Did you know that Basketball Stars of NY is now offering programs in Lower Manhattan? In a city of numerous options for children to develop athletically, Basketball Stars of NY stands out as the premier teaching program offered in New York. We do this by building character with positive reinforcement through teaching fundamental basketball skills in an environment with an overwhelming coach to athlete ratio.
Basketball Stars of NY offers summer camps, weekend and after-school programs, private training, AAU and travel basketball teams. Emphasis is placed on skill improvement, teamwork, sportsmanship, communication and accountability for all participants. Quality coaching and programming is the foundation of Basketball Stars of NY and we are proud to continue on with this tradition of excellence.
Mini Ballers (ages 4-6)
Hoop Academy (ages 7-14)
Do you let your kids have unsupervised play? It’s a question that was posed by the team behind @Geniusofplay to help raise awareness about how play is a vital role in child development. It is also an important topic in my family, as the parent of a 7 and an 8 year old, both of whom are “spirited” to say the least. I’m the parent of a son, who absolutely must get out of the house by 10am or he goes stir crazy. However, we are city-dwellers, so we aren’t sending our kids out to the backyard to play, we are actually organizing activities and playdates on a regular basis. And, it means, we are always involved in playdates. So, this summer, we allowed the kids to have unsupervised playdates, because we were out of the city and scheduled playdates weren’t necessary. We have spent the summer going to the park, going to destinations and ultimately, getting out of the house.
Check out this video about the subject of “unsupervised play” on their YouTube channel HERE.
In a nutshell, unsupervised play has meant that the kids (MINE) may have been rude to another, had another kid rude to them, words may have been learned that I’m not such a fan of, but at the end of the day, the amount of independence, self-reliance and figuring out how to fend for themselves, in a nice way, has been life-changing. It’s not perfect, but these are life-lessons and so important. So, unsupervised play may come with some hiccups, but giving kids their independence and not having parents hover around, has been a good life lesson.
The Toy Association is focused on increasing awareness of the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play.
The Genius of Play team has released a new video series titled “Play Talk” that inspires important conversations and discussions about play, such as kids and screen-time, playtime at school, and the relationship between sports and play.
The topic of kids and play is an important one to have as parents. And, everyone has an opinion. Follow the team behind #Geniusofplay and the Toy Association for more information, discussion and resources on important parenting topics.
The Genius of Play is a national movement spearheaded by The Toy Association to raise awareness about play’s critical role in child development and encourage more play in children’s lives. Its website offers information about the developmental benefits of play, fun play ideas sorted by age and developmental benefit, as well as expert advice from play and child experts ranging from child psychologists to play community activists.
Calling all of our Disney and Lion King Fans (and, seriously, who isn’t!)?
Congrats to our winners: Howard, Helene, Bernie, Ken and Kayla!
5 lucky winners will receive this beloved Disney classic, via a digital code, in honor of Disney’s upcoming home release of THE LION KING, out on Blu-ray August 29th.
Audiences will fall in love all over again with the treasured classic, and a new generation of fans will laugh with Timon and Pumbaa, cry with Simba and Mufasa, burst into song, and find their place in the “Circle of Life.” The Walt Disney Signature Collection release includes over three hours of classic bonus material and exclusive, brand new features inviting viewers to sing along with the film’s award-winning music, observe recording sessions, step inside the story room, witness the evolution of a villain, and join Nathan Lane (voice of Timon) and Matthew Broderick (voice of Adult Simba) for an extended conversation regarding the legacy of “The Lion King.”
See the New Trailer HERE
The Seaport District is being transformed in a multitude of ways. Both creatively from a retail standpoint (Corso Como and Scotch & Soda) and with a nod to dining. They launched a new food concept known as the Seaport Food Lab this summer and it has been received with much praise and appreciation from food lovers everywhere.
The concept is simple in nature, but a big undertaking for a destination known for its cobblestone streets and not necessarily as a mecca for foodies. The Seaport Food Lab has brought some of the most well-known and respected master chefs from across the nation, for a five month food experience. Each master chef has been granted a two-week residency at the Seaport Food Lab. The master chefs have their own unique style and spin on food and are giving New Yorkers a chance to really experience food at its essence. Some of the dishes that diners will get to taste are only being offered at the Seaport Food Lab so don’t expect to find all of the dishes on their menus in the future. The family style seating is an intimate and fabulous atmosphere, with great people watching and ambiance, which can be enjoyed nightly at the nightly seating. And, don’t be late – each master chef will revel the crowd with stories of their introduction to their specialty, review the menu and offer a face to face encounter, that doesn’t normally occur in NYC. The dinner begins at 7pm and typically ends by 9pm.
Chef Acheson is a six-time James Beard nominee for Best Chef Southeast and his signature Southern style was on full display.
And, as part of this incredible dining experience, there is also a charitable component, as a portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the South Street Seaport Museum, located across the way from the Seaport Food Lab.
Our FiDi Families team had a chance to meet and mingle with the incredible Hugh Acheson and he did not disappoint. We had become fans of his, while he was a judge on the Emmy award winning program Top Chef. He regaled the crowd with his love of Southern-style cooking, his thoughts on the misconception that all Southern food was greasy and fried and explained his choices on the menu and the excitement he felt at being a part of the Seaport Food Lab. He was gracious and charming and a true authority on the evolution of the culinary industry.
The decor has a very hip and trendy vibe. The staff was affable, fun and extremely knowledgable. There are also signature cocktails and plenty of bubbly, as Veuve Clicquot is one of the sponsors of the food series.
Next up is Alon Shaya; this James Beard Award winner will bring his Israeli-inspired menu to the Seaport for two weeks, beginning July 30th.
The full line up, with each of the master chefs, from June through October is listed below:
Paul Kahan, Cosmo Goss + Erling Wu-Bower: June 20 – July 2
Hugh Acheson: July 9 – July 21
Alon Shaya: July 30 – August 12
Dale Talde: September 10 – September 23
Wylie Dufresne: September 29 – October 11
To purchase tickets and to learn more, visit the reservation page HERE
Teach kids about the benefits of clean water and the beauty of Oysters at these recurring workshops. Did you know that Oysters filter water, engineer reef habitat, and stabilize shorelines?
Attendees will work alongside Hudson River Park staff and learn how these wondrous creatures filter water, engineer reef habitat, and stabilize shorelines. Work alongside Park staff to restore oysters and learn how these bivalves benefit the health of the River.
Date: Sundays through October 15th [Read more…]
The Terrace on the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place features an outdoor lounge and bar area, perfect for post-work hang-outs and weekend get-togethers with family or friends. Every evening, June through August, the bar will be open for special events on The Terrace. The events include Monday’s Coloring Bar, which features relaxing activities, trivia, live music, board games to shuffle board, the perfect competition for coworkers and friends and more!
Date: every day EXCEPT Saturday through August
Time: Mon, Tues(6-8) / Wed, Thurs(5-8) / Fri(3-8) / Sat(2-5)
Location: 230 Vesey St – Waterfront Plaza
Age: All ages
For more information view their website HERE.