NYC: A Kid Friendly City

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Skyscrapers. Traffic. Millions of people.

It may seem as if New York City isn’t the most kid friendly of cities, but we have so much to offer the little ones. From restaurants to shopping to museums, the Big Apple is a fun and exciting place to take a vacation with the whole family.

To help plan you’re NYC trip, here are some great places to visit that the whole family can enjoy.

WHERE TO STAY:
With us of course! The Roosevelt Hotel offers great amenities for families that stay with us, not to mention all of the fun places that are only blocks from the hotel, like American Girl, Build-A-Bear and the world’s largest Toys r Us.

WHERE TO EAT:
There are so many dining options in this city, it can be overwhelming. When you have the kids in tow, you want to make sure that you dine in a place that will accommodate everyone’s palate and be a fun experience. Being a mother myself, some of my favorites in the city are Alice’s Tea House, Mars 2112, Peanut Butter & Co, Serendipity 3, S’mac and Shake Shack.

And you simply cannot come to New York and not try an authentic NY pizza slice! You can find a pizza place on nearly every corner, but if you want a true new Yorkers opinion, Lombardi’s Pizzeria has the best in the city.

WHAT TO DO:
Theater:   There are so many fun activities to do in the city. If you like the theater, you should check out The Little Mermaid, The Lion King or Mary Poppins. All wonderful shows for both parents and kids alike.

Museums:   NYC is famous for our museums and we offer quite a few wonders for that the whole family can enjoy. Take a day trip to enjoy the American Museum of Natural History, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Children’s Museum of the Arts.

Outdoors:    Fall is one of my favorite seasons. The weather is perfectly comfortable to experience some of these places in NYC. Head to Brooklyn and walk the boardwalk at Coney Island. While your there, take a few hours to check out the New York Aquarium.

In Mahnattan, you can spend an entire day walking through the many paths in Central Park. Be sure to head towards the Central Park Zoo,the Central Park Carousel or pack a lunch and have a picnic on The Great Lawn!

Just a few miles north of the city, you can also spend a day visiting the 4,000 animals at the Bronx Zoo. It’s a fun day for all ages.

Be a Tourist:    There are just some things that every Big Apple visitor must do. One of those things is heading to the top of the Empire State Building to witness the spectacular views. Once you see the city from above, hop on a Circle Line Harbor Cruise and float around this island and take in one of the worlds most favorite skyline.

Now that you have the rundown on what to do when you get here, check out these great tips on Traveling with Kids.

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The 82nd Annual Feast of San Gennaro-September 2009

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This year celebrates the 82nd Annual Feast of San Gennaro which is a tradition carried over from Naples, Italy in 1926 that is a celebration of San Gennaro as the Patron Saint of Naples. September 19th is the most religious day of the festival and features a Religious Procession followed by Celebratory Mass at the Most Precious Blood Church on Mulberry Street, the National Shrine of San Gennaro.

There are plenty activities to be a part of for the entire week, most importantly, eating! Leave your diets behind and be sure to come hungry because one of the biggest attractions at these festivities is the amazing food. It is an absolute must that you stop at the street vendors along Mulberry Street and indulge on foods like Sausage & Peppers, Pork Braciole, Zeppoles, Gelato and, dare I say, Fried Oreos. There are also plenty of restaurants and cafes to dine for lunch or dinner.

Along with the food, there will be music performances, carnival games and much more. Click here for a complete schedule of the week’s events.

Feast of San Gennaro
Along Mulberry Street between Canal Street and Houston Street (map)
Take the 6 train to Spring Street or the N/R to Prince Street.

TIP: Crowds tend to be biggest on weekends and in the evening. Go on a weekday if you want to avoid them.

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Where’s the Restroom?

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We have been hearing quite the chatter about our non-traditional restroom signs at mad46 so we thought we would share them with everyone.   Every so often we see the giggles and flashes of cameras because people get such a kick out of them.  We won’t give it away, but once you get past the signs and in the restrooms, be sure to keep on eye out for some clever quotes on the back of the stalls.

We give props when props are due and these were all designed by the creative masterminds of The Merdian Group

Click here for the full view of the signs. What do you think about these signs?

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Now Showing: Spring 2010 Fashions

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The tents are up! It’s Fashion Week here in NYC. Starting this Thursday September 10th through September 17th.  Bryant Park will be abuzz with all that is high fashion.  Designers have slaved over their looks for Spring 2010 and will now be showcasing them to the world. Cue the lights, cue the dramatic music and bring on the critiques.  

Entrance to the shows are by invitation only, but fashionistas and tourists alike can walk by Bryant Park for fashion sneak peaks and celeb sightings.  In addition to the on goings at Bryant Park, you can also partake in the events being held around the city for Fashion’s Night Out .  On September 10th,  over 700 retailers and designers will be open late serving up creative events like hosting designer appearances, live windows, celebrity guests, musical performances, food and drink, and other fun events, all in the name of fashion.  Click here for a list of events in NYC.

We would also like to say that Bryant Park is just a few short blocks from The Roosevelt Hotel, perfect for a pre-show snoozing in our hotel.  And we know that  martinis and fashion go hand in hand, so come up to mad46 for a post show drink!

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Labor Day

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It’s here.  The last summer hoorah.  Whether you’re local or just visiting the city for just the weekend, there is a lot to do this Labor Day in the Big Apple.  Since the weather is looking absolutely perfect, its a good chance to savor a little extra time outdoors before the long winter months approach us.

Here are some fun things to do to fill your long weekend in the outdoors.

Summer in Little Italy
This Friday from 6 to 11pm, stroll down Mulberry Street (which is closed to traffic) and soak up some Italian culture.  Grab a plate of pasta, a canoli and, of course, some gelato and then walk it off by strolling through the area shops.

The New York Botanical Garden’s Edible Garden
You can spend a whole day enjoying these gardens in the Bronx, but this Saturday from 1-3pm, author and horticulturist Sharon Ackland will be at the  NYBG’s The Edible Garden whipping up something delicious by using ingredients fresh-picked from the garden and will teach you how to use local ingredients to make delectable meals of your own.  Tickets are $20.

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
Calling all art lovers!  This event will feature more than 200 artists’ work to be viewed or purchased from September 5 to 7, 12-6pm at Washington Square Park.  Fun Fact:  This event was started 80yrs ago by Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.

Shop, Shop, Shop
Ahhh, Labor Day sales!  If you’re looking for some serious weekend deals,  Woodbury Common Outlets is just a hop, skip and a jump away and offers great discounts.  Looking for designer duds?  Then the Barney’s Warehouse Sale is where you need to be.  One of my favorite things to do is check out the carious Street Fairs and Flea Markets around the city. 

Take a Dip
It is going to be perfect beach weather this weekend, so why not head to one of NYC’s beaches for the day.  Here is a list of the best beaches near the city.  If you wantto sit poolside, check out this listing of public pools in and around the city.  All public pools will be closed after this weekend.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
There is lots to do in Central Park.  You can literally spend days exploring all that it has to offer.  This weekend, why not take a boat ride on “The Lake” and take in the views of the park and the hovering skyline.  Be sure to grab some brunch at the Loeb Boathouse or pack a little picnic and enjoy lunch on the Great Lawn.

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