12Jul

What Brooklyn Families is All About

Brooklyn_Families_Tour_David_Bowie_is_20180623_DEV_152_Elena_Olivo_DSC_8813-General Use JPEG

A few weeks ago I received the most unexpected, marvelous invitation to the Brooklyn Museum to find out more about their program Brooklyn Families. Coming from Westchester, I knew the museum would be a bit of a hike very early on a Saturday morning, but my curiosity was peaked about what the museum is doing to engage families. I am always looking for ways to engage my own children in art. They pull me away from museums; I want to pull them in. Brooklyn Families Another big draw: a personal tour of David Bowie is, an exhibit about who was perhaps my Read More

29Jun

Joining 1,300 NYC Public School Students and Teachers at Hamilton on Broadway

EduHamilton

I recently had the amazing experience of joining 1,300 NYC Public School students and teachers at a performance of HAMILTON on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. I hadn't seen the show on Broadway; I had only seen it off-Broadway in its infancy days at the Public Theater so I was very much looking forward to see how it had morphed over the years (and then some, right?). After having spent several weeks in their classrooms studying American history through a special integrated curriculum about Alexander Hamilton and the nation’s Founding Fathers, Read More

25Feb

Bonding with My Son at Keystone Resort

max and me keystone

A few weeks ago, I was invited to experience Keystone Resort with a child. The goal was for myself and other writers to experience and cover Kidtopia, a series of events offered all year long for kids of all ages, both on and off the snow. My son, who just turned 13, was just at the cusp of the age requested to attend the trip, but was prime material for both them and myself in terms of covering the resort. For one thing, he loves to ski. For another, he loves traveling and experiencing new things and he's totally open to a jam-packed agenda. The two of Read More

07Feb

Restaurant Review: Brunch at Alice’s Arbor in Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

alicesarbor

This past weekend my teenage daughter and I decided to take some time out of our daily routine and head to Bed Stuyvesant, Brooklyn for brunch. Our destination: Alice's Arbor. It had been years since I'd been to Bed Stuy, and I always knew even then it was on the brink of gentrification and change, so I was eager to make this particular trip from our home in Westchester. As a vegetarian, I can tell you that the menu, which is inspired by Chef Mike Franzetti, is diverse and wide ranging. Carnivores can have their share of meat, from chicken to ribs for Read More

14Nov

Guest Post: Review of New York’s Newest Big Apple Circus

big apple circus

This a guest post written by writer Lisa Gerstel-Zach, a diverse and seasoned executive who has spent her career in Children’s and Family Entertainment via Publishing, Live Events and Broadcast before stepping back to take a much earned reprieve from the Corporate world in order to reinvent herself and remember why she moved to New York. She lives in the latest hip neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. Friday afternoon and it is like negative 40 degrees out, what could be better than bundling up in 12 layers and heading Read More

13Oct

Film Review: “Goodbye Christopher Robin” About the Inspiration for Winnie the Pooh

chrisrobinson

  The other night I had the opportunity to screen the new film Goodbye Christopher Robin at the Paris Theater in NYC, along with the director and several stars of the film. The film starts to roll out in theaters nationwide today. I felt very fortunate to be in the room with the creators of this special film, which was very reminiscent of Saving Mr. Banks, another recent  tale about a famous figure in history that brought one of the most important stories into the world. In that case, it was  about mogul Walt Disney who brought Mary Read More

13Sep

World Maker Faire New York 2017 Will Showcase Innovation (+ Win 4 Tickets!)

MF17NY_Badge

My tech-loving son loves Maker Faire! He went last year, and if you don't know what it is, and you are looking for a great day out with the kids, read on. And enter to win four (4) tickets at the end of this post! World Maker Faire New York brings over 750 makers together to share their DIY projects with making enthusiasts. This year it's taking place at the New York Hall of Science in Queens on September 23 and 24. From hobbies and unique inventions to prototypes and new products coming to market, attendees have the opportunity to get up close and Read More

19Aug

Hotel review: Mill Street Inn, Newport, Rhode Island

millstreetinn

In July I went to Newport, Rhode Island for a few days and stayed in a lovely boutique hotel called the Mill Street Inn. It was one of those kinds of hotel experiences that makes you love traveling all the more. The hotel is unique, particularly for Newport, in that it's modern and close to the waterfront. It's also extremely relaxing. Spend a few days here and you'll be revitalized, I assure you. The hotel is located in a nineteenth century mill, just one short block from Thames Street and the waterfront in the elegant Historic Hill neighborhood. Read More

03Aug

Review: NYMF’s CAMP WANATCHI: IN CONCERT

Krystina Alabado Marissa O'Donnell_Photo by Natalie Elizabeth Weiss_rgb 72dpi copy 2

The other night I was treated to an unexpected delight of a show at 42@Yotel (this new theater on 42nd & 10th was another unexpected treat!) called CAMP WANATACHI: In Concert. As part of the 2017 New York Musical Festival (NYMF), this 90-minute musical romp is about a girl's sleep-away camp. It explores what can happen in the course of a few weeks that can change lives dramatically. From finding true love to getting a period for the first time to finding out things about oneself never explored before to dealing with the new dawn of social media, it's Read More

22Jun

Restaurant Review: Kurry Qulture in Astoria, Queens, a Kid-Friendly Culinary Adventure

kurryqulture

When I think of eating out in Astoria, I think mainly of Greek food. My family loves taking trips to Telly Taverna for huge portions of spicy feta, salmon steak and moussaka. It's one of our favorite places in the city for food, and certainly one of the most accessible. It's easy to park and makes for a great evening out, strolling the streets and avenues, with every ethnicity represented by its restaurants and shops. So, when I was invited to dine at a fairly new to the scene (since 2015) Indian restaurant called Kurry Qulture, I jumped at the Read More