Mom Longs for the Playground: “A Verdant Fairy Land”

July 7, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

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By Rebecca Levey
Westside Independent parenting columnist
Eight years ago, when my daughters were born, we lived downtown. Prior to having kids, we loved living by Union Square. But when twin newborns commandeered our apartment, all of the cute Read More / Comment »


Laundry Chronicles: A Bad Case of Washer-Dryer Envy

June 7, 2010 by · Comments Off on Laundry Chronicles: A Bad Case of Washer-Dryer Envy 

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By Rebecca Levey
One of my neighbors wears very utilitarian, beige, fairly large bras. One of my neighbors has really ugly 1970s era brown and orange flowered sheets that would look dated on an episode of the Brady Bunch. Read More / Comment »


Look Out Ahead: Too Many Kids, Too Few Schools

May 5, 2010 by · Comments Off on Look Out Ahead: Too Many Kids, Too Few Schools 

A recent rally protesting school overcrowding at City Hall.

A recent rally protesting school overcrowding at City Hall.

Editor’s Note: This is a monthly column by Rebecca Levey about raising children on the Upper West Side.

By Rebecca Levey
Of all the crazy and neurotic exploits that New York City parents go through, none is more fraught with insecurity, fear and downright competitiveness than the school process. Read More / Comment »


City Parenting, Stereotypes, and The New York Times

April 5, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

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Editor’s Note: This is a monthly column by Rebecca Levey, a freelance writer and the mother of two girls, about raising children on the Upper West Side.

Several weeks ago a piece ran in the New York Times “Complaint Box” column that derided the very loud and showy parenting style of some mothers – and yes this article specifically admonished mothers, Upper West Side mothers to be exact. Read More / Comment »


Is it Crazy to Raise Kids in the City?

March 1, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

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Editor’s Note: This is a monthly column by Rebecca Levey, a freelance writer and the mother of two girls, about raising children on the Upper West Side.

By Rebecca Levey
Are city parents crazy? This is the question that a dad blogger posted on his site last week upon returning home to the Midwest after a four day trip to New York City. Read More / Comment »