My 3 year old son has been going to the River School for the past year and he absolutely loves it. The teachers and administrators are great, the facilities are wonderful, the activities are a lot of fun, and the kids have a great time and learn a lot.
The Toy's R Us in Time Square is a really fun place to spend a few hours with the kids. It's like a mini amusement park with an indoor ferris wheel, 5 ton, 20-feet high, 34-feet long animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex, and many many great things to see and buy.
I had to buy the perfect digital camera in order to capture all the magical moments with my 2 year old son. The Canon PowerShot SD800 answered the call. Not only does it take great photos, but it also takes great videos.
If your kids are big fans of Thomas the Tank Engine, like my son is, then you should definitely go to the "Thomas the Tank Engine" festival in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where they have a real, life size Thomas that you can ride in, as well as a lot of activities and festivities celebrating Thomas.
I hired Douglas Gomez, a real estate agent with Halstead, to handle finding a tenant for my apartment in the West Village. Douglas did a very good job for me. We discussed our plans up front (e.g. when to have open houses, what type of tenant I wanted and what type I didn't want, where to advertise etc) and Douglas executed very well and I got a tenant in a couple of weeks. As the landlord, I did not pay a fee for his services as that is covered by the tenant.
My 2 1/2 year old has been going to gymnastics class every Saturday morning for the past few months at Chelsea Piers. He's in the Tumblin' Tots class and really enjoys it. There are different gym apparatus for them to climb on and activities for them to participate in. They also have rock climbing for the kids.
So it's true that most contractors are absolutely awful. However, Eddy Sigcha of ESGC is one of the few really good ones. He's worked on a few projects for me (renovated my kitchen, bathroom, built my kitchen cabinet etc) in the city and everything turned out very well. He's very dependable and responsive.
Riverside Park South on the west side of Manhattan between 72nd and 59th streets is an awesome place to spend a day with your kids. There's a great pier to hang out at, birds and ducks to feed, beautiful sitting areas, basketball courts, and a boat basin nearby.
Equilibrium takes place in a future where all forms of feeling are outlawed and a man (Christian Bale) in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system. Very unique and stylistic fight scenes, complimented within an interesting storyline, make this a must-see film.
The Kobe RA-038 is a terrific under-cabinet range hood that is recirculating. This is the idealrange hood for my wife because it's ideal for handling Chinese cooking and is the perfect size for our kitchen.
If you're planning on a trip to Hawaii to get away from the cold, then the Sunset Makai Hale on Kauai is a beautiful ocean-front home that can be rented. It's a magical place and I rented it for a week in 2000 for my wedding and got married on the premises.
New York Replacement Parts is the Best. My wife and I spent a lot of time going to different showrooms and bathroom&kitchen dealers to look for sinks, fixtures, towel rods etc and they were all awful. Fortunately, we found New York Replacement Parts at 465 Lexington (94th street). We bought several items including Duravit "Happy D" sink, Grohe bathroom faucet and kitchen sink from them.
I bought wall and floor tiles for my kitchen and bathroom renovations from Bella Tile. We also purchased a caeasarstone countertop through them. They have a very good selection and customer service, and competitive prices.
Action was way too edgy for network television. This comedy about a maniacal Hollywood producer's exploits is not for everyone... but if this type of "in-your-face, no holds barred" humor suits your tastes, then "Action" will have you rolling laughing, non-stop.
I bought 2 Minka Aire Concept II ceiling fans for my apartment and love them. It is a "hugger" which means that it goes flush against the ceiling and doesn't have a vertical rod connecting it. It comes with a remote control and I bought a "wall control" (that goes into the wall) as well for extra convenience.
I had my kitchen cabinets custom built by my contractor, Eddy Sigcha/ESGC, and it turned out great. In addition to delivering a terrific final product, Eddy was also very helpful with designing the cabinets and recommending ideas on how to maximize space.
The Robern Flat Mirrored Door Cabinet S1926 is a beautiful "medicine cabinet" for the bathroom. It has a back mirror inside the cabinet, 3-way 120 degree self-closing hinges, and is all-aluminum. I have it recess-mounted (into the wall).
We got the UltraMax One Piece MS853113S and are happy with it. It took a little while to get used to because it's smaller and lower than our previous older toilet and the handle is on the side now rather than the front. However, we quickly adjusted and are very happy with this product.
Selecting a bathroom sink was a tough decision for me and my wife and it took a while for us to select one. We ended up selecting the Duravit "Happy D" and are very happy with our choice. It's one of the deeper sinks around which was a key criteria for my wife. In addition, it looks very nice with it's "D" shape and it's towel rack is very useful.
Circus is a very entertaining, fast paced film about a con man, his collaborators, his targets, and his schemes. Nothing is quite what it seems and the combination of twists and humor results in a fun ride.
Let me start out by saying that Freeway is not for everyone ! However, if you have an off-center sense of humor for the somewhat "bizarre", then you'll love this film with Reese Witherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland. It is a modern day version of Little Red Riding Hood with some twisted scenes and wild storyline.
For my kitchen renovation project, I turned to Kessler Hardware at 229 Grand Street a few times to quickly provide things that no one else had. A pleasant surprise is that they had the best prices by far.