New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note 

I have a teenage nephew who is autistic, and one of his biggest challenges is distinguishing between what others consider to be socially appropriate and inappropriate behavior. So when Gene was hanging out with a group of teens from the family this summer, he asked in the most open and friendly way, "Hey, are any of you on medication?" He just wanted to share an important part of his own daily routine. But my favorite Gene story of late extended outside of the family circle, to Larry David, the co-creator of "Seinfeld," and the eternally peeved star of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm"...[More Here]   


--Eric Messinger   

Parenting Tips

*Halloween is right around the corner, and we've created a list of more than 20  spooktacular celebrations that are perfect for NYC families. From Boo at the Zoo to Ripley's Boo-lieve It or Not!, be prepared to be scared.  


*With the state of the market being so uncertain, the rent vs. buy decision has never been so tough. To help you make the right choice for your family, we spoke with some local experts to get their advice on real estate trends. Plus, we've gathered ten new family-friendly buildings for your viewing pleasure.


*The New York City Department Of Education recently announced major changes in the admissions process for the city's G & T (Gifted & Talented) programs. The changes include the addition of a new test and a revised sibling policy. Here's the scoop

Contests & Giveaways

*Debating baby names is fun, even if you're not pregnant. And creating your own monikers can be downright hilarious. Just look at the cool new naming book, Hello, My Name is Pabst: Baby Names for Nonconformist, Indie, Geeky, DIY, Hipster, and Alterna-Parents of Every Kind. We have five copies of this rollicking read to give away! For info on how to enter to win one, click here.  

Picks Of The Week: Classes & Birthday Parties

*Cool kids classes: For younger children, a rockin' good time at a music and movement class for little ones 12-35 months old. For older children, a circus yoga program that fosters connection, play, trust, and skill-building.


*Big birthday ideas: From skating to bowling, from gymnastics to golf, one local venue has all kinds of birthday parties for kids who like to move. Find out what kind of active celebration your child wants, and, chances are, this place can deliver the fun.

*Think pink this October and shop in support of breast cancer awareness. Two of our bloggers have compiled their favorite pink products: one with makeup and fashion finds for moms and another with everything from gadgets to food.  


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

Hot Topics & Tips 

*One of our favorite parts of fall is eating pumpkin-flavored everything. And our Yummy Delicious blogger Kelsey Banfield has a recipe for pumpkin pie in fudge form that will have kids begging for more.  


*When it comes to parenting, the third child is supposed to be the easy one! But our mom blogger Tali Rosenblatt-Cohen is learning some important life lessons while getting her youngest son to go to preschool...with tears aplenty.   


*Does your kid know how to play chess? The new documentary "Brooklyn Castle" has us convinced that the board game is as much about friendly competition as it is about life lessons. And be sure to check out our list of the city's leading chess programs for kids.  

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October 17-23, 2012
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Chelsea Piers
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