City Series from Alison Lowenstein

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Brooklyn Mama Alison Lowenstein really gets around. The author has two kids and is my go-to expert for planning outings in and around NYC. I want to talk about her two books that have a prominent spot in our home. Her first one, City Baby Brooklyn: The Ultimate Guide for Parents, from Pregnancy through Preschool is full of details. Alison knows her playgrounds. I checked her take on our local haunts and she was right on the money. Ditto for her take on restaurants and shopping. If you live in Brooklyn and you are pregnant or already have wee ones, you need this guide to navigate our borough.

The new book is City Weekends: Greatest Escapes and Weekend Getaways In and Around New York City. No doubt this is the city that never sleeps, but sometimes we all need a break from BQE noise and pigeon poop. Alison takes every budget into account with getaways as close as Queens (I've got to check out the Queen's County Farm Museum). The best part of the book? The insiders tips to weekend travel. She was right on the money with Northfork and Rhinebeck (we love the Trevor Teaching Zoo). My advice: Use this book and get inspired to stay local-ish on your next vacation.

When she's not scribbling notes for her books, Alison contributes to Time Out New York Kids and Babble. Check out her site www.brooklynbaby.com for event updates from Alison.

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