New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note 

My Sunday morning began with my 8-year-old son's Little League game, in which he played catcher for a few innings (his favorite position). At the end of the day, we happened to see former New York Yankees catcher, Jorge Posada, carrying his groceries home with his kids. From catcher to catcher, do you see the hand of fate at work? We kept to ourselves, respecting the Posadas' privacy, but of course my son was tongue-tied. And I just couldn't resist spinning the scene to my advantage...[More Here]


--Eric Messinger   

Parenting Tips

*Fall classes are here! There are myriad local offerings in music, dance, art, sports, cooking, gymnastics, and more that deliver extracurricular enjoyment at all ages and levels. Here are 100 of our favorite kids fall classes.


*If your family likes animals, then you'll love these 5 quirky, awesome pets for city kids that are neither cats nor dogs. They're compact, can teach children the importance of responsibility, and you might be surprised by at least one of these choices (hint: Ratatouille!).

Contests & Giveaways

*The Fab Four from Down Under are hosing one last tour! The Wiggles' Celebration Tour will hit NYC in October, and we will award one lucky family an opportunity to join in the fun. We are giving away a family four-pack of tickets to The Wiggles' 6:30pm performance on October 10 at Town Hall Theatre. For info on how to enter, click here

Picks Of The Week: Classes & Birthday Parties

*Two special classes: For younger kids we recommend an evergreen exercise-mixed-with- fun venue that has a new branch that recently opened on the West Side; and for older kids we love the friendly competition at NYC's largest archery range


*For birthday parties,
our pair of picks includes a funzone playground that hosts creative celebrations and a ballet party that will twirl and plie into your very own home.
Bonus Tip 

*Our sister publication, AVENUE magazine, is hosting an antiques, art, and design (oh my!) show next weekend. Parents can find artful objects that fit both their tastes and their kid-filled apartments. For an exclusive look, see these five family-friendly items to check-out at the show this weekend: AVENUE Antiques, Art & Design Show at the Park Avenue Armory.        


*The onset of rain this week has us gearing up for stormy weather! Make sure your little ones have sturdy--yet stylish--umbrellas to keep them dry on damp days to come.  


For more shopping finds from our Treats blog, click here.    

Hot Topics & Tips 

*Money in your pocket: Our Le$$er Parenting blogger, Hillary Chura, loves discount shopping for her family. Check out her latest obsession in the local chain store scene


*Help your school win a Blackboard Award! If you love your child's school or principal, please submit a nomination: Deadline to nominate is Monday, October 15. And spread the word to your school friends!


*Do non-moms matter to politicians? Now that we have your attention, please read our thoughts on Ann Romney's RNC speech--and Jenny Allen's satirical response to it.  


*Nanny scam alert! When a pretend family scams a would-be nanny, what can we learn from it?  

For more articles and tips, visit

September 19-25, 2012

92 Y
DK Publishing
Chelsea Piers

April cover   New York Family