching to embrace her excitement for helping friends and colleagues navigate career shifts.

For clients who long to make a big leap, lead with realism

“Many clients think they need to leave immediately, but it helps to find your way when you are still at your job.” Astmann

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encourages clients to work with their companies to create what they desire, helping them position themselves for part-time or job-sharing roles as they transition to what comes next. In Astmann’s experience, clients sometimes think they want a big change, but “after learning how to ask for the flexibility they need, they realize they don’t need a huge change to feel satisfied.” Not everyone needs to make a career pivot.

Still longing for an identity shift?

Take baby steps

In my own career and Astmann’s, success is the sum of the small steps you take every day. As Astmann puts it, “The point is not to pick a path, but to identify potential paths.” She advises clients to “take one step forward to learn more about each option.” Talk to someone. Research online. Take free classes. Call it a project or an experiment. It will feel a little bit less scary.

Surrender to the story as it unfolds

For writer and marketing consultant Serena Norr, career development comes with hustle

“Many clients think they need to leave immediately, but it helps to find your way when you are still at your job.”

and flow. As a college student in the early 2000s, Norr’s interests oscillated from writing to acting to elementary education. Her first editorial positions at Time Out New York and Playbill prove prescient today while building her reputation as a playwright. In the twenty years between then and now, Norr learned how to hustle, building a freelance writing and marketing career, starting her own soup blog and raising three young girls. Like many career shifters, Covid-19 opened the door to rediscover old dreams. Balancing work, the demands of her young family, and Zoom Theater, Norr churned out inventive plays featuring characters that are equally quirky and deep. Unconnected to the New York

theater scene, Norr carved a name for herself by entering her plays into contests and saying yes to the opportunities that come from it. When asked what her best advice for career shifters is, Norr’s answer is twofold: “1) say yes, and 2) keep all the channels open. Even if you are in your corporate job, keep doing your art. Do it for the joy of it and have blind faith.”

At her suggestion of joy and faith as a guide, I say, “Amen.” In my own nonlinear route from law to writing, I continue onward because of the joy I feel for creative work and my faith that my words might propel even just one person forward in a search for passion and purpose.

To that end, if you feel a stir in your heart that you need a change, acknowledge it. If you feel lost without a sense of excitement or passion, play and experiment. When you find yourself stuck, take one small action that deviates from your usual routine. If you get scared or lose your way, begin again when you feel the call. It is OK to pause or fall on your face–as long as you get back up and keep trying.

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Big City Dreams


of 2 and Emmy-Winning reporter Joelle Garguilo, loving New York, small businesses and their stories. Learn about her journey from accountant to entertainment reporter.

Over the course of a week countless DMs were exchanged and many texts were sent between two moms trying to schedule one uninterrupted hour-long conversation. First, there was work to contend with: I was commuting to the city 4 days in a row when I am usually remote, flexibility suddenly out the window. Then there was sickness because, well, kids. Her daughter came down with something first, then the stomach bug that seemed to attack the entire city made its way to my house. Finally, we landed on a Friday night. After kid bedtime. In our sweats. Does this sound familiar? If you’re a parent, I’m going to guess yes. For Joelle Garguilo, Emmy-Award winning and WABC’s new Entertainment Reporter, finding pockets of time that work with her nontraditional schedule is not only par for the course, but something she’s gotten very, very good at. “It’s what moms do best,” she told me. “We just figure out a way.” I don’t know about you but I’ve never heard truer words spoken.

In our conversation Joelle says things I feel deep in my bones as a mom of 2 myself. Things like, “The juggle is real” and “You make it work, however you make it work”, because isn’t that what we’re all doing, all the time? She embraces the chaos and imperfection, and talking to her on that Friday night at the end of a long week was like venting to one of my mom friends. Full disclosure: I’ve known Joelle since before we had kids, before we were married, back when she was still an accountant dreaming of being a broadcast journalist. I watched from the sidelines as she became a mom and then an on-air reporter, and was thrilled to finally have the opportunity to ask her simply…How ? How did she do it? How did she know it was the right path for her? And how does she do it all now? This interview was part work, part personal catch-up sesh, but it’s chock full of everything that will make Joelle feel like your mom friend, too.

CP: I want to cover your career change. Because first of all, it’s like going from one end of the spectrum to the total opposite end. And also, having sort of seen it happen, I feel like you willed it into existence. It was just sheer will. So, how did you know working in accounting and finance was not for you? Was there a specific moment you remember where you were like, I gotta get the hell out of here ?

JG: You want to know something? I feel like everybody around me used to tell me…I remember auditing these Fortune 500 companies and some of the CEOs or CFOs would call me and be like, Is this really for you ? And I would do a good job, but they would all say, Really? You want to be an accountant ? I loved numbers. I was great at math as a child. Also, I think growing up, sometimes you want to pursue a career that makes your parents proud, right? So I just always thought with accounting I’d always have a job. And I was great at math. So I majored in accounting, but then I switched my degree, and I actually graduated with a degree in finance and marketing. Then I went back to school to finish my accounting degree. I got a job offer at KPMG then I went to New Line Cinema. And when I was there, I’m telling you, I’m a worker, I am someone who will do the work, do the work, do the work, but I always had this thing in the back of my head where I wanted to pursue a career in TV. Ever since I was little, I would whisper it. I remember the Today Show when I was working in accounting; they did this call out for the next anchor.

CP: I remember.

JG: I did a video submission for it while I was working in accounting. I forget about these things, it’s so funny that you asked that. I always would whisper it and I remember when they were closing the New York office of New Line Cinema my boss took me out to lunch. She said to me, What do you want to do ? I was

getting job offers at other places to do finance. I said, I really want to pursue a career in TV.

CP: How old were you at this point?

JG: Oh my gosh, I was 27.

CP: That’s young in the grand scheme of things, but when you’re…

JG: I had a full-fledged career! I was already established. And up until that point, anybody who I told I want to be on TV said how few people make it. Because also the landscape was very different back then. Nobody had really encouraged it, except my mom encouraged it for sure. But she was the first one who said, I think you should do it and I think you’d be great . So I decided since I got a severance package I’m going to take classes, and I’m going to learn how to do this TV stuff. So I took a class at NYU, I took a program at the New York Film Academy, and I learned everything. You know, the in-frontof-the-camera stuff was always fun and it came naturally to me, but I had no idea how to shoot a camera. I had no idea how to edit. I didn’t know how to produce. And you learned all that in these classes. And I had a great teacher who would become a mentor and a friend. I wound up getting a job interview while I was finishing up school and I had to pick between taking the last part of the CPA exam—I had three parts passed—or going on this job interview to get my start in TV. I went on the job interview and I got the job. And so I started my career, making cell phone videos before people were even using iPhones. I was in first thing in the morning shooting, I would do my regular shift, and then I would stay late and edit. I worked my buns off. And then from there I got noticed. They started taking my packages on this one show, then this other show, then I opened up a New York show, then I did a national show. And honestly it’s been a dream. It’s been a dream ever since.

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CP: I feel like you’re drawn to stories and to storytelling. And what better place to do that than New York City.

JG: There’s no better place.

CP: Your love of New York is so palpable,

and so is your love of the small businesses that make up the city. How did you first get into the small business beat to begin with?

JG: I have no idea. I cover entertainment, film, TV, Broadway—and also small businesses. I think from just being a New

Yorker, really. Because once you hear these stories, you can’t help but share them. If you have an outlet, social media, or TV, how do you not tell these stories? Some stories are meant to be shared. You never know who needs to hear your story, who might be inspired by your story, even. There’s this vintage shop on 25th Street called TTH Vintage. You go in and you think it’s just a vintage shop, but this particular store serves to help the homeless community. The owner has helped thousands and thousands of homeless women and children in New York City. But if you just walk on by, it’s just a store.

CP: But you stopped, you didn’t just walk on by. I feel like it’s because you stop to talk to people, and you listen.

JG: I don’t know if my girls are old enough to understand it yet, but I’ve had a part in saving a bunch of small businesses and that means a lot to me. I brought them to some of these stores, but I don’t think that they fully grasp it. To them it’s just like, this woman who has a candy shop is giving us free candy. But I think they’ll remember it. I’ll be proud one day when they understand it.

CP: Why do you think small businesses are such an important part of the fabric of the city?

JG: They are the city. Small businesses are the heartbeat of New York City. When you’re walking around Brooklyn, what makes it so charming is that almost every single business is a small business. There’s something about the people, you connect with people on a different level. I feel like New York City would not be the same without them.

CP: So you have these two little girls. What lessons do you hope to have them absorb when it comes to being women?

JG: Well, every morning, we say, I am smart, I am beautiful, and I can accomplish anything I want . I’ve been doing that since G was little. And it’s important. I want them to be confident. I wasn’t a confident kid at all. I’m finding my confidence as a woman. The biggest thing that I want to impart on them is to be kind. I always say good things come to those who hustle and are kind. It’s so much better when we’re lifting each other up.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity, please visit newyorkfamily.com to read the story in its entirety

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Photos with the Bunny

WHEN: Daily, through March 30. See website for complete schedule.

WHERE: Roosevelt Field Mall, 630 Old Country Road, Garden City


WHAT: Hop over for eggcellent photos with the Easter Bunny!

WANT TO GO?: Photo packages start at $39.99. simon.com

Nature Explorers Kids Program

WHEN: Tuesdays, 10 – 11:15 am, through March 19.

WHERE: Clark Botanic Garden, 193 I U Willets Road, Albertson

AGES: 3 – 4

WHAT: Have fun while exploring nature and completing activities based on a different theme each week.

WANT TO GO?: $10. clarkbotanic.org

Family Saturdays

WHEN: March 2-9, Saturdays, 12 – 3 pm

WHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor

AGES: 2-14

WHAT: Get inspired by the art and objects in the galleries and then explore and discover different materials to create your own original artwork.

WANT TO GO?: $20; $10 child; free for members. (516) 484–9338, nassaumuseum.org

Long Island Nets vs Westchester Knicks

WHEN: Wednesday, March 6, 7 pm

WHERE: Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale


WHAT: See New York vs New

York when the Long Island Nets take on the Westchester Knicks!

WANT TO GO?: Tickets start at $26.90. (516) 654–8203, nassaucoliseum.com

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents the Greatest Show on Earth

WHEN: March 8-10, FridaySunday, 7pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am and 3 pm

WHERE: UBS Arena, 2400 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont


WHAT: Witness a spectacle of superhuman feats including daring and never-before-seen acts on a high wire, trapeze, bicycle, and much, much more.

WANT TO GO?: Tickets start at $38.60. ubsarena.com

Pot of Gold Planting

WHEN: March 16-23, Saturdays, 1 – 3 pm.

WHERE: Dees’ Nursery, 69

Atlantic Avenue, Oceanside

AGES: 3 – 12

WHAT: Children will decorate a pot with stickers and plant seeds, creating a pot of gold to bring home!

WANT TO GO?: Free. deesnursery.com

The Glen Cove Saint

Patrick’s Day Parade

WHEN: Sunday, March 17, 1 pm

WHERE: The parade begins at Forest Ave. and Elliot Place in Glen Cove


WHAT: Celebrate Irish culture and pride at this annual parade featuring bagpipers and community groups marching along WANT TO GO?: Free. glencoveparade.com

Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour!

WHEN: Tuesday, March 19, 6 pm

WHERE: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville

AGES: 3 and older

WHAT: Dance, sing, and learn with Blippi and special guest Meekah as they discover what makes different cities unique and special.

WANT TO GO?: Tickets start at $32. tillescenter.org

Purim in Outer Space

WHEN: Sunday, March 24, 12:30 pm

WHERE: Clubhouse at Merrick Golf Course, 2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick


WHAT: Blast off for a Purim celebration like no other with a planetarium show, Ha”moon”tash making, megillah reading, kids activities & entertainment, and an out of this world dinner buffet.

WANT TO GO?: $12-$22. chabadjewishlife.org

Easter Brunch at The Mansion at Glen Cove

WHEN: Sunday, March 31, 10

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus comes to UBS Arena on March 8 to 10.

am – 3 pm

WHERE: The Mansion at Glen Cove, 200 Dosoris Ln., Glen Cove


WHAT: Enjoy a delightful spring brunch, join in on a thrilling egg hunt, and don’t miss the chance to create lasting memories by taking a photo with the Easter Bunny!

WANT TO GO?: $59; $32 ages 3-10. themansionatglencove. com


Long Island Pet Expo

WHEN: Saturday, March 2, 10 am – 7 pm; Sunday, March 3, 10 am – 5 pm.

WHERE: Suffolk Federal Credit Union Arena, 1001 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood


WHAT: Spend the weekend at this exciting expo featuring animal performances, demonstrations, reptile shows, birds of prey, and more!

WANT TO GO?: $5-$15. familypetshows.com

Art in the Barn, Storytime and Hands-on Art Project for Preschoolers

WHEN: Saturday, March 2, 11 am

WHERE: Walt Whitman Birthplace, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station

AGES: 3 – 4

WHAT: In honor of Women’s History Month, learn how to paint large flowers like Georgia O’ Keefe did and listen to a reading of “My Name is Georgia: A Portrait” by Jeanette Winter.

WANT TO GO?: $15; $10 members. (631) 427–3240 ext. 113, waltwhitman.org

Escape Room & Puzzle Challenge

WHEN: Saturdays, 12 – 1 pm, through March 16.

WHERE: Project Most Community Learning Center, 44 Meadow Way, East Hampton

AGES: 7 – 12

WHAT: Work as a team to figure out the puzzles that will release the solution in this exciting adventure experience!.

WANT TO GO?: $25. (631)

655–4586, projectmost.org

Irish Luck on the Farm 2024

WHEN: Saturday, March 9, 12 – 4 pm

WHERE: The Smithtown Historical Society, 239 E Main St., Smithtown


WHAT: Experience fun for all ages with a walk-through petting zoo, traditional Irish step dancing performances, and other celebrations of Irish heritage.

WANT TO GO?: $7. smithtownhistorical.org

The 90th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

WHEN: Sunday, March 10, 2 pm


WHAT: Long Island’s oldest and largest parade features dozens of pipe bands, including some of the metro area’s finest. WANT TO GO?: Free. huntingtonhibernian.com

Science Saturday: Magical Potions

WHEN: Saturday, March 16, 1 – 2 pm

WHERE: Long Island Science Center, 401 Tanger Mall Dr., Riverhead

AGES: 9 – 12

WHAT: Learn about the magic of chemistry by brewing up your own magical potion to take home!

MARCH calendar

WANT TO GO?: $20; $15 accompanying adult. sciencecenterli.org

Disney’s Descendants

WHEN: March 16-30, Saturdays and Sundays, 2 pm

WHERE: Smithtown Performing Arts Center, 2 E Main St., Smithtown


WHAT: This brand-new musical, based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies, is jam-packed with comedy, adventure, Disney characters, and hit songs from the films!

WANT TO GO?: $18. smithtownpac.org

Kvell Together at the SYJCC: Purim Cookie Making Workshop

WHEN: Sunday, March 17, 10:30 am – 12 pm

WHERE: Suffolk Y JCC, 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack


WHAT: Learn to make Hamentashen along with other Purim themed cookies and create sample “Mishloach Manot” to share with family and friends!

WANT TO GO?: $25 per family; $18 members. syjcc.org

CMEE’s Egg Hunt

WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 10 am – 12 pm

WHERE: Children’s Museum of the East End, 376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton


WHAT: Come out for games, music, crafts, an egg hunt, and a very special guest!

WANT TO GO?: $25; $5 members. cmee.org

Edna the Egg

WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 10 – 11 am

WHERE: Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, 350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank

AGES: 3 – 8

WHAT: Join Edna the Egg to learn about what “Edna” is experiencing as she grows inside her Egg, hear a story, make a craft, and take a wagon ride to meet her Chicken family. WANT TO GO?: $20. ccesuffolk.org

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Smithtown Historial Society on March 9. Blippi comes to the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on March 19.

Stunning Sights at Edge Find a heightened NYC experience high above Hudson Yards

There are many famous views across the country, from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Sedona, Arizona., Las Vegas, Nevada, and more. And we may (ok, we are ) be biased when we declare the most famous and favorite view is New York City. While the city never sleeps, it also has no shortage of unique spots to enjoy scenic views. The path to enjoy this view became a game changer when Edge, located at 30 Hudson Yards, opened an extraordinary outdoor experience where locals and tourists can view the heart of Gotham’s skyline.


The triangular-shaped sky deck is a heightened 1,131 feet above the ground. The sky deck is on the 100th floor, offering a 360-degree cityscape scenery. There is also an exhilarating glass floor where you can peak a view below.

Family Fun

Kids are welcome and will be awed by seeing New York from this perspective. Make an

educational game with the kids and have them spot the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and more. Keep them close as you would when strolling through a cultural spot like a museum; this space is pretty open (obviously, it is an open-air deck!) and is designed to enjoy the views, stroll about, or sit while taking it all in.

Insider Tips

The views are spectacular even on rainy days, and visitors will always be enthralled. But if you want to go at the least crowded time, first thing in the morning may be your best bet. Yes , this spot is very Instagramable, but you may be tucking your phone away and soaking in the gorgeous views as this view is stunning.

Lean Out

For those adventure seekers above Edge, the experience continues with City Climb - a rousing experience that takes you to new heights. It’s the world’s highest external building climb on the sky deck. You can scale

the exterior of a towering supertall building over 1,200 feet tall. Once you reach the top, you can lean out from the outdoor platform for an unforgettable experience. (Note there is an age and height requirement for kids over age 13, check website for information.)

Become a Regular

The beauty of Edge is that it isn’t a one-off spot; it is a place you can enjoy as much as you wish, as they now offer an annual pass that offers year-round access.

This pass is perfect for locals and visitors who want to experience this iconic skyline as part of their daily routine. The annual pass includes a digital membership card, flexible entry times, a 10% discount at Edge’s retail stores, and even 2-for-1 City Climb tickets –so you can bring a friend along for free. You’ll also get access to special events throughout the year.

Eat In

Keeping to the theme of space with a view, visit the delicious Peak restaurant, where you can feast on local and the highest-grade seafood and meats. Located on the 101st floor of 30 Hudson Yards.


30 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001 edgenyc.com

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