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This issue includes a profile of Rosie Pope, whose fabulous
maternity goodies have helped loads of stylish future moms look
glamorous. There’s also an interview with celebrity trainer Tracy
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The bloggers at www.nycmoms-
Erma Bombeck. Wilson writes on the “SEXLESS MARRIAGE” (this poster have great advice on how
guilt that mother’s feel at not being found a whole group of women in
to get involved if you want to keep
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she’s been “the snack bringer, the (10 glasses total per week) is heavy
challenge of spring break boredom. The site
barney fan, the public bathroom drinking for a woman/”; “going
We love this thoughtful site, written has much stricter policies than its
freak out-er, the ice-cream-for- on a long flight with 1yo daughter,
by a group of New York City mothers. rival,, on what is
breakfast server,” and more. Though can i give her benadryl? she never
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his lactating wife. “My breast milk This site keeps things pretty
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fashioned. I am keeping my bodily what age should you give up shorts?
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secretions to myself.” Commenters i don’t mean bermuda shorts or
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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 (
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
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FAO Schwartz, the legendary toy store on Fifth Av-
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Madonna and Lourdes get Babycakes—delicious vegan cupcakes
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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,
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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!
For more information, please visit:

(Left to Right) Michelle Marie and Jon

Heinemann threw a spooktakular birthday
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heidi green
the Sherry-Netherland; Donny Deutsch and
Amanda Lederman celebrated daughter
Daisy’s birthday at Eli’s Vinegar Factory.

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Karan. Kids can choose among 500 flavors (red Explorers’ Party 17th Annual Family Benefit The Annual Playground Party at Heckscher
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velvet is very popular) and 38 fillings, including
Who: Wildlife Conservation Society Playground Partners. Children of all ages
buttercream. Prices are $9 to $13 a serving, with a Where: Central Park Zoo, Fifth Avenue at 64th Street; enjoy face painting, music and magic.
minimum order $400. Co-Chairmen: Paige Hardy, Kelly Mallon. Contact: Michelle Kahn, Funds are raised through contributions,
So whom are these parties really for? “[With], 718-741-1639. Web site: underwriting and ticket sales.
some clients you really feel it is for both the kids The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Explorers’ Party is
and the adults to have fun,” party planner Marla an annual family benefit that celebrates education, wildlife CMEE Under the Sea
and the joy of learning. This event inspires future genera- When: Saturday, July 24, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Mase says. “Then there are some parents who
tions to understand and conserve the world we live in. The Who: The Children’s Museum of the East End .
are doing it for show. First birthdays can be re- Explorers’ Party raises critical funds for WCS’s Education Where: At CMEE, 376 Bridgehampton
ally elaborate, then sometimes when kids get Programs throughout the world and at our five local parks— Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, N.Y.
older, they tone it down.” Or in the case of some Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Co-Chairmen: Natalie Barth, Dana Golding

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done, then head out to dinner and a show. entertainment, a sea lion feeding, a scavenger hunt and Premiering in 2009, the Children’s Museum
But parents can take a more low-key ap- hands-on educational activities that introduce kids to the of the East End’s fund-raiser, “CMEE
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Annual Playground Party in Heckscher Playground: than 700 people attending last year’s
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treasure (212-748-8774). Where: Heckscher Playground in Central Park in the outdoor amphitheater; art activities; face painters;
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Divalysscious Moms hosts a moms’ night out

of pampering for Hot Moms Handbook NYC
book launch at the Paul Labrecque Salon.
Divalysscious Moms hosted a Divamoms
night out of cooking with Food Networks
Alex Guarnaschelli at the Devonshire House.

La Mer kicks of its Divalysscious Moms

2010 World Oceans and Michael Bolla
Campaign with hosted “A Love, Life
Haute Mamas & Mamas-to-Be Unite at DKNY a family-friendly and After Event.”
to celebrate the birth of Amy Tara Koch's screening of Disney-
BUMP IT UP: Transform Your Pregnancy Into nature’s Oceans.
the Ultimate Style Statement.

Sea helps fund a diverse array of programming at the Einstein’s Wild West Family Day Carnival When a great Haircut
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Co-Chairmen: Patti & Harvey Cohen, Faith & Jeffrey Lauren Anmuth, Mindy Feinberg, Tasha Genatt, Jackie Harris
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Solid as a Rock
Go-To Girl for Celebrity Moms:
Tracy Anderson, Personal Trainer

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 ies of swimmers and classical dancers and
all want to know: How do we get looked to Jane Fonda for her hybrid videos of
those bodies? Really, is it possible? dance and aerobics. “I wanted to be able to
Here is the good news: An- have my body be 20 times better after my
derson, who runs a sleek, $900-a- pregnancy than it was before.”
month workout studio in Tribeca Her sweet spot is helping get back into
(Gwyneth is a partner in the business), shape moms who have just had a baby or
says moms can transform their bodies those with a 3-year-old or older.
at home, by following her Pilates- She trained Madonna, who has de-
style exercise regime she is now scribed Anderson as her “savior,” for
marketing worldwide, and by be- three years straight, and Madge has had
ing strict about food, of course. two Caesareans. Christy Turlington,
When I meet Anderson, who Courtney Cox and Sarah Jessica
is seriously tiny, I comment that Parker are devotees. And of course,
she’s compact. “Don’t call me there’s Gwyneth, who writes glowingly
compact. Compact means bulky, of Anderson in her online newsletter,
do you know what I mean?” Goop, and went to Anderson after seeing
She prefers sculpted, which a friend’s results. Paltrow says Anderson
is more feminine. kicked her “formerly sagging ass into
Anderson, who down- shape” and is especially good for the
sized herself from a size 6 to “batwing” problem.
a zero, means business. She “The body changes after pregnancy so
was overweight as a young much. Even if you look great in clothes, people
dance student in New York, don’t realize the sagging skin, the belly button,
where she yo-yo dieted and the expanding of the back, the connection
couldn’t shed pounds. Then of the torso to the butt doesn’t look as good
she struggled with baby as it used to,” says Anderson. She says her
weight at 23, after giving birth formula gets all of that back, and keeps it. She
to her son, Sam, who is now 11. talks a lot about skin tone and getting rid of
“I couldn’t find a fitness program cellulite. More on that shortly. Let’s talk about
that worked for me.” Anderson Paltrow’s body.
says she did most of her research Didn’t Gwynnie have a great body before?
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when she was pregnant. She stud- “Yeah, she had a great body, but now she has a
ied the bod- Sarah Jessica Parker, perfect body. We transformed her butt, her legs,
Courtney Cox and
Gwyneth Paltrow.
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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 mind over matter
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 In-Home Fitness Specialists
she tells me it can be hard for women if they weren’t
dancers as children. “When I started with Gwyneth, she
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couldn’t dance at all, but now she’s phenomenal.” Gw- a service to integrate fitness into their daily lives.
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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
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Hot to Tot
b y r ac h e l f e l d e r

Even if you’ve already bought

everything on the camp supply
list and turned on the heat in your
Hamptons pool, there’s still Stylish wheels to
plenty to get for a stylish, savvy accommodate
summer. Here are our picks of the both kids
hottest necessities and indulgenc- In: BumbleRide
es for you and your brood. Double Stroller
Out: Cumbersome twin
stroller that’s way too wide
for city streets

Weekend treat to reward five

weekdays of dietary virtue
Crimson-touched In: Minetta’s Tavern Black Label burger
footwear (with chocolate brioche for the kids)
In: Converse (PRODUCT) RED out: Fast-food burger (with happy
love shoes meals for the kids)
skin saver
out: Ubiquitous (and uncom-
In: Perricone MD More Than
fortable) red-soled heels Don’t-leave-home-without-it Moisture: sunblock and mois-
bright summer accessory turizer in one easy bottle
In: Sprint’s new red BlackBerry curve out: Extra bottles of spf 50 and
out: Colorful exotic skin tote aloe vera gel
Indulgent Father’s Day gift
(that mom will covet) Mother-and-tween-daughter
In: Cowshed’s Bollock’s Massage at Soho House bonding experience
out: A designer leather wallet bought in Soho In: The Carlton’s hotel’s “13 Things Recurring weather-related nightmare
to do by 13” package, complete In: A rained-out weekend entertaining
Guilt-free pick-me-up with style with’s Candy Bar visit with extra-bored kids
In: L’age de the loose Darjeeling tea out: Inexpensive neighborhood mani- out: Two consecutive school snow days
out: Single espresso from a fancy Italian coffee bar pedis, followed by a Pinkberry visit with extra-bored kids

Mom and Dad’s

In: His and hers Bell and
Ross watches
out: A pair of iPhones with
matching covers

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moms’ magic
In: Mamatinis at cocktail hour
out: Protein smoothies
at breakfast

Edible treat from a weekend CM

visit to hipsterville MY

In: Kors d’Oeuvres dips from CY

the Brooklyn Flea CMY

out: Chocolate-dipped marshmallows from Economy


Candy on Rivington Street

Give her a gift that symbolizes the loves of her life–
Summer’s precautionary parental
the Moon & Stars necklace, set with
knapsack addition the birthstones of her loved ones.
In: CleanWell all-natural hand sanitzer
out: Kids’ cell phone for the bus ride to day camp

“What are you wearing” pedicure color

In: Ginger & Liz Draw Blood
out: Bright magenta

How to keep in touch with out-of-town

In: Facebook and Twitter
out: Sunday night phone calls

Now enromer!
for sum
Evocative smell
of the early
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Tutoring a
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In: Atelier Cologne Bois Blonds
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out: Mosquito repellent
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Books s u m m e r r e a d i n g s p ec i a l The Hot Mom-to-Be
Handbook: Look and
Feel Great from Bump to
Baby, by Jessica Denay

Our Favorite This inspiring handbook

encourages moms-to-be to

Summer Reads feel confident and empow-

ered throughout their preg-
nancies and beyond. Filled
Whether you’re packing your bags for the with great ideas on how to
beach or lounging in the yard, a good book make pregnancy stylish,
is essential. Here’s our round-up of this satisfying and fun, this book
is a must-have.
summer’s must-reads for moms and
moms-to-be. —Rachel Smith

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
Flying Lessons, by Gilbert Ford sweet and sardonic. This book will
This adorable children’s book, written and make every mom feel better about
illustrated by Gilbert Ford, tells the story of the ups and downs of modern
a passenger airplane who befriends a flock parenting.
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.

Nicole Richie’s must-have

bag, the Simone Camille,
available exclusively at
Ron Herman, $975-$1,475,

The Happiness Project, or Why I spent A The O2 Diet, by Keri Glassman

Year Trying to Sing in the morning, Clean Is it possible? You can look and feel
Bump It Up: Transform Your Preg- my Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristo- great while indulging in raspber-
nancy Into The Ultimate Style State- tle, and Generally Have More Fun, by ries, chocolate, avocados and even
ment, by Amy Tara Koch Gretchen Rubin coffee? Well, according to Keri
From page one, fashionista Amy Tara This charming account of one woman’s many Glassman, you can be healthy and
Koch’s complete guide to pregnancy attempts to find happiness will make you look stunning to boot. Glassman’s
style will make any mom-to-be want to want to embark on your own happiness quest. easy-to-use guide gives you the
swap her sweatpants for designer jeans. Let Gretchen Rubin be your guide to age-old scoop you need on antioxidant-rich
This cleverly illustrated how-to makes questions like “Can money buy happiness?” foods that will change your skin,
being stylish while “with bump” seem and “Can you blog your way to personal fulfill- your body and your mood.
so easy and fun. Our prediction? Soon ment?” Just reading this book will brighten
everyone will be getting pregnant—just your day. And maybe even more importantly,
for the clothes! it’ll make you clean out your closets.

30 playground june 2010

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

The ultimate guide to crafts by the A treasury of essential sewing and fabric
ultimate teacher. This beautifully crafting techniques, including hand and
designed, comprehensive resource machine sewing, appliqué, embroidery,
contains 200 projects, templates, and quilting, dyeing, and printing, plus
detailed instructions for more than step-by-step instructions for 150 inspired
30 craft techniques, including beading, projects. Included is a CD with print-at-
jewelry making, paper cutting, silk- home templates and patterns.
screening, origami, and much more.

Potter Craft

Books s u m m e r r e a d i n g sp ec i a l
of passage and celebrates and paying the bills, and relationships that
turning 40 by becoming the weigh you down. I wanted to write a book that
sexiest, funniest, most chic would be uplifting and lighthearted and re-
and confident woman that mind us of who we are or who we always want-
you can be. ed to be. Sometimes in life, we do what we are
Ringwald, who lives in expected to do. But then as you get older you
Los Angeles, where she think, ‘I’m not doing what I want to do at all.’
shoots the ABC Family TV Did you get pulled away and couldn’t find your
show The Secret Life of the way back?
American Teenager, calls I love being a mom and am proud of my chil-
herself a “displaced New dren, but it’s not all that I am. Very often I think
Yorker.” The mom of three women use their children as an excuse to say,
children (Mathilda, 6, and ‘I have no time to take care of myself,’ and then
9-month-old twins, Adele the children grow up and it can foster resent-
and Roman) spoke candidly ment. I respect stay-at-home moms as much as
about motherhood, her I do working moms, but it’s important to take
new book and life after 16. care of yourself, however that manifests itself.
—Wendy Sachs It can’t be all about your kids.
How has motherhood changed you? Is it what
W.S.: How did you handle you expected?
turning 40, and is it as The biggest thing motherhood has done is
shocking and depressing made me more conscious of time management.
as everyone warns? I’ve always been very spontaneous and instinc-
Molly Ringwald: It’s re- tive. I moved to France just because I wanted
ally not awful at all. The to. Any big decision in my life has been from
leading up to it was more the heart, but you can’t do that in the same way
traumatic than actually turning 40 years old. when you have kids. I have three kids, and they
No Longer 16 I am doing everything that I want to do in my have schedules. My 9-month-old twins take
life right now. I am creating my own destiny naps, and that very much affects my day. We
But Still Pretty and have the confidence that comes with expe- have an iCalendar, and we sync up the calen-
rience. Particularly in my case, having always dars just to stay organized now.
Gen X Icon Molly RingWald been associated with youth, turning 40 seemed What’s the best part of motherhood and
On Motherhood and Turning 40 impossible—not Molly Ringwald! Everyone else what’s the worst?
could turn 40! But not me! And then I turned 40 I find my daughter is an endless amount of

olly Ringwald, the iconic teen- and I really never even thought about it again. inspiration. But she can also be really intense.
movie queen with her pouty, But it did give me the idea of writing this book. She’s very cerebral and creative and into art.
cherry-stained lips and flaming And I wanted to write something that showed She reminds me of me how I was into singing
red hair, who personified our collective mid- 40 as empowering and fun. and acting as a kid.
’80s adolescent angst, has turned 40. I love the name of your book, Your book talks a lot about per-
For those of us Gen-Xers who identified and Getting the Pretty Back. sonal style. Has your daughter
cheered on our redheaded hero as she navi- After having babies, it can inherited your sense of style?
gated the awkwardness of teenage crushes, the be hard to feel sane, let alone Mathilda definitely has her own
cliques and the mean girls, it’s shocking to real- pretty. What do this title and sense of style. She will actually
ize that Molly Ringwald has grown up. Because, this book mean to you? say to me, ‘Mommy this is your
well, then so have we. I use ‘pretty’ in terms of an at- style and not my style.’ The fact
But fear not, just as Molly guided us gracefully titude. I think the word pretty that she’s able to articulate it,
through teenage hell, so too can she usher us into is very associated with being well, I have to respect that.
our 40s with attitude and style. In Molly’s new young. Pretty is a lightness and She puts together outfits that I
book, Getting the Pretty Back (HarperCollins, an attitude that you lose after would never put together, and
April 2010), she pays homage to yet another rite years of looking after your kids, she looks fabulous.

32 playground june 2010

Tony Award-winning actress LaChanze and Caldecott Honoree Brian Pinkney
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MakeUp artist Carlo Geraci Shares
Beauty Tips for the Season

From season to season, we can expect subtle

Carlos changes in beauty trends—with a slight twist to
Says freshen and update the look. Unless you were
lucky enough to have an early
spring resort vacation, you’ll want
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.

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.

Moving on to the
Not In Vein
eyes, keep them toned
down with Hourglass’ Suede eye-shadow Writer and mom Tatiana Boncompagni
duo: soft shimmering beige and the perfect Exposes the truth about Varicose Veins
neutral taupe. This combo brings light to the

eyes and keeps them demure. ome women get stretch marks. Others get cellulite, lopsided
The fastest way to enhance your peepers belly buttons or saggy breasts. I was lucky; I escaped most of
would be to curl those lashes the physical after-effects of pregnancy except for one: varicose
with Bobbi Brown’s lash veins. And we’re not talking about a smattering of spider veins on the
curler—yeah, that’s right, I said it! I backs of my thighs. Oh, no. We’re talking big, blue and bulging.
like this curler better than all the rest. Finish by dou-
And painful, too. When my children would sit or play on my lap,
bling up on mascara; Armani’s Eyes to Kill in black
I would hold their little feet away from where one of the veins rose,
or black/brown.
like the Appalachians, from my right thigh, right at miniskirt height. I
Nail color is still muted. Chanel’s Trapeze is would bite my tongue to keep from cursing. Obviously, this was no way
a lighter taupe with shimmer, ideal for that to live; I had to do something.
strappy sandal. Dr. Howard Sobel, director of the Skin and Spa Cosmetic Surgery
My nose is pointing Center, told me that varicose veins result when veins fail to pump blood
towards Francis Kurkd- back up the leg toward the heart effectively, instead allowing blood to
jan’s Aqua Universalis flow back down and pool inside the tributaries beneath. This pooling
this season, a blend of lily causes the veins to expand and become visible underneath the skin.
of the valley, lime and ber- This is the case with both larger varicose veins and smaller spider
gamot; the smell of Paris veins. Spider veins are by far the most common, with up to 50 percent
in the summer.
of women developing them by age 50. By comparison, only 10 to 20
Spritz yourself with this delicious scent, and
percent of women develop varicose veins—which are characterized by a
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then get out there and enjoy the weather!

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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“During pregnancy, you have more blood circulating in
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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
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What doesn’t seem to cause varicose veins? Crossing
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Unfortunately, these precautions only do so much. Don Braden, Matt Wilson Wayne Escoffery Shelia Jordan
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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.

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into the present and keeps you from get- crease inflammation in the body, increase
ting caught up in unproductive thoughts alkaline levels and keep blood sugar
and worries. levels even, reducing sugar cravings. My
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should be doing. before eating again. Fasting rests the in-
testines and allows you to detoxify.
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thing white (flour, sugar, rice). You will 1. Jump on the Urban Rebounder (www.
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your energy, lead to cravings and often joints. Do it before your kids wake up
trigger bingeing. Instead, drink more wa- in the morning or when you’re on the
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level of dehydration. Minor symptoms 2. Work your core three to five times
include fatigue and hunger. If you’re a week. This is the most important
hungry, and you’ve eaten within the past strength training, as it supports the spine.
Secrets to Sanity two hours, drink some water and see if it 3. Sweat everyday. Skin is your largest
dissipates. organ. Sweating detoxifies the whole
Guru Magen Banwart Shares 3. Drink organic green juices 30 minutes body. Try spending 5 to 20 minutes in a
Health and Wellness Tips for Moms before meals. Green juices are nutrient- dry sauna.
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When it comes to getting the teeth you want, it appears
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We sat down with Dr. Lowenberg and asked him our five
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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
Union Square Park Playground. The 15,000-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-
A rendering of the Burling Slip banski, a principal at the landscape-architecture
Imagination Playground. Below left, firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. Every
architect David Rockwell. Right, aspect of the playground, from the three distinct
kids test out the new equipment at a outdoor “rooms” created for three different age
playground in Brownsville. 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
square-foot space that acts as a constantly chang- Japanese cryptomeria, a skinny evergreen, over
The Future Is Now ing village in which kids can make something, simple planters. “This way,” he says, “kids can
take it apart and start over the next day. With imagine they are playing in a forest.” It’s all
Monkey bars and swing sets? Passé. more than 250 custom-designed loose parts; a about stretching the imagination.
The future of playgrounds is now sand and water station where kids can create —Wendy Straker Hauser
and destroy mud sculptures; a chalk board on

rchitect David Rockwell might make the ground that is constantly changing; and a
his living designing large amphitheater with oversize Where to Go
glamorous spaces like balls that kids can roll around, this
Imagination playground At Burling Slip in
the Kodak Gallery Theater or Jet is not your everyday play space.
the South Street Seaport area of New York City.
Blue’s J.F.K. terminal, but it’s his “I am a big fan of monkey bars
Scheduled to open summer 2010.
latest project, the Imagination and swing sets with my kids,” says Union Square Park South of the Pavilion, on the
Playground at Burling Slip in Rockwell, who has a boy, age 10, north side of the 16th Street Traverse, from Union
South Street Seaport, that has him and a girl, 8. “But there are a lot of Square East to Union Square West. Open now.
acting as giddy as a schoolkid. them around. We thought of this
“I grew up in a world with as an alternative to things that al-
lots of sudden changes and tran- ready exist.”
sitions and the key creative life- It was Rockwell’s experience
saver for me was play,” says Rockwell. “A lot of as a child living in Mexico that inspired him
my play consisted of making things. We had this to build an entirely new kind of play space, a
really dilapidated garage and that was sort of my project that took him more than five years to
Todd Plitt; Axonometric

play laboratory where I would take doors and create. “When you look at the history of play-
handles and objects that I would find around me grounds, it was in the mid-’60s that play equip-
and use those to create things.” ment started to get more fixed,” he says. “Part
The Imagination Playground is an 18,000- of it was the litigious nature of the world, and

38 playground june 2010

Labor of
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
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.”
Michael Fine

—Wendy Straker Hauser

playground june 2010 39

Real Estate

Building from the ground

up and including ample
seed: Developers catch on
to the private-lawn trend.
Left: The Visionaire.

their steel and stucco house, one of two plopped and do better in school; they have more self-
Grass Is Greener on top of a century-old Lifesavers factory, open confidence, are more creative and more coop-
onto an incredibly lush private grass lawn, where erative. There is even some evidence that chil-
In Your Yard the Chiccos’ four children play soccer. Ameri- dren are less stressed when they have exposure
can soccer, that is. “I have them help me work and experience with nature.”
No grass Growing Under Developers outside; they help plant flowers when we do the Once upon a time in Manhattan, “exposure
In race to Sow some Seed annuals, and they helped me plant the tulips, fer- with nature” meant running into a flasher near
tilize and water the bamboo.” Fertilizer? Gentle- a fruit stand. Not for families lucky enough

dward Curtin, father of two, mows the men, start your mowers. to revel in private grass. For Chicco, a private
lawn on Saturdays. With his power The grass is always greener on the other side lawn “is almost like having Central Park in your
mower, Curtin carefully avoids the (of the Hudson), and historically, the desire for backyard.” Central Park is indeed every New
swing set and basketball hoop installed in his a lawn—suburbia’s sodded siren—has propelled Yorker’s backyard, but a safety land mine for
backyard, where his son Danny learned to pitch New York families out of the concrete jungle. parents, who need to keep vigilant eyes on their
as a Little Leaguer. Butterflies swoop. Birds But for a growing number of New York fami- children in the vast space. Meanwhile, on the
chirp. Last year, a family of cardinals built a lies, this comfort of the ’burbs can be captured Curtins’ lawn, where many a croquet game has
nest in the backboard of the hoop. There will be right here in the concrete jungle. “Our lawn been played, the children “could run outside on
fireflies tonight. was what really allowed us to stay in the city,” their own, dig in the dirt, make discoveries, and
It would be the idyllic suburban summer says Jill Curtin of raising two children in the I didn’t have to worry about them! They were
day except the Curtins live in a co-op at East Curtins’ grassy apartment at 288 Lexington. safe,” says Jill.
36th Street and Lexington Avenue, and the With private lawns sprouting up all over the Safe, and with a doorman to keep out the
cardinals did not get a buildings permit for that city, it’s an option that’s becoming more avail- crowds; on sunny days, it seems like there
nest. “The fortunate thing is that I don’t have able to all—and New York City children are rak- might be more sweaty New Yorkers in Central
to keep up with the Joneses,” says Curtin of his ing in the benefits. “A growing body of evidence Park than blades of grass.
turf. “No one’s really looking over the fence and indicates that direct experience with nature in Kimberly and Bill Walsh can do the math at a
saying, ‘Hmm, his lawn is getting a little long.’” children’s growing years is fundamental to their safe distance: They overlook Central Park’s Great
Peter Rymwid; Daniel D’Errico

Be warned, Mr. Curtin. Somewhere in the healthy development,” says Dr. Cheryl Charles Lawn from their really great lawn, a 25-by-25-
western skies, Giancarlo Chicco might be mow- of the Children & Nature Network, who notes foot grassy area perched atop 225 Central Park
ing his lawn right now. Italian Chicco and his that outdoor play in nature contributes to West. They purchased their penthouse from
British wife, Claire, live high above the Hudson children’s physical, intellectual and emotional Christmas ornament king Christopher Radko
at 120 11th Avenue. The sliding glass doors of health. “Children tend to be happier, healthier in 2007. “The thing we love most about it,” says

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Veronique wrap dress,
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Maternity, veronique- Plus: Dr. Betsy Schur Levy's tips on managing
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The Fabulous Life
and Times of

Spunky, sassy and hillarious! Don’t even

think about telling Bethenny Frankel she can’t
have her cake and eat it, too

m o m v e r s at i o n

o call Bethenny Frankel, star of The Real nant. People always complain about being pregnant. What’s
Housewives of New York City, a housewife is to complain about? I don’t feel tired, hungry and cranky. I feel
really expanding the definition of the word. great, energetic, bootylicious. Jason tells me my tush is juicy.
With a best-selling diet and cookbook under What do you like most about being pregnant?
her belt, her first exercise DVD on the hori- I like that it’s making me dress nicer. I used to always dress like a
zon and her new spinoff show slated to tape this summer, slob; I love my pajamas. However, now that I am pregnant, I am
Bethenny obviously doesn’t rest on her laurels. And she and dressing much more together. I am putting outfits together, get-
her new husband, Jason Hoppy, are expecting their first baby ting excited about getting dressed up. Perfect example: Look at
this summer to boot. As you’ll learn from our Momversation, me today: I am in an outfit with coordinated shoes. In the past, if
nothing has slowed down this mom-to-be. Thankfully, Fran- I had a photo shoot, I would show up in my flip-flops or sneak-
kel was able to take a little time out of her busy day to show ers and looking disgusting. Now I am putting myself together
off her beautiful baby bump and talk shop about pregnancy and am proud of the way I look, right, Julie? Julie agrees 100
and being a first-time mom in New York City. —Lyss Stern 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
LS: You must be over-the-moon excited? prenatal vitamins and I am feeling great.
Bethenny Frankel: Yes, I am really excited! I am not rush- Did you set up the baby’s nursery yet?
ing this; I am enjoying being pregnant! I am having lots of fun Nope, I am going to get a bassinet for the first three months.
with being pregnant. My husband cannot stop telling me how Everyone is so wound up about it, I am not going to stress
sexy I look! about it, the nursery will happen.
What has shocked you the most about being pregnant? Have you done your registry?
That it’s not as bad as people make it out to be. It’s not difficult. No, not yet; I just did a wedding registry. I will get to the baby
I am not complaining. There is nothing hard about being preg- registry before the baby shower.

P h oto g r a p h Y b y t r ac y to l e r / fa s h i o n st y l i n g b y a n n a k ats a n i s

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What stroller do you want? How do you think being a new mom will affect Five Favorites
Everyone talks about the Bugaboo, the Quinny. how you get along with your cast mates?
I don’t know. … I want the lightest and the one Ummm, I already can tell that me being pregnant New York City guilty pleasure? Probably one
that’s practical and easiest for on the go. Jason has softened my relationship with some of the oth- of my food guilty pleasures are Two Little Red
has been looking at all the different strollers; er cast mates. Ramona has really been overly cod- Hens Red Velvet Cake. That’s my favorite, it has
he’s really into finding the best one for us. dling me and so very supportive. If we are in a taxi, to be red velvet and from Two Little Red Hens.
Another guilty pleasure is Becca at Haven Spa
Are you excited to embrace being a she will make sure that I have my seat
for massages. It’s a little, low-key spa on Mercer
Divalysscious Mom? belt on. She will buckle me in. Alex
Street. Her massages are the best!
Yes, cannot wait! I am defi- has also been great. Oh, and Jen-
local park? There’s a park right down on
nitely Divalysscious and can- nifer Gilbert, one of the new- Hudson, and I am sure we will stroll to the parks
not wait to be the best mom est housewives, has been very down on the water.
and a sexy one! kind to me; in fact, just today ice-cream flavor? I don’t love dairy, but I love
Have you hired a baby she texted me and wanted to Peanut Butter ZigZag by Purely Decadent. It’s
nurse? know if I wanted her breast dairy free. It will make you cry. It has slivers of
Yes, the day I found out I was pump. She wanted to know if I chocolate; it’s out of this world!
pregnant, I hired a baby nurse. wanted her onesies. clothing store in N.Y.C.? Montmartre (named
Are you interviewing nannies? A lot of the women are very after a hill in Paris which was at one time an art-
I have not hired a nanny yet. How- into their own things, so I don’t ex- ists’ mecca) in the Time Warner Center, and one
on Madison Avenue. And I love Michael Kors—so
ever, I know I need to have a nanny! I pect them to stop the world for me or even
simple and classic and fits me great.
cannot work at the pace that I work and not think about me being pregnant and/or having a
Salon to get pampered in? I am not that high
have a nanny. I was actually just thinking about baby. They are all really into themselves.
maintenance; I really don’t get pampered. I like
that today: I need to find a nanny. They are ex- You should be excited raising a child to get in and out. My favorite salon is my apart-
pensive, right? in New York City. Agreed? ment, seriously. However, if I need to get pam-
Do you think that TV needs a “Real” TV show Yeah! It’s an exciting place with a lot of exciting pered, I will go to the Peninsula Spa. I love this
about “Real NYC Moms”? people. I look forward to walking everywhere little room they have with the best mushy, fluffy
Ummm, I don’t know. The Real NYC moms, no- with the baby. Everything is accessible to you. pillows and the best service. When I am stressed
body would probably want to watch. What are Any food cravings? out, I will do my yoga tape. I live for yoga! I also
they going to show, all the lunatics on Nothing crazy. I have been drinking a lot love my facialist, Christine Chin. It’s like torture.
the Upper East Side? Any mom that of orange juice. Some dairy-free ice She digs in, but it’s the best facial.
is “normal” is not going to want to cream. I swear if my belly wasn’t
be on a reality show. big, you would never know I was

final note
What will your push present be pregnant. I really don’t have those
from Jason? cravings that everyone talks about.
I have been hinting about Eternity Jason calls me an alien. I can go all
Diamond Bangles. We are on a bud- day in 5-inch heels and not com-
get. I want to be able to collect them for plain once that my feet are swollen or
“Life does not happen to
each holiday: one for the baby being born, that I am hungry.
one for Valentine’s Day, one for my birthday and
you; you happen to life.
Will you breast-feed?
so on. Julie, have I been blatant enough about that Yes, I am going to try. A company called Boob Nothing just comes to you.
hint? Can you make sure he’s on it? Maternity just sent me some cool breast-feeding People think that you’re
Do you think you’re fully prepared to be a mom? tops. I have some sexy lingerie for breast-feed- lucky. Lucky does
Yes, because I am fully prepared for everything ing as well. I also have been using this belly band not come to you; you
in life. I am the type of person that is fully pre- that plays music to the baby; it’s really cool. have to go get it. ”
pared for everything that comes my way. Tell me one lullaby you think you will always
Obviously, there’s a real sexiness to being sing to your baby?
pregnant. Do you feel it? Awww, I have not even thought about that yet.
Beyond sexy. I have never felt so sexy in my en- Probably “You Are My Sunshine.” Yes I like
tire life. I love being pregnant! that song!

playground june 2010 53

Kargman and son
Fletcher at work.
Below left,
front door artwork,
and right, Tauba
Auerbach's K.

No Place Like

For the writer, mom and die-hard New Yorker

Jill Kargman, home is definitely where the heart is

B y R e b ec c a M o r s e

54 playground june 2010

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

p h oto g r a p h y b y Da n i e l D ' E r r i c o

he burnished brass door knocker of Jill “Two words. Fiber. Seal. They did all my couches, all my carpets,”
Kargman’s prewar Classic Seven has two advises Kargman. “The white couches horrified people when I first
round googly eyes stuck to it—right above did this place.” Kargman, however, had lived with a “Crate & Barrel
a hand-glittered hot pink construction- explosion” for 15 years and wanted a grown-up apartment. “Funnily
paper heart taped to the door. It’s a per- enough,” she muses, “the worst spillage is from our friends with a
fect entrance for the home beyond, where glass of wine—it’s not even the kids that are the culprits.”
a well-loved Mickey Mouse sits under A few bachelorette years downtown aside, Kargman is an Upper
Tauba Auerbach’s pen-and-ink K that East Side lifer: She grew up on East 66th and Madison and now lives
matches the “K” tattooed on the wrist of the lady of the house. Wel- only a few blocks away with her husband of eight years, Harry, the
come Chez Kargman, where toys, modern art and a fab iTunes library founder and CEO of Kargo, a wireless software company. Her father,
blend together in a fantastic—and totally eclectic—domestic mix. Arie Kopelman, the former CEO of Chanel, and her mother, Coco, re-
The door knocker may be watching you, but the surveillance stops main close by: “My parents are basically raising my kids with me,”
there in 34-year-old novelist Jill Kargman’s four-bedroom family says Kargman, convenience to them being one compelling reason for
home, where three mini-Kargmans—Sadie, 6, Ivy, 4, and Fletch, 2—are loving the East 60s, the other being … proximity to Brooklyn?
free to roam, climb and jump with impunity by the wood-burning fire- “We go downtown a lot,” says Jill, and the subway is a short block
place, around art-choked walls and all over two pristinely white—yes, away. “The one danger of living up here is that I have a lot of friends
white—couches. who don’t go downtown, ever. They consider downtown Saks. ‘I’m

playground june 2010 55

going downtown—to Saks.’ That’s not my life.
I grew up with parents that are very adventur-
Ivy's room. Right, a telling ous—we always went to all five boroughs.”
pillow. Below left, an hour- And with her family in tow, Kargman still
glass collection, and right, ventures outside of Manhattan every Saturday.
the Kargman Family.
“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
The Kargmans' that you can’t take it with you. Somehow, that
favorite hangouts: struck me at a really young age.”
the den, here, and
the master bed-
If her carpe diem philosophy stems from a
room, opposite. touch of the macabre, it translates into joy in
the Kargman apartment. While the apartment is

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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.

gorgeously chic, it is at the same time a real home, with toys and books she writes between 12:30 and 2 each day (“I can’t be funny after two
and juice cups and silly family photos throughout. hours”) in between school drop-offs and pickups.
The kiddos each have their own rooms—in Fletch’s hangs Flor Leo- The ultimate New York City girl loves raising kids in her hometown.
pold’s American flag made of toy cars—but the real action happens in “There’s constant stimulation. We’re always doing something fun.
the brown lacquer, bookshelf-lined den, which was what sealed the Even if we have no plans, just walking down the street, we bump into
Kargman’s purchase in 2004. While house hunting, the Kargmans fo- people. It’s such a healthy group-learning experience. The kids’ brains
cused on finding a real family room. “Most people in our building use are just going all the time, and the culture is part of the education. In
the den as a formal dining room, but we don't formally dine. We love New York, you’re more worldly because it’s so international; you’re
plopping in couch-potato mode, and the people not in your little pea pod of homogeneity.”
before us had done all the library built-ins. We
just decorated and moved in, zero work!”
“I do have that That’s not to say the Kargmans are out and
about all the time. “We’re very lazy. I can do
If you hear music, look no further than the
master bedroom. “All the dance parties are
kind of dark side— about one activity. On Tuesday, the girls didn’t
have school so I took them to the Met for four
in my room,” says Jill. “It’s where my iTunes that’s one thing hours. They could have stayed another two
Courtesy of Dylan’s Candy Bar.

are.” With “Hey Mickey” playing on the iMac,

it doesn’t take long for 2-year old Fletch to start
that’s tricky hours, but I came down and lay down in an X
on my bed. I could have died.” A totally differ-
grooving down on the canopied master bed-
room, holding the mouse of the same name. The
to reconcile with ent kind of X than The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund: In
this case, X marks the spot for a superfun—and
bedroom does double duty as Jill’s office, where being a mom.” stylish—mom.

playground june 2010 57

Sammi wears
Paul Frank T-
shirt, $20, and
Pinc jean shorts

Harry wears Alpha

Industries shorts,
$44.90, and top,
$33.90, and Geox
sneakers, $65.

Summer means longer days

and more time outdoors. And
what better way to celebrate
this season than a stylish romp
in the playground? Dress your
kids for summer fun in these
adorable outfits.

p h oto g r a p h s b y h e i d i g r e e n

58 playground june 2010

Anna wears Roberta
Roller Rabbit by
Roberta Freyman,
top and leggings, $50
each, and her own

Left, Ellie wears Hala-

baloo dress, $72, and
Nina sandals, $45.

playground june 2010 59

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

60 playground june 2010

Sammi wears
Pinc jean shorts
$41.90, and So
Nikki white tank
top, $15.90, and
pink top, $27.90.

Mac wears Roudy

Sprout Grateful
Dead vintage T-shirt
$35.90, Volcom
shorts, $32, and
Geox sneakers, $65.
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

62 playground june 2010

Lazy Days of Summer
Managing your child's free time.

ith spring in full bloom, New York- world of play is rich in symbolism and promotes and/or books that appear “too easy" for them.
er’s can’t help but fantasize about creativity, intellectual growth and early social- This experience promotes both mastery and
the approaching warm summer ization skills. Never dismiss your children’s re- self-confidence. Have your child accompany you
months. Summertime presents a much-needed quest to play with them, even when you have on an old-fashioned trip to the library. Choose
reprieve from the hectic, pressured and excit- heard the words “let’s play” over and over again. your summer reading together and don’t forget
ing lives of New York City families. However, Play defines and depicts the magic of the child- to get a book (or two) for yourself.
summertime is not as simple as one would hope. hood years. Summertime presents a unique opportunity
While summer life offers a temporary vacation Many parents express concern that too for relaxed and extended family time. This ap-
from the demands of your child’s school sched- much unstructured playtime will prevent their plies both to the child’s ability to see more of his
ule, teacher conferences, play dates, after school child from engaging in the more disciplined or her parents (perhaps during their summer
activities, flu shots, ERB tests and strict bedtime and constructive activities of summer, such as vacation time or on a long weekend), and his
rituals, it certainly presents its own complexi- day camp or formal preparation for the upcom- or her siblings who may have otherwise been
ties and challenges. ing school year. Here, balance and modera- off at school and involved in their own activi-
The summer dilemma is best defined by the tion are the key ingredients to healthy summer ties prior to the summer months. Family time
ever-present question: What should we do with days. The school-age (nursery is undoubtedly the most im-
the children during the free, unstructured days and early elementary school)
“Let’s play” is a portant component of a child’s
sense of security, connected-
of summer? What will we do without school? child may crave and flourish
How will the kids keep up and what do they need from the more predictable and very meaningful ness and belonging. Family time
to accomplish this summer? New York educa-
tors, psychologists and psychiatrists are flooded
routine activities provided by
day camps, athletic programs,
communication may involve long-awaited visits
with grandparents and other
with such questions. Should we be preparing for music classes, etc. These activi- from any child. extended family members.
next year (perhaps tutoring a bit)? Hiring a ten- ties often require the capacity Family time can be kept quite
nis coach? Or at least a swim instructor? After to separate. Some children separate from their simple. This applies to families who summer in
all, every child has to learn to swim. How about parents with ease; others experience more the city, in the country or both. Try cooking to-
day camp, sleep-away camp or travel? It ap- anxiety and difficulty. Parents need to consider gether (even the inside barbecue will do), enjoy
pears that parents feel guilty and uncomfortable how their child separates and makes transitions fresh and colorful summer foods, plant a gar-
letting summer be summer. A less-structured to new environments, and how long a day is ap- den, grow vegetables, watch the flowers blos-
time filled with play, creative exploration, new propriate for that child. For some children, a som. Remember to count the stars in the sky,
friendships, sea shells, sunsets and sometimes half-day of summer camp is just perfect; other have endless ears of corn, try the two-wheeler
even sunburns. children clearly need more. One child may ben- again, take a walk on the beach or in the parks,
Many parents ask a critical question: How efit from additional athletic activity after camp swim, play in the sand and find your favorite ice
much free play time versus structured time is and/or on weekends. Others appear to need a cream parlor. On a rainy Sunday, build Lego’s
best for a child during the summer months? To day off from camp (and complete downtime) to the ceiling. These summer memories don’t
answer this, each parent must consider both the each week. Some children use their free time seem to fade, but rather become the foundation
universal and psychological virtues of play, as to challenge themselves academically (beyond for wonderful stories passed on from genera-
well as the individual needs of each child, his or their grade level) and seek enrichment. And tion to generation.
her age, stage and character. children with specific learning differences may In this pressure-packed, fast-paced, ever-
First and foremost, let's talk about play. Play need to work on academic tasks at home or with changing world, summer provides an oasis
is the most important vehicle through which a tutor to prepare for school in the fall. In each from it all. Summer living embraces the magic
our children grow and explore themselves and of these situations, it is essential to maintain a of childhood with warmth and excitement. Ex-
their world. “Let’s play” is a very meaningful healthy balance. plore with your child, engage in their play, build
communication from any child. It is an innocent Summer provides a wonderful time for your that tall sand castle, knock it down if you wish
but direct expression of a child’s wish to engage child to read for pleasure. Encourage your chil- and then build it again. Celebrate summer!
and connect with others and include them in his dren to read books that they simply enjoy. This —Betsy Schur Levy, Ph.D.
or her world of fantasy and imagination. The often includes books that they have read before

playground june 2010 63

The Waiting Game
Handling those waiting list blues.

y necessity, the New Yorker is a pa- of years myself if we don’t solve the problem by
tient species. The wait for a cab after then.” In terms of moving up on the wait list?
a Knicks game on a rainy Friday night “There’s not a lot a parent can do, which is ex-
could kill lesser souls. We know the eternal traordinarily frustrating.”
hours before Time Warner shows up or a table However, wait lists will move at public
at Babbo becomes available. Some of us have schools. “We understand that for the families of
been known to wait an hour for a cupcake. these children this is a time of real anxiety. But
And then there is the ultimate in New York rest assured, every child on a wait list will get
City waiting: the school admission’s waiting list. an offer for a seat in a local school by the week
For the thousands of New York parents whose of May 17th, six weeks earlier than last year and
children linger in public- and private-school four months before the start of the school year.”
purgatory, the upcoming months may be less a said Jack Zarin-Rosenfeld, spokesperson for the
summer break than a summer breakdown. Department of Education. shift; that will come in the middle of June,” said
For wait-list movement, “summer is a criti- As for private schools, there’s a reason they Councilwoman Lappin. Nonetheless, as the
cal time,” according to Roxanna Reid, director maintain those wait lists: Spaces do open up, Councilwoman notes, “It’s hard to predict how
of Smart City Kids, an educational advisory ser- and the schools want to fill those spots. “In many will be offered placements, and not every-
vice. We talked to industry every school, even the most one accepts a gifted and talented placement.”
insiders about how to win
the waiting game.
“I think it’s desirable, things do happen
over the summer, occasion- Confirm your interest;
totally appropriate. ally: Child A’s parents get check desperation at the curb.
What recession? relocated to London, or Racked with anxiety? Pick up the phone. Coun-
For private schools, “this was
There’s no harm Child B’s parents get a re- cilwoman Lappin advises public-school wait-
a very competitive year,” says in calling the cord contract in L.A. Things list parents to call: “I think it’s totally appro-
Emily Glickman, president of happen,” allows Glickman, priate. There’s no harm in calling the school to
Abacus Guide Educational
school. I wouldn’t who often works with fami- check in and see if there’s been movement. ...
Consulting. “There continue call every day, lies in the financial and en- The parent coordinators at each of the schools
to be very affluent people in tertainment industries. are excellent, and I assume would be happy to
New York chasing very few but there’s Roxanna Reid, director share what they know.” She adds, “I wouldn’t
private school spots at the no harm in of Smart City Kids, an edu- call every day, but there’s no harm in touching
top schools.” cational advisory service, base every couple of weeks.”
It’s the second year in a touching base.” has seen private schools call When calling private schools, “you want to
row that public schools are with last-minute openings be pleasant and you want to be present,” Abacus
operating on a wait list. New York City public as late as August: “It’s within reason that it Guide’s Glickman suggests. “You want to make
schools have hundreds on their wait lists, in- could happen.” your commitment level known.” If you’re anx-
cluding students zoned for the West Side’s P.S. Keep your eye on the calendar: Acceptances iety-stricken, “don’t project that to the admis-
87 and P.S. 199 and the East Side’s P.S. 6, P.S. 183 to Gifted & Talented programs (“G&Ts”), antici- sion directors: You’re confident, you’re happy
and P.S. 290. It’s a frustrating situation: “I think pated in June, could make waves on wait lists— and you’ve got your act together. You don’t want
people have a right to go to their neighborhood in both private and public schools. “Some people to convey your desperation.”
school, and it’s very disappointing people are on who have put down deposits for private-school “You want to treat [admissions contacts] like
wait lists,” says Councilwoman Jill Lappin, who programs may be willing to lose that deposit if they’re a friend and try to find a mutuality that
represents the 5th District of Manhattan. She their child gets into a desired G&T program in will make you stand out,” offers Brian Kaplan,
doesn’t blame those who are anxious. “I would June,” notes Robin Aronow, Ph.D., founder of director of communications at MetSchools,
be very upset too. My son is 3, but we live in the School Search NYC. which owns Claremont Prep, further suggesting
Carbon NYC

P.S. 59 school zone, which has a wait list this And in public schools, “as the gifted and tal- that parents offer to sign a document commit-
year, so I will be wringing my hands in a couple ented assignments go out, there will be a big ting their kids to attending the private school

64 playground june 2010

Young Collectors
if admitted. “The more you follow up and the
more you show you want to be part of the com-
A parent’s guide to buying art
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 wouldn’t classify myself as a true art “If you’re buying a brand-new work of art, it
to call you back so that we can identify the best “collector.” The term conjures up im- is typically in pristine shape,” Schwartz says.
time for movement?’” ages of worldly, international jet-setters “If you’re buying on the secondary market,
It really can pay to be in touch as much as with unlimited budgets, not moms like me beware of stains, tears, fading and trimmed
possible. “Some schools maintain their wait lists with a few prints and photos hanging above margins, because all those factors will affect
through September; others officially close them piles of toy dinosaurs, scattered puzzle pieces the value of the print.”
in late spring,” says Aronow. “Then it’s kind of and half-dressed dolls. However, I have pur-
open game again. I have found that sometimes chased a couple pieces over the past five years. Shop around. “The more looking you do, the
it’s the person that happens to be on the phone I didn’t set out to do it consciously; I just found more sophisticated and knowledgeable you
at the same time someone else has just dropped a few things I loved and bought them. Was that become about the quality and prices of art,”
out. If his or her child fits the profile, that child the “right” way to do it? What should I keep Schwartz says.
might get the spot.” With persistence, timing in mind going forward? And will my toddler Schwartz suggests going to the Met and
just might be on your side. twins eventually destroy all of it? I decided to MoMA to hone your tastes.
consult some experts.
When to Pull Out all the Stops. Consider prints and photographs. They’re a
For private-school waiters, if there was ever Look for quality and value. When shopping great entry point to the art market and aren’t
a time to call in the big guns, that time is now. for art, find out as much as you can about the as prohibitively expensive as other works, like
“If you have any connections at the school, they piece. Sometimes only industry experts, like oil paintings. Goulding notes that smaller edi-
should be going to bat for you,” Glickman says. gallery dealers or art consultants, have this tions, like a set of 10 prints, tend to hold their
No big names in your BlackBerry? Don’t despair. kind of information or know exactly what to value better than larger editions in the hun-
One connection that parents may have is their look for. dreds, but can be more expensive.
own nursery school. “They can help assess if the Alexandra Schwartz, director of Pace Still, she says, “there’s a lot you can do for
wait list is really viable for families,” says Reid. Master Prints, knows that condition matters. under $5,000.”
Have your nursery school’s leaders reach out to
your wait-list school to determine how realistic
Massimo Vitali,
your chances are. Cefalù Nonna, Sicily,
But for public schools, resist trying to have 2008, part of the
connections call on your behalf. “Sometimes author’s collection.

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,
courtesy of the artist and the Bonni Benrubi Gallery

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,”
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Field Trip to the Met
Make an investment in your love of the piece. Take a trip to one of New York City's greatest assets:
“Art can turn out to be an investment,” Schwartz Our guide to a child-friendly visit to the Met
says. “But you can’t go into it that way. Tastes
I SPY Interactive they can locate his paintings with a balle-
change, an artist’s work changes. Buy what you
games like “I Spy” rina theme. Discuss the difference between
love because you’re investing in your enjoyment,
aren’t just for road painting and sculpture. Explain how Degas
not because the artist is hot or because someone
trips. Take your was an artist who worked in several mediums,
told you to buy it.” little one to the but that he never showed his sculptures to
Goulding agrees: “First and foremost, art African Art gallery anyone.
should be considered for its art historical and and go on an “I
SIZE IT UP In a period room from Versailles,
aesthetic quality. The market for great art al- Spy” safari. Start with something they love like
have the kids find the biggest chair and then
ways follows.” elephants and say, “I spy an elephant,” and ask
the smallest chair. Explain how the most im-
Really you have to buy what appeals to you. your child to search the room until they find
portant person would sit in the big chair and
As a good friend with two young children just it. While you’re looking together take the time
the least important in the small chair.
told me, “I went to a gallery recently and the to mention fun facts about elephants, like the
For older children, a discussion of size in
artist was there explaining all the details and fact that their tusks are made from ivory. Then
a work of art could lead to talk of how art-
later you can point out art made from the ivory
motivations of his various works. And all I was ists use size in creating perspective (objects
of an elephant's tusk.
thinking was, ‘I just need something that looks further away appear smaller, objects closer up
good over the couch.’” COUNT ME IN Counting is a great way to appear bigger).
keep kids involved and on their toes and the
SHAPES AND COLORS Head over to the Modern
Oceanic art galleries are a great place to start.
“Buy what you love This exhibit is filled with sculptures portraying
Galleries. In front of an Ellsworth Kelly instal-
lation of different-colored canvases, give each
because you’re gods, spirits, ancestors and other supernatu-
ral beings. Have your child count how many
child a piece of colored construction paper,

investing in your figures they can find in a grouping of wood

and ask them to stand in front of the canvas
that is painted the same color as his/her
enjoyment, not be- paper. Once the child has made the match,
FIND A THEME Some artists, like Degas, took he/she can trade in the color for another.
cause the artist is an interest in a specific subject matter—in his
hot or someone told case ballerinas. Take your child to the Impres-
sionist galleries to see Degas’ ballerinas.
In front of a Japanese Buddhist altar, have the
kids sit like the Buddha. Talk about what the
you to buy it.” Explain that he was also a painter and see if
pose and hand gesture means in this culture.

Start early. Many fellow parents have

purchased art specifically for their children’s
nurseries and bedrooms. Schwartz cites stud- Protect your investment … from your kids. If your kids do add their own flourishes to
ies showing that very young children respond Art should be hung high on the wall. Works on your art (as I did at age 5 by scratching my name
to black and white; older children respond paper should also always be framed behind glass into my mother’s Friedel Dzubas), call Elizabeth
to color. Figurative is great, she adds, but ab- or plexiglass. Keep all of it out of reach as much Estabrook at Amann + Estabrook Conservation
stract art is also wonderful for children. She as possible. “Work that has been conserved is Associates.
recommends artists such as Donald Baechler, generally less valuable,” Goulding warns. “We worked on one painting for eight months
Jim Dine, Wayne Thiebaud, Claes Oldenburg, She advises parents to establish boundaries that a child had drawn on, but the results were
Kiki Smith, Sol LeWitt and Ryan McGinness. within the home for where kids can go. (Easier not satisfactory,” Estabrook says. “It couldn’t be
Goulding adds that Jeff Koons prints and said than done.) Goulding herself owns a 4-by- remedied.” But Estabrook says she usually has
Christopher Wool skateboards are perfect for 6-foot Guyton/Walker silkscreen on drywall better luck.
courtesy of metropolitan museum of art

kids’ rooms. that leans against the wall and can easily tip I’m definitely rethinking where I’ve placed
“If you like it, your children will react to it,” over. Her baby, Miles, “will never be allowed my prints and photos. Yes, my twins might de-
says Schwartz. “Buy great, fun things that will near there!” crease the value of my art by adding their own
endure, not just cutesy things for the nursery. Schwartz adds, “Prints are glazed and have special touches one day. But they’ve increased
Exposing your kids to art at home, in museums, plexiglass on them, so the artwork is protected. the value of my life immeasurably. I think it’s
or at galleries is a life-enhancing gift that they’ll Besides, I always found that my children wrote well worth the risk. I’m headed to the Armory.
enjoy for the rest of their lives.” on the walls, not the artwork.” —Zibby Right

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Family Day Trips

It’s the weekend, and you’re not in the Hamptons. There’s nothing on
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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. B y J o sh H e l m i n

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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 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-
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you can follow marked walking trails, wander through lush gardens—some fastidiously
restored to historical 1920s design—and discover sculptures spread throughout the acres.
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Michelle Obama made headlines when she
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Take a cue from Michelle and head to Stone
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the Stone Barns team collect eggs, do some
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Modern Art for all.

If you’re thinking that a Modern Art museum might not be much fun for kids, perhaps
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
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Hands-on: art in the great outdoors.
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
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All aboard for the train-obsessed.

If your kids can’t get enough trains, there’s no place
cooler to visit than the Railroad Museum of New
England. An extensive, beautifully maintained collec-
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Hop on the Naugatuck Railroad right at the museum for
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You’ll have the place mostly to yourself, and the kids
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The World Class Learning

Academy New York

he World Class Learning Academy New ing, quality of the work, and how far ahead our stu- piece of paper,” says Northey.
York, opening this fall, features an inter- dents are” says Ann McPhee, Vice President of U.S. Classroom activities are also very hands-on, so that
nationally renowned curriculum to help Operations and Director of Education for the WCL students have the chance to really “live” the curriculum.
students reach their full potential Group. “We track the progress of our students and Quite often teachers assume that they imparted the
Most educational curriculums still re- evaluate their outcomes comparative to students in knowledge, and therefore the student learned. It doesn’t
volve around traditional teaching methods that don’t schools in the U.K. and U.S. so we know our students work like that.”
always work for every student. Children who process are succeeding for both their age and ability. Gradu- Ultimately, says Northey, “The IPC was written for
information differently, require extra help along ates of our schools regularly go on to Ivy League and the sole purpose of giving children ownership over their
the way, or simply are ahead of their classmates prestigious universities around the world.” learning. That’s how we’ve found children learn best.”
don’t get the individualized attention they deserve. Something else that makes the IPC distinct is its
Increasingly, schools are offering more personalized focus on globalized learning. Its goal is to teach students
curriculums that address each child’s unique learning understanding, respect, and knowledge of other cultures
style, and a proven leader in this field is World Class The IPC was written for and beliefs around the world. It makes the World Class
Learning Group (WCL Group). Learning Academy a compelling choice for students
Known for highly-regarded schools the WCL the sole purpose of giving who will go on to work and live in a very international,
Group will open its first school in the city this fall—the children ownership over their ever-changing, 21st century world. “In this world, chil-
World Class Learning Academy, New York, located in dren are going to need to be adaptable, to communicate
the heart of the East Village.“We are extremely pas- learning. That’s how we’ve well, to be cooperative, to have respect, to be thought-
sionate about learning,” says Emma Northey, Head ful,” says Northey. “Any school can say they want that for
of Primary Learning at the British School of Boston, found children learn best. their students, but realistically, are they equipping the
one of its sister schools. “We believe very strongly students with these skills? Our curriculum does.”
that one size does not fit all, and therefore in order As much as it will offer an education with a worldwide
for a child to learn and succeed, they need to have a So what does the IPC look like? For one thing, you perspective, the World Class Learning Academy will also
tailored program that teaches to the child and not to won’t typically see a teacher standing in front of a class- have a deep focus on its home city, Manhattan, using
the class.” room lecturing a group of students. At the World Class the city as an extension of the classroom, drawing on
What makes the WCL Group’s approach stand Learning Academy, New York, educators will adapt the the city’s art, culture and history to enhance the learning
apart from other schools is that it’s rooted in some- resources or media they are using so that every child is that takes place inside the school.
thing quite tangible: the International Primary Cur- able to access the curriculum. For families looking for a school for this fall or in the
riculum (IPC). Created and developed 25 years ago Additionally, teachers cater to each child’s ability coming years, World Class Learning Academy New York
by a branch of the WCL Group called Fieldwork, the level, so that in any given classroom, some students are most definitely provides a unique option. Families get the
IPC is taught at all of the WCL Group schools, includ- working at a beginner’s level while others are working on best of both worlds: the energy, new facilities and fresh
ing the British Schools of America, based in Boston, more advanced assignments. approach that come with a new school combined with
Charlotte, Chicago, Houston and Washington, DC And students play an active role in deciding how they the impressive track record of the WCL Group.
(the New York school will be the latest addition). The learn best. “For instance, if a child is presenting their
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Mom’s Minute
Jeweler Mimi So’s creations
are both wearable and
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How do you juggle work and family?

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What lesson from parenting have you

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Patience and time.

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Eat all the ice cream you want now
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What’s your favorite family moment

Dinnertime—this is when we get to ask
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What’s the best part of raising a child

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Once you step out of your apartment,
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Once you are exposed to this great city,
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What’s your guilty parenting pleasure?

Staying up late with the kids past their
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