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Lifestyle for the New York Mom
$3.95 SUMMER 2011
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6 PLAYGROUND SUMMER 2011
EDITOR’S
LETTER
I
t’s summertime! I’m sure you’re as ex-
cited as I am that it’s (finally!) warm and
sunny out and time to wear those fabulous
sunglasses. Have you noticed that people
just seem happier this time of year, par-
ticularly us parents? Now’s the perfect time for
ice cream cones, bike rides in the park or by the
beach, or just relaxing with the family on a lazy
afternoon. And of course no matter how much
your little ones love school, there’s vacation for
them to get extra-excited about too!
This summer issue of Observer Playground is
filled with articles to get you psyched and ready
for this wonderful season. Find out about the
ultimate New Yorker’s summertime secret: the
family-friendly beach clubs of Atlantic Beach,
Long Island. For those headed out east for the
hot weather, we have a piece on the best of
everything in the Hamptons for families. To
combat the inevitable summer anxiety-inducer
—looking good in a bikini—there’s a piece all
about Punch Fitness, where you can quickly
whip your body into shape by boxing.
Of course we’ve also included our picks of our
favorite irresistible indulgences, from the best
summer beauty items to adorable fashions for
the kids to extra-special treats on this issue’s
Lysst. And, of course, our Hot-to-Tot list has
loads of must-have goodies as well. There’s also
a story on a terrific new accessories line, Theo-
dora and Callum, that was recently launched
by Scoop founder Stefani Greenfield and uber-
publicist Desiree Gruber.
As always, we’ve got some fantastic inter-
views in this issue, as well. Find out more about
the gorgeous Padma Lakshmi who graces our
cover. She talks about her life as a New York
mom, TV star, jewelry designer, entrepreneur
and fundraiser for endometriosis research.
Enjoy the issue…and have a fabulous summer
filled with sunshine, smiles and plenty of time
with the family!
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ers of endometriosis: Padma Lakshmi is beautiful and busy-as-ever.
Lakshmi was photographed by Cheyenne Ellis.
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40 PADMA LAKSHMI
She’s got it all and doesn’t mind flaunting it.
Find out how to get a touch of her magic.
44 KIDS’ FASHION
Our youthful models are stepping out in style.
48 FENDI KIDS
You love their clothes and now
your kids will love them too!
5O SUMMER MUST-HAVES
What you and the family need for
the warmer months.
58 TRAVEL
This summer: The best ofthe Hamptons,
plus London and Atlantic Beach!
68 CRIB SHEET
Get all the info you need to have a great
summer with the kids.
12 SHOPPING LYSST
16 BEAUTY
18 FITNESS
26 HOT-TO-TOT
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28 BOOKS
32 HOROSCOPES
34 HEALTHY EATING
36 REAL ESTATE
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THE
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Summer’s the perfect time for an indulgent, fashionable
pick-me-up, whether it’s a new pair of sunglasses, a great
piece of jewelry or a very necessary beauty item. Here are
our picks by Lyss Stern and Rachel Felder
A. MODERN LEGACY 1
DIAMOND MEDALLION
EARRINGS $299,
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Diamonds are, indeed, a
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holder from Be and D, with
details you’d expect from
your favorite handbag —
namely, bold hardware, sup-
ple leather, and of course a
great pop of color. And slim
enough to throw into a tote.
D. JO MALONE LIME, BASIL
& MANDARIN DRY BODY OIL
$65, Bergdorf Goodman
Jo Malone has a new for-
mulation of one of its most
popular scents — Lime,
Basil, and Mandarin — in a
dry oil that you apply right
as you get out of the show-
er. It leaves a lovely, light
veil of citrusy fragrance,
perfect for the steamy days
ahead.
E. PARMIGIANI KALPA
PICCOLI WATCH $8900,
Cellini Ultimately, a watch
should feel like your favor-
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that’s precisely what this
elegant bracelet watch is
likely to become. Bold and
dainty at the same time,
with art nouveau-inspired
diamond numbers and a
fluid stainless steel band.
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Missoni Boutiques. Even
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this combination tinted
anti-aging moisturizer that
includes sun protection in
its formula.
H. YSL SHADES $275
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eyes are one of this sum-
mer’s main sunglass
silhouettes, and it’s hard
to imagine a chicer pair
than this one from YSL.
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beauty
Give your makeup baG
(and Face) the once-over
With NYC Makeup Artist Carlo Geraci by Ann Flynn
Illustration by Kristine Lombardi
I
t was a blustering, cold and incredibly wet
April afternoon when Amy Martin rushed
through the glass doors of Space NK’s 99
Greene Street location.
“Sorry I’m late!” squeaked the petite
redhead, who wore gray jeans, a camel-col-
ored poncho and a light blue canvas backpack
slung over one shoulder. She had been caught
in traffc going from one appointment to the
next. Martin, who is an entrepreneur and
mother of three-year-old Janis (yes, named
after Janis Joplin), is the frst to admit that
she packs way too much in to one day. “You
can only do so much,” she says. “But I always
think I’ll be able to do more!”
Martin is greeted by the handsome and
dapperly-dressed Carlo Geraci. Geraci is a
New York City makeup artist who has been in
the industry for nearly twenty years. It seems
impossible by the look of him— Geraci’s skin is
smooth and creaseless. Geraci, who is a Trish
McEvoy and Kevyn Aucoin alum, spent the
better part of a decade beautifying young and,
ahem, older women at Barneys, now works
with women all over the city and in London.
And to boot, he was also Eartha Kitt’s personal
makeup artist in the latter years of her life.
Geraci is warm and personable and incredibly
relaxed. He greets Martin with a hug, though
the two have never met before, and
guides her to sit at a white counter in
front of a mirror. At this point, Geraci
demands that Martin hand over the goods,
which is really why she’s here. Martin ponies
up a pink and cream-colored makeup bag
that is stuffed to the gills. Geraci unzips the
bag with glee in his eyes and begins to sort
through the items inside.
This is what he does. He plunges to new
depths. He goes through your disaster of a
makeup bag—the bag you take with you every-
where, maybe it’s even the same bag you’ve had
for years, eyeliner smudges, dirty tissues and
all. He goes through your makeup mess and
helps you create order.
This could potentially be very embarrassing
but Geraci is kind and flters through the mess
cheerily and seemingly without any judgement.
In this case, he separates out what he thinks
Martin is doing right (actually, most of the bag’s
contents) and puts in a different pile the items
he will gently encourage her to toss. He notices
that she is using a foundation that is not suited
for her and fits off somewhere to come back
with the perfect color. Voila!
Geraci cleans Martin’s face of what she’s
currently wearing and quickly begins to apply
the new foundation.
“I like to play up the beauty of the wom-
an and play down the makeup,” he says as he
works. “I tell my clients, ‘pick a feature.’ So, if
you pick your eyes, you play those up and every-
thing else, like the lips, they’re more muted.”
Geraci takes Martin through some quick ways
to enhance different features. He uses a com-
bination of her own makeup and makeup from
Space NK. He writes down the brand name and
color of each of the products he is using so that
Martin will have a record of his recommenda-
tions to take with her.
Geraci also gives a lightning-fast instruc-
tion on the application of bronzer: “I suggest
using bronzer like this—imagine you are
wearing sunglasses and you’ve been out-
side all day. Place the bronzer around the
sunglasses—so the cheeks and nose and fore-
head,” he demonstrates as he speaks. Geraci
is full of tips like this one, garnered from his
many years in the business.
When he is done with Martin, she looks
great—her skin is glowing and sun-kissed and
her blue-green eyes look gigantic. And, to
be honest, the makeup bag looks a thousand
times tidier.
Book an appointment with Geraci (contact him
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bEaUty
SizzlE in thE SUMMER
Even with high temps and muggy afternoons, summer beauty doesn’t have to
be an oxymoron. These beauty helpers will make your warm weather look like a
breeze (and here’s hoping this summer has a lot of them) by Rachel H. Smith
d. Kiehls Blue herBal
gel Cleanser $21
kiehls.com
No matter how thirsty
you might be after a day
under the summer sun,
don’t drink this cocktail-
colored gel cleanser.
Instead, use it to wash off
the dirt and grime that
is unavoidable when you
spend a hot day in the city.
e. BumBle & BumBle
texture hair Creme $26
bumbleandbumble.com
This is what your sum-
mer hair should look like:
piece-y, tousled, undone,
and easy. As if you have
spent all day at the beach,
making sand castles and
jumping in the waves.
With this clever creme
you can have those sexy
waves anytime, and no
sand in your shoes!
a. tom Ford lipstiCK
$45 bergdorfgoodman.com
No matter how hot
the weather, lipstick is
a must. And with his
twelve perfect lipstick
shades from nude Vanilla
Suede to vampy Black
Orchid, Tom Ford has
elevated lipstick to some-
thing sublime. Expect
gasps of envy when you
take the lovely gold and
white tube out of your
summer bag.
B. ClarK’s BotaniCals
sKin Clearing FaCe
and Body Wash $46
clarksbotanicals.com
Summer can be the
worst time for skin that
struggles to stay clear
even when it isn’t covered
in sweat and sunblock. Let
this face and body wash
gently, but thoroughly, pu-
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your skin. The stylish tube
with the great-looking
font is an added bonus.
C. pearl aCe hotel
soap $24 acehotel.com
Is there anything more
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small-batch soap that
has charcoal, crushed
natural pearls (yes,
pearls!), and natural oils
protect your skin from
the harsh summer sun.
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F. Sarah Chapman
SkineSiS FaCial From
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If you told us that this
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soft and youthful-looking
skin, which is what you
will have once you start
using it. It may even let
you to go makeup-free all
summer long.
G. DeerStop BotaniCalS
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When you have been out
all day slogging through
the city’s hot summer
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to feel beautiful and re-
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and a change of clothes in
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The ingredients in this
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would probably make a
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organic lentils, nutmeg,
comfrey root and lemon
verbena leaves. Here, they
bring equilibrium and
enlightenment to your
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fitness
put up your dukes!
it’s easy to be a knockout at Punch Fitness Center by Zibby Right
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workout.
Punch Fit-
ness Center
is a trans-
formative experience led
by Adelino Da Costa from
Guinea, West Africa. Da
Costa, who started off as a
champion kick-boxer in Por-
tugal, despite having only a
mattress to practice with, saw
an opportunity in the crowded
Manhattan ftness market and de-
cided to take advantage.
Da Costa had relocated to New
York City from Portugal because,
as he says, “if you want to fnd your-
self and know if you can do it or not,
this is the place.” Soon after his move to the
Big Apple, Da Costa began training clients in
what he knew how to do best—kickboxing. He
began by working individually with clients,
but quickly found his client base growing and
decided to open a gym. The gym, Da Costa
decided, would meld aspects of one-on-one
personal training with the energy of group
ftness. And Punch Fitness was born.
Punch’s entrance, on Madison Avenue
and 78th Street, is marked solely by a pair
of red punching gloves, swaying in the cool
breeze. After walking down a short fight
of steps, the vibe grabs you. The walls are a
deep red, which Da Costa says invokes the
feeling of strength: “You can’t like the color
red and be lazy; it’s the color that makes me
want to push all the time.”
A ft woman checks in at the desk and
asks, “Who am I with today?” At Punch, ev-
ery session is an hour long with a different
trainer. “Nelson,” the receptionist says and
the woman’s face falls. “Oh no!” she wails,
knowing how diffcult the session will be.
Diffcult is an understatement. This non-
stop cardio-kickboxing mix makes run-
ning the loop in Central Park look like a
warm-up. Regulars will fnd themselves
jumping rope, doing push-ups, using rowing
machines, running on a treadmill, punch-
ing and jabbing, kicking and squatting. And
don’t even think about having a glass of
water. (Apparently, every time you fnish
eating or drinking your body goes in relax-
ation mode. In boxing, Da Costa says, you
have to stay sharp all the time; “to be able
to achieve, you have to get to the point you
never knew you were able to.”)
“The day you feel in shape in this place,
you should not come back,” he said with
his characteristic bright eyes, low melodic
voice and wide grin. “Some people say they
never work out and you have to pace them. I
don’t want to sit back and say you’re doing a
good job. Life is not about that. Life is about
keep trying. Life is about being
challenged. If you don’t want
to be in shape, don’t come
to Punch. I’m going to help
you to get there. And the
day I see you can give more,
I’ll push you until the next
level.”
Hard to argue with that.
But at $145 per hour, Punch
isn’t cheap; however you
get days worth of cardio and
strength-training in one session.
The best part? It’s fun. The train-
ers dance around barefoot on the
padded foors, belting out African beats
and music. They dance with you. It feels
like the tight Punch team is having a blast
and that the party will continue long after
you leave.
Da Costa says his team is the key to
Punch’s success. When he recruits talent,
he doesn’t care about technical skills; he
can teach those. He’s looking for guys who
really care, whose eyes shine, who have the
freedom to express themselves. Having the
rotating training schedule allows clients to
experience a different emotion and momen-
tum in the same form.
Punch has plans to open two new loca-
tions in the city. With a fairly equal male to
female ratio and clients ranging from age
five to senior citizens, this place is not to
be missed.
“The way people feel is so important,” Da
Costa says. “If I want to challenge you, I
have to make you feel good inside yourself.
That feeling is distraction from the pain.
You feel the music, you feel the energy
around you, you want to prove yourself. You
always have to see the victory before the
fght, that’s why we’re here for you.”
Fitness mixed with heart is a pure knockout.
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With Your Gourmet-In-Training
All for the price of one: Celeb chefs, yummy food and stunning scenery by Rachel Felder
I
nevitably, most kids love watching TV,
but not every child is glued nonstop to
Nickolodeon and PBS Kids. For a grow-
ing number of children, Rachael Ray and
Jamie Oliver are bigger celebrities than
SpongeBob and Selena Gomez, and they’d
choose to see an Iron Chef rerun over iCarly
any day.
If this describes your little one, then head-
ing to an out-of-town food festival is an ideal
weekend retreat.
With the popularity of the Food Network
and the snowballing awareness of celebrity
chefs, food festivals are cropping up around
the world throughout the year. They’re an ide-
al way for your budding gourmand and you to
see favorite chefs in action and of course taste
some delicious food. Many also include a char-
ity component, so you can help make a differ-
ence (and remind the kids of the importance of
giving) while you’re there.
One of the best-known food festivals in the
country is the South Beach Wine and Food
Festival, held in Miami Beach every year. The
festival has been going for more than a decade
and attracts the world’s best-known chefs.
There is a wonderful two-day event specif-
cally for kids that focuses on healthy eating
and features chefs like Rachael Ray and Guy
Fieri.
At smaller and newer food festivals, it can be
even easier to actually meet your favorite chefs
and see what’s going on. In The Cayman Is-
lands, for example, Le Bernadin’s Eric Ripert
hosts an annual food festival each January, the
Cayman Cookout, where it’s not uncommon
to enjoy barbecue alongside the likes of An-
thony Bourdain. The festival is headquartered
at the islands’ Ritz-Carlton Hotel, which has
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Meet, greet and eat!
Take the family to a food
festival to meet celebrity
chefs, watch demonstra-
tions and taste new and
delicious foods.
Just enough cooks in this
kitchen: Giada De Lauren-
tiis fashes her famous
smile while demonstrat-
ing how to prepare her
favorite dishes.
Mario Batali drinks to
good food.
extensive children’s activities, and there’s also
a special kids’ brunch each year to make your
little one feel like a VIP. Food festivals geared
toward kids exist in other great destinations
such as Atlanta, Napa and Pebble Beach.
There are also several food festivals right
here in New York City. The most compre-
hensive is the New York City Wine and Food
Festival (this year’s dates are Sept 29-October
2), organized by the same people as the South
Beach fest. This festival always includes cook-
ing demonstrations aimed at kids,and all net
proceeds from the event are earmarked to
feed the hungry. In mid-June is the Big Apple
BBQ, a huge barbecue-o-rama that’s a perfect
Flatiron afternoon with the kids (provided
that they like ribs! This event is also a fund-
raiser. Throughout the year, there are smaller
fairs like Taste of Tribeca, which are an ideal
way for kids to taste a variety of things they
might otherwise not get to try.
The best part of all these festivals — in addi-
tion to helping your kids eat more adventur-
ously and healthily — is getting to spend time
outdoors with your little ones.
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FASHION
DESIGNER GOODS
Find Your Inspiration at Theodora and Callum by Charlotte Garden
Stefani Greenfield and
Desiree Gruber love
the process of creating
new items for their line
Theodora and Callum.
Y
ou use your mother’s red and navy
Gucci clutch from the 70s as a wal-
let and you wear your grandmoth-
er’s Haskell earrings from the 50s
on occasions that call for them. You cherish
these passed down items and frequently catch
yourself wondering, Which items of mine is my
daughter going to want and wear?
This is the very thought process that fuels
Stefani Greenfield, co-founder of Theodora
and Callum, which made its formal debut
at Spring Fashion Week 2011. Stefani previ-
ously co-founded the incredibly popular retail
chain, Scoop NYC, which became a favorite of
the young and trendy from New York to Holly-
wood with its reputation as the “ultimate clos-
et.” She’s been featured in too many fashion
and business magazines to count, was a judge
on Bravo’s television series Launch My Line, a
regular style consultant on national television
programs and hosts Unwracked on the Home
Shopping Network.
Her latest project, Theodora and Callum, is
an accessory-focused store that she and co-
founder, Desiree Gruber like to think of as a
“creative factory.”
“It’s not about chasing trends,” Stefani said.
“The collection will always consist of items
that we both love and want to share.” This was
in fact the inspiration behind the name.Theo-
dora being Stefani’s daughter and Callum,
Desiree’s son.
“There are no limitations to the evolu-
tion of the brand,” she said. “That’s why we
named it after our children. For them every
day is a new journey.”
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FASHION
A blue leaf batik scarf is a perfect addition
to any summer outfit. Gold Istanbul earrings
dress up any ensemble.
According to Stefani, this latest venture is
very much a labor of love. Every piece in their
new collection is an objet d’art, carefully cho-
sen to be an item that lasts for generations and
never goes out of style. The line is the quintes-
sential essence of classic taste and style, cre-
ated by two power-moms who embody these
qualities in their own lives. The exotic prints
and eclectic nature of Theodora and Callum
reflect the adventurous, sexy, international
traveler in all of us. Their jewelry and scarves
are reminiscent of Brigitte Bardot on the
beaches of St. Tropez circa 1968 and the rest of
the effortlessly chic European jet set. But the
design element of this creative factory doesn’t
stop when it leaves their fingertips. The duo
hopes the buyer and wearer of the items will
bring their own creative spirit to it.
Stefani’s daughter Theodora loves being
the inspiration behind her mother’s ambi-
tion. When asked how she balances work and
home life, Stefani says she works hard during
Theodora’s school year and relaxes during the
summer in Europe. The time she spends en
vacance, as the French say, is truly the most
precious family time she has all year. During
these hot summer months she finally has a
moment to recharge her batteries and inhale
new inspiration from the Mediterranean
coast, Morocco, India and the modern Byzan-
tine empire.
She has truly found a way to manage a suc-
cessful and demanding professional life with
carefree, quality time. And all of it—the am-
bition and the freedom—are apparent in the
pieces created by Theodora and Callum.
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HOT-TO-TOT
SUMMER
IN THE CITY
The ultimate guide to what’s in and out
for families this summer by Rachel Felder
W
hether you’re looking for a fabulous warm
weather accessory, great outfits for the kid,
or a thank you present for a weekend spent at
your friend’s beach house, we’ve got you covered.
Here are our picks for the best essentials—and
a few deliciously indulgent non-essen-
tials—for the long, hot summer ahead.
Beach necessity:
IN Sunbow bubblegum
scented sunblock
OUT Bubble gum pink
bikini
Potentially dif cult
exercise:
IN Headstands in
P.E. class
OUT Dealing with stand-
still traf c on the LIE in
an M Class.
Mini-me beach-to-
party summer frock:
IN Calypso for Target
braided dress
OUT Splurgy Calypso
silk dress
Bleary-eyed morning
ritual
IN Getting to the camp
bus stop on time
OUT Getting to the
school bus stop on time
Mom’s relaxing
indulgence
IN A weekend at the
ELLE Spa at the Eden
Roc, Miami Beach
OUT A bubble bath read-
ing ELLE and eating
snacks from Garden of
Eden in Manhattan
Pedicure polish
du jour
IN RGB in Coral
OUT All shades of
(summertime) blues
Tween clothing you’d
love to borrow:
IN Summer dresses
from Johnnie b
OUT Butter sweatshirts
Cafeine Connection:
IN Bosie Tea Parlour
OUT Cofee from a na-
tional chain
Matching parent/
child ensembles:
IN Daddy and son
Vilebrequin swimming
trunks
OUT Mommy and me
print shift dresses
Healthy kids’ snack
IN Steamed fresh, local
corn on the cob
OUT Freshly popped
organic popcorn
Required summer
reading:
IN The Time-Traveling
Fashionista
OUT Sisterhood of the
Traveling Pants
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Mini-chicster
clothing destination
IN Little Edit
on upper Lex
OUT The upper
shelf of big
sister’s closet
Kids’ protective
eyewear
IN Gucci kids’
shades, $140
OUT Spongebob
sunglasses, 2 pairs
for $10.40
Summer Uniform
IN Wide-legged
white Siwys
OUT Last year’s
faded khakis
Overstufed
bag for airplane
getaways
IN Rimowa wheelie
OUT Giant logo
tote
Ultimate Hamptons
hostess gift
IN Lalique
Sauterelles vase
OUT Chocolates and a
bottle of Sauternes
A fit and healthy lifestyle for you and your baby is our goal,
then we help you get back to your pre-pregnancy figure!
The pre-natal and post-partum workout trainers will
• Prep your body for an easier & quicker labor & delivery
• Offer useful tips for dealing with common pregnancy complications
• Boost your immune system
• Aid in quicker postpartum recovery
mind over matter
A fit and healthy lifestyle for you and your baby is our goal,
mind over matter
We also offer Yoga, Pilates,
Personal Trainers, & Boot Camp Classes
Ask about our
MILF (Mothers
Interested in
Living Fit)
Boot Camp!
www.MindOverMatterNYC.com • 212-865-9290
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Seasonal
stockup store:
IN Lesters for
everything for camp
OUT Hamptons
supermarket for
everything for
weekend houseguests
Scorching day cooler:
IN Molton Brown
Vitalising Gel
OUT Large Pinkberry
with multiple toppings
Memory-inducing
seasonal soundtrack
IN “Summer Babe”
-Pavement
OUT “Boys of Summer”
-Don Henley
Climate-
appropriate footwear
IN Missoni for
Havaianas flip-flops
OUT Hunter rubber
rain boots
Shampoo for
the Little Ones
IN L’Oreal Professionnel
Serie Nature Tendresse
Shampoo,
bought at a salon
OUT No More Tears,
bought at K-Mart in
Bridgehampton
Airplane essentials
IN Audio-Technica
noise-cancelling head-
phones and Sjal Intense
Hydration Creme
OUT A blow-up neck
pillow and eye-mask
A fit and healthy lifestyle for you and your baby is our goal,
then we help you get back to your pre-pregnancy figure!
The pre-natal and post-partum workout trainers will
• Prep your body for an easier & quicker labor & delivery
• Offer useful tips for dealing with common pregnancy complications
• Boost your immune system
• Aid in quicker postpartum recovery
mind over matter
A fit and healthy lifestyle for you and your baby is our goal,
mind over matter
We also offer Yoga, Pilates,
Personal Trainers, & Boot Camp Classes
Ask about our
MILF (Mothers
Interested in
Living Fit)
Boot Camp!
www.MindOverMatterNYC.com • 212-865-9290
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books
Your Life on Yoga
Claire Dederer’s inspiring,
engaging, elegantly written
memoir Poser: My Life in
Twenty-Three Yoga Poses
is, without a doubt, the best
book I’ve read in years.
Don’t be fooled—this is not
a book about yoga. Yoga is
simply the theme that ties
all the elements together
gracefully; the book itself
fows as seamlessly as a
vinyasa yoga class, each
chapter touching on a dif-
ferent pose. This tome is
about growing up and com-
ing of age as both a mother
and a daughter. It’s about
learning how to be married,
despite each other’s imper-
fections. It’s about fnding
yourself while still giving.
It’s about learning that be-
ing “good” or “perfect” is
the opposite of simply be-
ing “real.”
Dederer takes us through
her parents’ separation
in the 1970s and links her
mother’s actions to the gen-
erational shift away from
traditional marriage toward
women’s independence.
She roots her life in history
in a way that makes it all
feel incredibly important;
it’s impossible not to re-
examine your own role and
what it means. Yet she does
this with charm and a hilari-
ous sense of humor, never
taking herself too seriously
throughout her Seattle and
Boulder adventures.
Be forewarned; this book
is meaty. You won’t fnish
it overnight. But once you
start, you won’t be able to
put it down. Every word is
there for a reason in this
artfully-edited work.
This book changed my
perspective on life. Plus
I’m totally going to take
up yoga.
—Zibby Right

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hoice is a disease of your generation. You’re so fo-
cused on your choices. You’re overwhelmed by
them, terrifed of them, so you do things like become
ski bums or glassblowers or you extend your youths
so long, you forget to have children.”
This is the kind of self-esteem–blowing stuff that fies out of the
mouth of Gray Lachmann’s father, driving her into a mess of middle-
class, twentysomething angst.
Not that Gray’s father is any sort of icon for good choices. He’s an
obese, guilt-driven attorney-turned-rabbi who dies at a relatively
young age, carrying a maddeningly secret story and depression to his
grave. He’s also the person whom Gray—Skinny’s narrative main char-
acter—is most infuenced by, and designs her life around, hence the
novel’s plot.
And the plot is quite thick. Gray, a New Yorker who earns a living by
promoting her boyfriend’s struggling standup comedy career, inherits
a nasty habit of compulsively overeating—say, several cakes under her
bed covers or 5,000 calories of greasy Chinese food in one go. Bing-
ing is the way she deals with the death of— and troubled relationship
with—her father, whom she hadn’t communicated with in several
years after he denounced her relationship with Gray’s unsuccessful,
non-Jewish boyfriend.
Upon executing her father’s will, Gray learns that her father left
money to a mysterious Southern woman and her teenage daughter,
Eve. Gray assumes the woman was her father’s mistress, and, as a re-
sult, that Eve is her teenage half-sister. After doing some shoddy Goo-
gling and blog reading, Gray fgures out that Eve is headed to a North
PeoPle Watching
at its best
Skinny By Diana Spechler
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Carolina fat camp for the summer. In the hopes of working through her food
obsession and daddy issues, Gray promptly scores a gig as a fat-camp coun-
selor at said camp, placing her New York life on hold for the summer.
What results is a disturbingly humorous adventure full of girl fghts, not-
quite-truth-tellings, cliff-hangers, and sweaty summer-camp lust. And it’s
quite enjoyable, so long as you’re cool with not rooting for the story’s main
character.
Gray makes one bad choice after another, and instead of establishing a
meaningful relationship with Eve, masterminds an affair with a hot, older
personal trainer, thereby cheating on her boyfriend of fve years. She also
develops anorexia, a bald spot, and extreme body consciousness—heart-
shaped pubic hair included.
Whether or not Skinny has a happy ending, what makes the story legiti-
mate, relevant, and fulflling is the fact that it’s based on truth. In a brief
afterword, Diana Spechler, also the author of Who by Fire, explains that
Skinny is based on personal experience. In 2006, she set out to write a novel
about body-image problems, inspired by her own lifelong weight struggles,
and really did go “undercover” as a counselor at a North Carolina weight-
loss facility.
Spechler, doesn’t, however, overshare about which parts of her real-life ex-
perience actually happened and which characters actually existed. Instead,
she writes, “Although many of the characters in Skinny were inspired by real
people, they are, like most fctional characters, composites—combinations of
more than one person, some invented elements, and pieces of the author.”
Those composites are perhaps Skinny’s strongest element. From Bennett,
the 41-year-old trainer with the body of a brick sh*thouse to Sheena, the
19-year-old counselor warrior, the cast of characters makes for some seri-
ously entertaining literary people-watching. —Amy Schroeder
books
From the moment I sat down with
this book, I knew I was going to like
it. It’s one of those reads where the
pages fy by, and all of a sudden pub-
lic transportation is a treat, waiting in
line at the post ofce is a blessing and
even time spent “powdering ones’
nose” takes on a new Zen quality.
In Bossypants, Fey lays out the
timeline of her life thus far, touching on her childhood and the
story and meaning behind a prevalent facial scar I never even
noticed, spanning across her own coming of age, her adventures
getting hired and working on Saturday Night Live, and into the
present day, where she elaborates on running the cult hit TV
show 30 Rock. Some rest stops along the way include fnding
strength and inspiration from the fabulous gays she met in com-
munity theater, lessons she learned from SNL producer Lorne
Michaels and, of course, being a mother.
At a recent Barnes and Noble talk in Union Square, she
churned out thoughtful and amusing answers to New Yorker
editor David Remnick’s questions, making it clear why the room
was packed with hipsters, goth teens, sophisticated grey hairs
and all types infected with Tina Fey-ver. Two teenagers photo-
graphed, flmed and Tweeted throughout the event, stopping
every so often to squeal, “I just can’t believe it!” as if Tina were
John Lennon or Princess Diana returned from the grave.
Bossypants is a written testimony of Fey’s experiences on
the path from the bottom of the barrel to the top of the rock.
People, especially women, won’t be able to help but be moved
by her words in this book; laughing while their inner monologue
exclaims, “It’s funny ‘cause it’s true,” and “I’ve been there, sister.”
Fey’s writing moves like a warm breeze—it’s abstract while also
fne-tuned; clever yet aloof, and so specifc; revealing an insider’s
view into the sometimes very unfunny business of comedy,
something that most people will never truly get a window into.
As a comedian, I have defnitely experienced the trying strug-
gle of the comedy world, and found this book to be a guiding
light; the hermit’s lantern, if you will. I swore I saw secret encour-
agements sprinkled throughout the pages.
But whether you’re a comedian or a scientist or you’re not re-
ally sure what you are, this book was written for the millions of
women who are living life in a man’s world and looking for a little
encouragement. Something tells me that if I were to read Bossy-
pants backwards it would say, “Keep going, you’re a hard work-
ing woman, and you deserve it all.” Well, that’s what I gathered
from reading it forward, anyway. —Jessica Delfno
Bossypants
Why the world has Tina Fey-ver
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food
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hloe Epstein, a former lawyer and
Upper East Side mom of three, just
wasn’t happy with the selection of
frozen treats for herself and her kids. Calo-
rie and ingredient-conscious, Epstein didn’t
want to keep ingesting oodles of chemicals in
exchange for a ‘light’ treat. Neither did entre-
preneur and tri-athlete Michael Sloan who
craved something sweet that worked with
his athletic lifestyle. So two summers ago,
the close friends started playing around with
a Cuisinart and a bunch of fruit to see what
they could come up with. Luckily for all of
us, they struck gold and Soft Serve Fruit was
born. Along with Chloe’s husband, Jason, they
launched the business together.
“The most important thing to us is trust,” Ep-
stein says, perched on a bright yellow striped
stool at a high silver table at the Soft Serve
Fruit Company store (formerly Simply Peeled)
at 78th Street and Third Avenue. “We want
everyone to know what he or she is eating. All
the ingredients are right there in front of you.
We did all the calorie testing to make sure we
were accurate and were thrilled at how good
it tasted.”
The fruit stand vibe at Soft Serve Fruit Com-
pany even makes ordering fun. Jagged wood
slabs bear the painted names of the favors:
strawberry, banana, mango, apple and their
newest addition, pear. Smoothie names like
the popular PBJC (banana soft serve fruit, hot
peanut butter, chocolate chips, bananas and
strawberries) are etched below, along with
favorites like the Crunch Salty Sundae—banan-
as, pretzels, hot peanut butter and chocolate
chips. Fun, quirky, scratch-and-sniff banana
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like you’re somewhere tropical and relaxing,
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“We wanted to have fun with it and make
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explains. “Snacks seems to be on the brain for
kids 24/7. At two, my children were demand-
ing, ‘Snack, mommy?’ It’s a constant battle. But
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they’ll love and get excited about and deem a
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Even kids who would never eat fruit at home
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Made with only pure fruit, fltered water and
a touch of organic cane sugar (just enough to
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Even the unusual toppings are “safe” bets like
organic cereals (Barbara’s Puffns are a big hit),
wasabi peas, gluten-free cookies, chips and sal-
sa, marshmallows, soy nuts, agave, cinnamon,
and, of course, tons of fresh fruit. No toppings
contain high fructose corn syrup.
Those with food allergies can also relax. The
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nut-free, plus cholesterol and fat-free. The top-
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so the nuts are kept together and away from the
fruit toppings. Allergy victims who have been
“suffering their whole lives without a frozen
treat” can fnally enjoy one, Epstein says.
And for adults, try mixing the soft serve
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AstroLogy
momscopes
By the AstroTwins, Ophira & TaliEdut
Aries Summer has a sophis-
ticated fair this year. Orga-
nize your budget around cul-
turally enriching activities for
the family: art classes, music camp, learning
about locally-grown food (how about a day
trip to Stone Barns?). July’s eclipse brings a
fnal round of change to home and family—
moving, renovations or even a surprise preg-
nancy could be in the cards. Avoid the play-
ground drama queens and catty Hamptons
gossips in August.
Taurus Your luckiest year in
over a decade begins June 4th,
when expansive Jupiter enters
Taurus. You’re at the start of a
12-year cycle, so leave any troubles behind
and start fresh. In June, two eclipses high-
light money; you could start a new job or sell
property. Book those beach trips either in July
or over Labor Day. With tricky Mercury ret-
rograde in your family sector August 2-26, fat
tires and cranky kids could spoil the fun.
Gemini Quit that manic mul-
titasking—this summer is about
slowing doing and enjoying the
moment. Bliss out at yoga, or try a
dance-inspired class like Qoya (www.wisewil-
dfree.com). A Gemini solar eclipse June 1st
puts your personal desires and values in the
spotlight. What legacy do you want to leave on
the world, and for your kids? Give your relation-
ship some care and feeding at the June 15th
full moon eclipse. Any issue can be solved with
open, honest dialogue.
Cancer Your summer is flled
with fascinating new friends, and
the chance to make a difference
in the world. Get on the board of a
nonproft or volunteer for a charity fundraiser
committee. It’s a great way to meet great con-
tacts and express your creativity. The July 1st
Cancer solar eclipse puts the spotlight on you
and your good deeds. Save your pennies for Au-
gust, when an unexpected expense could crimp
your back-to-school budget.
Leo Your name is on the top of
every who’s-who list, both socially
and professionally. You can’t say
that you mind the attention, Leo.
After all, you’ve worked hard to
earn this reputation. Ride the wave
until August, then take a long birthday vaca-
tion while Mercury goes retrograde in Leo—a
time when your confdence could be mistaken
for ego. A surprise pregnancy is possible at the
lunar eclipse July 15th.
Virgo Just because school’s out
doesn’t mean the learning has to
stop. Enroll your family in “the
school of life” this summer. Ex-
pand your horizons through travel, museums,
or learning a new language together. The cul-
tural immersion can include ethnic cooking,
dining, and other forms of “edu-tainment.” The
June 15th lunar eclipse could bring a move or an
addition to the family. Get extra rest in August
and don’t let someone guilt-trip you into taking
on more than you can handle.
Libra You’re feeling more
private than usual, and for
once, you just might skip
those “step-and-repeat”
photo ops that land you on the society
pages every summer. Leap at the chance
for some unexpected travel in June, which
might even take you abroad. In July, a solar
eclipse heats up your career. Loose lips
sink ships while Mercury is retrograde in
August. Zip it with the oversharing unless
you want to feed the gossip pages—not
quite the publicity you had in mind.
Scorpio Put some energy
into your marriage this sum-
mer. How about a romantic
trip overseas while the kids
go to camp or stay with their grandpar-
ents? In July, review your budget and long-term
fnancial plans. A few adjustments can keep the
kids in private school or save you serious tax
dollars. You could also put an offer on a home or
list yours on the market. Work can be challeng-
ing in August, so avoid the offce…or at least, the
offce politics.
Sagittarius This summer you
could get into the best shape of your
life. Explore the city’s ftness classes,
or join a charity event like Team in
Training or Walk for the Cure. The June 15
th
Sagit-
tarius lunar eclipse brings a peak moment of per-
sonal triumph. No more martyr mommy; it’s time to
focus on yourself. Mercury retrograde could make
August a bumpy time for travel, so hit the Hamp-
tons in June and July instead.
Capricorn You’re feeling firty
and playful this summer, and the
happiness energizes your whole
family. Passion reawakens in your
marriage, too. With Jupiter in your fertility
zone, you could be “pregnant in heels” before
you know it! Connect with your deepest de-
sires, Capricorn. Recommended beach reading:
Pamela Madsen’s Shameless: How I Ditched
the Diet, Got Naked, Found True Pleasure…and
Somehow Got Home In Time to Cook Dinner.
Aquarius Nomadic no more!
You’re unusually domestic this
summer as planets crowd into
your family and home sector,
making you long for deeper roots. In June, you
might even get a touch of baby fever, as you
wistfully window-shop at Rosie Pope and Petit
Bateau. Do some relationship repair in August,
when Mercury retrograde turns you from the
Waltons into the Bickersons. Listen before you
fy off the handle.
Pisces Gear up for an active
summer, Pisces. You could be
shuttling between neighborhoods,
kids’ activities and social engage-
ments (the kind that serve adult beverages).
Treat yourself to a sleek new iPad or stock your
phone with apps like RedRover to keep your so-
cial life more effcient. In August, fnding time
for ftness is tough. Carry a baggie of almonds
or carrots in your purse. If you can’t make it to
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making you long for deeper roots. In June, you
might even get a touch of baby fever, as you
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Bateau. Do some relationship repair in August,
when Mercury retrograde turns you from the
Waltons into the Bickersons. Listen before you
fy off the handle.
Pisces Gear up for an active
summer, Pisces. You could be
shuttling between neighborhoods,
kids’ activities and social engage-
ments (the kind that serve adult beverages).
Treat yourself to a sleek new iPad or stock your
phone with apps like RedRover to keep your so-
cial life more effcient. In August, fnding time
for ftness is tough. Carry a baggie of almonds
or carrots in your purse. If you can’t make it to
Physique 57, you can still do squats, lunges and
crunches just about anywhere.
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children that is fun, weather-proof, eco-
nomically conscious, practical and keeps
the kids engaged in a way that retains
their curiosity and attention. Here are some
favorful ideas for keeping the kids enter-
tained and their tummies full – while also
keeping your sanity and home intact.
Cooking is an art….and a
craft project!
Like the nature of any craft, it’s satisfying
to see a project through from start to fnish.
When cooking with children, offer a selec-
tion of recipes or ingredient ideas and let the
kids choose. Involve the children in every
safe and logical aspect of the process, from
washing the fresh ingredients to cleaning
the kitchen when the activity is complete.
Let the kids participate creatively and inde-
pendently – even if that means things wind
up looking a little different than you had in-
tended. The more the children are involved,
the more likely they will actually eat the
fnal product as well. This holds true even
when the recipe includes infamously intimi-
dating foods!
The “right” recipe
Almost any recipe can be turned into a kid-
friendly one. Consider making recipes that
Corral the kids into the kitchen
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keep little hands busy for the duration of
the activity, as it’s often challenging to wait
patiently to eat what is being made. Or keep
it simple and choose a recipe that doesn’t
necessitate any down time, such as the Silly-
Lookin’ Sandwich recipe below. Even quick
and easy snacks can be fun for kids to make
and solves the problem of what to feed them
during the visit—think trail mixes with
favored popcorn, or berry mosaics atop a
Graham cracker smeared with cream cheese.
Step by Step
Kids love owning even the tiniest of jobs,
such as tearing herbs or holding the bowl to
prevent a spill. Success at these tasks builds
self-confdence and excitement for the activ-
ity. Ingredients can be broken down into sizes
that are easier for little hands to manage.
With supervision, children can use a plastic
knife to cut most fruits and vegetables with
ease. Even the youngest child can help (or
simply be kept busy) by holding the measur-
ing spoon while an adult pours the ingredient.
While cooking, sew in fun facts and cultural
tid-bits to make the activity more relatable
and to further engage the children. Depend-
ing on the recipe and the age of the children,
conversations can include art, nutrition,
math, language arts, social science, geog-
raphy, history and more. For example, you
can count how many colors are in the recipe;
talk about how and where ingredients grow;
incorporate math (the basis of every recipe);
play music or learn words from the origin
country of the dish.
Encourage the kids to follow steps of the
recipe together, take turns, share and cook
as a team, working toward the shared goal of
making a yummy dish.
Kids are so proud of what they make—and
as a parent, you can feel comfortable and con-
fdent that the time spent in your home was
time well spent—having fun in a delicious way!
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Mix up your sandwich! For a fun twist
on Panzanella (an Italian bread salad)
enlist the help of your child and prepare
this delicious dish.
ServeS 8
1 small loaf unsliced whole-wheat bread
1 lb. fresh mozzarella
4 small tomatoes
4 stalks celery
1 seedless cucumber
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
1 red onion, optional
½ cup fresh basil leaves
olive oil, to taste
Balsamic vinegar, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
*If you want to add protein: add a 1 cup
cubed cooked chicken breast, diced
salami or other deli meat, canned tuna,
or white beans as a tasty addition to
this dish.
1. Cut (or tear) bread into 1” cubes and
place in a large mixing bowl.
2. Dice mozzarella, tomatoes, celery,
cucumber, peppers, and onion and add
to the bowl.
3. Tear basil into small pieces and add
to the bowl.
4. Adding a small amount at a time,
stir in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt,
and pepper until the desired taste is
achieved. Mix ingredients together well
and eat.
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real
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dmit it. You have been thinking
about moving to Brooklyn. Who
hasn’t? Any young mom who saw
Miranda’s Brooklyn brownstone
on Sex and the City has thought
it over. As real estate agent Omari Toomer from
Citi Habitats notes, “I’m sure it’s not the frst time
you’ve heard it, but a lot of families are moving to
Brooklyn.” Betsy Hoffman, a real estate agent at
Brennan Realty Services, agrees. “It was never a
destination and now it is. With all of the amenities
around, it’s a real destination now. And there are
so many real communities, too.”
Indeed, Brooklyn is wonderful. It has everything
a New York family could want: great public and
private schools, easy transportation, amazing
museums, gorgeous parks, fantastic restaurants,
and a wealth of unique cultural offerings. And the
location couldn’t be better. Hoffman sums it up:
“Brooklyn has so much to offer: Prospect Park,
BAM, great food. And it’s so easy to travel within
the borough.”
For all these reasons, Brooklyn is bursting with
young, hip families. It is a place that young parents
can really make their own. Hoffman explains,
“There are so many great communities of young
moms around. And you know what I’ve found is
if the neighborhood doesn’t have something, the
moms all rally together and they will create it.
There are a lot of self-starters in Brooklyn.”
So what do you need to know before you pull up
stakes and move across the East River? How do
you fgure out where in Brooklyn is right for you?
How much time do you need to fnd the perfect
home? And what will the perfect home look like
for your family?
Step 1
Explore the Neighborhoods
The best way to fnd your perfect new home in
Brooklyn is to get out and explore all Brooklyn
has to offer. Brooklyn is close to Manhattan, but it
can also feel like a different universe. So take your
time. Get to know the neighborhoods. Ride dif-
ferent trains. Eat in all kinds of restaurants. Sit in
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a variety of parks. And as you do so, imagine your
life there. Notice what places speak to you and feel
like home. Betsy Hoffman explains, “Sometimes
people who are looking to move from Manhattan
come to us and they say, ‘I know I want to move my
family to Brooklyn, but I don’t know where exactly.
Where do I start?’ When that happens, we like to
do a walking tour of the neighborhoods. And we
figure out what trains they need to ride to work.
And if a fast commute is important to them, on a
specific train line, then you know which neighbor-
hoods to focus on.”
This kind of fun, on-the-ground reconnaissance
is a must. As Hoffman notes, “Each neighborhood
talks to people differently. Sometimes people go
into it thinking they want to live in one specific
area. But then they explore a little and they actu-
ally like another area better.”
As you make your way around Brooklyn, pay
attention to the little things that make a neigh-
borhood feel special to you. You want to live in a
neighborhood that has a vibe you like; whether
that comes from the cute kid’s clothes boutique
on the corner, a non-chain coffee shop across the
street, or a supermarket that carries your favor-
ite brand of artisanal salty caramel ice cream. In
Hoffman’s experience, “Each neighborhood has its
own little flavor. Something speaks to somebody
and all of a sudden—It’s this neighborhood! I love
this pizza shop!”
STEP 2
Spend Plenty of Time Looking
for the Right Home
Choosing the right neighborhood is critical for
a move to Brooklyn, but that is only part of the
process. You also have to invest time into finding
the perfect place. Moving to Brooklyn can be a big
change for a family. So you want to do it right.
Give yourself a chance to look at any number of
different places to find the one that fits the needs
of your family. Betsy Hoffman stresses this for her
clients. “I’d say give yourself enough time to find
the right place. It takes three months to close. So
you work backwards. Figure out when you need to
be in your new home.”
Because Brooklyn offers so many housing op-
tions, families need to be realistic about how ex-
tensive the search for the perfect Brooklyn abode
can be. You need to put in the time to find the per-
fect place to raise your little ones in Brooklyn style.
In Omari Toomer’s experience, “A family could
look at anywhere from forty to fifty places before
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settling on the home for them.” His advice is
that “if you’re looking to purchase something,
you should leave anywhere from three to six
months. You never know what can arise and
it’s good to leave enough time to meet co-op
boards and have all the right walk-throughs.”
Don’t get discouraged as you look through
the wealth of Brooklyn housing options.
When you fnd the place that is right for you—
and your little ones—you will know it. But
before then, you will have a chance to see and
contrast all the interesting homes that Brook-
lyn has to offer.
Step 3
Choose Between an Apartment
and a Brownstone
When making your Brooklyn housing deci-
sion, most families face a diffcult choice.
Should they live in an apartment or a brown-
stone? Both have their obvious charms. And
both give you more space and amenities at a
better price than you could fnd in Manhattan.
Brooklyn is the place for those families look-
ing to live in a beautiful home, in a wonderful
building, in a charming pocket of New York.
For example, Toomer specializes in “proper-
ties that have character or uniqueness. Small
community buildings, where each apartment
is different —some have exposed brick over
here and in another version of the apartment
it is in another area. You know, they’re each
individual. Each a little different. For me, the
number one rule is: I don’t show an apartment
if I don’t like it.”
Two incredible new buildings in Down-
town Brooklyn are the Toren and the Bell
Tel Lofts. Toomer explains, “The Bell Tel
Lofts are a converted Telephone Company
headquarters. In terms of space and conve-
nience it’s great. It is like living in the city in
a sense. It’s not necessarily what you think of
when you think of Brooklyn— small streets,
a certain charm—but it’s a real happening
area and the space and the price are amaz-
ing with all of the amenities like a gym, valet
parking, and, of course, the apartments still
have charm and character. And the subway
lines—there are so many right there!”
Whether you choose a newly remodeled
apartment building or a classic Brooklyn
brownstone, you want to make the move to
Brooklyn that is right for your family. But if
you have explored the neighborhoods and
given yourself the time to fnd the perfect
home, the move will be a great one. For young
New York families, now is the best time to
make the leap across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Just listen to Betsy Hoffman: “It’s really true
what they say! A tree grows in Brooklyn! A
whole community grows!”
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Host of Top Chef, co-founder of the Endometriosis
Foundation of America, cookbook author, actress
and mom: Padma Lakshmi by Lyss Stern
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Padma
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How do you juggle motherhood, your thriv-
ing career and all that you do? Please give the
working moms reading this some of your tips.
I don’t know, I’m a new mother so I’m a little
reluctant to dole out advice already, but I feel
you have to be fexible and ready for anything.
Expect the unexpected. Every day is differ-
ent from the next so make a list of priorities in
your head and navigate the day’s challenges
with that in mind. Remember, your kids al-
ways come frst, so do what is ultimately most
important for your family in the long run.
I know philanthropy is so important to you.
What led you to co-founding the Endometriosis
Foundation of America?
I was very galvanized by my own personal
experience. I didn’t want other women to go
through what I had because I was diagnosed
way too late and could have been saved from
years of pain and strife that affected my life in
innumerable ways. I wanted to help the next
generation of women that are battling this
disease, so they would know what I didn’t and
could at least beneft from my experience.
Why did you decide to start the project with Dr.
Tamer Seckin?
I literally owed my renewed quality of life to
this wonderfully caring and brilliant doctor.
He encouraged me to use my voice to speak
out and help other women. The readers of my
cookbooks, the young female viewers of Top
Chef, the customers who wear my jewelry, they
all stood to beneft from knowing more about
an illness that affects 1 in 10 women and is a
leading cause of infertility.
You recently just attended the third annual
Blossom Ball at the New York Public Library
which you co-host. Tell us about the Blossom
Ball.
The event does very well. It’s a young orga-
nization and keeps getting more successful
each year. The event takes place every March,
which is Endometriosis Awareness Month.
Susan Sarandon was a co-chair, and she did
a stellar, wonderful job for us. It’s where we
make the money that we use to operate the
Foundation for the year.
P
adma Lakshmi is perhaps best known for hosting Bravo’s hit cooking compe-
tition show, Top Chef. In 2006, Lakshmi became the host of the show, at the
time in its second season, and helped to launch the program into television
fame. She is truly a modern day renaissance woman—a model, Emmy-nom-
inated television series host, a two-time cookbook author, jewelry designer,
philanthropist and mother. At the core of Lakshmi’s inspiring presence is her
confdence and strength. This strength is what has aided her perseverance
against her biggest adversary: endometriosis, which she suffered from for
many years. To help others who suffer from endometriosis, Lakshmi co-founded the Endometrio-
sis Foundation of America (EFA). The EFA strives to raise awareness about this condition and to
give those suffering from it a voice that was previously unheard. In fact, very few people were
even aware of this disease that affects 176 million women across the globe before Lakshmi’s cru-
sade to bring it into the public eye. It is easy to be in awe of her vast accomplishments and selfess
contributions to society. I am delighted to have her as the May cover mom of Playground.
Susan Sarandon,
Padma Lakshmi and
Dr. Tamer Seckin.
photography by Cheyenne ellis
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Padma
Lakshmi
What are your hopes for other women sufering
from endometriosis?
My hopes for other women suffering from this
disease is that they will get diagnosed early
enough to get treatment in their early 20’s and
not have to suffer in silence for years and years
or have their fertility in jeopardy.
You do philanthropy, but you also do jewelry!
Let’s talk jewelry. What inspired you to launch
Padma, your seriously stunning line of jewelry?
I always made jewelry for myself. It’s a labor of
love. I enjoy making beautiful jewelry. People
always complimented me on the jewelry that I
made for myself, so I decided to make jewelry
for others to enjoy.
From two-time cookbook author to your Top
Chef hosting duties, it’s obvious that food plays
a huge role in your life. Did you grow up in a
food-loving family?
Yes, we’re the kind of family that starts plan-
ning the dinner menu as we are clearing the
lunch dishes.
In season 8 of Top Chef, Anthony Bourdain was
added to the judges’ table. How was the dy-
namic?
It was great! Anthony is so well-traveled. He
brings a worldly palate and biting wit to the
judge’s table. The dynamic is always a lot of fun
and Gail is super, too.
Any future plans for hosting your own television
show again—a la Padma’s Passport?
I would love to, however right now I have a
lot on my plate. I would love to go around and
travel again like on Planet Food.
What made you decide to create a line of teas
and spices for HSN?
I always loved concocting my own spice mixes,
custom blending teas and making my own reci-
pes. I’d make batches and give them to friends
and family, almost like others can or pickle every
season. Tea and spices are of course a big part
of Indian culture, so it’s already in my heritage.
Teas and spices are also a healthy way to have
tasty and eclectic meals without a lot of fat or
calories, and that was important to me.
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Five
Favorites
1 Movie
The Sound Of Music
because it reminds me
of childhood.
2 Ice-Cream
Flavor
Mint chocolate
Chip.
3 Vacation Spot Bali.
4 Music
Prince, especially
the B-sides.
5 Beauty Product
you cannot live without
My homemade bath
products made of sea
salts and organic oils.
How do you simultaneously honor your foodie
mind and your model body? Is there a trick to
pleasing both?
Lean proteins, vegetables and my spice bottle. I
use spices on all my foods, and yes I do go on a
treadmill. I also love to cook with a slow cooker;
it’s a mother’s godsend.
Is it true that your modeling career launched be-
cause you were spotted in a café?
Yes, it is true. I was spotted in Madrid in a café
that started with the letter Z.
You were raised to be a vegetarian? Will you raise
your daughter Krishna as one too?
My daughter eats boiled eggs, Spanish tortillas,
grilled fish. I will introduce meat eventually but
not for a while. But she loves her veggies, espe-
cially kale and bell peppers as well as black-eyed
peas and lentils and rice. She is a regular Indian
baby in her eating habits.
I love the name Krishna, how did you choose that
name?
Thank you, Krishna is a traditional boys name in
India, but I think it’s a lovely name for a girl. It’s
also a simple, but very classically Hindu name
that I thought was familiar to Westerners and
was easy to pronounce phonetically. Krishna is
short for my grandfather’s whole longer name.
What are your favorite parts about motherhood
thus far?
Sharing a wonder for the world that is so pure
and new, you see everything through the eyes of
a curious little girl. She loves listening to music
and dancing and reading books.
I hear you’re quite the linguist! How did you learn
so many languages? Can you pick a favorite? How
many languages do you want your daughter to
speak?
I want Krishna to speak as many languages as
possible. I speak five and Italian is my favorite.
You make style look efortless—what are your
must-have items for the warmer months?
One thing I learned from modeling is to pack
well. Same with good style, you need your sta-
ples. Here is a summer packing list: a good ankle
boot, (never wear open toe shoes on a plane); a
good pair of strappy heals in a gorgeous, neutral
snakeskin; a pair of flats, two jersey dresses that
flatter your shape and can be for day or night;
a cocktail dress; two pairs of jeans: one wide
leg and one skinny jean. (I also love white jeans
in the summer with a dressy top); 3 tanks, 3 t-
shirts, one bikini, a fabulous sarong, and shorts.
I also never go anywhere without a pashima or
two.
How do you stay grounded? Do you have a man-
tra that keeps you centered and keeps you going?
I focus on all of the positive things in my life. I
remember that I am lucky. I remember that oth-
ers in the world have it much, much harder.
What are your summer plans?
Right now no summer plans, as it all depends
on my “shooting schedule.” I do know I will be
spending lots of time with my little girl.
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Kate is ready for
the rain in Stella
McCartney Kids
Floral rain coat,
denim snap dress,
& yellow rain boots,
available at Stella
McCartney NYC
T
he weather outside was frightful as we all gathered in the
Penthouse Suite at the Surrey Hotel for a fun, fabulous,
pajama party! The girls had a pillow fight thanks to
Lisa Perry, took a ride on a luggage cart, snacked on
an array of Crumbs cupcakes, played games and were the first to
see and try on all the amazing new spring clothing from Ooh La
La, Milly Minis, Stella McCartney, Gucci and so much more.
Come take a look.....
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANA SCHECHTER | STYLED BY STEPHANIE KASTER
STEPPING
OUT IN
Style
Lily wears a Red Heart
Dress by Monnalisa, a
red bow headband by
Bari Lynn from Lesters
and black patent Prada
Mary Janes.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PHOTOOP NYC
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Kid’s
Fashion
clockwise from top left Blake
wears a t-shirt, button down and
hat all by Hitch-Hiker available at
Monnalisa Madison Avenue.

Emme wears the Ivory and Gold
dress by Monnalisa.

Lily wears a Monnalisa white
silk dress and headband by Bari
Lynn for Lesters and holds fowers
designed by Bloom.

Shih Tzu, Ozzy, wears a fedora by
Hitch-Hiker.
stepping
out in
Style
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Pj’s all available at
Lesters; Pillows Lisa Perry
LisaPerryStyle.com
LEFT Sophie wears a white of-the-
shoulder dress with red hearts, Emme
wears a denim dress with a cherry
bow and matching leggings, shoes
and headband, all from Lesters.
BELOW Emme wears a navy and white
dress, with matching shoes and hair
clip all available at Monnalisa.

Blake wears a t-shirt, sweatshirt, &
pants all by Hitch-Hiker and avail-
able at Monnalisa, Loafers are by
Naturino and available at Lesters.
Red Heart bag by
Monnalisa
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Kid’s
Fashion
Splish Splash lets all
play in the Bath! Emme
Little Marc/Marc
Jacobs; Sophie Little
Marc/Marc Jacobs
at Bloomingdales;
Isabella Juicy Couture
StylEd By StEphanIE KaStEr
haIr By MarlEna FEldMan For Cozy’S CutS For KIdS
MaKE up By EMIly BruMFIEld
pEt StylIng By rEME’S oggI pEtS
above lily wears a black sequin
motorcycle jacket, black-n-white
dress and leggings, all from Mon-
nalisa, white sunglasses at Cozy’s

right Blake wears a white hat
with matching t-shirt, vest, jacket,
suspenders and jeans all by Hitch-
Hiker, shoes by Naturino
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kids’
Fashion
We are Fendi
Fendi launches line of kids’ clothing Photography by Heidi Green
On the catwalk:
Kelly Rutherford
and her kids show
off their Fendi
duds.
K
elly Rutherford, in partnership
with Divalysscious Moms and
Lyss Stern, celebrated the domes-
tic debut and launch of the Spring/
Summer 2011 Fendi Kids.
The event took place at the Fendi Flagship
Store at 677 Fifth Avenue; 10 percent of all pro-
ceeds that evening went to beneft The Ameri-
can Red Cross Of Japan. With more than 500
moms in attendance, the event was a blast.
Alison Brod, Tatiana Boncompagni Hoover,
Samantha and Sabrina Kleier, Lyss Stern, June
Ambrose, Allison Brettscheider and Jennifer
Manavi’s children modeled in the fashion
show, joined by many other stylish tots.
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kids’
Fashion
Ready for any-
thing in his Fendi
shirt and slacks.
Posing for the
camera in angelic
white.
Look mom!
Comfortable and
stylish.
Sassy and sweet.
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SHOPPING
THIS SUMMER’S 10 MUST-HAVES
For You and the Kids by Julie Earle-Levine
I
t has been a long, cold winter, but summer is fi-
nally here! Here are our top choices for gorgeous
beachwear for chic Moms and tots alike. These
are the staples for a wardrobe that transport us
to the balmy season in style, with clothes and acces-
sories as relaxed as our favorite beach getaway.
1. SATYA JEWELRY
Gold Ocean Blue To-
paz ring is cast by hand
of silver, and finished in
24k matt gold vermeil,
with a pretty lotus bud
on either side of a large,
square-cut stone that
dazzles. $388.
satyajewelry.com
2. TOM FORD
SUNGLASSES
Tabitha Sunglasses
$420 tomford.com
Tom Ford, 845 Madi-
son Ave, New York NY
10021 Ph: 212-359-0300
3. BENSIMON SNEAKERS
Bright sneakers pop,
and keep little feet cool
and safe for climbing
on rocks and sprints to
the playground.
$55-$75 moxsie.com
4. LUCKY FISH T-SHIRT
This sweet blue fish T
by Lucky Fish is unisex,
and beach perfect
$38 soluckyfish.com
5. BOTTEGA VENETA
This stunner is the per-
fect day dress/cover up
over a swimsuit. $1,950
bottegaveneta.com
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6. AMRITA SINGH
Strappy sandals for the
beach in turquoise with
gold, $150 amritasingh.
com
7. CHANEL BRACELET
This gold metal cuff is
great eye candy, $1,475
chanel.com
8. J CREW HAT
This is the perfect
topper for lazy days at
the beach with good
coverage. J Crew navy
paper straw hat can be
packed flat in a suitcase
or beach bag and it
won’t squash, $34.50
jcrew.com
9. OSHKOSH B’GOSH
TRUNKS
These cute turtle print
swim trunks will turn
heads, $14 oshkosh
bgosh.com
10. J CREW TOTES
This navy stripe
farmer’s market tote is
great for the beach too.
$49.50 jcrew.com
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giving
back
a DaD on a
mission
Raising awareness by Lambeth Hochwald
I
t’s the news every parent fears hearing.
In the spring of 2007, on the day before
their son Max’s fourth birthday, David and
Annemarie Plotkin learned that Max had
cancer. “It was as if someone ripped my soul
out of my body and smashed it to the ground,”
says Plotkin, a managing director at an equity
trading frm in Manhattan.
Worse, the couple soon learned that the can-
cer had spread and was considered Stage IV.
They also found out that, like other rare dis-
eases, little research was being done on Max’s
type of cancer because funding was almost
non-existent for pediatric cancer.
To that end, Plotkin made a promise to a
‘higher power’ the day before Max started
chemo. “I decided to dedicate the rest of my
life to raising funds and awareness for pediat-
ric cancer, the number one killer of children,”
says the father of two other children, Alexan-
der, now, fve, and Ella, two.
To do this, Plotkin and Annemarie and Plot-
kin’s father, Richard, established The Max Cure
Fund three weeks after Max began chemo
and shortly thereafter started The Max Cure
Foundation (maxcurefoundation.org) to raise
funds pediatric cancer causes. “We learned that
MSKCC needed to underwrite a $5 million for a
one-of-a-kind cell therapy lab dedicated to al-
ternative treatments and innovative research,”
Plotkin said, “that became Max Cure’s focus
and primary mission.”
The family’s 501(c)(3) nonproft, which has
already raised over $1 million, now honors Max,
who, at age seven, is in remission and back to
school. “When you go through an unexpected
life-changing experience, especially one that
involves your child, your true life’s purpose is
defned,” he says. “Every thing I’ve done in the
past three years and will continue to do is out of
love for my children.”
The Plotkin’s fundraising efforts have been
nothing short of remarkable. For example,
“Take The Journey,” an album that includes
17 country songs, Plotkin wrote to his beloved
son. “I said to Max ‘You are so brave. How
do you do it?’” says Plotkin, who is neither a
musician nor a singer. “He said, ‘Daddy, I sing
your songs to myself during the tough days.’
So I kept writing.”
“I wanted to make the album because I
thought there will be a day when I’m gone and
Max won’t remember much about our journey
together,” he says. “If he ever needed to be re-
minded of what’s important in life, he has 17
songs to listen to. If the songs can help others
through their journey, all the better.”
How does this working dad juggle it all?
Simple. “I’m a man of my word. I am fulflling
a promise I made that awful day we learned
of Max’s diagnosis,” he says. “While Max was
sleeping, I remember whispering in his ear that
we would beat this together. I promised him
that something good would come from this—
that Daddy would continue to fght and help
fnd a cure while spreading our ‘Be Brave’ mes-
sage. In life, all you have is your word.”
Christie Brinkley raises
awareness at the roar for
a Cure Family Carnival.
david plotkin,
awarded for
his work in the
fght against
cancer .
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ADVERTORI AL
I
n February, to celebrate the arrival of The World Class Learning Academy, New
York Observer’s Playground Magazine played host to room full of inquisitive
parents providing a wonderful evening of hors d’oeurves, goodie bags and of
course, Education.
With an internationally renowned curriculum that is used in over 1,000 schools
in 65 countries, World Class Learning Academy offers learning-focused education to
students 3-11 and is clearly going to have a strong impact on the decision making
process for a lot of parents when considering where to send their children to school in
New York.
Some 70 guests attended the educational symposium to listen to an elite roster of
selected guest speakers which included WCLA Headmaster,
John Taylor, as they introduced the frst school of its kind to
New York City. The room were treated to an in-depth presen-
tation by the very impressive Dana Haddad, Founder of New
York Admissions LLC who has been quoted as saying of the
new institution “World Class Learning Academy is bringing
a new way of learning to New York City; particularly in low-
er Manhattan which lacks diversity of private schools” It is
this point that proves WCLA to be such a important addition
to the footprint of our city’s educational map.
Evenings like this are of particular importance to parents who are working their
way around the often diffcult task of choosing the right school for their child. It is all-
too-rare that those responsible for our children’s education have a genuine opportunity
to listen to, and ask questions of, an independent expert like Ms. Haddad. Further, Ob-
server’s Playground provided a platform to showcase Mr. Taylor’s intentions to a wider
audience and to drive home the signifcance of the new school’s potential.
After the initial presentation by Ms. Haddad, Mr. Taylor went on to explain that
WCLA follows both the UK National Cur-
riculum and the International Primary Cur-
riculum (IPC), which allows children to focus
on a combination of academic, personal and
international learning. Teachers are trained
in the UK and focus on reaching each child,
based on their individual learning styles, by
employing differentiated learning strate-
gies. As a result of the high standards set and
methods used, children at WCL schools are
performing well beyond expectations for their age. Children are learning to read and
discover foreign languages by the age of 3. It perhaps goes without saying that the
room was throbbing with energy at the potential this new educational hub has to offer
the city’s children.
The event was a huge success with parents and teachers alike enjoying some in-
credible food provided by Certe catering company. In fact many of the guests went on
to sign up to take part in one of the weekly Tea and Tours which happen every Tuesday
at the school and provide an opportunity for a more in-depth look at the behind-the-
scenes, often with the Admissions Director, Sarah Bottoms near-by to answer any and
all questions.
The school opens in September 2011 and is located at
44 East 2nd Street
New York, New York 10003
in the East Village, walking distance from SoHo, NoHo and NoLita.
Nearby subways provide easy access to the school’s location from
Midtown, Chelsea, West Village, Gramercy and Brooklyn.
For more information, visit wclacademy.org or
call 212-600-2010.

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beloved “glam-
mas” sat down
to chat about a
slew of topics
including how
exciting it is to have grand-
kids, their favorite activities
to do with their grandchil-
dren and how they stay
glamorous. Karen Kreitzer,
my mother, sat down with
Candy Spelling in late April
at the gorgeous Porter House
steak restaurant in Columbus
Circle overlooking Central
Park. These two glamorous
grandmothers talked candid-
ly about how 65 is certainly
the new 50.
Still beautiful and dressed
in blue, Candy Spelling met
us at the restaurant in fats,
but changed into stilettos
for photos. Candy had come
straight from her appearance
on the Today Show, promot-
ing her new Broadway show
How To Succeed in Business
Without Really Trying.
In the spring of 2010 Candy became a frst-
time Broadway co-producer of the award-
winning musical Promises, Promises. The
show won a Tony Award and starred Sean
Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth. Broadway
beckoned again and she signed on to produce
her second Broadway show, the aforemen-
tioned How to Succeed, a Frank Loesser clas-
sic, which is currently starring international
superstar Daniel Radcliffe.
Candy, like any grandma, gushed about
her grandkids. Her daughter Tori Spelling
has two grandchildren—and the adorable
tots are stars in their own right and even call
their grandma CandyGlam. Candy installed
personalized Liam and Stella car seats in the
back of her car, so she can cart her beloved
grandkids anywhere they like—listening to
the kids’ favorite, Yo Gabba Gabba, of course.
“They love to stop by and get yogurt in En-
cino after school,” Candy says.
Candy’s library in her Los Angeles home
tells a visitor all he or she needs to know.
With more bookshelves than can be easily
counted, and each flled with leather-bound
scripts that make up the thousands of hours
of television and flms cre-
ated by her late husband,
television’s most-prolifc
writer and producer, Aaron
Spelling. Shelves of Beverly
Hills 90210, The Love Boat,
Dynasty, Charlie’s Angels, The
Mod Squad, Vega$, 7th Heav-
en, Starsky & Hutch, Fantasy
Island, Charmed, Melrose
Place and scores of other se-
ries, specials and movies all
taking up honored positions.
She has an extensive col-
lection of Madame Alexan-
der dolls and even collects
candy jars —a tribute to her
name, no doubt. Both she and
daughter Tori share a love
of throwing lavish, amaz-
ing parties, something Tori
learned from her mother
growing up. The duo also
bond over flming for Tori
and Dean’s reality show on
Oxygen, something Candy
describes as “so much fun.”
She is also a big fan of philan-
thropy and says she modeled
her work off her close friend,
the late Elizabeth Taylor. Centro De Niños,
a downtown Los Angeles daycare center for
underprivileged families, holds a special
place in Candy’s heart. Her participation
was even noticed by the federal government,
enabling the center to expand its facility and
offer several additional programs and ser-
vices to needy families and their children.
Candy championed their cause and brought
results.
Candy Spelling is an inspirational woman
who is obviously in the prime of her life.
interview
From one “Glam-ma”
to another
Catch Up With Candy Spelling by Lyss Stern
Still got it Candy
Spelling grabs a snack
and strikes a pose in
between “The Today
Show” and promoting
her latest efforts “How
to Succeed in Business
Without Really Trying.”
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56 PLAYGROUND SUMMER 2011
Escape to the
Hamptons this
summer.
T
he Hamptons season officially
kicks off Memorial Day, and we’re
ready! Whether you want to stay
at a hotel or your own beach pad,
here are our picks for the sum-
mer’s best offerings in the Hamptons. There’s
also a slew of new restaurants, fun activities for
kids and top babysitting services.
Where to Eat
In Montauk, we’re excited that the family-
friendly Navy Beach is opening up for its
second season (it officially opened its doors
April 29) with a new menu and cocktails. Dine
with your toes in the sand and kids building
sandcastles, or indoor with beach views. We’re
liking the sound of chef Paul LaBue’s sautéed
crab cake, buttermilk fried chicken, truffled
mac ‘n cheese and new larger plates, including
Lobster Singapore with Asian vegetables and
the oil poached halibut with rock shrimp hash
and cucumber sambal. Leave room for the pea-
nut butter bomb with cookie crust, chocolate
ganache and raspberry puree. There’s a great
kids menu, too. For parents, try pitchers of
Saintgria Rosa (St. Germain, rose, fresh peach
and strawberries and capirinhas.) Be sure to
make a reservation at navybeach.com
Serafina’s Hamptons outpost is another
top pick. The East Hampton version of the
northern Italian eatery promises the same
kid-friendly vibe as the 79th-and-Madison
location (before 8pm). There’s an outside patio,
seating 45, which the owners say is perfect for
families. They suggest making a reservation
on weekends, but say Mondays, Tuesdays and
Wednesdays are probably fine for walk-ins.
serafinarestaurant.com
In Amagansett, the square is a great place
for families to get food at Mary’s Marvelous
or Hampton Chutney, then sit on the lawn in
the middle of the square while kids play on the
gazebo. At Hampton Chutney, the big winner
with kids is the cheese or cheese and chicken
Utapa. marysmarvelous.com, hamptonchutney.
com
Where to Stay
There’s a casual, relaxed vibe at the newly-re-
vamped Southampton Inn. The Tudor-style inn
has 99 guestrooms and plenty of room for kids
to run, with an outdoor heated fifty-foot pool
and adjacent, al fresco dining at OSO restaurant
and an all-weather tennis court. We like the
proximity to Coopers Beach – they provide a
complimentary shuttle - great restaurants, art
galleries and boutiques. Brunch is local farm
fresh eggs, freshly squeezed juices and pastries,
while iced tea and lemonade are complimenta-
ry in the library. Rooms are from $250 a night.
New this season are memberships at the Inn
THE CREAM OF THE CROP
The Best of the Hamptons Right Now by Julie Earl-Levine
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been seeking.
With 20 years in the
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850 Seventh Avenue
NYCDCA #0890176
Member, Better Business Bureau
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make it to fnd that
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been seeking.
With 20 years in the
New York City market,
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Member, Better Business Bureau
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School of the Arts
Summer Camp
in China July 28
th
through August 22
th
3 week program in Shanghai!
Daily dance and language classes, plus weekend sightseeing and weeknight performances.
Ages 9 -15 years old
in New York July 11
th
through August 26
th
New York Chinese Cultural Center
Join us for a summer of Chinese folk dancing, acrobatics, language, painting, and more!
Ages 3 ½ and up
Weekend Classes
January 8
th
through June 19
th
Classes include Chinese folk and classical dance,
Peking Opera, acrobatics, Chinese painting,
calligraphy, paper cutting, and language.
All ages
Saturday from 9:00PM to 6:00PM
Sunday from 11:00PM to 5:00PM
After School Chinese Program
February 28
th
through June 23
th
New York Chinese Cultural Center offers exceeding-
ly fun language classes combined with traditional
Chinese dance, music, and fun arts and crafts activi-
ties to keep your young ones engaged.
Ages 3 ½ - 6 ½ years old
4 days a week from 3:15PM to 4:30PM
New York Chinese Cultural Center
390 Broadway 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10013 • Tel: 212-334-3764 • www.nychineseculturalcenter.org
Te Parents League
o f n e w y o r k
A non-proft association of parents and
independent schools since 1913
Admissions Advisory Services
Parenting Education Events and Workshops
Online Resources
Publications
WE KNOW SCHOOLS
The Parents League of New York
is affliated with over
300 Independent Schools
115 East 82nd Street, New York, NY 10028
212-737-7385
Join online at ParentsLeague.org
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that cost $2,000 for a family (of up to four) and
$1,000 for individuals that gives you use of the
pool and concierge service. southamptoninn.
com
The sleek Panoramic View in Montauk
offers guestrooms, suites and beach cottages
with a pool and private lounges overlooking
the ocean. It’s right next to Gurney’s but feels
quieter, with personal attendants and fully-
equipped kitchenettes (even if you use them
only for making cocktails). Most have private
terraces or a balcony. distinctiveventures.com/
panoramic-view
Mill House Inn in East Hampton delivers
gourmet fare, is kid and dog friendly and is a
wonderful place to visit for those who dabble
in the arts and photography. Co-owner and
photographer Sylvia Muller raves about the
light and scenery, “We draw many artistic
types because the area is just so beautiful,” she
says. Her husband and co-owner Gary Muller
is a former chef and restauranteur, and his deli-
cious breakfasts are included in the rate ($225
to $495). Make sure you try the pancakes with
ricotta, lemon and dried cherry (631-324-9766.)
A stunning private house in Amagansett
comes with its own home theater, gym, steam
room, full playroom with air hockey, ping
pong, basketball game inside and hoop and
backboard outside, a big playing lawn, electric
scooters, and non-chlorinated pool with elec-
tric child safe pool cover. The house is a short
walk to child friendly bay beaches, Amagan-
sett village and ocean beaches. Parents get a
7,400 square foot house, and a guest wing with
bay views. It’s available for two weeks during
the summer for $30,000 a week (516-769-7877).

Fun Activities/Kids Camps
When you need a break from the beach, head
to these fun activities. Citibabes has a big fam-
travel
An early spring
morning in the
Hamptons.
Classic Hamptons
charm at the Mill
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Oceanfront accommodations, private beach, pool, tennis.
The way Cape Cod was, still is at the Lighthouse Inn.
Welcome to a true family vacation – no cooking, no cleaning, no hassles…
simply enjoy the soothing ocean breeze on seven secluded oceanfront acres.
A Cape Cod Family Vacation
• Supervised Children’s Program • Recreational Facilities for Children
• Sandy Beach, Heated Pool, Tennis • Family Entertainment Nightly
• Complimentary full breakfast • Cottages, Suites, Family Accommodations

Lighthouse Inn
One Lighthouse Road, West Dennis, Cape Cod, MA (508) 398-2244
Find special offers at www.lighthouseinn.com/familyfun
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DutchessTourism.com 800-445-3131
Reconnect with your family, away from distractions and
back to basics.
Pick strawberries together, or meet newborn farm
animals. Catch a drive-in movie, or stroll across the
Walkway Over the Hudson.
Stay a few days more for water park fun, children’s
museums and historic sites, or horseback riding and
river cruises.
As gas prices continue to rise, it’s nice to know all of this
and more is less than two hours away in Dutchess County.
Come to Dutchess County in the Heart of the Hudson
Valley, where a family-focused getaway is about
affordable pleasures.
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• QUALITY: Carefully screened and trained loving au pairs
• FLEXIBLE: Up to 45 hours of at-home childcare per week
• AFFORDABLE: Approximately $343 per week per family
• EDUCATIONAL: US Govt. approved cultural exchange program
• EXPERIENCE: CHI has been bringing people of the world together
for thirty years!
Contact: Chris BurbBach - Regional Coordinator
Tel: 866-528-5152 • www.chiaupairusa.org
CULTURAL HOMESTAY INTERNATIONAL
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ily fun day planned for August 19.
You don’t need to be a Citibabes member to book
their Hamptons classes that offer a variety of art and
music-based programs for tots starting at 18 months.
Classes meet for a minimum of four weeks, at your
home, a park or the beach. Prices start at $180 per
child; Citibabes members get a 10 percent discount.
citibabes.com
Parents are raving about Main Beach Surf and
Sport MBX Camp, which has all types of extreme
water sports including surfng, wakeboarding, kite-
surfng, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.
mainbeach.com
The South Fork Natural History Museum and
Nature Center with a touch tank, nature walks and
workshops for parents and kids is another top desti-
nation. They also do scavenger hunts (631-537-9735).
Playful Learning in Sag Harbor is a fun visit
for everyone; and educational toys are the focus.
Mom-of-two Mariah Bruehl stocks cool books and
developmentally appropriate toys for kids aged 3 to
12. Summer workshops also available. playfulearn-
ing.com

Best Babysitting Services
Jodi Jefferson’s Surf Craft is back this year. The
mom-of-two organizes drop-off arts and crafts
programs for little ones at hotels and restaurants
including The Surf Lodge, Sole East and the Inn at
Quogue. Mom and dad have a quiet brunch or din-
ner, while kids make cool art projects. $25 an hour.
surfcraftny.com
LLD, a Manhattan babysitting service has a week-
end service in the Hamptons including Southamp-
ton, Watermill, Bridgehampton, Wainscott and
East Hampton. Book at least one week in advance to
secure a full weekend sitter. Their college-educated
sitters are fun and trustworthy. LLD also offers
single-evening coverage, based on availability. $200
annual membership fee, then $17 per hour for one
child; $250 for 1-2 children overnight (24-hours).
luckylildarlings.com

Best Fitness Classes
SoulCycle Bridgehampton is still the place to be
when it comes to the cardio scene. The popular
spin classes fll up days in advance, so book early.
New this year: Friday night Soul party class (from
July 1 to Sept. 2), a 60-minute class set to live music
(bongos anyone?) and DJs. The party, with healthy
cocktails and snacks, $45 per person. soul-cycle.com
• QUALITY: Carefully screened and trained loving au pairs
• FLEXIBLE: Up to 45 hours of at-home childcare per week
• AFFORDABLE: Approximately $343 per week per family
• EDUCATIONAL: US Govt. approved cultural exchange program
• EXPERIENCE: CHI has been bringing people of the world together
for thirty years!
Contact: Chris BurbBach - Regional Coordinator
Tel: 866-528-5152 • www.chiaupairusa.org
CULTURAL HOMESTAY INTERNATIONAL
NON-PROFIT EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION
For Afordable, Live-in Childcare Host an
International Au Pair!
ElysE HarnEy rEal EstatE
A Tradition of Trust
Connecticut • New York • Massachusetts
www.HarneyRE.com
GEORGIAN STYLE WITH PALLADIAN LIGHT
LAKEVILLE, CT. High ceilings, customized win-
dows to enhance spectacular views; moldings, panel-
ing and 3 FPs create an impressive setting for living
and entertaining. MBR Suite with Terrace, private
Guest Suite and 3 additional BRs. Gunite lap pool
-- all on beautifully sited 22 acres. Minutes from
schools, lake and village.
Elyse Harney
Web# EH2233 $4,750,000
“MOSS HILL”
NORFOLK, CT. Stunning 1903 Tudor style Mansion
offers over 7,000 square feet, opulent and spacious
public rooms, numerous BRs and BAs and a Christo-
pher Peacock kitchen. It affords total, protected pri-
vacy with lush grounds, greenhouse and Pool. Sited
high above the quaint village, acclaimed for its Yale
Summer School of Music.
Tom McGowan
Web# EH2227 $3,950,000
RIVERBEND -- “EXCEPTIONAL”
SHARON, CT. Riverfront home located on the
“Blue-Ribbon, trout management area of the Housa-
tonic River”; great location for fy-fshing, canoeing,
and rafting. The Adirondack style house features
screened-in Porch, 4 FPs, Library, DR with adjacent
koi pond & fountain. Guest Cottage has riverside sit-
ting area with fre pit.
Elyse Harney Morris & Karen Casey
Web# EH2131 $1,295,000
TWIN LAKES WATERFRONT
SALISBURY, CT. Amazing opportunity to own 1,100
feet of waterfront on Washinee Lake, the smaller and
more private in the Twin Lakes region. This 41.48
acre property, divided into two parcels, has breath-
taking views to the West. Level building sites on both
parcels are ideal for building a lakefront home enjoy-
ing peace and tranquility.
John Panzer
Web# EH2146 $2,950,000
COUNTRY HOME WITH BARN AND VIEWS
CANAAN, CT. Pretty, private setting on nearly 20
beautiful Canaan Valley acres with views. The Main
House has 5-6 BRs, 3 BAs, LR w/FP, Great Room with
cathedral ceiling and FP, and Kitchen with Dining
Area by a FP. Three-foor living plus Basement and
whole house elevator. Beautiful classic Barn has Stu-
dio and a 1-BR Apt.
Juliet Moore
Web# EH2241 $675,000
SHARON STATION
AMENIA, NY. 1875 original railroad station for the
New York Central railroad, restored and renovated
with an added 3-bay heated garage. The kitchen and
entry have 13’ ceilings; there is a large open LR with
sliding barn doors to large South-facing open deck.
Three BRs, 3.5 BAs, all with tile foors. Great country
location.
Elyse Harney Morris
Web# EH2083 $625,000
Salisbury, CT New Preston, CT Norfolk, CT
860.435.2200 860.868.4411 860.542.5500
Riverton, CT Millerton, NY
860.738.1200 518.789.8800
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FORGET THE
FLAMINGO KID
Not the Beach Clubs of Yesteryear
by Lambeth Hochwald
I
f you think beach clubs are just like the
ones depicted in The Flamingo Kid,
think again. There may still be cabana
boys and valet parking, but the beach
clubs of today are nothing like the one
portrayed in the ‘80s flick. In fact, beach
clubs are as big a part of summer for city
families as are trips to the Hamptons or the
Jersey shore. Read on for more about a few
of the ones dotting Atlantic Beach, located
on the south shore of Long Island—just 22
miles from Manhattan.
Talk to Stuart Berman, owner of the West-
bury Beach Club (westburybeachclub.com)
and it’s clear why New York City families
love this Atlantic Beach club so much.
He knows every member by name, offers
families his famous shortcut to the club—the
smallest on the Ocean Boulevard strip—and,
on weekends, he routinely strolls the beach
with a pitcher of late-afternoon pina coladas
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FORGET THE
FLAMINGO KID
Not the Beach Clubs of Yesteryear
by Lambeth Hochwald
I
f you think beach clubs are just like the
ones depicted in The Flamingo Kid,
think again. There may still be cabana
boys and valet parking, but the beach
clubs of today are nothing like the one
portrayed in the ‘80s flick. In fact, beach
clubs are as big a part of summer for city
families as are trips to the Hamptons or the
Jersey shore. Read on for more about a few
of the ones dotting Atlantic Beach, located
on the south shore of Long Island—just 22
miles from Manhattan.
Talk to Stuart Berman, owner of the West-
bury Beach Club (westburybeachclub.com)
and it’s clear why New York City families
love this Atlantic Beach club so much.
He knows every member by name, offers
families his famous shortcut to the club—the
smallest on the Ocean Boulevard strip—and,
on weekends, he routinely strolls the beach
with a pitcher of late-afternoon pina coladas
TRAVEL
Tired of feeling hungry
while losing weight?
This is not
a diet.
Patented biofeedback device
www.mandoleannyc.com
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Contact us to schedule a free tour and
information session.
646-386-7745 or info@mandonyc.com
• No packaged foods
• No calorie counting
• No points
• No supplements
• No restricted foods
Mandolean ofers an individualized eating
behavior program that teaches you how to eat,
with proven weight loss results.
Corbin’s Crusaders
suMMer daY CaMP
Where sports, adventure and fun come together to make memories!
Through team spirit and sportsmanship we enhance your child’s potential and confdence.
For Boys and Girls Ages 4 - 14
June 13th -August 12, 2011
Located in Rockland County
Only 25 minutes from Manhattan
Door to door bus service
212 875-8174
www.CorbinsCrusaders.com
Peter@CorbinsCrusaders.com
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for the adults. His love of summer at the
club is infectious. “My wife and I are laid
back,” he says. “We treat the club as our
summer home.” And, although the club has
rules like all the other beach clubs on the
strip, Berman works hard to cultivate an at-
mosphere of relaxation and a sense of close-
ness among members, many of whom return
year after year, making friends with other
families who have rented adjoining cabanas
or lockers. Families flock here for the full-
size heated pool, kiddie pool, swimming
lessons, steam rooms and showers, kids’ ac-
tivities on the weekends or just relaxed days
at the beach. Best of all, the kids have total
freedom at the club. “They can walk to the
café and buy an ice cream. They find friends
and play. We know everyone and there’s a
feeling of safety here that you just can’t find
in the city.”
Catalina Beach Club: Take a stroll through
this club (catalinabeachclub.com), with its
stucco building, long sculptured promenades,
cabanas and balconies reaching out the sea,
and you’ll admire its old time art deco charm.
Members only can sign up kids (ages 3-7) for
Camp Catalina, a licensed nursery day camp
offering swim instruction, arts and crafts,
beach sports, drama and more.
Spend a relaxing
afternoon in
Atlantic Beach.
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ReseRvaTions RequiRed.
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July 26 – Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
August 30 - The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
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Inwood Country Club-The Beach Club: At this ocean-
front country club (inwoodcc.org), members are shuttled
over to the beach club, located a few minutes from the
main clubhouse, where they’re promised pristine beach-
front, Atlantic Ocean swimming or a day at the club’s
pool. Other perks: A full-service bar and restaurant, valet
parking and barbecues every weekend.
The Sands at Atlantic Beach: Since 1954, families have
gathered at this club (thesandsbeachclub.net), the larg-
est in the area, promising over 12 acres of oceanfront
property, complete with tennis courts, a heated Olympic
sized pool and kiddie pool along with sauna and steam
rooms. Another bonus: A camp program on the beach, a
supervised morning program, swim program and weekly
special events, such as family barbecues on Sundays.
Another way to
enjoy the beach this
summer—head to the
oceanfront spa at
Gurney’s Inn (gurney-
sinn.com) in Montauk,
perched high on wind-
swept bluffs overlook-
ing one of the widest,
whitest stretches
of private beaches
around. Bring the kids
(your little girl will
likely love a Princess
Manicure). Or invite
a friend and book a
signature Montauk
Stone Therapy Mas-
sage, Algae Body
Polish or Sea Water
Herbal Bath. Many
treatments are of-
fered beachside if you
prefer.
Summer at the Spa
TRAVEL
Make a splash
at the Catalina
Beach Club.
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A Fresh Take
On Childcare
New York City’s leading provider
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your childcare needs.

Babysiting • Coaching
Tutoring • Party Counselors
Call us today and speak directly with
founder, Jack Eichinger!
516.330.4105
www.manhatanmannies.com
info@manhatanmannies.com
M A N H A T T A N
M A N N I E S
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Photo Courtesy of mommypoppins.com,
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Inwood Country Club-The Beach Club: At this ocean-
front country club (inwoodcc.org), members are shuttled
over to the beach club, located a few minutes from the
main clubhouse, where they’re promised pristine beach-
front, Atlantic Ocean swimming or a day at the club’s
pool. Other perks: A full-service bar and restaurant, valet
parking and barbecues every weekend.
The Sands at Atlantic Beach: Since 1954, families have
gathered at this club (thesandsbeachclub.net), the larg-
est in the area, promising over 12 acres of oceanfront
property, complete with tennis courts, a heated Olympic
sized pool and kiddie pool along with sauna and steam
rooms. Another bonus: A camp program on the beach, a
supervised morning program, swim program and weekly
special events, such as family barbecues on Sundays.
Another way to
enjoy the beach this
summer—head to the
oceanfront spa at
Gurney’s Inn (gurney-
sinn.com) in Montauk,
perched high on wind-
swept bluffs overlook-
ing one of the widest,
whitest stretches
of private beaches
around. Bring the kids
(your little girl will
likely love a Princess
Manicure). Or invite
a friend and book a
signature Montauk
Stone Therapy Mas-
sage, Algae Body
Polish or Sea Water
Herbal Bath. Many
treatments are of-
fered beachside if you
prefer.
Summer at the Spa
TRAVEL
Make a splash
at the Catalina
Beach Club.
C
A
R
Y
N

L
E
V
Y
A Fresh Take
On Childcare
New York City’s leading provider
of positive male role models for all of
your childcare needs.

Babysiting • Coaching
Tutoring • Party Counselors
Call us today and speak directly with
founder, Jack Eichinger!
516.330.4105
www.manhatanmannies.com
info@manhatanmannies.com
M A N H A T T A N
M A N N I E S
A Fresh Take
On Childcare
New York City’s leading provider
of positive male role models for all of
your childcare needs.

Babysiting • Coaching
Tutoring • Party Counselors
Call us today and speak directly with
founder, Jack Eichinger!
516.330.4105
www.manhatanmannies.com
info@manhatanmannies.com
M A N H A T T A N
M A N N I E S
Photo Courtesy of mommypoppins.com,
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Treating families
for over 100 years.
“like family”
• “State-of-the-Art” Spa
• Two 18 Hole Championship
Golf Courses
• Private Banquet Rooms
• Indoor & Outdoor Pools
• Horseback Riding
• Flyfishing
• Archery
• Segway Tours
• Clay Shooting & More!
The Inn at Pocono Manor
PO Box 95, Rt. 314
Pocono Manor, PA
Call 800-233-8150
www.poconomanor.com
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TRAVEL
HOT SPOT
LONDON’S
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ondon is one of those special
cities that everyone seems to
love —particularly kids—but
most New Yorkers don’t have
a specific hotel there to call
their own. Until now, that is, with the
opening of the St. Pancras Renaissance.
Essentially, the hotel’s a just-about-
perfect combination of classic British
details and modern, luxurious comforts:
a grand old railway hotel located in an
old majestic building that’s been fully
updated on the inside so it’s fresh and
bright and comfortable. Plus it’s got a
terrific restaurant with Gordon Ramsey
disciple Marcus Wareing at the helm and
is adjacent to the Eurostar station, so it’s
an ideal base if you’re making a side trip
to Paris.
And if you’re thinking of a grown-ups-
only trip, they’ve got a fabulous spa, so
you can relax after all of that sightseeing
and shopping.
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My child is going away to sleepaway
camp for the frst time this year—any
pointers?
A Let’s face it, sleepaway camp is a major
rite of passage for kids and their parents. It’s
tempting to go overboard by sending too many
care packages or emailing and calling too
much. But parents, when making contact, re-
member part of the experience for your child
is the confdence-boosting empowerment of
being able to handle the time away. Defnitely
send regular “survival kits,” but include things
that really show that you’ve chosen something
special for your little one—like, say, the se-
quel to a book they love or a baseball-related
item from their favorite team—instead of
just sweets or anything lavish. It’s also great
to include collaborative presents like board
games or nail polish, so your kid can share the
contents of the package with bunkmates and
gathering around the
campfrw is a quintessen-
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babysitters and bedtimes and be ready with
reassuring words just in case your child calls
homesick or blue.
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child won’t retain
what they learned
this past year at
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kids’ summer
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can’t reinforce
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ties from the prior
school year. The
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do is to encour-
age them to keep
reading. A gift card at their favorite bookshop
or a stack of Harry Potter books is a perfect
end-of-school “graduation” gift, or just plan
a monthly library visit together. And remem-
ber, like we mentioned above, kids takes their
cues from their parents, so your own beach
reading for pleasure sets a great example.
There are also subtler ways to sneak academ-
ics into your summer fun. If you’re going
abroad, it’s easy: use currency conversion as
way to practice math skills, encourage your
kids to learn some basic expressions in a for-
eign language and teach them a bit of geog-
raphy by mapping out your travels. If you’re
staying closer to home, urge your children
to keep a diary of the summer. For younger
kids, this can simply consist of drawings to
foster self-expression and for older ones, it’s
a great way to keep them writing during the
summer months.
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What’s the best and easiest way to
preserve all the memories of a great
family summer?
A fun summer with the kids does indeed de-
serve to be remembered—and that can be as
easy as snapping impromptu pictures on your
camera phone. Set aside a regular time to print
out those photos—say, every Sunday night. We
love buying a photo album at the beginning
of the summer to make it extra-easy to tuck
in those snapshots and keep them all in one
place. And make sure to involve the kids in the
process, encouraging them to write captions
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covered with white paper and decorated by
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airplane boarding passes, postcards, and friend-
ship bracelets. And if you have more than one
child, give each a box right before Memorial
Day Weekend to jam-pack with mementos of
how they’ll spend a wonderful summer.
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playground followed by cupcakes is as fun for a
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ACADEMY OF MUSICAL ARTS provides
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convenience of your home! We ofer
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cello, flute, clarinet, and voice. Our expert
teachers create a personalized program
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CHELSEA PIERS SPORTS &
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children ages 12 months - 17 years. Children
enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, including
a gymnastics center, rock-climbing wall, indoor soccer fields,
basketball courts, batting cages, indoor ice skating rinks, golf
driving range, bowling center, and a preschool. For ice skating
or hockey programs, call (212) 336-6100; for junior golf
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CHI AU PAIR USA provides a diverse group
of caring young au pairs from around the
world. Each au pair becomes a member of
your family while providing safe, attentive
and afordable live-in childcare. Your family’s
world view will expand through sharing
your au pair’s unique language and customs. CHI Au Pair USA
provides the best value for your money. For more information
on this government regulated program, contact us today!
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THE CRAFT STUDIO is the hottest place
in NYC for parties, play dates, painting,
toys, candy, crafts, gifts, and more. Always
ofering the latest and greatest workshops,
gifts, and fun. For over 15 years the Craft Studio has also been
the premier party location for cool kids in New York City. With
over 20 themes to chose from, there is something for everyone.
Call for reservations and walk in availability. 1657 3rd Avenue,
NY, NY 10128; 212-831-6626; www.craftstudionyc.com
THE NEW YORK CHINESE CULTURAL
CENTER (NYCCC) is a major force in
presenting and preserving traditional
Chinese arts through professional
performance program and educational
workshops. Each year, NYCCC provides
over 3,000 classes in traditional dance, language, martial art,
Peking Opera, and arts and craft to people of all ages and all
backgrounds. Its assembly program reaches over 150,000
people every year national wide. This summer, NYCCC will
produce summer camp in Shanghai, China, a three-week
intensive dance, language and cultural classes from July 28th
to Aug 22nd, plus weekend tours and weeknight performances.
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CORBIN’S CRUSADERS DAY CAMP Experience
a summer alive with sports and adventure at
Corbin’s Crusaders Day Camp! Located in New
City, NY, only a short drive from Manhattan
where fifty breathtaking acres of exciting
outdoor fun awaits. Catering to campers’ diverse
interests, we ofer professional, dedicated and
enthusiastic instruction in various sports including: baseball,
soccer, basketball, lacrosse, tennis and swimming. Our
adventure program includes fishing, boating, hiking, go-carts,
archery and much more! Corbin’s Crusaders Day Camp;
Directors: Wendy and Peter Corbin, www.CorbinsCrusaders.
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CUMI’S BABY BOUTIQUE is a Chelsea shop
for the super-stylish tot. Cumi, the owner and
designer, having worked for twenty five years
with other top-name designers such as Diane
Von Furstenberg, Cathy Hardwick and Vera
Wang, has set up a shop of her own in the
Gallery District. She is currently preparing clothes for newborns
up to 3 years old and will began fitting for 3-4 year olds in the
near future. Cumi’s is a traditional boutique where quality and
distinctiveness is always guaranteed. Call now for store hours or
to set an appointment. Tel. (646) 633-5282, 317 10th Avenue
(near 28th street). Cumisbabyboutique.info
CUPCAKE CAFE. Save room for desert. Stop
in one of their two convenient locations and
sample their wide array of cupcakes, art
design cakes, floral cakes, wedding cakes and
a great cup of cofee. Delivering anywhere
in Manhattan for a fee, this baked goods
shop also features cake decorating classes
throughout the year, private catering, birthday parties and
special menus for film catering. (212) 465-1530. 18 West 18th
Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) and 545 9th Avenue
(between 40th and 41st Streets).
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and towns to pastoral farmlands
and trails, Dutchess County in
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Discover nearby, afordable places to visit just 90 minutes
from New York City, easily accessible by car, train, or bus. The
abundance of historical landmarks, fine restaurants, and cultural
art venues, plus striking natural beauty, makes Dutchess an
ideal destination for weekend getaways or longer excursions.
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The Team at ELYSE HARNEY
REAL ESTATE is dedicated to
sharing this beautiful part of the
world with those seeking a weekend retreat or a full time home.
What unites the talents of the entire staf at Elyse Harney Real
Estate is the belief that the relationship between real estate
agent and potential home-owner goes beyond business. The
sale of a house is just the first step. We know the area and we
know the importance of community. With of ces in Millerton,
NY, minutes from the Metro North train station, Salisbury, New
Preston and Norfolk in CT, as well as MA, the possibilities for a
little “Magic” are endless. 2010 has turned the corner! Join the
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Imagine a world where childhood
dreams come to life. One of toy soldier
greetings and piano dancers. Travel
through a safari of plush wild animals.
See yourself as a Muppet Whatnot
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fun and delighting the senses with our world of dolls, limited-
edition treasures and exclusive experiences you’ll forever cherish.
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York, NY (at 58th Street), 212-644-9400, Personal Shopping:
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Enroll today and be a part of FROST VALLEY
YMCA’s summer camp program! Our two-
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THE BRITTANY: Located at 1775 York Ave., every
detail of The Brittany delivers an exceptional
luxury rental experience; from its soaring,
two-story lobby to its panoramic water views.
Generously sized rooms and 9-foot ceilings add a
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Welcome to GRIMALDI & ASSOCIATES
where Insurance and Financial planning isn’t
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our clients with a no hassle approach to doing
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HOLLAND COURT MEAT MARKET is a true
New York experience with the best customer
service in town. This meat and fish market
is so firmly established in their Upper East
Side enclave that they don’t even print an area code on their
stationary. Since the 1930’s, these highly skilled butchers
have provided prime meats, fancy fresh poultry, pheasant,
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HUDSON URBAN BICYCLES, located in the
West Village, now has the best selection in
NYC of pedaled child-carriers. 5 diferent
models, available for sale and rent, will carry
1, 2, 3, or 4 children easily ìat least around
Manhattan or Brooklynî says George Bliss the
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designs, although the store has developed its own product, with
children in the back. Open daily 9-8. 139 Charles St. 212-965-
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ICING ON THE CAKE was started as
a love of baking grew into a love of
making people smile… After all, if there’s
a cake there’s something to celebrate!
Every cake is made to order. That means you
can be sure that your cake is fresh and delicious
every time. Each cake is individually designed to match you, your
personality, and the theme of the occasion you are celebrating.
Icing On The Cake can create anything from a traditional
wedding cake to a 3D sculpted cake. We also make cupcakes!
Call or email to schedule a consultation for your
next event. We look forward to baking for you!
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THE INN AT POCONO MANOR- a 3,000-acre
resort is your getaway for family, golf groups
and romantic getaways. Our rich tradition of
hospitality insures your expectations are not only
met, but exceeded. Many of our packages include a
generous breakfast and dinner, and our numerous
leisure activities include golf, horseback riding,
indoor and outdoor swimming pools and state-
of-the-art spa. The Inn At Pocono Manor sports ofers fishing,
clay shooting and more. Our location is convenient to the
area’s famous activities and is less than 2 hours from New York,
New Jersey and Philadelphia. www.PoconoManor.com; info@
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JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER: Jazz & Popular
Song Family Concert I GOT RHYTHM: The
Common Roots of Popular Song and Jazz,
June 5, 3pm. Singer and scholar Michael
Feinstein hosts and presents a family
concert matinee exploring the common roots of 20th century
songwriting giants from Duke Ellington to George Gershwin
and many in between. Featuring Michael Feinstein, Curtis
Stigers, and Leslie Uggams. (Seating is General Admission.) The
Allen Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle, NYC; jalc.
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JOANIE LEEDS plays in front of thousands
of kids with her band, Joanie Leeds & The
Nightlights at high energy concerts but can
bring the interactive show right to your living
room or party space for your child’s special
day! Joanie is Nickelodeon’s Parent’s Pick for 2010’s BEST
Party Performer a John Lennon Songwriting Contest Finalist
and a Gold Parents´Choice Award winning singer/songwriter
& music educator. Joanie’s original music is in regular rotation
on XM Sirius Satellite radio & other stations across the country.
For more information, please visit www.citykidmusic.com or
email joanieleeds@gmail.com
KIDDING AROUND — named “Best Toy Store
in NYC” by New York Magazine. Sister store,
just kidding around, named “Best Toy Store in
NJ” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine. We are
passionate about our selection of toys, games
and gifts. Great design and great value – lots of classics and
lots of surprises! As a family owned business, we so thank you
for your support of local independent retailers! Unique toys &
gifts. 60 west 15th Street, New York City 10011 ; 212.645.6337;
www.kiddingaround.us .
KIDS-MAKE-MOVIES ofers “Make-
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development, filming, acting, editing. Parties: kids pick a theme
and in a three-hour party all guests take turns as actors, directors
and camera operators. Classes: kids create short movies, stop-
motion animations, music videos, documentaries or work
on individual projects. We edit in iMovie, Final Cut Pro and
Photoshop. Kids learn valuable skills in a fun and collaborative
environment. Call now for summer workshop schedule. Tel:
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LEARNINGRX Will your child
achieve academic success?
Strong cognitive skills
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reasoning, processing speed) make learning any subject faster
and easier. Teaching and tutoring only go so far if underlying
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10028. 212-738-9264. www.LearningRx.com
LIGHTHOUSE INN, will take you to a time gone
by…secluded and relaxing, with refreshing
ocean breezes to rejuvenate your spirit…
this is Classic Cape Cod. Situated on nine
secluded oceanfront acres, the Lighthouse
Inn ofers a private sandy beach, heated
pool, tennis, children’s activity program and a full service
restaurant with panoramic ocean views. Accommodations
are provided in Cape-style guest houses and one-,two- and
three- bedroom cottages. All have private bath, refrigerator
and air conditioning. Most have gorgeous ocean views
and wood burning fireplaces. One Lighthouse Road,
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MANDO GROUP NY ofers treatment
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MANHATTAN MANNIES connects New York City
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referred to as “Mannies”. We ofer a variety of
services including babysitting, coaching, and
tutoring. Manhattan Mannies also provides
“party counselors” to keep kids entertained at
any special event you are hosting. Summer 2011,
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MARGUERITE DE LA POER presents an
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MIND OVER MATTER HEALTH AND FITNESS was
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lodging solution. PADutchHotels.com
THE PARENTS LEAGUE OF NEW
YORK is a non-profit association of
families and schools since 1913. The Parents League provides
advisory services to families applying to preschools and
independent elementary, middle and upper schools in NYC.
Boarding school, special needs and summer camp consultation
is also available from our team of professional advisors. Parents
League parenting education events and publications provide
information on a wide variety of subjects of interest to parents.
Join today at www.ParentsLeague.org
ROBOFUN is an active learning space that
provides vacation week camps, summer
programs, after-school programs, and birthday
parties to youth in technology and multimedia.
Our mission is to construct solutions that inspire
students to address the widest possible range of academic
standards through the use of leading edge technologies.
RoboFun’s programs are designed to creatively enhance
students’ learning by using computers for Animation and Game
Design, LEGO® Robotics, and other project based work. The
RoboFun Studio is located in the Flatiron District, across from
Madison Square Park in NYC.
SLATE, one of New York’s only venues with
private and semiprivate reception spaces;
featuring 16,000 square feet of sleek décor over 2 floors,
accommodating parties of 10 to 1200 guests. Slate provides on-site
catering, activities such as billiards, ping pong and foosball, state-
of-the-art surround sound and audiovisual capabilities as well as
a spacious dance floor. Slate is ideal for all of your special events
including corporate parties, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, fashion shows,
birthday parties, film shoots, meetings/seminars, rehearsal dinners
and receptions. 54 West 21st Street, Btw. 5th and 6th Avenues,
NYC www.slate-ny.com 212.989.0096, event@slate-ny.com
SOUTHAMPTON INN is an idyllic
getaway for guests of ALL ages— from
toddlers to teens, new parents to great-
grandparents! Perfectly located in the
historic Southampton Village, the Inn ofers complimentary
shuttle service to renowned Coopers Beach, 50-ft. heated
pool, tennis court, outdoor climbing toys and lawn games,
and a playroom full of toys and books. Oso Restaurant
boasts a deliciously healthy children’s menu, complimented
by the garden of fresh herbs and vegetables. The midweek
6-day/5-night special is an afordable Hamptons holiday!
91 Hill Street, Southampton, NY 11968; www.southamptoninn.
com; 631-283-6500
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THE SCHOOL AT STEPS ofers children,
ages 2-18, an opportunity to explore the
world of dance, to learn and experiment
with technique, and to enrich their
appreciation for the art form. Programs are ofered throughout
the year with classes in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, theater
dance, hip hop, and pilates. The school is a division of Steps
on Broadway, the professional and adult dance division. www.
StepsNYC.com 2121 Broadway @ 74th St., New York, NY
10023, 212-874-3678.
STRIBLING sells the finest downtown
residences from full service of ces
in Chelsea and Tribeca. In fact, only
Stribling can trace its brokerage
roots to the original development of Chelsea in 1819. Stribling
brokers are experienced, knowledgeable professionals who
bring exceptional results and the highest levels of service to
the sale of gem studios, luxurious lofts, dream penthouses and
everything in between. In Flatiron, Gramercy, Chelsea, Meat
Packing, East and West Villages, Soho, Tribeca, FIDI and the
Lower East Side, the right broker makes all the diference. Visit
us at stribling.com
SURREY SPA Enter an intimate world where
need informs service. Where each moment
is carefully crafted to benefit your well-being
and peace of mind. Where a new level of
gracious service ensures your privacy and
tranquility. Find peace here and be wholly
re-energized. Personalized treatments are
our signature. We give careful consideration to all aspects of
your treatment. Our spa experts will work closely with you to
meet your needs and customize your experience. We invite you
to explore the oferings, which only begin to touch upon the
possibilities. Allow us to create an experience considered only
for you. www.thesurreyspa.com
TORLY KID’s latest in a string of
activities for kids 7+ is a summer book
club series. For $25, your lit-loving child
gets a novel to read ahead of time and
an hour of creative book-related activities and discussions.
Selections include The Wish Giver: Tales of a Coven Tree (June
28), Sideways Stories from Wayside School (July 26), and The
Phantom Tollbooth (August 30). Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30, Reserve
in advance at 212.406.7440. More info at www.torlykid.com.
UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL
SCHOOL www.unis.org. UNIS Summer
Program was created to provide
recreational, academic and enrichment
activities for children between the ages
of 4 to 14, in a friendly and supportive
environment that fosters friendship,
develops sportsmanship and is nurturing in spirit. The program
ofers a unique composition of student and professional faculty.
For information: Tel #: 212-584-3083 or Email: ljalilvand@
unis.org
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Dutchess County,
New York
F
rom majestic mountains, lakes and towns to pastoral farmlands
and trails, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley truly has it all.
Discover nearby, affordable places to visit just 90 minutes from
New York City, easily accessible by car, train, or bus.
Start your trip along the scenic Hudson River. Take a sightseeing cruise
on Empire Cruise Lines’ M/V Mystere. Stroll the Walkway Over the
Hudson 1.25-mile linear park, formerly an 1884 railroad bridge, country
cousin of the High Line! At 212 feet above the water, the paved roadway
provides free access to the Hudson’s scenic landscape for pedestrians,
hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and people with disabilities.
The abundance of historical landmarks, fine restaurants, and cultural art
venues, plus striking natural beauty, makes Dutchess an ideal destination
for weekend getaways or longer excursions.
For family fun, cool off at Splashdown Beach in Fishkill, with its’ new
Bob the Builder attraction “Splash Works”. Explore the riverfront Mid-
Hudson Children’s Museum. Get closer to nature at Trevor Zoo and our
many parks.
Known as the home of “The Great Estates,” visit the stately Franklin
D. Roosevelt Home, Presidential Library and Museum; marvel at the
lavish, Gilded-Age Staatsburgh and Vanderbilt Mansions; tour FDR’s
cousins’ Queen Anne Victorian home Wilderstein; and meander through
the gardens and mansion at Locust Grove Estate. Thrill to airshows at the
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. Expose your children to superb contemporary
art at Dia: Beacon and Bard College’s CCS-Hessel Museum. Explore art
from Egypt to Picasso, and view Hudson River School artworks at Vassar
College’s newly refurbished Loeb Art Center.
Bring home a tasty souvenir from a farmers’ market or pick your
own fresh fruits and produce. Dine at one of The Culinary Institute of
America’s five student-staffed restaurants. Visit area farms, such as Sprout
Creek; meet friendly cows and goats and taste their cheese.
A wealth of activities beckons for outdoor enthusiasts. Check out Big
Bear Ziplines in Hyde Park. Spend the day parasailing, hiking, biking, or
fishing. There’s horseback riding and kayaking county-wide. Try skeet
shooting or play golf. Simple and sophisticated; you deserve Dutchess, for
a full menu of recreational choices. www.DutchessTourism.com Twitter/
@DutchessTourism, Facebook/Dutchess County Tourism
DutchessTourism.com 800-445-3131
Reconnect with your family, away from distractions and
back to basics.
Pick strawberries together, or meet newborn farm
animals. Catch a drive-in movie, or stroll across the
Walkway Over the Hudson.
Stay a few days more for water park fun, children’s
museums and historic sites, or horseback riding and
river cruises.
As gas prices continue to rise, it’s nice to know all of this
and more is less than two hours away in Dutchess County.
Come to Dutchess County in the Heart of the Hudson
Valley, where a family-focused getaway is about
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Reconnect with your family, away from distractions and
back to basics.
Pick strawberries together, or meet newborn farm
animals. Catch a drive-in movie, or stroll across the
Walkway Over the Hudson.
Stay a few days more for water park fun, children’s
museums and historic sites, or horseback riding and
river cruises.
As gas prices continue to rise, it’s nice to know all of this
and more is less than two hours away in Dutchess County.
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How do you juggle work
and family?
I am very good at com-
partmentalizing. When I
work, I only work. When
I’m with my girls, I’m with
them. Trying to do too
much at once only makes
everyone suffer.
What lessons from parent-
ing have you incorporated
into your work?
I take the pressure out of
work, and enjoy the mo-
ment. I used to be so con-
sumed by doing well. After
I had my girls, I quickly
recognized the value of
time. I only do what I love.
What’s the best
advice you’ve given
your daughters?
The best advice I give to
my daughters is, “every
problem has a solution.
Focus on the solution.”
What do you wear to take
your daughters to camp?
I am either in high heels
with my hair blown out
coming from NYC and
some type of press ap-
pearance, or I’m in riding
pants, a polo shirt and rid-
ing boots.
What’s your favorite family
moment everyday?
My favorite moment is
the family meal. Good
manners and learning how
to converse are things that
need to be learned and
honed. I want my girls to
feel comfortable whether
they’re at McDonalds or at
Le Cirque.
What’s the best part of
raising a child in New
York City?
The best part of raising
children in NYC is the
exposure to different cul-
tures. The world doesn’t
seem so big.
What’s the worst part
of raising a child in New
York City?
It is a very loud city. It’s
hard to turn off the excite-
ment and the sound.
What’s the cause that you
are most passionate about
and why?
Recently, I’ve become
aware of the issue with
clean water. I went to Haiti
with Generositywater.org
and was shocked at those
who don’t have exposure
to clean water. One can
only survive three days
without water. I saw girls
of 14 years old walking
with buckets of water on
their heads and not going
to school. I thought, ‘I’ll
get you a well for water,
you go to school.’
What are you looking to
doing this summer with
your daughters?
My girls are ‘tweens and
I’m looking forward to
playing tennis with them—
they are getting good.
What’s your guilty
parenting pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is
getting Starbucks with
my kids.
Kelly Killoren Bensimon
K
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into one. This striking former model and
mother of two is an author, editor and a
jewelry designer. Oh, and did we mention
that she currently appears on The Real
Housewives of New York City?
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B.Y.O.K.™ (Bring Your Own Kid Family Music Series)
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