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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
8:52 am
G+T Program at Brooklyn School of Inquiry (BSI) - for 1st Graders
We have started a Google Group for 1st Grade parents who were shut out of BSI.
If we get enough families we thought we might be able to make some noise and get
the DOE to reconsider and open an additional 1st Grade. Interested? address to


Some background: originally, BSI planned to have two K classes and two 1st Grade
classes for Gifted and Talented (G+T) Students.
Apparently, the Office of Student Enrollment thought that there would be more
interest in K classes than in 1st Grades, and rearranged to have three K and
only one 1st Grade.
If your child has been shut out of BSI's 1st Grade, please join our Google

Monday, April 7th, 2008
10:44 am
Hello there. I notice this is a pretty small community, so I thought I'd give a little intro/mission statement.

I'm 27, my husband is 37. We have a 10 year old daughter and are expecting a son in late July. We live in NJ, about 20 minutes outside the city.

We spent a lot of time in the NYC goth/punk scene; we've settled down now with a house and a dog, and although we're still unusual people, we're really into being parents. We're trying to raise our daughter to be pleasant, open minded, and into learning - which isn't always easy when you're being bombarded by SpongeBob and Hanna Montana.

Most of our friends don't have kids, and those that do settled further away, so I'd like to meet some other people in the area who would be up for kid friendly outings like museums, planetariums and plays.

Anyone else in here interested in some kid-friendly intellectual endeavors?
Friday, March 28th, 2008
12:37 pm
Summer Day Camp in Brooklyn for a preschooler
Dear New Yorkers,
if any of you have a child who had a good summer camp experience, or if you've heard a good first-hand reference, would you please recommend that summer camp?

I am looking for a summer camp for my 4 year old, where camp counselors would be professional teachers, not teenagers (or, at least not only teenagers).

We've had an experience with Shorefront-Y, so no need to recommend that summer camp.

We live in Sheepshead Bay area of Brooklyn.

Thanks in advance.

Current Mood: pensive
Thursday, August 9th, 2007
11:33 am
open invite to all baseball-loving parents!
Baby's First Ballgame!

Baby’s First Ballgame, this September 3rd (Labor Day) at 1 PM, brings back baseball's first couple Dave and Carrie as they celebrate their one year anniversary with the Brooklyn Cyclones at KeySpan Park in Coney Island. Dave and Carrie were married on the field after a game last July. A year later, they’re celebrating the birth of their baby girl Kate with the Cyclones and inviting all NYC families with a baby or pregnant mom to join them.

We’re also raising money for Autism Cares at this event- with an auction and some great raffle prizes

There will be lots of contests, giveaways, and prizes for babies and their families.

All pregnant moms in attendance will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, and all families with a child under 3 will be allowed to run the bases on the field after the game!

For more info or if you have a business or organization interested in coming, you can e-mail Dave Kerpen.
Tuesday, May 15th, 2007
1:33 pm
Local sources for cloth diapering

I'm expecting my first baby in 4 weeks and am looking for good places in NYC to shop for cloth diapers. Specifically, I'm looking for DSQ prefolds and good quality diaper covers (Proraps, Bummis, etc). The big chains seem to only carry Gerber brand stuff, which I've been warned by other cloth-diapering moms to avoid. I'm already very familiar with the online shopping options for cloth diapering products, but I'd love to find someplace local too so I'm not constantly shelling out for shipping costs. And so I have an excuse to get out of the house once in a while when I'm home on maternity leave.

Any recommendations? I live in Brooklyn.
Friday, February 23rd, 2007
9:32 am
kinda cross-posted
is anyone going to the pillow fight in union square on Saturday?!

Here are some pictures of my little boy that Brooklynvegen took last year:

I promised him he could wear his Darth Vader costume and hold a red lightsaber this year, so look out for us!!
Thursday, January 25th, 2007
3:05 pm
Couple of Recommendations
I thought I'd mention a couple of nonfiction books about raising kids in NYC.

The first is by Adam Gopnik (of the New Yorker magazine), and is entitled Through The Children's Gate: A Home in New York. I haven't read it, but I do like Gopnik, so I'm sure it'll be worth reading. One word of warning: this will almost certainly be more of a wealthy person's take on the whole phenomenon.

For something a little more down to earth, I heartily recommend The Big Rumpus: A Mother's Tale From The Trenches, by Ayun Halliday. Great fun to read, filled with humor and wisdom, as well as great insights into the pros and cons (mainly pros) of raising a kid (kids, actually) in the city. Ayun is also the author of many other books, and the creator of the zine The East Village Inky.
Thursday, January 11th, 2007
2:50 pm
Cloth in NYC
Are there any cloth diaper services in Brooklyn?
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007
4:05 pm
Oh, I forgot to introduce myself -- I am the father of a lovely wee girl (born April 2004) and there's another on the way (coming July 2007). The newbies questionnaire doesn't actually apply to me, though, as I currently live in Urbana, IL. I am contemplating a move to NYC, though, and so one of the reasons I started the community was to get a better sense of what it's like to live there with kids. I look forward to reading your posts (and contributing my own).
8:01 am
Maybe people could post their thoughts and/or experiences with childcare in NY? What have you tried? What did you like/dislike about it? How outrageously expensive is/was it?

Also, in order to expand the community, maybe you could invite any fellow nyc parents who are on your LJ friends list? I'd like the community to start bustling, so a little word of mouth couldn't hurt. :) Happy New Year, all.
Sunday, December 31st, 2006
6:50 pm
1) How many kids do you have, and what are their ages? My son will be 3 next week.
2) What neighborhood do you live in, and what are its main strengths and weaknesses for a parent? We just moved to the Upper West side from Williamsburg (the Satmar part).
3) Where else have you lived with your kids? How does NYC stack up against them? He was born at Roosevelt Hospital, when I still lived on 14th St. We lived there for a year, and it was a *great* place to rear kids.
4) What are your favourite places to take your kids in the city or nearby? The Aquarium, Prospect Park (zoo, carousel, Lincoln playground, the lake, the Audubon birdhouse), Central Park (zoos, carousel, model boat pond, Wollman rink's summer amusement park, assorted playgrounds), Museum of Nat'l History, Children's Museum of Manhattan, Brooklyn Children's Museum, NY Hall of Science, Queens zoo and carousel, Bronx zoo (children's section, bug carousel, etc.), Willy Bee's, Sydney's indoor playground, Power Play (indoor playground in Brooklyn).
5) What would you change about the city to make it more kid-friendly? Um, nothing. His dad suggests, "More transit, fewer cars," and I must say he has a point. "Improve the public school system (we haven't quite gotten there yet). Subsidized maternity leave."
6) What are your kids' favorite books and/or music? Laurie Berkner, Dan Zanes, Backyardigans popup book, DK Animal board book, Jane Yolen's Dinosaur series...
7) How do they (i.e. the kids) like life in the city? He loves it! His nana and his favorite uncle live a block away. He gets to do lots of stuff out and play on the computer at home.
4:46 pm
1) How many kids do you have, and what are their ages?
Aidan, boy-- age 6

2) What neighborhood do you live in, and what are its main strengths and weaknesses for a parent?
flushing queens. great neighborhood.. lots of families who have been in this area a long time. lots of relatives here, lots of playground.. sense of community

3) Where else have you lived with your kids? How does NYC stack up against them?
born, raised and will probably die in queens

4) What are your favourite places to take your kids in the city or nearby?
queens theatre in flushing meadows park.

5) What would you change about the city to make it more kid-friendly?
i would change some of the prices for services. such as karate. mainly tiger shulmanns b/c they are way too expensive for me to keep my little guy in, and its breaking my heart I have to pull him out.

6) What are your kids' favorite books and/or music?
He just got out of his thomas the tank engine phase and is into anything hot wheels or star wars. he constantly requests i put on radio disney so whatever little pop king & queen sensation is popular, that what he likes.

7) How do they (i.e. the kids) like life in the city?
he likes 'his city' b/c there are no bears. (his words)

I once wrote a story about moving into our 'hood. if anyone cares to read.
3:24 pm
Hope lots of people join up and use this community as a resource for all things parenting-related! Feel free to post your answers to the Membership Q&A (see Info) as your first post...
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