Just because you spend a startling slice of your waking life glued to a screen doesn’t mean you want a computer making complex decisions for you–particularly when it comes to your love life. Most dating enterprises operate upon sophisticated algorithms designed to match people with similar interests, but what’s lost in that digital approach is the ineffable human aspect to matchmaking, someone to look you both in the eye and make an informed match that will send so many sparks flying you’ll feel like you’re in an animated GIF posted to a teen girl’s Tumblr.
By Observer Staff 11/05/12 11:07am
By Observer Staff 10/30/12 10:29pm
As Hurricane Sandy hurtled toward land, New Yorkers’ preparations took a variety of forms. Some stocked up on essentials (lettuce, probiotics and Homeland); others simply worked through the worst of it, at least as long as the power stayed on. Whether barely scathed or hip-deep in water, New Yorkers of all stripes and circumstances tapped their intrepid spirits—and well-stocked liquor cabinets—to get through the Storm of the Century. Here’s how they did it: Read More
By Observer Staff 10/24/12 5:25pm
Customs, holidays and festivals vary from town to town, country to country. But one thing they all have in common is that these celebrations bring people together as communities, gathering around shared histories in appreciation of culture and lore.
With Halloween around the corner, and autumn and winter festivities just down the road, we set out to discover the different ways families are coming together in New York and across the country. Read More
By Observer Staff 10/22/12 12:39pm
“All children, all people, learn differently.” Last week, mother and founder of Building Dyslexia Awareness Danielle Mowery joined us as we searched for alternative methods to educating our kids. From children’s museums and language immersion programs to other non-traditional educational experiences, we found a number of ways to keep young ones engaged, even outside of the classroom.
“Having that chance to be involved on such a different level, to succeed in something beyond academics, gives children confidence and focus.” Read More
By Observer Staff 10/15/12 5:29pm
From the museums of Paris to the slopes stretching across the Colorado Rockies, traveling the world can bring dreamlike destinations to life, encouraging curiosity and imagination in first-time travelers, and a renewed sense of wonderment in those who’ve been around the block once or twice.
Milly designer, Michelle Smith, can’t get enough of it. And when a family is as close as hers, the kids are bound to get in on the action. “I love family adventures! I want my children to understand the world is a very large place, with cultures and languages different than our own.” This week we looked near and far for places and travel experiences that provide more than just a vacation from the daily trudge. With the help of Ms. Smith’s clan, we picked up a few tips on how best to travel in style as a family. Read More
By Observer Staff 10/09/12 5:20pm
This week, The Art of Parenting explores the city’s ability to keep even the most active families entertained, all the while playing together. Along the way, we met the Francois family who—by getting their kids out of the house—have created a tradition of fitness and fun. Whether rolling for a strike or swinging for the fences, encouraging sports close to home keeps families spending quality time together. Read More
By Observer Staff 10/01/12 5:53pm
All across the country, museums are developing children’s programs to encourage kids to actively engage in cultural experiences. From sculpture gardens to hands-on studio time, we take a look at the different ways families are interacting with exhibits and learning about art. We also visit with fashion icon and mother-of-two Cynthia Rowley to discuss why her family makes a special effort to take advantage of city’s many cultural offerings. Read More
By Observer Staff 9/24/12 3:11pm
Fashion’s influence has always been far reaching, and now, more than ever before, designers and brands are using that influence to impact the world around them, lending a hand to a number of charitable causes.
Last week we took a look at a handful of these individuals and organizations, exploring how they are leaving their handprint on children’s non-profit initiatives, all the while engaging their own families and communities in a widespread effort. Read More
By Observer Staff 9/17/12 4:00pm
Curious about the interesting ways that cosmopolitan families are engaging with their local communities, and staying in touch with the city at large? We’re profiling different urban families to learn all about their everyday cultural adventures in a new digital series: The Art of Parenting. Meet the Kopsovas of Fort Greene, where they spend time together enjoying and supporting their neighborhood. Read More