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Favorite Places for Families in Greenpoint & Williamsburg

September 20, 2012

Pizza from Fornino

Williamsburg and Greenpoint are fast becoming THE place to raise a family in Brooklyn; between the pool finally opening and a sleuth of amazing places to shop, eat, play and ways to give back- it’s easy to see why.

McCarren Park Pool

Jessica Glorieux and Donna Ladd launched Motherburg NYC in June 2012 to help parents in North Brooklyn. A full service concierge, stylist and baby planning service- they handle anything from pregnancy to age 5. As the local parenting resource, they’ve complied a cheat sheet for parents in the Williamsburg and Greenpoint area: (Thanks gals!)


Donna and I love to shop and now it’s so easy to stay local!

We like to meet our pregnant clients at Caribou Baby; not only do they have the best selection of green baby products and maternity wear, but one thing we highly recommend to our clients is to learn how to carry your baby and Caribou’s carrier selection is hands down the best.

Caribou Baby

Head a few blocks north and you’ll discover the best-kept secret store for party wear, shoes and special occasions, Mini Me.

Mini Me

Our affections are tied for the best kids clothing store. Donna would say Sweet William and I would say Smoochie Baby. Both stores carry a wide array of clothing to swoon over and shoes you’ll want yourself!

Sweet William. Image courtesy of Cherry Patter NYC.

Smoochie Baby.

I’m a big fan of heading over to Moon River Chattel for birthday gifts. The toy selection is petite but its perfectly curated. Plus you can grab a copy of fellow Greenpointer Grace Bonney’s new book for yourself.

Moon River Chattel. Image courtesy of The Local Rose.

Feeling lazy? Check out online stores Darling Clementine, Soor Ploom and Louis II – all owned by local mommas!


All the shopping tends to make us hungry but if you’ve ever been to a restaurant with a stroller, you know it can be tricky. Here are our favorite places to eat where you’ll never get a snide look or comment for coming in with a stroller.

Radegast may be a biergarten but they also have one of the best brunches, brats & fries around! Plus what parent doesn’t need a beer? Kids will love the space and guaranteed you won’t be the only parent there.


Fornino has a large patio that is kid friendly and some of the best thin crust pizza I’ve ever had.

Fornio. Image courtesy of Serious Eats.

Catty-corner on Bedford Avenue- The Meatball Shop has a to-go window for grabbing something for dinner or for a picnic at East River Park.

Meatball Shop sliders. Image courtesy of Snacker.

Sweet tooth? Waffle & Wolf has some rad fruit stuffed buckwheat waffles that you won’t feel bad sharing with kids.

A waffle from Waffle & Wolf

Practically next door is our favorite place to order birthday cakes & eat slices of pie: Blue Stove.

Blue Stove. Image courtesy of blaqbook


After Mamalu’s closed, there are a big gap in places you could go with kids to just play. Luckily we’ve had several places fill the gap; head and above the others is Frolic.  Yeah –we’re partial – Julia and Carey are dear old friends but Frolic really does ROCK!

Frolic playground. The playspace. Image courtesy of Frolic!

Not far behind is Lakey Evan’s Williamsburg Movement and Art Center.  As an Alvin Alley trained dancer & fitness trainer, Lakey has amazing classes for toddlers, kids and helps kick momma butts into shape with her Mighty Mommas class.

Williamsburg Movement and Art Center

Live in Greenpoint? Check out Hamilton Dance. Hamilton Dance is celebrating 25 years of dance. This is a proper tried and true dance school complete with tutus and recitals!

Hamilton Dance Studio. Image courtesy of Hamilton

Lastly check out Bumblebee Tennis; as a member of McCarren Tennis who helped repave the courts – I was so thrilled that part of our redesign included kids courts. Smaller more manageable sized courts really help kids fall in love with the game.

Bumble Bee Tennis

Give Back:

A huge part of owning a business is being part and giving back to your community. There are many wonderful organizations in North Brooklyn but here are a few of my favorites.

Town Square: Not only do they put on amazing and FREE events for the entire community but also they do so all based on one wonderful woman – Susan Anderson. She always needs volunteers and is open to ideas and donations.

Blockbuster block party presented by Town Square is this weekend

If parks are more your thing – consider The Open Spaces Alliance of North Brooklyn, The McGolrick Park Schools Alliance or East River Park Friends group. Lastly check out the North Brooklyn Boat House. Not only is it educational but also it’s an exciting development for our neighborhood.

Greenpoint Boathouse Proposal

Hopefully you enjoyed our resource guide! We are currently offering a $50 off coupon for A Child Grows in Brooklyn readers. Please email hello@motherburgnyc.com for more information. Also, we are hosting a seminar in October:

Welcoming Child #2
Are you pregnant with your second child and worried about how to prepare your first child, your living space, your schedule and life?
Join Jessica Glorieux of Motherburg NYC for an informative info session and Q&A about everything #2!
Course covers:
•How to prepare your first child through books and toys and methods to reduce their stress
•Gear that makes life easier – Do you need a second stroller? Something else?
•Sleep strategies with two
•Time management and organizational help for your home, office and life that includes some tips for self-care
Life does get a bit crazy with 2 kids but this info session will help you down the path to ease!
When: Saturday October 20th, 2012 10am
Where: Madison Rose Maternity & Kids 313 Court Street  Brooklyn, NY 11231  Cost: $25 per person. Buy tickets here.