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Bethenny Frankel, MoM-to-Be

Real Housewives of New York-er Bethenny Frankel on her cast mates, her push present and becoming a new mom.

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Whether you’re hinting to your hubby what you’d love for Mother’s day or just shopping for yourself, plenty of indulgent new goodies are out there to crave.

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Aurelie Bidermann multi-strand charm bracelet, $1,060, Bergdorf Goodman. If your memories of summer include colorful strands of friendship bracelets tied around your wrists, consider this to be the grown-up version.

Marissa Alperin Gold Sweet Pea Necklace, $700, Marissa Alperin Studio. There’s something just plain perfect about a little gold pendant. And this pendant is just right for late spring and summer: a tiny gold pea pod filled with emerald peas. And if your family’s still in the market for a great Mother’s Day gift, it would be best presented by your own little sweet peas.

Dior Limited Edition Gold Sunglasses, $1,295, Dior Boutique. It wouldn’t be summer without a great pair of shades, and these bold sparklers from Dior—finished with a logo signature in 18-karat gold—might just be the ultimate pair. You’ll want to live in these.

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Coach Hamptons Washed Canvas Tote, $298, the Coach Men’s Bleecker Street Store. Do you spend every summer hunting for the perfect roomy tote bag to shlep everything to the country, down to the beach and around town? Look no further than this stylish, spacious tote. It is bound to fit the bill.

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Amy Wilson’s blog, www.mother- loadshow.blogspot.com, is more popular than ever today.The actress and new author is like an updated Erma Bombeck. Wilson writes on the guilt that mother’s feel at not being perfect,“the mothers (and fathers) you swore you’d never be.”She says she’s been“the snack bringer, the barney fan, the public bathroom freak out-er, the ice-cream-for- breakfast server,”and more.Though a lot of space recently has been devoted to her book, When Did I Get Like This?, Wilson still manages to have new entries on topics like the recent study on obesity and toddlers or whether antibiotics make kids extra cranky (complete with a link to Wanda Pratnicka, exorcist!).

who’s saying what and where

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schools or to vent about crazy mothers-in-law and flaky husbands? Lucky for us, there are a plethora of online communities that cater to whatever needs you may have in the mom

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The site www.youbemom.com is easy to use and has lots of action and no “deleter” to police it. It was started last year in response to Ur- ban Baby’s corporate redesign.After 10 p.m. on weekends, it gets rowdy. A random selection of recent posts include the following headlines:

“SEXLESS MARRIAGE”(this poster found a whole group of women in similar situations);“Do you think 2 glasses of wine a day, 5x a week (10 glasses total per week) is heavy drinking for a woman/”;“going on a long flight with 1yo daughter, can i give her benadryl? she never sleeps on planes.”And because it’s anonymous, it’s a good place to come if you want tough love. There are lots of heated and silly battles over Obama, status and who’s in the right—working moms or the stay-at- homes, but also jokes.The question “Are denim bermuda shorts bad?” was answered with one word, the awesome portmanteau,“Jorts.”Just in time for summer!

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The bloggers at www.nycmoms- blog.com have great advice on how to get involved if you want to keep sex education in the curriculum at your public school, bullying and the challenge of spring break boredom. We love this thoughtful site, written by a group of New York City mothers. In March, one contributor (a vegan) made hay of the breast-milk cheese (!) the chef at Klee in Chelsea was serving diners.The milk came from his lactating wife.“My breast milk was for my kids, not for the paying public,” she wrote.“Call me old- fashioned. I am keeping my bodily secretions to myself.” Commenters both agreed (“Just the thought of this gives me the creeps. YUCK”) or decried our hypocrisy (“You have trouble with human consuming human milk but you wouldn’t think twice about drinking milk made for cattle?? These reactions are weirder than the thought itself!”).They are still serving it, if you’re curious.

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If you’re looking to lose yourself for a little while and find a friend in parent- ing, visit www.mom-101.com.Writer, advertising exec and two-time mom Liz details it all, from the knock-knock jokes to the sleepless nights. She doles out advice, stumbles through many mom-situations (she’s just like us!) and also manages to give us the roundup on hot-button topics like breast-feeding in public. All without ruffling any feathers to boot.

in public. All without ruffling any feathers to boot. urbanbaby.com The site www.urbanbaby.com has much stricter

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The site www.urbanbaby.com has much stricter policies than its rival, youbemom.com, on what is acceptable chatter or what gets deleted. Rumors have it that Urban Baby lost its edge when CNet bought it in 2008. This site keeps things pretty clean and focuses on questions like “assuming you have nice legs, at what age should you give up shorts? i don’t mean bermuda shorts or hot pants but regular in-between shorts.”Answers: “Here’s to gran- nies in shorts!!”; “50”; “never wear shorts, unless really short+then only to bed. they are not flattering on anyone (over 21).” Best thing about Urban Baby? It has a great section on what’s going on locally on weekends.

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Julie earle-levine explores The Wonderful World of a-lisT Kids’ parTies

K IDS’ birthday parties are getting bigger and more extravagant. Whether its renting FAO Schwartz for the night or having a slumber party at the Plaza Ho-

tel, celebrity and well-to-do kids are celebrating, and celebrat- ing big, with incredible invites, to-die-for cakes and festive decorations.

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Veteran party planner Marla Mase (partypoopers. com) recently transformed a client’s backyard into Alice in Wonderland, with a huge tent and a black-and-white floor and dozens of different-size teacups. Then the Queen Of Hearts invited all the children on an adventure. “There were very cool drag queen centerpieces. Everything was totally over the top,” says Mase. Many of the children receiving these over-the-top parties are still in diapers. One couple has big blow-out parties for their two kids, now ages 4 and 6, every year, says Mase. They held one recently with a 1960s theme, with tiny go-go dancers, peace signs and lit-up furniture. “There was a huge candy bar, a huge video screen and really wild entertainment.” Among the performers was a “bubble boy” who came out, blew himself into a bubble and bounced around inside of it. Among older children, Arabian nights themes are becoming more popular; at one such party recently, the ballroom at the Hilton was transformed. “There were ponies inside, and a tiger cub. Alicia Keys sang happy birthday. I would imagine that was half a million dollars, for about 60 kids,” Mase says. Magic is another hot theme. Fantasma Magic has its own theater, with amazing props and magic shows where kids become the official magicians’ assistants. Live birds and rabbits are produced and petted by all. The birthday boy or girl can also be hyponotized—in

a fun way! Guests get awesome goody bags, including

magic tricks. The two-hour parties cost $1,250 for up to 10 kids (fantasmamagic.com). A Citibabes party can run the gamut. Homes, parks and restaurants are transformed into petting zoos, or parties

for pirates or princesses. It even hosts puppy parties, with real puppies. Circus-themed parties have carnival games, popcorn machines, cotton candy makers, photo booths and bouncy castles (from $875 for 15 kids; citibabes.com). FAO Schwartz, the legendary toy store on Fifth Av- enue, has an array

of offerings on a variety of themes. FAO Schwartz

rents out its store several nights

a week for par-

ties; the base cost is $25,000. The

store’s special party room in the store, for up to 10 adults and 40 kids,

sugar Couture.
sugar
Couture.

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Eloise at the plaza.
Eloise at the plaza.

has a Toy Soldier as the official party host (partyplan- ning@fao.com). And there will soon be Eloise at the Plaza birthday parties for ages 3 and up. A basic package for eight kids is $500, with extra kids $50 each for up to 18 children; the package includes invitations and thank- you notes, party bags, a birthday book and a cupcake tower. Plus, the hotel is getting a Betsey Johnson– designed suite that is ideal for parties (theplaza.com). Entertainment aside, some parents are splurging thousands of dollars on stunning cakes. For a cake that really steals the show, Penny Stankiewicz, the owner of Sugar Couture in Brooklyn (sugar-couture.com) can create a “cake story” on any theme you like, from rac- ing cars to soccer. The former filmmaker turned her

How and Where the Celebs Party

Madonna and Lourdes get Babycakes—delicious vegan cupcakes

free of flour, eggs and dairy. Madge’s favorite: vanilla cupcake with lemon frosting.They cost $44 per dozen (babycakesnyc.com). Suri Cruise gets super parties. For her second birthday, mom Katie Holmes reportedly spent $100,000 on a butterfly theme party, with a special $5,000 butterfly- decorated cake, personalized cakes for each guest and a dinner for adults. Gwyneth Paltrow threw a swank princess party in London for Apple’s fourth birthday, but a more low-key Mexican fiesta for Moses’ birthday in New York. He got a superhero- themed third birthday party in a backyard in L.A., deco- rated with dog, cow, pig and zebra balloons. Melania Trump celebrated Bar- ron’s fourth birthday at the Intrepid Sea,Air & Space Museum, where they ate pizza and

chicken nuggets.

Space Museum, where they ate pizza and chicken nuggets. Katie Holmes and Suri. playground june 2010

Katie Holmes

and Suri.

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Photo: Rosalie O'Connor
Photo: Rosalie O'Connor

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HEiDi GREEN

HEiDi GREEN Top Five Photo tips With a background in film and many years spent as
HEiDi GREEN Top Five Photo tips With a background in film and many years spent as

Top Five Photo tips

With a background in film and many years spent as a teacher, photographer Heidi Green certainly has a leg up when it comes to photographing N.Y.C. kids’ parties. We asked Heidi to give us her top five tips for capturing the kiddos in action.

If you’re not hiring a professional, you might want to designate one responsible guest to be “photographer for the day” to make sure everything is documented. Then you can relax, enjoy the party and be present with your guests. Focus on the birthday child and make sure to include shots of them with all important friends and relatives (remember both sets of grandparents!). include shots oF the décor; the cake from various angles, balloons, place settings and party favors. These are important aspects that shouldn’t be overlooked, as they add flavor to the album. get down low to capture the kids at their level as they play and inter- act. This kid’s-eye view gives the photos a sense of reality from their perspective. have Fun with your kids. And that is an order!

have Fun with your kids. And that is an order! For more information, please visit: www.heidigreen.com.

For more information, please visit:

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(left to right) Michelle Marie and Jon Heinemann threw a spooktakular birthday party for their son, Hudson, at doubles in the Sherry-netherland; donny deutsch and amanda lederman celebrated daughter daisy’s birthday at Eli’s Vinegar Factory.

attention to cakes in 2004, and has created them for such clients as Hugh Jackman and Donna Karan. Kids can choose among 500 flavors (red velvet is very popular) and 38 fillings, including buttercream. Prices are $9 to $13 a serving, with a minimum order $400. So whom are these parties really for? “[With] some clients you really feel it is for both the kids and the adults to have fun,” party planner Marla Mase says. “Then there are some parents who are doing it for show. First birthdays can be re- ally elaborate, then sometimes when kids get older, they tone it down.” Or in the case of some Manhattan parents, ramp it up by hiring the penthouse suite at a five-star hotel for a sweet 16 party where the girls have their makeup and hair done, then head out to dinner and a show. But parents can take a more low-key ap- proach. We’re not talking $100,000 to $500,000 for a party. Try out, for instance, the Pirate Parties at South Street Seaport, where kid swashbucklers can commandeer the Seaport’s famed tall ship and learn how to be real pirates by hunting for treasure (212-748-8774).

—Julie Earle-Levine

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Summer Soirees

Explorers’ Party 17th Annual Family Benefit

WhEn: Wednewsday, May 19, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Who: Wildlife Conservation Society WhErE: Central Park Zoo, Fifth Avenue at 64th Street; Co-ChAirmEn: Paige Hardy, Kelly Mallon. ContACt: Michelle Kahn, mkahn@wcs.org, 718-741-1639. WEB sitE: wcs.org

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Explorers’ Party is an annual family benefit that celebrates education, wildlife and the joy of learning. This event inspires future genera- tions to understand and conserve the world we live in. The Explorers’Party raises critical funds for WCS’s Education Programs throughout the world and at our five local parks— Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo and the New York Aquarium. Festively geared toward parents and their children, the Explorers’Party welcomes more than 250 families each year to the Central Park Zoo. Guests can enjoy live entertainment, a sea lion feeding, a scavenger hunt and hands-on educational activities that introduce kids to the thrill of science exploration.

Annual Playground Party in heckscher Playground:

Picnic in Your Playground!

WhEn: Wednesday, May 26, 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Who: Central Park Conservancy Playground Partners WhErE: Heckscher Playground in Central Park ChAirmAn: Kamie Lightburn. ContACt: Hannah Parker, hparker@

centralparknyc.org, 212-310-6668. WEB sitE: centralparknyc.org/pgp

The Annual Playground Party at Heckscher Playground is the main fund-raiser for the Playground Partners. Children of all ages enjoy face painting, music and magic. Funds are raised through contributions, underwriting and ticket sales.

raised through contributions, underwriting and ticket sales. donna Karan hosts Super Saturday. CmEE Under the sea

donna Karan

hosts Super

Saturday.

CmEE Under the sea

WhEn: Saturday,July 24, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Who: The Children’s Museum of the East End . WhErE: At CMEE, 376 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, N.Y. Co-ChAirmEn: Natalie Barth, Dana Golding Scharf, Lauren Goody, Pam Henes, Beth Kojima, Erica Martini,Zibby Right,Amy Tarr. ContACt: Steve Long, steve@cmee.org, (631) 537- 8250. WEB sitE: cmee.org

Premiering in 2009, the Children’s Museum of the East End’s fund-raiser,“CMEE Under the Sea,” became a big hit of the Hamptons summer season.With more

than 700 people attending last year’s inaugural Family Fair, CMEE Under the Sea raised $165,000 to benefit the museum. This year, families can enjoy a day of fun, including music, magic and theater performances in the outdoor amphitheater; art activities; face painters; bouncy castles; a petting zoo; and more. CMEE Under the

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Posh Parties

Posh Parties divalysscious Moms hosted a divamoms night out of cooking with Food networks alex guarnaschelli

divalysscious Moms hosted a divamoms night out of cooking with Food networks alex guarnaschelli at the devonshire House.

Food networks alex guarnaschelli at the devonshire House. Haute Mamas & Mamas-to-Be unite at dKny to

Haute Mamas & Mamas-to-Be unite at dKny to celebrate the birth of amy Tara Koch's

BuMp IT up: Transform your pregnancy Into

the ultimate Style Statement.

Transform your pregnancy Into the ultimate Style Statement . divalysscious Moms hosts a moms’ night out

divalysscious Moms hosts a moms’ night out of pampering for Hot Moms Handbook nyC book launch at the paul labrecque Salon.

Moms Handbook nyC book launch at the paul labrecque Salon. la Mer kicks of its 2010

la Mer kicks of its 2010 World oceans Campaign with a family-friendly screening of disney- nature’s oceans.

a family-friendly screening of disney- nature’s oceans . divalysscious Moms and Michael Bolla hosted “a love,

divalysscious Moms and Michael Bolla hosted “a love, life and after Event.”

Sea helps fund a diverse array of programming at the Children’s Museum of the East End.

Super Saturday 12

When: Saturday,July 31.

Who: Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Where: Nova’sArk Project Water Mill,NewYork.

Co-Chairmen: Patti & Harvey Cohen, Faith & Jeffrey

einstein’s Wild West Family Day Carnival

When: Sunday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Who: National Women’s Division of the Albert Einstein College

of Medicine.

Where: The Ross School (lower campus), 739 Butter Lane,

Bridgehampton, N.Y.

Co-Chairmen: Christie Brinkley serves as event co-chair with

Lauren Anmuth, Mindy Feinberg,Tasha Genatt,Jackie Harris

Kogan; Hosted by: Donna Karan,Ariel Foxman,

Harris Kogan; Hosted by: Donna Karan,Ariel Foxman, West. Hochberg, Erica Karsch, Bari Katz, Roxanne Palin. P

West.

Hochberg, Erica Karsch, Bari Katz, Roxanne Palin. PreSent-

ing SPonSor: Marquis Jet. ContaCt: 718-430-2818; Patricia.

Margulies@einstein.yu.edu or anna.levine@einstein.yu.edu.

Web Site: einsteinfamilyday.com

This Western-themed carnival features games, rides and exciting contests, such as a scavenger hunt, freeze dancing, hula-hooping, potato sack races, parent-child tug-of-war, watermelon eating and

a water balloon toss. Ongoing activities include

a silent auction, arts and crafts, family photos, a

giant slide, pony rides, an obstacle course, carnival booths, cupcake decorating, face painting, balloon artists and much more! Proceeds and contributions will fund cutting-edge research studies at the Albert Einstein Cancer Center. Last year’s Family Day event was attended by more than 1,200 children and adults, raising more than $350,000.

Christie

Brinkley hosts

Einsteins Wild

For your event to be considered for inclu- sion in future issues, please send all rel- evant information to Zibby@observer.com.

InStyle, along with Kelly Ripa; Sponsors: Donna

Karan, InStyle, QVC. ContaCt: Katie Dillon

212-268-1002, katie@ocrf.org. Web Site:

www.ocrf.org

Super Saturday is a fun-filled, family-oriented, daylong fundraiser to benefit OCRF, complete with a one-of-a-kind designer garage sale, kids’carnival and activities, a raffle and gourmet treats.The most antici- pated element of Super Saturday is the fashion garage sale, which includes merchandise from more than 200 of the most prominent designers including Donna Karan,Theory, Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Catherine Malandrino, Diane von Furstenberg, Polo Ralph Lauren, Lacoste and Salvatore Fer- ragamo. Attended by all ages, Super Saturday 2009 raised nearly $3.4 million for OCRF.

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Fitness

Solid as a Rock

go-To girl for CelebriTy MoMs:

TraCy anderson, personal Trainer

W ant a butt like Gwyneth’s? Abs like Madonna? Courtney Cox’s lithe arms? Yes! That’s

why we went to Tracy Anderson, the pint-size trainer who is fa- mous for transforming all these mom’s bodies into those of sexy, sculpted temptresses. Did we work ourselves into

a sweaty mess? I won’t lie. But I

wanted to find out exactly what we all want to know: How do we get those bodies? Really, is it possible? Here is the good news: An- derson, who runs a sleek, $900-a- month workout studio in Tribeca

ies of swimmers and classical dancers and looked to Jane Fonda for her hybrid videos of dance and aerobics. “I wanted to be able to have my body be 20 times better after my pregnancy than it was before.” Her sweet spot is helping get back into shape moms who have just had a baby or those with a 3-year-old or older. She trained Madonna, who has de- scribed Anderson as her “savior,” for three years straight, and Madge has had two Caesareans. Christy Turlington, Courtney Cox and Sarah Jessica Parker are devotees. And of course, there’s Gwyneth, who writes glowingly of Anderson in her online newsletter, Goop, and went to Anderson after seeing a friend’s results. Paltrow says Anderson kicked her “formerly sagging ass into shape” and is especially good for the “batwing” problem. “The body changes after pregnancy so much. Even if you look great in clothes, people don’t realize the sagging skin, the belly button, the expanding of the back, the connection of the torso to the butt doesn’t look as good as it used to,” says Anderson. She says her formula gets all of that back, and keeps it. She talks a lot about skin tone and getting rid of cellulite. More on that shortly. Let’s talk about Paltrow’s body. Didn’t Gwynnie have a great body before? “Yeah, she had a great body, but now she has a perfect body. We transformed her butt, her legs,

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(Gwyneth is a partner in the business), says moms can transform their bodies at home, by following her Pilates- style exercise regime she is now marketing worldwide, and by be- ing strict about food, of course. When I meet Anderson, who is seriously tiny, I comment that she’s compact. “Don’t call me compact. Compact means bulky, do you know what I mean?” She prefers sculpted, which

is more feminine. Anderson, who down-

sized herself from a size 6 to

a zero, means business. She

was overweight as a young dance student in New York, where she yo-yo dieted and couldn’t shed pounds. Then she struggled with baby weight at 23, after giving birth to her son, Sam, who is now 11. “I couldn’t find a fitness program that worked for me.” Anderson

says she did most of her research when she was pregnant. She stud- ied the bod-

sarah Jessica parker, Courtney Cox and gwyneth paltrow.

everything. She worked very hard.” Anderson’s approach is about targeting what she calls the “accessory muscles” that line large muscle groups like the biceps and quadriceps, to achieve an effect that makes limbs lean and bodies “teeny tiny.” Anderson’s programs consist of a total of 3,000 moves

that get progressively harder to perform. You never use weights more than 3 pounds.

I confess that I’ve watched Anderson’s videos, and

they were hard for me to follow. Anderson shoots me a “you-need-to-try-harder” look, but I feel better when she tells me it can be hard for women if they weren’t dancers as children. “When I started with Gwyneth, she couldn’t dance at all, but now she’s phenomenal.” Gw- yneth also revealed that the exercise really helped her with the postpartum depression she suffered after her second child. “It really eliminated the toxicity for her.” What is the No. 1 celebrity complaint? Skin tone on the stomach. “It’s so hard. Moms think they’ll never be in a bikini again. Moms that gain a lot of weight lose a connection with their bodies.” Anderson herself gained 60 pounds during her pregnancy. “Come on, let’s be honest: The whole body just goes to pot.” But Anderson was able to transform her body within six weeks after giving birth. When Anderson changes people, she says she gets them to their tiniest, leanest, healthiest point. “They live at that point and 10 pounds above. I don’t believe in dieting for life. I don’t believe in never having that piece of cheesecake, glass of wine or carbs.” If you are at the top of the 10-pound zone, if you’ve been really bad, then maybe you’ll get a little cellulite. And yes,

you can get rid of it. “There is a formula to it. It’s get- ting rid of the layer of fat that can sit between connec- tive tissue.” Courtney Cox says of the program: “My butt has lifted, my arms are sculpted and my skin is tight and actually clings to the muscle again.”

I ask her if she can she really transform anyone,

even cheese-loving, gym-lazy me? “Yes! I have spent 11 years working my butt off with a very focused question in mind. Can I take any woman from any genetic back- ground? Can I make them tiny, sexy but strong, lean, perfect, cellulite-free? Yes, I can.” Here’s the best bit. If you do work hard and trans- form your body, you can still indulge. “I have a sweet every day, but it might be a coconut cacao smoothie one day, or a full blown gigantic chocolate chip cookie the next.” Her favorite? “Cupcakes with butter cream frost- ing are my favorite thing on the planet.” Sign us up! —Julie Earle-Levine

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Hot to Tot

by rac H el felder

even if you’ve already bought everything on the camp supply list and turned on the heat in your Hamptons pool, there’s still plenty to get for a stylish, savvy summer. Here are our picks of the hottest necessities and indulgenc- es for you and your brood.

Crimson-touched footwear In: Converse (PRODUCT) RED love shoes out: Ubiquitous (and uncom- fortable) red-soled heels
Crimson-touched
footwear
In: Converse (PRODUCT) RED
love shoes
out: Ubiquitous (and uncom-
fortable) red-soled heels
Indulgent Father’s Day gift

(that mom will covet)

In: Cowshed’s Bollock’s Massage at Soho House

out: A designer leather wallet bought in Soho

Guilt-free pick-me-up with style

In: L’age de the loose Darjeeling tea

out: Single espresso from a fancy Italian coffee bar

Summertime skin saver In: Perricone MD More Than Moisture: sunblock and mois- turizer in one
Summertime
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In: Perricone MD More Than
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out: Extra bottles of spf 50 and
aloe vera gel
Recurring weather-related nightmare
In: A rained-out weekend entertaining
with extra-bored kids
out: Two consecutive school snow days
with extra-bored kids
Stylish wheels to accommodate both kids In: BumbleRide Double Stroller out: Cumbersome twin stroller that’s
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In: BumbleRide
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Weekend treat to reward five

weekdays of dietary virtue

In: Minetta’s Tavern Black Label burger

(with chocolate brioche for the kids)

out: Fast-food burger (with happy

meals for the kids)

Don’t-leave-home-without-it

bright summer accessory

In: Sprint’s new red BlackBerry curve

out: Colorful exotic skin tote

Mother-and-tween-daughter

bonding experience

In: The Carlton’s hotel’s “13 Things

to do by 13” package, complete

with’s Candy Bar visit

out: Inexpensive neighborhood mani-

pedis, followed by a Pinkberry visit

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Edible treat from a weekend

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In: Kors d’Oeuvres dips from

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Candy on Rivington Street

Summer’s precautionary parental

knapsack addition

In: CleanWell all-natural hand sanitzer

out: Kids’ cell phone for the bus ride to day camp

“What are you wearing” pedicure color

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How to keep in touch with out-of-town

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In: Facebook and Twitter

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Books

Books Summe R R eading S pecial The Hot Mom-to-Be Handbook: look and Feel great from
Books Summe R R eading S pecial The Hot Mom-to-Be Handbook: look and Feel great from

Summe R R eading S pecial

The Hot Mom-to-Be Handbook: look and Feel great from Bump to

Baby, by Jessica denay This inspiring handbook encourages moms-to-be to feel confident and empow- ered throughout their preg- nancies and beyond. Filled with great ideas on how to make pregnancy stylish, satisfying and fun, this book is a must-have.

Our Favorite Summer Reads

Whether you’re packing your bags for the

beach or lounging in the yard, a good book is essential. Here’s our round-up of this summer’s must-reads for moms and

moms-to-be.

of this summer’s must-reads for moms and moms-to-be. When did I get like This? The Screamer,

When did I get like This? The Screamer, The Worrier, The dinosaur Chicken nugget Buyer and other Mothers I Swore I’d

never Be, by amy Wilson This hilarious memoir about the travails of motherhood is both sweet and sardonic. This book will make every mom feel better about the ups and downs of modern parenting.

mom feel better about the ups and downs of modern parenting. The o2 diet , by

The o2 diet, by Keri glassman Is it possible? You can look and feel great while indulging in raspber- ries, chocolate, avocados and even coffee? Well, according to Keri Glassman, you can be healthy and look stunning to boot. Glassman’s easy-to-use guide gives you the scoop you need on antioxidant-rich foods that will change your skin, your body and your mood.

—Rachel Smith

change your skin, your body and your mood. —Rachel Smith nicole richie’s must-have bag, the Simone
change your skin, your body and your mood. —Rachel Smith nicole richie’s must-have bag, the Simone

nicole richie’s must-have bag, the Simone Camille, available exclusively at ron Herman, $975-$1,475, ronherman.com.

The Happiness project, or Why I spent a year Trying to Sing in the morning, Clean my Closets, Fight right, read aristo-

tle, and generally Have More Fun, by gretchen rubin This charming account of one woman’s many attempts to find happiness will make you want to embark on your own happiness quest. Let Gretchen Rubin be your guide to age-old questions like “Can money buy happiness?” and “Can you blog your way to personal fulfill- ment?” Just reading this book will brighten your day. And maybe even more importantly, it’ll make you clean out your closets.

more importantly, it’ll make you clean out your closets. Flying lessons , by gilbert Ford This
more importantly, it’ll make you clean out your closets. Flying lessons , by gilbert Ford This

Flying lessons, by gilbert Ford This adorable children’s book, written and illustrated by Gilbert Ford, tells the story of a passenger airplane who befriends a flock of doves as they share the airways. The book’s quirky, retro illustrations and heart- felt story of friendship and acceptance will be appealing to children and adults.

and acceptance will be appealing to children and adults. Bump It up: Transform your preg- nancy
and acceptance will be appealing to children and adults. Bump It up: Transform your preg- nancy
and acceptance will be appealing to children and adults. Bump It up: Transform your preg- nancy
and acceptance will be appealing to children and adults. Bump It up: Transform your preg- nancy
and acceptance will be appealing to children and adults. Bump It up: Transform your preg- nancy

Bump It up: Transform your preg- nancy Into The ultimate Style State-

ment, by amy Tara Koch From page one, fashionista Amy Tara Koch’s complete guide to pregnancy style will make any mom-to-be want to swap her sweatpants for designer jeans. This cleverly illustrated how-to makes being stylish while “with bump” seem so easy and fun. Our prediction? Soon everyone will be getting pregnant—just for the clothes!

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The perfect Mother’s Day gifts for your crafty Mom!

The perfect Mother’s Day gifts for your crafty Mom! The ultimate guide to crafts by the
The perfect Mother’s Day gifts for your crafty Mom! The ultimate guide to crafts by the

The ultimate guide to crafts by the ultimate teacher. This beautifully designed, comprehensive resource contains 200 projects, templates, and detailed instructions for more than 30 craft techniques, including beading, jewelry making, paper cutting, silk- screening, origami, and much more.

paper cutting, silk- screening, origami, and much more. A treasury of essential sewing and fabric crafting

A treasury of essential sewing and fabric crafting techniques, including hand and machine sewing, appliqué, embroidery, quilting, dyeing, and printing, plus step-by-step instructions for 150 inspired projects. Included is a CD with print-at- home templates and patterns.

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no Longer 16 But Still Pretty

gen X Icon Molly rIngWald on Motherhood and turnIng 40

M olly Ringwald, the iconic teen- movie queen with her pouty, cherry-stained lips and flaming

red hair, who personified our collective mid- ’80s adolescent angst, has turned 40. For those of us Gen-Xers who identified and cheered on our redheaded hero as she navi- gated the awkwardness of teenage crushes, the cliques and the mean girls, it’s shocking to real- ize that Molly Ringwald has grown up. Because, well, then so have we. But fear not, just as Molly guided us gracefully through teenage hell, so too can she usher us into our 40s with attitude and style. In Molly’s new book, Getting the Pretty Back (HarperCollins, April 2010), she pays homage to yet another rite

of passage and celebrates turning 40 by becoming the sexiest, funniest, most chic and confident woman that you can be. Ringwald, who lives in Los Angeles, where she shoots the ABC Family TV show The Secret Life of the American Teenager, calls herself a “displaced New Yorker.” The mom of three children (Mathilda, 6, and 9-month-old twins, Adele and Roman) spoke candidly about motherhood, her new book and life after 16. —Wendy Sachs

and paying the bills, and relationships that weigh you down. I wanted to write a book that would be uplifting and lighthearted and re- mind us of who we are or who we always want- ed to be. Sometimes in life, we do what we are expected to do. But then as you get older you think, ‘I’m not doing what I want to do at all.’ Did you get pulled away and couldn’t find your

way back? I love being a mom and am proud of my chil- dren, but it’s not all that I am. Very often I think women use their children as an excuse to say,

‘I have no time to take care of myself,’ and then

the children grow up and it can foster resent-

ment. I respect stay-at-home moms as much as

I do working moms, but it’s important to take

care of yourself, however that manifests itself.

It can’t be all about your kids.

How has motherhood changed you? Is it what you expected? The biggest thing motherhood has done is made me more conscious of time management. I’ve always been very spontaneous and instinc- tive. I moved to France just because I wanted to. Any big decision in my life has been from

the heart, but you can’t do that in the same way when you have kids. I have three kids, and they have schedules. My 9-month-old twins take naps, and that very much affects my day. We have an iCalendar, and we sync up the calen- dars just to stay organized now. What’s the best part of motherhood and what’s the worst?

I find my daughter is an endless amount of

inspiration. But she can also be really intense. She’s very cerebral and creative and into art. She reminds me of me how I was into singing and acting as a kid. Your book talks a lot about per-

sonal style. Has your daughter inherited your sense of style? Mathilda definitely has her own sense of style. She will actually say to me, ‘Mommy this is your style and not my style.’ The fact that she’s able to articulate it, well, I have to respect that. She puts together outfits that I would never put together, and she looks fabulous.

W.S.: How did you handle turning 40, and is it as shocking and depressing as everyone warns? Molly Ringwald: It’s re- ally not awful at all. The leading up to it was more

traumatic than actually turning 40 years old.

I am doing everything that I want to do in my

life right now. I am creating my own destiny and have the confidence that comes with expe- rience. Particularly in my case, having always been associated with youth, turning 40 seemed impossible—not Molly Ringwald! Everyone else could turn 40! But not me! And then I turned 40 and I really never even thought about it again.

But it did give me the idea of writing this book. And I wanted to write something that showed 40 as empowering and fun. I love the name of your book,

Getting the Pretty Back. After having babies, it can be hard to feel sane, let alone pretty. What do this title and this book mean to you?

alone pretty. What do this title and this book mean to you? I use ‘pretty’ in

I use ‘pretty’ in terms of an at-

titude. I think the word pretty is very associated with being young. Pretty is a lightness and an attitude that you lose after years of looking after your kids,

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Beauty

makeup artist carlo geraci shares

Beauty tips for the season

Carlos

Says

From season to season, we can expect subtle changes in beauty trends—with a slight twist to freshen and update the look. Unless you were lucky enough to have an early

spring resort vacation, you’ll want

to have an early spring resort vacation, you’ll want a bronzer. Bronzer is a great way

a bronzer. Bronzer is a great way to get the “I’ve been

away” look. I’m obsessed with Hourglass’ Bronze ligHt cream bronzer and gold highlighter. It wears like skin and gives you the option to highlight those cheekbones. Now that we’re on the topic of cheeks, I’m loving laura Mercier’s Barely Pink powder blush for more of a subtle cheek and sHu ueMura’s MPink 34 for a brighter flush of color.

and sHu ueMura’s MPink 34 for a brighter flush of color. Bright, bold (almost neon) lips

Bright, bold (almost neon) lips are huge this season—matte, being the new approach to a modern lip! My personal favs are sHiseido

Perfect rouge glowing Matte lipstick in

RD325, a guava-ish color pink and PK224 is

a very safe coral. For you glossy girls, nars easy lover raspberry-colored gloss would be the shear alternative to a bright lip.

gloss would be the shear alternative to a bright lip. Moving on to the eyes, keep

Moving on to the eyes, keep them toned down with Hourglass’ suede eye-shadow duo: soft shimmering beige and the perfect neutral taupe. This combo brings light to the eyes and keeps them demure. The fastest way to enhance your peepers would be to curl those lashes

way to enhance your peepers would be to curl those lashes with BoBBi Brown’s lash curler—yeah,
way to enhance your peepers would be to curl those lashes with BoBBi Brown’s lash curler—yeah,

with BoBBi Brown’s lash

curler—yeah, that’s right, I said it! I like this curler better than all the rest. Finish by dou- bling up on mascara; arMani’s eyes to kill in black or black/brown.

mascara; arMani’s eyes to kill in black or black/brown. Nail color is still muted. cHanel’s traPeze

Nail color is still muted. cHanel’s traPeze is

a lighter taupe with shimmer, ideal for that strappy sandal.

My nose is pointing

towards francis kurkd- jan’s aqua universalis

this season, a blend of lily

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in the summer.

Spritz yourself with this delicious scent, and then get out there and enjoy the weather!

scent, and then get out there and enjoy the weather! 3 4 not In Vein Writer

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scent, and then get out there and enjoy the weather! 3 4 not In Vein Writer

not In Vein

Writer and mom tatiana Boncompagni

exposes the truth aBout Varicose Veins

S ome women get stretch marks. Others get cellulite, lopsided belly buttons or saggy breasts. I was lucky; I escaped most of the physical after-effects of pregnancy except for one: varicose

veins. And we’re not talking about a smattering of spider veins on the backs of my thighs. Oh, no. We’re talking big, blue and bulging. And painful, too. When my children would sit or play on my lap, I would hold their little feet away from where one of the veins rose, like the Appalachians, from my right thigh, right at miniskirt height. I would bite my tongue to keep from cursing. Obviously, this was no way to live; I had to do something. Dr. Howard Sobel, director of the Skin and Spa Cosmetic Surgery Center, told me that varicose veins result when veins fail to pump blood back up the leg toward the heart effectively, instead allowing blood to flow back down and pool inside the tributaries beneath. This pooling causes the veins to expand and become visible underneath the skin. This is the case with both larger varicose veins and smaller spider veins. Spider veins are by far the most common, with up to 50 percent of women developing them by age 50. By comparison, only 10 to 20 percent of women develop varicose veins—which are characterized by a blue, ropey appearance—by the same age, says Dr. Sobel. Varicose veins run in my family, which means I’m genetically pre-

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disposed. Aside from genetics, the biggest factor in de- veloping varicosities is (surprise, surprise) pregnancy. “During pregnancy, you have more blood circulating in the intravenous system, increasing weight in the uterus, which slows circulation in the legs, and hormones that have an overall loosening effect on the vein walls,” ex- plains Dr. Luis Navarro, director of the Vein Treatment Center in New York. Many doctors also believe that women who have extra estrogen and progesterone in their body because they are on hormone-replacement

therapy or birth control pills may be at increased risk of developing varicose veins. What doesn’t seem to cause varicose veins? Crossing your legs. (Hear that, Mom?) “That’s an old wives’ tale,” says Dr. Robert Weiss, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University and the director of the Maryland Laser, Skin and Vein Institute. “Everyone crosses their legs, and a lot of people have varicose veins, so when two common things occur at the same time, people sometimes see a causation link where there isn’t one.” My mother might have been wrong about crossing my legs, but it turns out she was right about wear- ing compression stockings, which I didn’t do. Dr. Karyn Grossman, a dermatologist with practices in Santa Monica, Calif., and Manhattan, says she wore compression stockings during both her pregnancies and counsels all her pregnant patients to do the same. “Compression stockings offer graduated external sup- port to help constrict dilated veins to decrease reflux of blood from the deep to the superficial veins and pro- pel blood to the heart,” says Dr. Sobel. (A good online source is www.healthylegs.com.) Other preventative tips include elevating legs while resting (gravity helps blood drain back toward the heart, giving veins a chance to rest) and not wearing heels for long periods, says Dr. Weiss. Unfortunately, these precautions only do so much. Because of the severity of my case, I was a candidate for an endolaser procedure as well as what’s known as

a mini-phlebectomy. My surgery was lightening quick.

I went in for a short procedure and then the mountain

chains and blue rivers were gone. I wore short skirts with abandon, let my kids crawl on my lap to their hearts’ content. … But then I got pregnant again. And guess what? They’re back. In different places, and not quite as bad—because I’m wearing those darned stock- ings. Well, at least now I know they’re fixable.

Tatiana Boncompagni is the author of two novels, Hedge Fund Wives and Gilding Lily.

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into the present and keeps you from get- ting caught up in unproductive thoughts and worries.

2. List three things per day for which

you are grateful. Focusing on what you have and what you’ve accomplished is far more productive than thinking about what you don’t have or what more you should be doing.

nutrition

1. Take out all processed food or any-

thing white (flour, sugar, rice). You will

likely lose 5 to 10 pounds, you’ll have more energy, your skin will look better and you’ll be a nicer person.

2. Limit coffee and alcohol. They deplete

your energy, lead to cravings and often trigger bingeing. Instead, drink more wa- ter. Most people walk around with a low level of dehydration. Minor symptoms include fatigue and hunger. If you’re

hungry, and you’ve eaten within the past two hours, drink some water and see if it dissipates.

3. Drink organic green juices 30 minutes

before meals. Green juices are nutrient- dense and improve digestion. They de-

crease inflammation in the body, increase alkaline levels and keep blood sugar levels even, reducing sugar cravings. My favorite is Green Love from Organic Av- enue (www.organicavenue.com).

4. Eat every three hours.

5. Chew your food 24 times.

6. Don’t eat after 8 p.m. Wait 12 hours

before eating again. Fasting rests the in-

testines and allows you to detoxify.

FitneSS

1. Jump on the Urban Rebounder (www. urbanrebounding.com) 25 minutes a day. This mini-trampoline is convenient, easy, fun, improves digestion, enhances the lymph system and isn’t hard on the joints. Do it before your kids wake up in the morning or when you’re on the phone with your mother.

2. Work your core three to five times

a week. This is the most important strength training, as it supports the spine.

3.Sweat everyday. Skin is your largest organ. Sweating detoxifies the whole body. Try spending 5 to 20 minutes in a dry sauna.

—Zibby Right

M agen Banwart, founder of MB Fit- ness, is one of Manhattan’s best- kept secrets. A wellness, fitness

and nutrition guru, Magen has been helping New York City moms for years with her holistic approach, from teaching unique classes like Yin Yoga at Physique 57 (www.physique57.com) to running her Best Body program and wellness retreats. A lifelong fitness buff and former com- petitive runner, Magen turned to yoga, medita- tion and nutrition after an injury. She never went back. I asked Magen to share some of her proprietary techniques for helping moms like me keep their crazy lives in balance. If only I’d asked earlier!

WellneSS

1. Breathe. Short breaths put your body in fight- or-flight mode. Deeper breaths (four to six sec- onds in and out) send the body a message that everything’s O.K. and calm the nervous system. Plus, paying attention to breathing brings you

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Q. Dr. Lancer what should all New York moms be doing everyday to

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Smile Mavens

Whether you’re talking to the glamorous Beyoncé knowles or scruffy-on-purpose Brad pitt, one of hol- lywood’s obvious must-haves is a beautiful white smile. americans revere beautiful smiles. think about it: julia roberts, Cameron Diaz, miley Cyrus—their smiles just make us want to smile. When it comes to getting the teeth you want, it appears

that all roads lead to the same place: the office of cosmetic dentists marc Lowenberg, gregg Lituchy and Brian kantor. We sat down with Dr. Lowenberg and asked him our five most pressing smile questions.

Who is a good candidate for a smile makeover?

Mark LoWenberg: anyone who doesn’t like the way their smile looks is a good candidate. the most dramatic

results are in the “aging” smile whereby the teeth have got- ten darker over time and teeth have chipped or moved with age and use. often a “smile makeover” can make you look younger because whiter, healthier-looking teeth are more youthful-looking, and make for a more appealing smile.

What is a good smile vs. a bad smile?

in today’s world, a good smile is one that looks healthy and white. almost every celebrity has beautiful white teeth that show broadly when they smile. We look for specific

things in a good smile. the color is white and clean-looking; the shape of the teeth is attractive and presents as even throughout the mouth; oftentimes, a wider smile is deemed more attractive (i.e.: julia roberts, Cameron Diaz, matthew mcConaughey). a bad smile is one that exhibits any of the following: stained, dark or discolored teeth; chipped teeth; spaces between the teeth or crooked teeth.

What kinds of cosmetic procedures can you choose

among? people who have a good smile but whose teeth have darkened over time can try bleaching or whitening their teeth, but otherwise the only way of changing your smile is with porcelain veneers. Is it possible to get the smile you want? you have to be realistic about your expectations. ev- eryone cannot have a julia roberts smile. the dentist has to take into account facial bone structure, the size of the mouth and the size of the teeth. if you are realistic, then you absolutely can get the smile you want. once you have the smile you want, is there a lot of upkeep? Veneers, if done properly, will last for up to 20 years. they are treated exactly like normal teeth and need to be cleaned professionally every four to six months like regular teeth. no different than your own teeth.

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Todd PliTT; AxonomeTric

Design

Todd PliTT; AxonomeTric Design a rendering of the burling slip imagination playground. below left, architect david

a rendering of the burling slip imagination playground. below left, architect david rockwell. right, kids test out the new equipment at a playground in brownsville.

The Future Is now

Monkey bars and swing sets? passé.

the future of playgrounds is now

A rchitect David Rockwell might make

his living designing

glamorous spaces like

square-foot space that acts as a constantly chang- ing village in which kids can make something, take it apart and start over the next day. With more than 250 custom-designed loose parts; a sand and water station where kids can create and destroy mud sculptures; a chalk board on the ground that is constantly changing; and a large amphitheater with oversize balls that kids can roll around, this is not your everyday play space. “I am a big fan of monkey bars and swing sets with my kids,” says Rockwell, who has a boy, age 10, and a girl, 8. “But there are a lot of them around. We thought of this as an alternative to things that al- ready exist.” It was Rockwell’s experience as a child living in Mexico that inspired him to build an entirely new kind of play space, a project that took him more than five years to create. “When you look at the history of play- grounds, it was in the mid-’60s that play equip- ment started to get more fixed,” he says. “Part of it was the litigious nature of the world, and

“Part of it was the litigious nature of the world, and the Kodak Gallery Theater or

the Kodak Gallery Theater or Jet Blue’s J.F.K. terminal, but it’s his latest project, the Imagination Playground at Burling Slip in South Street Seaport, that has him acting as giddy as a schoolkid. “I grew up in a world with lots of sudden changes and tran- sitions and the key creative life- saver for me was play,” says Rockwell. “A lot of my play consisted of making things. We had this really dilapidated garage and that was sort of my play laboratory where I would take doors and handles and objects that I would find around me and use those to create things.” The Imagination Playground is an 18,000-

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for insurance purposes. But we lost something in the process. Look back at the adventure playgrounds in Central Park, post–World War II, and you will see these amazing playgrounds built out of found stuff because that was all that was available.”

Take the subway north to Union Square and you will find an equally intriguing playground—the

UnionSquareParkPlayground.The15,000-square-

foot space features futuristic climbing structures; a sandbox with a water-play ledge and fountain to make mud; checkerboard flooring made of inter- locking rubber tiles; and a stainless-steel talk tube, where kids can stand on opposite sides of the park and hear one another speak. The state-of-the-art playground and its sur- rounding landscape is the work of Matthew Ur- banski, a principal at the landscape-architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. Every aspect of the playground, from the three distinct outdoor “rooms” created for three different age groups to the futuristic nature of each installa- tion, was chosen to enhance a child’s play expe- rience. “We wanted to provide a complex layout for imaginative play,” says Urbanski, who chose Japanese cryptomeria, a skinny evergreen, over simple planters. “This way,” he says, “kids can imagine they are playing in a forest.” It’s all about stretching the imagination. —Wendy Straker Hauser

Where to Go

ImagInatIon playground At Burling Slip in

the South Street Seaport area of New York City. Scheduled to open summer 2010. unIon Square park South of the Pavilion, on the north side of the 16th Street Traverse, from Union Square East to Union Square West. Open now.

on the north side of the 16th Street Traverse, from Union Square East to Union Square

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Michael Fine

Labor of Love It only takes a pregnant pause for Rosie Pope to pop out

Labor of

Love

It only takes a pregnant

pause for Rosie Pope to

pop out a baby. And a

store on Madison Avenue

Rosie Pope is the kind of woman you would love to hate, if it weren’t for the fact that she is so darn nice. The 5-foot-9 blond bombshell with hazel eyes and a soft British accent just happens to excel at everything she puts her mind to—even when she has no idea what she’s getting into. “Thank goodness,” Rosie admits.“if i knew what i was doing when i started any of these things, i would have been too scared to do them.” By “these things,” Rosie is referring to her past careers as an alvin ailey ballet dancer, a fashion model for international magazines, a columbia University medical student specializing in neuroscience and, of course, her latest incarnation as the creator and designer of Rosie Pope Maternity. it wasn’t until Rosie became pregnant with her son, J.R., now 19 months old, that she decided to launch her own maternity line with a boutique on Madison avenue, which coincidentally opened its doors on labor Day of last year, the same day her son was born. “The business was actually my husband’s idea,” she says.“all of our friends were having babies and complaining that there were no good de- signers out there. i’d always made my own clothes, but when my husband suggested i start my own line, i thought he was crazy. One week later, i found out i was pregnant, whereupon i thought he was a genius. i was so shocked that in this day and age, it was still so hard to find good, stylish maternity clothes. So i set out to make it my mission.” The result was a chic collection of ready-to-wear evening and couture pieces designed for all stages of pregnancy. Within weeks, amy Poehler, ashlee Simpson and Gossip Girl’s Kelly Rutherford became big fans—and with them, so did the rest of new York city. The fabulous store, with oversize cushioned seats in every dressing room, high dramatic ceilings and glass chandeliers, features everything from stylish button-up shirts to silk blouses, suits and cashmere sweaters. “Our motto is that every day is your baby shower,” says Rosie, who offers her customers a complimentary car service and greets them with cakes, candies and virgin “mimosas,” a mix of papaya and mango juice served in champagne flutes. “We feel that it’s hard enough to get outside when you are pregnant, especially in new York city, where the weather is temperamental.” So how does this fashion-minded maternity designer mogul balance work with the trials and tribulations of motherhood? it all comes down to scheduling. “everybody knows that you cannot get me on the phone between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. or 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. i have to always give my son breakfast and dinner and put him to bed; it’s the only way i stay sane.”

—Wendy Straker hauser

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and dinner and put him to bed; it’s the only way i stay sane.” —Wendy Straker

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Peter rymwid; daniel d’errico

Real Estate
Real Estate
Peter rymwid; daniel d’errico Real Estate Building from the ground up and including ample seed: developers

Building from the ground up and including ample seed: developers catch on to the private-lawn trend. left: the visionaire.

Grass Is Greener In Your Yard

no grass growing under developers in race to sow some seed

E dward Curtin, father of two, mows the lawn on Saturdays. With his power mower, Curtin carefully avoids the

swing set and basketball hoop installed in his backyard, where his son Danny learned to pitch as a Little Leaguer. Butterflies swoop. Birds chirp. Last year, a family of cardinals built a nest in the backboard of the hoop. There will be fireflies tonight. It would be the idyllic suburban summer day except the Curtins live in a co-op at East 36th Street and Lexington Avenue, and the cardinals did not get a buildings permit for that nest. “The fortunate thing is that I don’t have to keep up with the Joneses,” says Curtin of his turf. “No one’s really looking over the fence and saying, ‘Hmm, his lawn is getting a little long.’” Be warned, Mr. Curtin. Somewhere in the western skies, Giancarlo Chicco might be mow- ing his lawn right now. Italian Chicco and his British wife, Claire, live high above the Hudson at 120 11th Avenue. The sliding glass doors of

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their steel and stucco house, one of two plopped on top of a century-old Lifesavers factory, open onto an incredibly lush private grass lawn, where the Chiccos’ four children play soccer. Ameri- can soccer, that is. “I have them help me work outside; they help plant flowers when we do the annuals, and they helped me plant the tulips, fer- tilize and water the bamboo.” Fertilizer? Gentle- men, start your mowers. The grass is always greener on the other side (of the Hudson), and historically, the desire for a lawn—suburbia’s sodded siren—has propelled New York families out of the concrete jungle. But for a growing number of New York fami- lies, this comfort of the ’burbs can be captured right here in the concrete jungle. “Our lawn was what really allowed us to stay in the city,” says Jill Curtin of raising two children in the Curtins’ grassy apartment at 288 Lexington. With private lawns sprouting up all over the city, it’s an option that’s becoming more avail- able to all—and New York City children are rak- ing in the benefits. “A growing body of evidence indicates that direct experience with nature in children’s growing years is fundamental to their healthy development,” says Dr. Cheryl Charles of the Children & Nature Network, who notes that outdoor play in nature contributes to children’s physical, intellectual and emotional health. “Children tend to be happier, healthier

and do better in school; they have more self- confidence, are more creative and more coop- erative. There is even some evidence that chil- dren are less stressed when they have exposure and experience with nature.” Once upon a time in Manhattan, “exposure with nature” meant running into a flasher near

a fruit stand. Not for families lucky enough

to revel in private grass. For Chicco, a private lawn “is almost like having Central Park in your backyard.” Central Park is indeed every New Yorker’s backyard, but a safety land mine for parents, who need to keep vigilant eyes on their children in the vast space. Meanwhile, on the Curtins’ lawn, where many a croquet game has been played, the children “could run outside on

their own, dig in the dirt, make discoveries, and

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T o call Bethenny Frankel, star of The Real Housewives of New York City, a housewife is really expanding the definition of the word. With a best-selling diet and cookbook under her belt, her first exercise DVD on the hori-

zon and her new spinoff show slated to tape this summer, Bethenny obviously doesn’t rest on her laurels. And she and her new husband, Jason Hoppy, are expecting their first baby this summer to boot. As you’ll learn from our Momversation, nothing has slowed down this mom-to-be. Thankfully, Fran- kel was able to take a little time out of her busy day to show off her beautiful baby bump and talk shop about pregnancy and being a first-time mom in New York City. —Lyss Stern

LS: You must be over-the-moon excited? Bethenny Frankel: Yes, I am really excited! I am not rush- ing this; I am enjoying being pregnant! I am having lots of fun with being pregnant. My husband cannot stop telling me how sexy I look! What has shocked you the most about being pregnant? That it’s not as bad as people make it out to be. It’s not difficult. I am not complaining. There is nothing hard about being preg-

nant. People always complain about being pregnant. What’s to complain about? I don’t feel tired, hungry and cranky. I feel

great, energetic, bootylicious. Jason tells me my tush is juicy. What do you like most about being pregnant?

I like that it’s making me dress nicer. I used to always dress like a slob; I love my pajamas. However, now that I am pregnant, I am dressing much more together. I am putting outfits together, get- ting excited about getting dressed up. Perfect example: Look at me today: I am in an outfit with coordinated shoes. In the past, if

I had a photo shoot, I would show up in my flip-flops or sneak-

ers and looking disgusting. Now I am putting myself together and am proud of the way I look, right, Julie? Julie agrees 100 percent. [Julie is Ms. Frankel’s assistant.] I like the not drinking alcohol. I feel that my skin and hair are glowing. I am taking my prenatal vitamins and I am feeling great. Did you set up the baby’s nursery yet? Nope, I am going to get a bassinet for the first three months. Everyone is so wound up about it, I am not going to stress about it, the nursery will happen. Have you done your registry? No, not yet; I just did a wedding registry. I will get to the baby registry before the baby shower.

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What stroller do you want? Everyone talks about the Bugaboo, the Quinny.

I don’t know. … I want the lightest and the one

that’s practical and easiest for on the go. Jason

has been looking at all the different strollers; he’s really into finding the best one for us. Are you excited to embrace being a Divalysscious Mom? Yes, cannot wait! I am defi- nitely Divalysscious and can- not wait to be the best mom and a sexy one! Have you hired a baby nurse? Yes, the day I found out I was pregnant, I hired a baby nurse. Are you interviewing nannies?

I

ever, I know I need to have a nanny! I cannot work at the pace that I work and not

have a nanny. I was actually just thinking about that today: I need to find a nanny. They are ex- pensive, right? Do you think that TV needs a “Real” TV show about “Real NYC Moms”? Ummm, I don’t know. The Real NYC moms, no- body would probably want to watch. What are they going to show, all the lunatics on the Upper East Side? Any mom that is “normal” is not going to want to be on a reality show. What will your push present be from Jason?

How do you think being a new mom will affect how you get along with your cast mates? Ummm, I already can tell that me being pregnant has softened my relationship with some of the oth- er cast mates. Ramona has really been overly cod- dling me and so very supportive. If we are in a taxi, she will make sure that I have my seat belt on. She will buckle me in. Alex has also been great. Oh, and Jen- nifer Gilbert, one of the new- est housewives, has been very kind to me; in fact, just today she texted me and wanted to know if I wanted her breast pump. She wanted to know if I wanted her onesies. A lot of the women are very into their own things, so I don’t ex- pect them to stop the world for me or even think about me being pregnant and/or having a baby. They are all really into themselves. You should be excited raising a child in New York City. Agreed? Yeah! It’s an exciting place with a lot of exciting people. I look forward to walking everywhere with the baby. Everything is accessible to you. Any food cravings? Nothing crazy. I have been drinking a lot of orange juice. Some dairy-free ice cream. I swear if my belly wasn’t big, you would never know I was pregnant. I really don’t have those cravings that everyone talks about. Jason calls me an alien. I can go all day in 5-inch heels and not com- plain once that my feet are swollen or that I am hungry. Will you breast-feed? Yes, I am going to try. A company called Boob Maternity just sent me some cool breast-feeding tops. I have some sexy lingerie for breast-feed- ing as well. I also have been using this belly band that plays music to the baby; it’s really cool. Tell me one lullaby you think you will always sing to your baby? Awww, I have not even thought about that yet. Probably “You Are My Sunshine.” Yes I like that song!

Probably “You Are My Sunshine.” Yes I like that song! have not hired a nanny yet.

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I have been hinting about Eternity

Diamond Bangles. We are on a bud- get. I want to be able to collect them for each holiday: one for the baby being born, one for Valentine’s Day, one for my birthday and so on. Julie, have I been blatant enough about that hint? Can you make sure he’s on it? Do you think you’re fully prepared to be a mom?

Yes, because I am fully prepared for everything in life. I am the type of person that is fully pre- pared for everything that comes my way. Obviously, there’s a real sexiness to being pregnant. Do you feel it? Beyond sexy. I have never felt so sexy in my en- tire life. I love being pregnant!

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Five Favorites

New York CitY guiltY pleasure? Probably one

of my food guilty pleasures are Two Little Red Hens Red Velvet Cake. That’s my favorite, it has to be red velvet and from Two Little Red Hens. Another guilty pleasure is Becca at Haven Spa for massages. It’s a little, low-key spa on Mercer Street. Her massages are the best! loCal park? There’s a park right down on Hudson, and I am sure we will stroll to the parks down on the water. iCe-Cream flavor? I don’t love dairy, but I love Peanut Butter ZigZag by Purely Decadent. It’s dairy free. It will make you cry. It has slivers of chocolate; it’s out of this world!

ClothiNg store iN N.Y.C.? Montmartre (named

after a hill in Paris which was at one time an art- ists’ mecca) in the Time Warner Center, and one on Madison Avenue. And I love Michael Kors—so simple and classic and fits me great.

saloN to get pampered iN? I am not that high

maintenance; I really don’t get pampered. I like to get in and out. My favorite salon is my apart- ment, seriously. However, if I need to get pam- pered, I will go to the Peninsula Spa. I love this little room they have with the best mushy, fluffy pillows and the best service. When I am stressed out, I will do my yoga tape. I live for yoga! I also love my facialist, Christine Chin. It’s like torture. She digs in, but it’s the best facial.

final note

Life does not happen to you; you happen to life. Nothing just comes to you. People think that you’re lucky. Lucky does not come to you; you have to go get it.

Bethenny

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No Place Like

Home

For the writer, mom and die-hard new Yorker jill Kargman, home is definitely where the heart is

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matches the “K” tattooed on the wrist of the lady of the house. Wel- come Chez Kargman, where toys, modern art and a fab iTunes library blend together in a fantastic—and totally eclectic—domestic mix. The door knocker may be watching you, but the surveillance stops there in 34-year-old novelist Jill Kargman’s four-bedroom family home, where three mini-Kargmans—Sadie, 6, Ivy, 4, and Fletch, 2—are free to roam, climb and jump with impunity by the wood-burning fire- place, around art-choked walls and all over two pristinely white—yes, white—couches.

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The Kargman living room blends classic chic with modern family comfort.

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“Two words. Fiber. Seal. They did all my couches, all my carpets,” advises Kargman. “The white couches horrified people when I first did this place.” Kargman, however, had lived with a “Crate & Barrel explosion” for 15 years and wanted a grown-up apartment. “Funnily enough,” she muses, “the worst spillage is from our friends with a glass of wine—it’s not even the kids that are the culprits.” A few bachelorette years downtown aside, Kargman is an Upper East Side lifer: She grew up on East 66th and Madison and now lives only a few blocks away with her husband of eight years, Harry, the founder and CEO of Kargo, a wireless software company. Her father, Arie Kopelman, the former CEO of Chanel, and her mother, Coco, re- main close by: “My parents are basically raising my kids with me,” says Kargman, convenience to them being one compelling reason for loving the East 60s, the other being … proximity to Brooklyn? “We go downtown a lot,” says Jill, and the subway is a short block away. “The one danger of living up here is that I have a lot of friends who don’t go downtown, ever. They consider downtown Saks. ‘I’m

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Ivy's room. right, a telling pillow. Below left, an hour- glass collection, and right, the Kargman Family.

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the den, here, and the master bed- room, opposite. 5 6 going downtown—to Saks.’ That’s not

going downtown—to Saks.’ That’s not my life.

I grew up with parents that are very adventur-

ous—we always went to all five boroughs.” And with her family in tow, Kargman still ventures outside of Manhattan every Saturday. “We’re basically in our pajamas until 10:30 a.m., then we go to brunch in Williamsburg or Park Slope, and then to the Fairway in Red Hook— which is, in my opinion, the best supermarket in New York City.” Kargman and her home are uptown with

a downtown soul, not unlike Eden Clyde, the

mom-heroine of Kargman’s newest book, Arm Candy, who after decades as a West Village muse reclaims her freedom at 40 by moving to the Upper East Side. On bookshelves now, it is the fourth novel for Kargman, whose other blockbusters—among them Momzillas, The Right Address and, most recently, The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund—chronicle (and skewer) the foibles of would-be socialites in Manhattan. The appeal of Kargman’s books is how knowledgeably she depicts this world, but it is hard to reconcile her high-maintenance characters with their decid- edly low-key—and eccentric—creator. What would a Momzilla think of Kargman’s penchant for skulls and hourglasses, which ap- pear throughout the apartment? (Each of her children received a Michael Belivacqua framed skull upon birth; one hangs above each daughter’s bed.) “I do have that kind of dark side—that’s one thing that’s tricky to reconcile with being a mom. … I’ve always been into vanitas paintings [the Northern European 16th- and 17th-century still lifes] with jewels and riches and art and flowers, but then there’s the skull there to remind you that you can’t take it with you. Somehow, that struck me at a really young age.” If her carpe diem philosophy stems from a touch of the macabre, it translates into joy in the Kargman apartment. While the apartment is

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Courtesy of Dylan’s CanDy Bar. My Home neighborhood Vibe Proximity to Central Park and midtown (plus

My Home

neighborhood Vibe Proximity to Central Park and midtown (plus great subway access) makes the Lenox Hill neighborhood attractive for families and professionals alike, with as many briefcases as diaper bags on the crowded sidewalks. High-end hotels, shopping and restaurants on Fifth and Madi- son give way to comfortable grocery stores, Gaps and Banana Republics on Third Avenue and beyond. SchoolS P.S. 59 Beekman Hill (K-5), JHS 167 Robert F. Wagner (6-8), York Prep, Browning and Episcopal School . Kargman’S crib 2,000-square-foot Classic Seven with semi-private elevator landing, den/library and wood-burning fireplace in a prewar doorman co-op. Traditional comforts meet serious Modern Art for a young and fun family home.

Jill’S Family FaVeS in the hood Serendip-

ity, Dylan’s Candy Bar (pictured), Heckscher Playground at Central Park, the MetKids store at the Metropolitan Museum, Via Quadron- no for hot chocolate.

the Metropolitan Museum, Via Quadron- no for hot chocolate. gorgeously chic, it is at the same

gorgeously chic, it is at the same time a real home, with toys and books and juice cups and silly family photos throughout. The kiddos each have their own rooms—in Fletch’s hangs Flor Leo- pold’s American flag made of toy cars—but the real action happens in the brown lacquer, bookshelf-lined den, which was what sealed the Kargman’s purchase in 2004. While house hunting, the Kargmans fo- cused on finding a real family room. “Most people in our building use the den as a formal dining room, but we don't formally dine. We love plopping in couch-potato mode, and the people

before us had done all the library built-ins. We just decorated and moved in, zero work!” If you hear music, look no further than the master bedroom. “All the dance parties are in my room,” says Jill. “It’s where my iTunes are.” With “Hey Mickey” playing on the iMac, it doesn’t take long for 2-year old Fletch to start grooving down on the canopied master bed- room, holding the mouse of the same name. The bedroom does double duty as Jill’s office, where

she writes between 12:30 and 2 each day (“I can’t be funny after two hours”) in between school drop-offs and pickups. The ultimate New York City girl loves raising kids in her hometown. “There’s constant stimulation. We’re always doing something fun. Even if we have no plans, just walking down the street, we bump into people. It’s such a healthy group-learning experience. The kids’ brains

are just going all the time, and the culture is part of the education. In New York, you’re more worldly because it’s so international; you’re not in your little pea pod of homogeneity.”

That’s not to say the Kargmans are out and about all the time. “We’re very lazy. I can do about one activity. On Tuesday, the girls didn’t have school so I took them to the Met for four hours. They could have stayed another two hours, but I came down and lay down in an X on my bed. I could have died.” A totally differ- ent kind of X than The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund: In this case, X marks the spot for a superfun—and stylish—mom.

“I do have that kind of dark side— that’s one thing that’s tricky to reconcile with being a mom.”

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roberta Freyman, top and leggings, $50 each, and her own sandals.

left, ellie wears Hala- baloo dress, $72, and nina sandals, $45.

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Ellie wears IT jean shorts, $42, 10 agaIn top, $29.90, and CroCs san- dals, $24.99.

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Navigating

Charting the course of parenthood can sometimes feel like a wild ride. Here, some tips to keep you feeling sane. From how to manage the freedom of summer months to dealing with the waiting list and more

Parenthood

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Lazy Days of Summer

W ith spring in full bloom, New York- er’s can’t help but fantasize about the approaching warm summer

months. Summertime presents a much-needed reprieve from the hectic, pressured and excit- ing lives of New York City families. However, summertime is not as simple as one would hope. While summer life offers a temporary vacation from the demands of your child’s school sched- ule, teacher conferences, play dates, after school activities, flu shots, ERB tests and strict bedtime rituals, it certainly presents its own complexi- ties and challenges. The summer dilemma is best defined by the ever-present question: What should we do with the children during the free, unstructured days of summer? What will we do without school? How will the kids keep up and what do they need to accomplish this summer? New York educa- tors, psychologists and psychiatrists are flooded with such questions. Should we be preparing for next year (perhaps tutoring a bit)? Hiring a ten- nis coach? Or at least a swim instructor? After all, every child has to learn to swim. How about day camp, sleep-away camp or travel? It ap- pears that parents feel guilty and uncomfortable letting summer be summer. A less-structured time filled with play, creative exploration, new friendships, sea shells, sunsets and sometimes even sunburns. Many parents ask a critical question: How much free play time versus structured time is best for a child during the summer months? To answer this, each parent must consider both the universal and psychological virtues of play, as well as the individual needs of each child, his or her age, stage and character. First and foremost, let's talk about play. Play is the most important vehicle through which our children grow and explore themselves and their world. “Let’s play” is a very meaningful communication from any child. It is an innocent but direct expression of a child’s wish to engage and connect with others and include them in his or her world of fantasy and imagination. The

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Managing your child's free time.

world of play is rich in symbolism and promotes creativity, intellectual growth and early social- ization skills. Never dismiss your children’s re- quest to play with them, even when you have heard the words “let’s play” over and over again. Play defines and depicts the magic of the child- hood years. Many parents express concern that too much unstructured playtime will prevent their child from engaging in the more disciplined and constructive activities of summer, such as day camp or formal preparation for the upcom- ing school year. Here, balance and modera- tion are the key ingredients to healthy summer days. The school-age (nursery

and early elementary school) child may crave and flourish from the more predictable and routine activities provided by day camps, athletic programs, music classes, etc. These activi-

ties often require the capacity to separate. Some children separate from their parents with ease; others experience more anxiety and difficulty. Parents need to consider how their child separates and makes transitions to new environments, and how long a day is ap- propriate for that child. For some children, a half-day of summer camp is just perfect; other children clearly need more. One child may ben- efit from additional athletic activity after camp and/or on weekends. Others appear to need a day off from camp (and complete downtime) each week. Some children use their free time to challenge themselves academically (beyond their grade level) and seek enrichment. And children with specific learning differences may need to work on academic tasks at home or with a tutor to prepare for school in the fall. In each of these situations, it is essential to maintain a healthy balance.

Summer provides a wonderful time for your child to read for pleasure. Encourage your chil- dren to read books that they simply enjoy. This often includes books that they have read before

and/or books that appear “too easy" for them. This experience promotes both mastery and self-confidence. Have your child accompany you on an old-fashioned trip to the library. Choose your summer reading together and don’t forget to get a book (or two) for yourself. Summertime presents a unique opportunity for relaxed and extended family time. This ap-

plies both to the child’s ability to see more of his or her parents (perhaps during their summer vacation time or on a long weekend), and his or her siblings who may have otherwise been off at school and involved in their own activi- ties prior to the summer months. Family time is undoubtedly the most im-

portant component of a child’s sense of security, connected- ness and belonging. Family time may involve long-awaited visits with grandparents and other extended family members.

Family time can be kept quite simple. This applies to families who summer in the city, in the country or both. Try cooking to- gether (even the inside barbecue will do), enjoy fresh and colorful summer foods, plant a gar- den, grow vegetables, watch the flowers blos- som. Remember to count the stars in the sky, have endless ears of corn, try the two-wheeler again, take a walk on the beach or in the parks, swim, play in the sand and find your favorite ice cream parlor. On a rainy Sunday, build Lego’s to the ceiling. These summer memories don’t seem to fade, but rather become the foundation for wonderful stories passed on from genera- tion to generation. In this pressure-packed, fast-paced, ever- changing world, summer provides an oasis from it all. Summer living embraces the magic of childhood with warmth and excitement. Ex- plore with your child, engage in their play, build

that tall sand castle, knock it down if you wish and then build it again. Celebrate summer! —Betsy Schur Levy, Ph.D. www.drbetsylevy.com

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The Waiting Game

Handling those waiting list blues.

B y necessity, the New Yorker is a pa-

tient species. The wait for a cab after

of years myself if we don’t solve the problem by then.” In terms of moving up on the wait list? “There’s not a lot a parent can do, which is ex- traordinarily frustrating.” However, wait lists will move at public

schools. “We understand that for the families of these children this is a time of real anxiety. But rest assured, every child on a wait list will get an offer for a seat in a local school by the week of May 17th, six weeks earlier than last year and four months before the start of the school year.” said Jack Zarin-Rosenfeld, spokesperson for the Department of Education. As for private schools, there’s a reason they maintain those wait lists: Spaces do open up, and the schools want to fill those spots. “In every school, even the most

desirable, things do happen over the summer, occasion- ally: Child A’s parents get relocated to London, or Child B’s parents get a re- cord contract in L.A. Things happen,” allows Glickman, who often works with fami- lies in the financial and en- tertainment industries. Roxanna Reid, director of Smart City Kids, an edu- cational advisory service, has seen private schools call

with last-minute openings as late as August: “It’s within reason that it could happen.” Keep your eye on the calendar: Acceptances to Gifted & Talented programs (“G&Ts”), antici- pated in June, could make waves on wait lists— in both private and public schools. “Some people who have put down deposits for private-school programs may be willing to lose that deposit if their child gets into a desired G&T program in June,” notes Robin Aronow, Ph.D., founder of School Search NYC. And in public schools, “as the gifted and tal- ented assignments go out, there will be a big

a Knicks game on a rainy Friday night

could kill lesser souls. We know the eternal

hours before Time Warner shows up or a table at Babbo becomes available. Some of us have been known to wait an hour for a cupcake. And then there is the ultimate in New York

City waiting: the school admission’s waiting list. For the thousands of New York parents whose children linger in public- and private-school purgatory, the upcoming months may be less a summer break than a summer breakdown. For wait-list movement, “summer is a criti- cal time,” according to Roxanna Reid, director of Smart City Kids, an educational advisory ser- vice. We talked to industry

insiders about how to win the waiting game.

“I think it’s totally appropriate. There’s no harm in calling the school. I wouldn’t call every day, but there’s no harm in touching base.”

What recession? For private schools, “this was a very competitive year,” says Emily Glickman, president of Abacus Guide Educational Consulting. “There continue to be very affluent people in New York chasing very few private school spots at the top schools.” It’s the second year in a

row that public schools are operating on a wait list. New York City public schools have hundreds on their wait lists, in- cluding students zoned for the West Side’s P.S. 87 and P.S. 199 and the East Side’s P.S. 6, P.S. 183 and P.S. 290. It’s a frustrating situation: “I think people have a right to go to their neighborhood school, and it’s very disappointing people are on wait lists,” says Councilwoman Jill Lappin, who represents the 5th District of Manhattan. She doesn’t blame those who are anxious. “I would

be very upset too. My son is 3, but we live in the P.S. 59 school zone, which has a wait list this year, so I will be wringing my hands in a couple

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this year, so I will be wringing my hands in a couple 6 4 shift; that

shift; that will come in the middle of June,” said Councilwoman Lappin. Nonetheless, as the Councilwoman notes, “It’s hard to predict how many will be offered placements, and not every- one accepts a gifted and talented placement.”

Confirm your interest; check desperation at the curb. Racked with anxiety? Pick up the phone. Coun- cilwoman Lappin advises public-school wait- list parents to call: “I think it’s totally appro- priate. There’s no harm in calling the school to check in and see if there’s been The parent coordinators at each of the schools are excellent, and I assume would be happy to share what they know.” She adds, “I wouldn’t call every day, but there’s no harm in touching base every couple of weeks.” When calling private schools, “you want to be pleasant and you want to be present,” Abacus Guide’s Glickman suggests. “You want to make your commitment level known.” If you’re anx- iety-stricken, “don’t project that to the admis- sion directors: You’re confident, you’re happy and you’ve got your act together. You don’t want to convey your desperation.” “You want to treat [admissions contacts] like they’re a friend and try to find a mutuality that will make you stand out,” offers Brian Kaplan, director of communications at MetSchools, which owns Claremont Prep, further suggesting that parents offer to sign a document commit- ting their kids to attending the private school

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if admitted. “The more you follow up and the

more you show you want to be part of the com- munity, the better your chances are.” Reid adds, “Manage the expectation of the phone call. Ask, ‘Is it okay if I call you back in two weeks, two months? When is the best time to call you back so that we can identify the best time for movement?’” It really can pay to be in touch as much as possible. “Some schools maintain their wait lists through September; others officially close them in late spring,” says Aronow. “Then it’s kind of open game again. I have found that sometimes it’s the person that happens to be on the phone at the same time someone else has just dropped out. If his or her child fits the profile, that child might get the spot.” With persistence, timing just might be on your side.

When to Pull Out all the Stops. For private-school waiters, if there was ever

a time to call in the big guns, that time is now.

“If you have any connections at the school, they should be going to bat for you,” Glickman says. No big names in your BlackBerry? Don’t despair. One connection that parents may have is their own nursery school. “They can help assess if the wait list is really viable for families,” says Reid. Have your nursery school’s leaders reach out to your wait-list school to determine how realistic your chances are. But for public schools, resist trying to have connections call on your behalf. “Sometimes that can backfire,” notes Councilwoman Lappin. “I have been assured that this has all been done by a lottery system. I don’t think it could help, and I think if you had somebody trying to twist arms, it could only hurt your standing. ” And, at some point, give up. When all else fails, relax and take stock of things. No matter how disappointed you may be, it’s important that your child be excited about

the year to come. The good news? “Even people who are very disappointed generally are feeling pretty good about the school by the end of the first year,” notes Aronow. So take a deep breath, log off ur- banbaby.com and take your kid for a cupcake ( just go early to avoid the wait). —Rebecca Morse.

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Young Collectors

A parent’s guide to buying art

I wouldn’t classify myself as a true art

“collector.” The term conjures up im-

ages of worldly, international jet-setters

with unlimited budgets, not moms like me with a few prints and photos hanging above piles of toy dinosaurs, scattered puzzle pieces and half-dressed dolls. However, I have pur- chased a couple pieces over the past five years.

I didn’t set out to do it consciously; I just found

a few things I loved and bought them. Was that the “right” way to do it? What should I keep in mind going forward? And will my toddler twins eventually destroy all of it? I decided to consult some experts.

Look for quality and value. When shopping for art, find out as much as you can about the piece. Sometimes only industry experts, like gallery dealers or art consultants, have this kind of information or know exactly what to look for. Alexandra Schwartz, director of Pace Master Prints, knows that condition matters.

“If you’re buying a brand-new work of art, it is typically in pristine shape,” Schwartz says. “If you’re buying on the secondary market, beware of stains, tears, fading and trimmed margins, because all those factors will affect the value of the print.”

Shop around. “The more looking you do, the more sophisticated and knowledgeable you become about the quality and prices of art,” Schwartz says. Schwartz suggests going to the Met and MoMA to hone your tastes.

Consider prints and photographs. They’re a great entry point to the art market and aren’t as prohibitively expensive as other works, like oil paintings. Goulding notes that smaller edi- tions, like a set of 10 prints, tend to hold their value better than larger editions in the hun- dreds, but can be more expensive. Still, she says, “there’s a lot you can do for under $5,000.”

Massimo Vitali, Cefalù nonna, Sicily, 2008, part of the author’s collection.
Massimo Vitali,
Cefalù nonna, Sicily,
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Make an investment in your love of the piece. “Art can turn out to be an investment,” Schwartz says. “But you can’t go into it that way. Tastes change, an artist’s work changes. Buy what you love because you’re investing in your enjoyment, not because the artist is hot or because someone told you to buy it.” Goulding agrees: “First and foremost, art should be considered for its art historical and aesthetic quality. The market for great art al- ways follows.” Really you have to buy what appeals to you. As a good friend with two young children just told me, “I went to a gallery recently and the artist was there explaining all the details and motivations of his various works. And all I was thinking was, ‘I just need something that looks good over the couch.’”

“Buy what you love because you’re investing in your enjoyment, not be- cause the artist is hot or someone told you to buy it.”

Start early. Many fellow parents have purchased art specifically for their children’s nurseries and bedrooms. Schwartz cites stud- ies showing that very young children respond to black and white; older children respond to color. Figurative is great, she adds, but ab- stract art is also wonderful for children. She recommends artists such as Donald Baechler, Jim Dine, Wayne Thiebaud, Claes Oldenburg, Kiki Smith, Sol LeWitt and Ryan McGinness. Goulding adds that Jeff Koons prints and Christopher Wool skateboards are perfect for kids’ rooms. “If you like it, your children will react to it,” says Schwartz. “Buy great, fun things that will endure, not just cutesy things for the nursery. Exposing your kids to art at home, in museums, or at galleries is a life-enhancing gift that they’ll enjoy for the rest of their lives.”

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Field Trip to the Met Take a trip to one of New York City's greatest

Field Trip to the Met

Take a trip to one of New York City's greatest assets:

Our guide to a child-friendly visit to the Met

I SPY Interactive games like “I Spy” aren’t just for road trips. Take your little one to the African Art gallery and go on an “I Spy” safari. Start with something they love like elephants and say, “I spy an elephant,” and ask your child to search the room until they find it. While you’re looking together take the time to mention fun facts about elephants, like the fact that their tusks are made from ivory. Then later you can point out art made from the ivory of an elephant's tusk.

COUNT ME IN Counting is a great way to keep kids involved and on their toes and the Oceanic art galleries are a great place to start. This exhibit is filled with sculptures portraying gods, spirits, ancestors and other supernatu- ral beings. Have your child count how many figures they can find in a grouping of wood sculptures.

FIND A THEME Some artists, like Degas, took an interest in a specific subject matter—in his case ballerinas. Take your child to the Impres- sionist galleries to see Degas’ ballerinas. Explain that he was also a painter and see if

they can locate his paintings with a balle- rina theme. Discuss the difference between painting and sculpture. Explain how Degas was an artist who worked in several mediums, but that he never showed his sculptures to anyone.

SIZE IT UP In a period room from Versailles, have the kids find the biggest chair and then the smallest chair. Explain how the most im- portant person would sit in the big chair and the least important in the small chair. For older children, a discussion of size in a work of art could lead to talk of how art- ists use size in creating perspective (objects further away appear smaller, objects closer up appear bigger).

SHAPES AND COLORS Head over to the Modern Galleries. In front of an Ellsworth Kelly instal- lation of different-colored canvases, give each child a piece of colored construction paper, and ask them to stand in front of the canvas that is painted the same color as his/her paper. Once the child has made the match, he/she can trade in the color for another.

STRIKE A POSE

In front of a Japanese Buddhist altar, have the kids sit like the Buddha. Talk about what the pose and hand gesture means in this culture.

Protect your investment … from your kids. Art should be hung high on the wall. Works on paper should also always be framed behind glass or plexiglass. Keep all of it out of reach as much as possible. “Work that has been conserved is generally less valuable,” Goulding warns. She advises parents to establish boundaries within the home for where kids can go. (Easier said than done.) Goulding herself owns a 4-by- 6-foot Guyton/Walker silkscreen on drywall that leans against the wall and can easily tip over. Her baby, Miles, “will never be allowed near there!” Schwartz adds, “Prints are glazed and have plexiglass on them, so the artwork is protected. Besides, I always found that my children wrote on the walls, not the artwork.”

If your kids do add their own flourishes to your art (as I did at age 5 by scratching my name into my mother’s Friedel Dzubas), call Elizabeth Estabrook at Amann + Estabrook Conservation Associates. “We worked on one painting for eight months that a child had drawn on, but the results were not satisfactory,” Estabrook says. “It couldn’t be remedied.” But Estabrook says she usually has better luck. I’m definitely rethinking where I’ve placed my prints and photos. Yes, my twins might de- crease the value of my art by adding their own special touches one day. But they’ve increased the value of my life immeasurably. I think it’s well worth the risk. I’m headed to the Armory. —Zibby Right

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Family Day Trips

Seven Perfect Family Day Trips It’s the weekend, and you’re not in the Hamptons. There’s nothing

It’s the weekend, and you’re not in the Hamptons. There’s nothing on the calendar, and you might just lose your mind if the kids keep saying there isn’t anything to do. The solution? A quick and easy, kid-tested

and parent-approved day trip out of the city, easily accessible by car or public transport. Best of all, with these picks you’ll have as much fun

as the kids.

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A mini Versailles & Louvre, right in your backyard.

One of the nation’s largest suburban museums is just 40 minutes east of the 1 city. (Wave

to Jennifer Lopez and family, who live nearby, as you drive in.) The Nassau CouNTy

MuseuM of arT houses a first-rate art collection in a resplendent mansion and boasts

more than 145 acres of unspoiled grounds, perfect for family exploration. Catch a kid- friendly gallery talk and tour Sundays at 1 p.m., followed by an art activity for all. Outside you can follow marked walking trails, wander through lush gardens—some fastidiously restored to historical 1920s design—and discover sculptures spread throughout the acres. One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, N.Y., 516-484-9337; nassaumuseum.com

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michael moran

michael moran Eat like an Obama. 2 Michelle Obama made headlines when she planted a garden

Eat like an Obama. 2

Michelle Obama made headlines when she

planted a garden at the White House and fed her family with garden-fresh ingredients. Take a cue from Michelle and head to Stone BarnS, an upstate farm (affiliated with the Rockefeller family) where your family can harvest fresh ingredients, turn it into a simple cooked snack with the staff and learn about how food goes from farm to table. You can help the Stone Barns team collect eggs, do some gardening or even shear sheep. Take a stroll on the woodland trails and check out animals grazing in fresh pastures and farmers planting and harvesting crops. Food, served with a side of education, has never been this delicious. 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, N.Y., 914-366- 6200; stonebarnscenter.org.

Pocantico Hills, N.Y., 914-366- 6200; stonebarnscenter.org. 7 0 you’re thinking that a Modern Art museum might
Pocantico Hills, N.Y., 914-366- 6200; stonebarnscenter.org. 7 0 you’re thinking that a Modern Art museum might

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you’re thinking that a Modern Art museum might not be much 3 fun for kids, perhaps

Modern Art for all.

If

you haven’t been to the Dia:Beacon. The 240,000-square-foot museum, formerly

a

Nabisco factory, feels like a giant, welcoming Soho loft. The decidedly unfussy art, bathed in acres of natural light and underscored by blond hardwood floors, is a collection accessible to visi- tors of all ages. A big hit among the younger set is the work of Richard Serra, composed of giant, walk-through sculptures nearly the size of a tanker’s hull that shift and move space in unexpected ways as you venture into them. When you’re done exploring the art, check out the adorable, newly flourishing Main Street just up the hill. 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, N.Y., 845-440-0100; diabeacon.org

Main Street just up the hill. 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, N.Y., 845-440-0100; diabeacon.org playground june 2010
Main Street just up the hill. 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, N.Y., 845-440-0100; diabeacon.org playground june 2010

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Central Park is great, but if you’re ready for even more unspoiled acres of nature close to home, look no further than Wave Hill, only a train ride away in the Bronx. On weekends you’ll find free art activities for the whole family (sculpting clay into kiln-cooked flowers, for example, or drawing classes for any skill level). While away the afternoon wandering around the gardens, strolling through the woods and, in the kid-favorite aquatic garden, peering at the koi and frogs. West 249th Street & Independence Avenue, the Bronx, N.Y., 718-549- 3200; wavehill.org

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