L'il Black Book New York

  1. Hotel Hop: Memorial Day Staycation

         Summer holidays are kicking off tomorrow (maybe even tonight!) and if you'd rather dip your toes into the adventure then cannonball we have some exciting spots around town to give whirl!

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  2. Distressed to Impress! Distressing Denim alongside the new Bugaboo Buffalo Diesel stroller and Coloring with Pirasta!

    MOVE_bugaboo    It was a madhouse during the MOVE fashion & art event at Brookfield Place this past weekend! Although Friday was a bit umbrella-upturning with hints of Joachim, Sat & Sunday were perfect days for families to hit the mall lifestyle center and partake in the fun participatory activities from gender-bending makeovers, fashionable carnival type games, or walking the red carpet with some handsome soap opera starlugs building their quads escorting swoonerz down a red carpet to the flashing lights of the “paparazzi.”During the event, Babesta offered up some hands-on fun in-store (as well as black and white cookies & libations) – as we invited shoppers to participate in building our windows! On one side, we had the newest hottest gift for holidays debuting super sized! Pirasta’s coloring posters were showstoppers, inspiring both “color within the line-types” and “free spirits” to stop and color
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  3. A Night at the Museum in NYC - Grab your toothbrush!

    Wouldn’t it be cool to relive “The Night at the Museum” movies and actually spend the night the museum? Yeah, we think so too! And it wouldn't be the city if there weren't tons of choices for an over-the-top, educational and uber cool museum sleepover - you just have to decide the theme: Animals, Intrepid or Mystery! Pack up your sleeping bags  & tooth brushes: Here are some of our favorites!American Museum of Natural Historynight at musumCentral Park West at 79th Street, ManhattanFrom the enormous T-Rex display to the gigantic whale, bring the children along for an ed

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  4. Awaiting the opening of the new Memorial

    The National September 11 Museum and Memorial is scheduled to open next Spring. The neighborhood of TriBeCa is actually a few blocks from the memorial. We feel it in our hearts to keep close tabs! President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Joe Daniels, believes that the fences of the construction will soon come down for good! Currently, the Memorial Plaza located at 20 Vesey St., between Church and Broadway, requires multiple security checks, but Daniels hopes that the newly opened Memorial will only require a security check-in, upon entering the building. This building will stay due to millions of people who visit daily while the Visitor's Center located on 90 West Street will be moved to a new location that is not yet decided, as the new Memorial opens. Daniels also mentioned that his crew are planning multiple procedures to protect all valuables from another flood. There is talk of building extra pipes, water proof doors, and of emergency protocols. The Memorial

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  5. What do you call a city without water?

    The answer? A city without...water...

    Imagine a city without water? New York City would not be the awesome New York City without the bridge and ferries! Governor's Island would not be an island, either! In order to celebrate how awesome water is, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance is hosting A City of Water Day!
    • WHEN: July 13
    • TIME: 10AM- 4PM
    • WHERE: Governor's Island, NYC && Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ.
    • COST: Free
    • FOOD: check here for all the vendors!
    A City of Water Day will have so many fun activities
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  6. Sandcastles Galore!!

    Any fun beach ideas? Swimming in the beach. Mhmm sounds good. Tanning. Hmm. Collecting shells. Ooo. Building Sand Castles?! O.M.G.! While looking through our awesome Pinterest site, we came across a sand castle and decided, “Why not search and look for more followers who created their own sand castles!?” We discovered so many sand castles that were created by young children, adults, to professionals. All we can say is, “WOW!” At Babesta, we love summer and everything that makes summer fun-- from BBQs to pool days, to Water parks to Lemonades. We can see that making sand castles are definitely a fun way to spend your time at the beach!! We created a fun slideshow filled with sandcastles that wer

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  7. Babesta Guest Blogs for Bubble London's Bubble and Speak Blog

    We were asked to guest blog for Bubble and Speak & decided to chat about the Punk exhibit at the MET, From Chaos to Couture, that we attended back in May and the synergies the message had on the kids' market. Of course we were totally stoked, as Bubble and Speak is the awesome blog of one of the most inspirational trade shows that takes place in London and debuts lots of indie brands that we love & follow. Read it here: http://www.bubblelondon.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/punk-chaos-to-couture.html To boot we worked up a little smattering of super cool Punk style for kids at Babesta! No, 'Lil Joey Ramone, we don't want to be sedated (usually) & we wouldn't miss any of your adorable declarations of independence, rages against

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  8. Let it Rain! Rain Room at the MOMA is on my list!

    So I was just chatting with my daughter about what she was planning to make for her science project (she's studying inventors & inventions). She was describing a personalized weather machine she was seriously considering (biting off a bigger meatball than I would do!) and I asked her who would choose rain? She countered: think of the pairings - I want sun, you want rain, together: Rainbow!  Touché: it's "you've got your chocolate in my peanut butter" thinking. Better together. Pondering how we would create such a thing, I stumbled upon the MOMA's new exhibit Rain Room that begins May 12. While I doubt we will be busy at home tinkering with some GPS based weather contraption, (what I wouldn't give today for some yesterday-like weather), we will definitely wait in line to check it out next week at the MOMA. The room is designed by Random International, and it's taking place in a lot next to the museum. Basically it's pouring, but when it detects you, the rain opens up to let you by, g

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  9. DJ Spooky at F.I.T. on Sustainability

    So I was lucky enough to go to F.I.T.'s 7th Annual Conference on Sustainable Design today and got to listen to D.J. Spooky speak about the his art and music exploring the intersection of urban culture and the environment; where nature, art and design converge. His new book, "The Book of Ice," is based off of a 6 week trip he took to Antarctica where he was clearly struck by the vastness and the depth of "archival" material nature has provided. With a whirlwind of swipe (yes, lots of ice & penguins, photos, inspiration, movie clips & music, he danced around some very interesting topics. He even  'sampled the landscape' using an algorithm based upon  the fluctuation of temperature during his trip... Part of what was interesting, especially for us city folk, is his demonstration that hip hop, traditionally urban, is affected by and is not worlds away from the natural world. At the end of his very interesting, pretty heady, a bit disjointed but definitely thought provoking presentation, he dec

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  10. CANstruction at the World Financial Center

    Got to visit CANstruction yesterday night at the WFC -- it was pretty impressive--a host of large scale sculptures created out of canned goods, from SPAM to tunafish to Goya beans. Constructed by design teams, the exhibit raises interest and money for fighting hunger.At the end of the exhibit, all cans will be donated to community food banks. I think Babesta should do one! It doesn't look easy but it sure looks fun! www.canstruction.org

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    Lots more pics to follow

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