New York is the greatest place for kids. When my daughters were a little younger I would buckle them into the double stroller, pack up a couple of sippy cups, hard boiled eggs and rice crackers for lunch and go see the sights. We would do the playground hop, stopping at every playground on our way across town. My destination was either City Bakery (for a chocolate cookie) or the Cupcake Cafe across the street in Books of Wonder (for a cupcake). It was a dilemma, cookie or cupcake - which one to consume? I never had to worry about it being fattening because pushing the double stroller was such a work out. I always tried to time my expedition to coincide with the farmers market in Union Square so that I could purchase my groceries and tie them onto the stroller. The only thing I had to be careful of were the moments when my daughters would charge towards the swings, leaving my ... [more]
New York with Kids, Victoria Kann
The Garment District (or Garment Center) is no longer home to New York’s fashion industry that has placed itself in less expensive and hipper parts of town. What remain here are the showrooms, light manufacturing, and the suppliers. The button, fabrics, and finishes stores are often open to retail traffic and offer the crafty and fashionable an opportunity for a day of great finds. The list of these places is long, but it starts with M&J on 6th Avenue and 36th Street. The Garment District is also home to many large department stores including Macy’s, which is spectacular in the spring when the store is beautifully dressed in flowers.