Christmas in Dyker Heights/photo Antonia Martinelli

The Complimentary Close

Dearest Family and Friends, It’s that time of the year again. Are you doing your Christmas cards, yet? Well, if you’re not, you really should be, because it’s December 10th. Even if you do not celebrate Christmas, you are still unfortunately obligated to get those holiday cards in the mail or everyone you know will think you are a total schmuck.… Read more →

Google takes PS 261 on an Expedition!

I recently had the pleasure of “chaperoning” a virtual reality class trip at PS 261 through Google Expeditions Pioneer Program and it was a blast! If you have a subscription to the New York Times, you’ve already received Google Cardboard, the virtual reality viewer for use with various phone apps.  Google Expeditions is an app designed specifically for the classroom to immerse students in a… Read more →

Who Brings Their Kid to a Fashion Show?!!

I’m sure you remember, earlier this year, when Kim Kardashian attended husband, Kanye West’s fashion show with their unhappy toddler North West.  Kim, seated next to Anna Wintour, felt the pressure of both a squirming fashion show audience and her own squirming toddler.  It seemed all corners of the Internet asked “Who brings their kid to a fashion show?”  Well, I did, twice.  And… Read more →

Angela Clark (photo Antonia Martinelli)

Poses for Today and Tomorrow – Angela Clark of Mala Yoga

Life, like Yoga, is not static.  For women especially, the body can be a constantly morphing vehicle within which to work.  And there is no state that makes that more apparent than pregnancy.   With that in mind, The Momtropolis asked the ever insightful Angela Clark, to break down the pose she loves today, in pregnancy; and the pose she will love tomorrow, postpartum.  Angela… Read more →

Compost Bins – They Say Everything About You

Yesterday the Department of Sanitation began to roll out organics recycling bins across Community Board 6.  That’s Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, and Park Slope (although Park Slopers have already participated in the pilot program for awhile now).  If you’re like me, you are late to the whole composting game.  You knew they were coming but didn’t put much thought into… Read more →

photo Antonia Martinelli

Look Kids, Crack Plants!

In July, a renegade stalk erupted from a crack in the sidewalk in Brooklyn. Some neighbors thought the stalk resembled corn at first. As the flower and seeds began to form it became clear that it wasn’t corn. My curiosity about this rebel plant brought to mind the book, My Amazing Poo Plant by Moya Simons.  In this book, a girl waters bird droppings in an empty… Read more →