Dan Gets a Minivan, Coming Soon

It just so happens that Dan Zevin lives in my hometown and his son is my daughter's 3rd grade class. He's an author with a new book coming out, Dan Gets a Minivan, a coming-of-middle-age tale told with warmth and wit, It provides the one thing every parent really needs: comic relief. The least hip citizen of Brooklyn, Dan has a working wife, two small children, a mother who visits each week to “help,” and an obese Labrador mutt who prefers to be driven rather than walked. How he got to this point is a bit of a blur. There was a wedding, and Read More


The Ultimate Play Date at Affinia 50

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Last week my daughter and I were invited to the ultimate play date at the Affinia 50 Hotel.  I wouldn't be lying if I told you that it was one of my daughter's favorite play dates ever.  She had a big smile on her face when she saw what this hotel has to offer. We were there to check out their American Girl Family Package.  It makes sense since they're located so close to the American Girl Doll store just a few blocks away.  They've incorporated a trip to NYC into the American Girl Doll line in a very creative way. We took a complimentary tour to Read More


Apple Picking at Outhouse Orchards and an Easy Recipe for Apple Crumble

About 30 minutes from Southern Westchester or an hour from the city lies the ultimate apple picking experience.  Outhouse Orchards is family-operated and happens to be open all year.  But a visit to the orchard in the autumn is very special.  I had heard about Outhouse for years and been curious about it but stayed away due to stories about massive crowds.  For some reason, we decided to brave it yesterday as I decided a visit was finally in order. It was the right choice.  It was one of the larger orchards that we've been to, and it offers a unique Read More


Day Trip to City Island

Right before my daughter was born, we moved to Westchester from the Upper West Side, leaving behind a decade full of memories.  I had become attached to my neighborhood and initially found suburban life stifling.  At first I dreamed about walking out the door of my building on 210 West 70th Street and its proximity to my favorite restaurants like Alice's Tea Cup.  When we discovered they had a location on City Island, going there became our favorite weekend activity.  Just a 10 minute ride from our house down the I95, we would venture there on weekends Read More


Tigers Exhibition at the South Street Seaport Ticket Giveaway

Yesterday my kids and I went to check out TIGERS THE EXHIBITION TRACKING A LEGEND at the South Street Seaport.  It's a high-tech, interactive exhibit that really sets out to teach kids about tigers.  As extinct as tigers are (there are only 3,500 remaining in the world), the exhibit makes it clear that they need - and can -- to be saved.  Filmmaker and author Carol Amore who arranged the exhibit is clearly passionate about saving the tigers and creating a sense of caring amongst the exhibit's spectators.  Through the use of multi-tiered activities and Read More


Meeting the New York Jets

Being married to a Brit, we don't watch much sports around here.  The only sport you'll ever hear about is soccer and the only team you'll hear mentioned is Manchester United.  Needless to say, there are no mentions of any team remotely American, except, of course, the Yankees.  After all, we're both New Yorkers now.  He's from Manchester; I'm from Atlanta originally.However, we couldn't help but notice a group of guys decked out in New York Jets shirts on our flight to San Diego a few weeks ago.  They were all headed to the Read More


Looking for Ang Lee

Last week, while we were touring around Los Angeles, I noticed that there was an area called Larchmont, which also happens to be the name of the town I live in. I took note and later found out it's where the 1983 film "War Games" with Matthew Broderick was shot, among many others. Apparently, it's one of the most historical parts of the city with a rich past.The reason I am thinking about this today is a friend of my daughter's dad just came by and mentioned that Larchmont was the first Hollywood before the real one existed. I immediately went to the Read More