The North Pole in Red Hook

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Brooklyn has been the home of New York City’s own Santa’s workshop.

This month giant, glossed peppermints dried near stray Charlie Brown heads, perfectly round and bald except for a couple line-drawn squiggles of hair — the last preparations for Macy’s famous holiday window displays that were unveiled Friday at the retail giant’s Herald Square store.


Toys for Kids, Zoo for You

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

The Bronx’s annual toy drive kicked off  with fifth-graders from Public School 205 hand-delivering the first presents of the season to the Bronx Zoo. The drive, coordinated by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz and the Wildlife Conservation Society, benefits children of military families.

New, unwrapped toys will be accepted until Dec. 31 at New the York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, as well as the Bronx Zoo. Donors will receive one free ticket to the Bronx Zoo or New York Aquarium.

Halloween Tots on Parade

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Parents with young children often have a hard time finding appropriate Halloween-themed activities in Manhattan, especially amid the adult-driven spectacle of the annual Greenwich Village parade.

But little bumble bees, tigers and dinosaurs discovered a home for the day at the second annual Toddler Halloween Costume Parade at the Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center on the Upper West Side. About 50 tots between the ages of 1 and 5 celebrated Halloween with playtime, pumpkin-painting and a modest march of their own.

Pre-K Storybook Ending Wishes

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

City officials hoped that Mayor De Blasio’s landmark Universal Pre-K (UPK) program would draw 73,000 students in its second year, but only 65,000 youngsters have enrolled so far. Deputy Mayor Richard Buery wants parents to know they can still sign up their 4-year-olds for this school year by dialing 311, going to or texting “Pre-K” to 877-877 for assistance.

To help get the word out about the program, which costs city taxpayers $300 million annually, Buery joined Queens Borough President Melinda Katz at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a new Pre-K classroom in seemingly unlikely, but appropriate, spot: a Long Island City library.


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Friday, May 29th, 2015


Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

219 West: Fighting For Change

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Punishing Push For School Sports

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015