- Twinkle Playspace
144 Frost St., nr. Graham Ave., Williamsburg; 718-349-1300
Cookie-cutter play spaces have no business in Williamsburg, as the neighborhood is dotted with custom-designed spots like Frolic!, Klub4Kidz, and, now, Twinkle. This former warehouse is more children’s museum than kiddie gym, with interactive exhibits for the 6-and-under set that challenge developing motor skills. Thrill-seekers can put out pretend fires with real water at the Red Hot Fire House station, while the dress-up salon (equipped with styling chairs and primping mirrors) caters to more subdued play. On weekdays, locals drop by for less crowded sessions with their toddlers ($25 for the first visit; $135 for a six-visit pass), while the high-energy older crowd takes over on weekends.
Best Romper Room
From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).