To the Parks & Beyond with Randi Zinn, Marquise Stillwell & Micah, Chelsea, New York City

To the Parks & Beyond with Randi Zinn, Marquise Stillwell & Micah, Chelsea, New York City

Part of the Zinn/Stillwell's coping strategy is to keep 3-1/2-year-old Micah active. And on this day, they’re making their way down to Gansevoort Street’s Seravalli playground, one of several outdoor spaces on the weekend rotation of what Ohio native Marquise refers to as New York’s all-important “park ecosystem.” Read on to find out what else makes Chelsea the perfect home base for this little family.

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Miriam Szubin Connects City Families of All Faiths at D.C.’s Jewish Community Center

Miriam Szubin Connects City Families of All Faiths at D.C.’s Jewish Community Center

At 4:00pm on a recent weekday afternoon, the relatively empty lobby at Washington, D.C.’s Jewish Community Center (JCC) fills with a stream of children. Many of them are little girls wearing pink tutus. Miriam Szubin, director of the JCC’s Parenting Center, lights up at the sight of them. “I have three boys,” Szubin says, pausing a conversation to call out hellos to kids and caregivers. “We’re not big on tutus in my house, so it’s like a little tutu fix once a week.”

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Meet Kate Schmitz & Harry, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Meet Kate Schmitz & Harry, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Kate Schmitz still remembers the first time she set eyes on the now uber-hip and family-centric outpost of Williamsburg. “It was 1986 and I never even thought about Brooklyn,” says the native of Manhattan's Upper West Side. But big-sky views convinced her to move in and set up shop. She's stayed for 30 years.

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Meet Belinda Garza, Matt Hartwig & Graciela, Petworth, Washington, DC

Meet Belinda Garza, Matt Hartwig & Graciela, Petworth, Washington, DC

The last “first” time that Belinda Garza and Matt Hartwig met, they were at an engagement party, seated at opposite ends of a large table. First impressions can count for a lot. But not in this case. Garza and Hartwig already met more than once over the years, but those meetings never quite registered until that fateful party. As Garza says more than five years later, “Timing is everything.” 

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Meet Andrew Alford, Jeffrey Norberg, & Kate, Wicker Park, Chicago

Meet Andrew Alford, Jeffrey Norberg, & Kate, Wicker Park, Chicago

When hotel designer Andrew Alford got an offer to pack up shop in hometown San Francisco, and become chief creative officer for boutique chain Graduate Hotels, based in Chicago, he knew it would be a big transition (not least of all because of the weather). “It was definitely a change for our family,” says Alford’s husband, Jeffrey Norberg, an intellectual property lawyer. “But Chicago is a great city to raise a kid in!” 

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