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Long Lake Camp for the Arts
83 Long Lake Camp Way, Long Lake
Long Lake is another arts camp with a terrific reputation. Founded in 1969, it's located on 600 acres in the Adirondacks in New York State, and the current owners have been leading the charge for more than 35 years. They host 250 campers between the ages of 8 and 16 every summer, for 3 or 6 weeks, who live in either houses or more traditional camp bunks, which are all outfitted with hand-crafted beds made of Southern Yellow Pine, and cedar-lined bathrooms that are pretty charming. In addition to all the expected arts (i.e. drama, film, photography), campers can also take improv and circus classes. There are athletic activities for campers to engage in, too, but if your family is split between artist and athletic kiddos, you might also consider checking out the next-door sister camp: Long Lake Camp Adventures, which has a sportier bend.
French Woods
199 Bouchoux Brook Rd., Hancock
A performing arts camp located on a private lake in New York's Catskill Mountains, French Woods lets campers choose their own majors and minors. Which isn't an easy task considering there is a lot of good stuff to choose from. The camp boasts a 12,000-square foot circus pavilion (awesome), and campers can also get into tech theater (sound, lighting, costumes), video editing, script writing, special effects, or they can, you know, join a band. There are five different sessions at French Woods, so you can essentially customize your kid's stay. Also great: They have a mini trial option, so kids can test out sleepaway camp for just the weekend. Ages: 7 to 17.
Camp Dudley
126 Dudley Rd., Westport
Located on a gorgeous, verdant site along Lake Champlain in New York, Camp Dudley is actually the country's longest continually running summer camp (it was started as a YMCA camp in 1885). Alumni are astonishingly loyal, as evidenced by men well into their retirement years who can recall their camper numbers (which everyone is assigned at their first check-in). The general vibe and programming are predictably classic—every day starts with a blast of the cannon and a reveille, and it's hard not to love their long-time motto, "the other fellow first." Dudley's sports-focused programming making this an exceptionally good choice for the sports-obsessed, as boys will spend most of the summer in motion, playing soccer, baseball, lacrosse, flag football, sailing, fishing, ultimate frisbee, and more. Beyond that, every camper, no matter their age, participates in a camping trip to one of Dudley's lean-to camping sites, learning outdoor skills and enjoying the area's gorgeous Adirondack trails. Camp Kiniya, across the lake on the Vermont side, is the program's girls-only arm.
Yoya
605 Hudson St., West Village
This West Village staple—in business since 2002—offers an artful-meets-streamlined aesthetic, meaning that there’s enough exuberance in the clothing picks to appeal to most kids, while the shapes and silhouettes make parents happy. Whether it’s an Imps & Elfs onesie or a Tutu du Monde swan queen tutu, there’s plenty of cuteness to go around, as well as bedding, toys, and furniture. In fact, owner Cristina Villegas offers design services for kids rooms, opening up her rolodex of unique suppliers from around the world.
Westville
173 Ave. A, East Village
In the last few years, Westvilles have popped up all over Manhattan, which is probably a good thing since the original West Village outpost was way too tiny. You’ll find every variation of comfort food, from mac and cheese to the hot dogs that made them famous. Beyond myriad toppings and preparations, they offer vegan dogs, too. There's also an outpost that's very close to the Children’s Museum of the Arts, as well as locations in Chelsea and the West Village.
Westville
333 Hudson St., West Village
In the last few years, Westvilles have popped up all over Manhattan, which is probably a good thing since the original West Village outpost was way too tiny. You’ll find every variation of comfort food, from mac and cheese to the hot dogs that made them famous. Beyond myriad toppings and preparations, they offer vegan dogs, too. This outpost is very close to the Children’s Museum of the Arts, while there are also locations in Chelsea and the East and West Villages.
Westville
246 W. 18th St., Chelsea
In the last few years, Westvilles have popped up all over Manhattan, which is probably a good thing since the original West Village outpost was way too tiny. You’ll find every variation of comfort food, from mac and cheese to the hot dogs that made them famous. Beyond myriad toppings and preparations, they offer vegan dogs, too. The South Village outpost is very close to the Children’s Museum of the Arts, and there are also locations in the East and West Villages.
Westville
210 W. 10th St., West Village
In the last few years, Westvilles have popped up all over Manhattan, which is probably a good thing since the original West Village outpost was way too tiny. You’ll find every variation of comfort food, from mac and cheese to the hot dogs that made them famous. Beyond myriad toppings and preparations, they offer vegan dogs, too. The South Village outpost is very close to the Children’s Museum of the Arts, and there are also locations in Chelsea near the Highline, and in the East Village.
Sweet William (Closed)
324 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg
While its name might suggest that this shop traffics in frothy pastel pink and blue onesies, the colorful shelves suggest otherwise. Sweet William focuses on small, lesser known labels—Molo, Bobo Choses, boy + girl—that are, in their words, environmentally and ethically responsible. It’s all equal parts chic and adorable, from mohair cardigans and fox-emblazoned backpacks, to metallic lace-ups and psychedelic rabbit sweatshirts. In addition to clothing, they offer plenty of wooden toys from archival brands like Persephere & Trylon, as well as colorful Rouxrou blankets. The original location is in Soho, and there's now an outpost in Los Angeles, too.
Sweet William (Closed)
85 Kenmare St., Soho
While its name might suggest that this shop traffics in frothy pastel pink and blue onesies, the colorful shelves suggest otherwise. Sweet William focuses on small, lesser known labels—Molo, Bobo Choses, boy + girl—that are, in their words, environmentally and ethically responsible. It’s all equal parts chic and adorable, from mohair cardigans and fox-emblazoned backpacks, to metallic lace-ups and psychedelic rabbit sweatshirts. In addition to clothing, they offer plenty of wooden toys from archival brands like Persephere & Trylon, as well as colorful Rouxrou blankets. There's a second location in Brooklyn, as well as an outpost in Los Angeles.
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