True Story: Mayor Koch Made My Sister a 5-Year-Old Deputy Mayor

Mayor Koch was mayor of New York City for my entire conscious childhood.  He was such a part of my young New York life that I thought his first name WAS Mayor.  I can’t tell you who was mayor before him, and Dinkins is just a dull blur too.  Mayor Koch embodied my New York […]

Getting My Artsy Girls to Play Sports (Hint: It’s about the outfit and gear)

My daughters never liked team sports.  At 4, when I enrolled them in a kiddie soccer class they turned the goal upside down and declared it a spaceship, climbed on in and then proceeded to create a story about going to the moon that captivated the other kids and made it impossible for the 24 […]

What I Want My Daughters to Know About 9/11

My daughters are 9/11 babies.  They were born in 2002, a little less than nine months after 9/11.  I was very newly pregnant that day, but so early I didn’t know I was pregnant for 4 more days.  We lived downtown and one of our favorite parts of our one-bedroom apartment was the view out […]

Behind the Scenes at Mary Poppins – Disney Magic In Times Square

A few weeks ago we were invited to take a backstage tour of the New Amsterdam Theater on 42nd Street, current home of the Disney Broadway musical, Mary Poppins.  The New Amsterdam is a particularly rich historical theater – it housed the Ziegfeld Follies and the fabulous Fanny Brice and is haunted by the ghost […]

Film Set on my Doorstep

Walked outside my door and saw this parked on the street.  Plus an entire street of classic 60s cars.  Don’t know what they were filming but it’s the perfect reminder that you never know what you’re going to bump into in NYC.  Plus, I wish they’d bring back the checker cab.

Parents as Meaningful Partners in Education

This post was originally written for the White House Champions of Change series and was published last week by Parenting on the Mom Congress blog.   As I prepare for my speaking gig at the #140 Conference on Education I thought I’d share what I’m working on and what I plan on talking about… How many […]

If Women Ruled the World: BlogHer and The White House Project

I spent a good part of last week with 2400 women from all walks of life, from coupon moms to political activists.   Women bloggers descended on The Hilton in NYC for the BlogHer ‘10 Conference. This was my first BlogHer and I didn’t know what to expect.  Would it be cliquey?  Would it be […]

My Top 5 NYC Movies for Blog Her ’10 and Beyond…

Even if you’ve never been to NYC chances are you feel like you have just from watching Sex and the City, or Law and Order or Seinfeld (with its fake NYC sets it still passes).  But I thought I’d put together a list of my favorite New York movies that will put you in a […]