OCCUPATION: Co-founder and CEO of Aden + Anais
MY STYLE: I love fashion but with four kids and a business to run, I don't really have time for it, so I live predominantly in jeans. I try to throw on a great shirt with them, though! As far as home, I love a mix of old and new—a great vintage chandelier over a modern table kind of look. That said, our apartment in Dumbo is pretty much all clean line, modern furniture.
I LOVE NEW YORK BECAUSE: The energy of New York is what draws me to it. I think it's that coupled with the diversity that makes it a great place to raise well-rounded kids.
Williamsburg may be teeming with young hipsters, but Dressler brings a sophisticated, upscale atmosphere to the neighborhood. Named after a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Steven Millhauser, Dressler offers pricey American Nouveau dishes. But, if you’re on a budget, there's also the famous and reasonably priced DuMont burger on the bar menu. DuMont is one of owner Colin Devlin’s other restaurants in Williamsburg. In 2006, he was awarded one Michelin star for Dressler. Raegan Moya-Jones loves to take her girls there for Sunday brunch. “We take the ferry from Dumbo to Williamsburg, which is a nice way to travel to a leisurely brunch,” she says. “The girls are big fans of the brioche French toast.”READ MORE
The restaurants belonging to famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten proudly provide “a cuisine to suit to every taste”—good news for parents of those with picky palettes. Jules Reid loves the eponymous location at One Central Park West—a sunny, three-Michelin star spot where the plating is as sophisticated as the décor. With a rowdier crowd, consider taking lunch on the terrace. Bird’s eye views of the park (and chocolate cake topped with vanilla bean ice cream) are sure to please.READ MORE
Chelsea Piers Bowling—300 New York
Chelsea Piers sports complex offers endless fun for kids and their families with spaces for golfing, swimming, rock climbing, skateboarding—you name it. 300 New York at Chelsea Piers offers all the fun without the work. “Bowling on. Brain off” is its motto. It’s a great place to host birthday parties for kids with colorful flashing lights, catering services, and loud music blasting all day. Raegan Moya-Jones takes her girls there on “dreary winter days” in an effort to tire them out. If you’re more serious about bowling, you could opt for a private lesson. But, as they say, “no matter what the occasion, it’s always more fun when you’re in bowling shoes.” After 10pm, though, certain sorts of occasions are celebrated more than others, considering that's when the lights go down, the alcohol comes out, and no one under the age of 21 is allowed to bowl without a parent present.READ MORE
The Bronx Zoo is one of the biggest metropolitan zoos in the world, with over 600 species and 265 acres of land. Its indoor and outdoor exhibits like “African Plains” and “Wild Asia Monorail” feature animals from around the world. The zoo also has its own “Butterfly Garden,” where visitors can interact with the insects close up, and a “Monkey House,” which, as you might guess, is pretty loud and raucous. For those who have dreams of becoming a zookeeper, the zoo also hosts a summer camp that teaches kids the ins and outs of maintaining the facilities and the animals. Raegan Moya-Jones visits the zoo with her girls at least a few times a year. “They are big animal lovers so when we go we spend the entire day,” she says. “There is no getting out of there before we’ve seen every single animal in the place.”READ MORE
Much like Scoop or 25 Park, Intermix is home to an array of designers like J Brand, Rag & Bone, Diane von Furstenberg, and many other chic and upscale brand names. Its stores, which were originally only located in New York but have popped up across the country and even in Canada, are impeccably organized and well-stocked, making it a true one-stop shop. “Intermix sets itself apart by offering exclusive designer product in a broader range than any other retailer,” the store's website reads. Similar to its storefronts, which are all always pristinely white, the styles Intermix carries are clean and modern with a slight bohemian feel—perfect for the Hamptons, where many additional locations can be found. Intermix likes to mix it up, though—as the name clearly states—and offers clothes for nearly every kind of stylish woman.READ MORE
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Development may still be underway, but this recently opened park is already teeming with weekend visitors. We love the waterfront promenade, volleyball courts, and the historic Jane's Carousel, which has been impeccably restored since its creation in 1922. Today, the fully functional merry-go-round is housed in a glass pavilion designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel.READ MORE
The Natural History Museum
Thanks to a 21st century upgrade, this 130-year-old museum now houses a state-of the-art Darwin Centre. In addition to millions of zoological organisms and botanical specimens, the Natural History Museum excites with its crowd-pleasing display of dinosaur skeletons and, of course, the rare and beloved 8.62 meter-long giant squid, Archie.READ MORE
The Mandarin Oriental
Right on the circumference of bustling Columbus Circle, The Mandarin Oriental is a destination for out-of-towners and townies alike. The spa has a vitality pool and amethyst crystal steam room; the Asiate restaurant serves innovative cuisine; and the hotel bar is, according to Kelsey Banfield, “an absolute must. You can sit in the white banquets and see clear across Central Park and to the East Side. It is so much fun to sip a glass of wine and try to pick out places you know from so high up!”READ MORE