Free Family Events This Weekend! (August 2 & 3)

By New York Family

Sweet Spot Festival’s Jamaican Indepen-Dance, Shine and the Moonbeams, Astoria Park Shore Fest, and Summer Streets on Park Avenue!

Astoria Park Shore Fest Astoria Park Shore Fest Have all the fun without spending a dime! For even more weekend ideas, check out our Weekend Planner. Saturday, August 2 Summer StreetsPark Avenue7am-1pmAll AgesCelebrate the streets of New York City! Play, run, bike, or walk along seven miles of Park Avenue, from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge. Families can participate in arts and crafts workshops, [more]

Weekend Planner: Fun Family Activities in NYC (August 1-3)

By New York Family

Summer Streets + Sweet Spot Festival + Bubble Party + Much More

Meet Peppa Pig at the Bronx Zoo this weekend! Image from   Meet Peppa Pig at the Bronx Zoo this weekend! Image from HOT OFF THE BLOG Feeling the heat this summer? Take the whole family for a dip in one of NYC's awesome free public pools. Dive In! Long Beach is on the rise! For families looking for a beach locale within commuting distance, Long Beach--with its combination of family-friendly restaurants, stores, and sights--is a [more]

Get Ready To Go Back To School With Staples!

By Gavriella Mahpour

Staples makes back-to-school shopping easy.

This 3M Cat Post-It Dispenser can be purchased at; photo courtesy of Staples This 3M Cat Post-It Dispenser can be purchased at; photo courtesy of Staples We know that shopping for back-to-school supplies can be time-consuming, confusing and overwhelming. Luckily, Staples is committed to simplifying this process for you and your kids! Whether you enjoy going to your local Staples store or prefer to expedite things by shopping at [more]

It’s Super Dad!

By Seth Kushner

In The Hospital With Leukemia, A Brooklyn Father Reassures His Young Son With The Help Of His Favorite Heroes From The Comics

Superman1 [Editor’s Note: Seth Kushner and I were first connected because we share a high school mentor (at Abraham Lincoln in Coney Island), a teacher who inspired me toward my writing/editing life—and who, a generation later, nurtured Seth toward his dream of becoming a photographer. People love Seth: He’s a wonderful and unlikely paradox of both genuine hipster and generous mensch. I [more]

First Class Second-Hand Shops

By Anastasia Capatina

Check out some of our fave shops from around the city that are just as great to donate and consign to as they are to shop at.

shopping-bags Editor's Note: For more shopping tips, see our 2014 Guide to Shopping for Kids in NYC Whether you’re a smart shopper on the hunt for gently used kids and maternity clothes at a stellar price, or you have a closet bursting with kiddo clothes and toys that you’d like to pass on to a loving new owner, NYC’s second-hand and consignment [more]

Delicious Cake Alternatives

By Mia Weber

We’ve rounded up some great ideas (and local retailers) to sweeten the deal at any party.

SWEETS (NEW) Noah Fecks Treat House Editor's Note: For more tips on birthday parties, see our articles "NYC's 10 Best Birthday Cakes" and 2014 Guide to Birthday Party Venues When it comes to planning a fresh and fun birthday celebration, there’s no rule that you have to go the traditional cake and ice cream route. We’ve rounded up some great ideas (and [more]