Top Ten Spots for Kids in New York City

Got kids? New York City hearts kids! Here are my picks for the top ten best spots. I wrote this piece for travelmuse several years back but it is evergreen (for the most part.) Note: I would certainly add a couple more spots like the 9/11 museum and High Line (although not for little kids, best for tweens and teens.)


Splash! New York City in the Rain


Yup, it’s another rainy day. And it’s Memorial Day weekend. And the kids are chomping at the bit. Here are some ideas for where to stay high and dry, including family-friendly restaurants to take shelter–as well as ideas for parks and outdoors spots where the kiddies can jump in puddles and do what New Yorkers do on rainy days. Cope with style.

Brewski in NYC

Eataly beer garden
Eataly beer garden (Photo credit: Tim Rodenberg)


NYC has become big with brewskis with more than 50 beer “gardens.” La Birreria on the roof of Eataly ( is a hot spot for a cold one. So is Chelsea Brewing Company–throw back one of 25 hand-crafted beers and you can tour the brewery, too ( And in Astoria, Queens, the 100-year-old-plus Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden ( is spot on for oompah bands, knockwurst and pitchers of foamy beer.


Want more fabulous tips for exploring NYC on a sunsational day like today this spring? Here you go!


Another wowza day NYC

Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory
Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


What a beauty! The day–and the bridge!


Perfect sunny day to walk across the  iconic Brooklyn Bridge. A pedestrian path runs through the center of the one-mile span with mouth-gaping glances of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan. When you reach Brooklyn, hit up DUMBO for an ice cream from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory ( Come on, just do it!


Top 25 City Mom Blogs

Empire State Building as seen from Top of the Rock
Empire State Building as seen from Top of the Rock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Proud that my blog, Big Apple Dipped in Caramel, is one of Top 25


blogs! Thanks! Oh, and if you want more skinny on NYC, check out




Well, hello spring! Beauty in NYC!

Socrates Sculpture Park
Socrates Sculpture Park (Photo credit: roccocell)

What a day to be outside, if even for quick stroll. Or, maybe you can steal away an hour or two. Here are two ideas. Celebrate the sunshine!

The Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens, is a haven for art lovers who come to admire the thought-provoking sculptures as well as the Manhattan skyline views ( And, the off-the-radar Shakespeare Garden that’s tucked away in Central Park ( is a romantic strolling spot; a nod to the Bard is evident with quotations from his works on bronze plaques. Need more inspiration? You’ll find lots of sun-kissed ideas in my bestselling book New York City Made Easy

New Yorkers in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

Beach 91st Street
Beach 91st Street (Photo credit: dakine kane)

Got my lights and heat on last night after a week of no power. But still so many without power–including many in my own neighborhood. And all those New Yorkers who lost their homes and livelihoods, it is so heartbreaking. I have donated bags of clothing to those without and hope you will all do the same. It is freezing here tonight and it is unbearable to think of those without power and heat. Come together, New Yorkers, come together to feed, to heat, to help. Thank you.