STACEY KARP

OCCUPATION: Mother of 3, tennis enthusiast

MY STYLE: Im always on the go in Ag jeans with a soft T-shirt or cashmere off-the-shoulder sweater. Sunglasses are a must, and I have many! I love to wear ballet flats with soft scarves around my neck when it gets chilly. My home is casual chic, too. It has a very lived-in feel, and the large overscaled furniture is so comfortable. I also try to incorporate the beach into my apartment—the shells remind me of it when I am not there.

I LOVE NEW YORK BECAUSE: I love where I live in Battery Park; you can see both the sky and the water, so you never forget you’re on an island. There is also diverse energy down here in lower Manhattan, and you can relax or pick up the pace when you want: in my neighborhood there are movie stars, business men, and street artists. I see the weird, the beautiful, and the strange—all facets of life—all while I’m getting my morning coffee. Clean parks and all with water views make it a great place for kids. The green fields plus the newly opened piers are really awesome. Its like a quiet suburb in the the city that the kids can come home to.


Regal Battery Park Stadium 11

TriBeCa mom Stacy Karp calls Regal Loews Cinema “hands down the nicest movie theatre in the city,” and many locals agree.  Located in the Conrad Hotel in Battery Park City, a trip to this theater always runs smoothly. Tucked away inside a hotel on Manhattan’s lower tip, it’s always fun to escape at the movies in this ultra family-friendly neighborhood that is also home to the city’s best parks and playgrounds. Massive screens, always-clean theaters, above-average concessions, and a fun location complete the experience.

Rockefeller Park

This generous green space located in Battery Park City has it all: state-of-the art playground, views of the Hudson River, and beautifully planted, well-tended gardens.  The Parks department keeps the roster full with an outdoor concert series and fun activities for kids almost any day of the year.  TriBeCa-based mom of three Stacy Karp says, “my family loves coming here, and the views are spectacular.” The park’s best asset may be its downtown location, which offers unique views of the entire city. With plenty of room for picnics, music, and play, Rockefeller Park is practically perfect.

Babesta

Babesta makes shopping for children and baby gear as fun as shopping for a new party outfit. With everything a child needs from cribs to innovatively designed diapers to baby fashion, moms are sure to uncover something usefu. But it’s not just moms who find what they need here: “My kids love this place,” Stacy Karp says. The practical store is supplemented by a wonderfully curated toy collection full of design-inspired items. With trendy finds like bibs emblazoned with mom’s favorite band’s logo and hot finds like Japanese Ugly Dolls and Pooki pets, this is a gear shop for kids and moms with unique style.

The Ritz-Carlton New York

The Ritz-Carlton is hardly in need of introduction, what with locations all over the world. Margaret Zakarian agrees with the privileged masses that a night at the Ritz is simply an outstanding hotel experience, especially when it comes with a view of Central Park. “There may not be a more special location,” she says. Even if you don’t snag one of the coveted suites, though, you’re room will still have a Sony flat-screen, a DVD player, and sumptuously plush linens. The hotel is also surprisingly pet friendly. Four-legged friends are less common in the hotel spa, La Prairie (the first of this Swiss favorite found stateside). After a massage there, sip on a cocktail made by Norman Bukofzer, the legendary New York bartender, in the Star Lounge. Zakarian promises it’s all you need to feel more “pulled together, even if the reality is

Pier 25

Those running along the Tribeca stretch of the Hudson River Park will have an easy time convincing themselves to catch their breath on one of Pier 25’s lounge chairs overlooking the water. Or they could keep their heart rates up by shooting hoops, skating, or playing a few rounds of mini golf. The park, which opened in 2010, boasts a 13,000 square foot course, complete with streams, sand traps, and footbridges. Needless to say, kids love it! There’s also a playground, where older children tackle the climbing wall while the little ones get pushed in the modern style swings. With options like these, it may just be the best park south of 14th Street (and west of Elizabeth Street)!

Nichola Hunt

Cocktail aficionado. Large dog breed lover. Fondness of summer dresses. Hater of pickles. Born in London, based in Bali.

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