- The Art Farm in the City
419 E. 91st St., nr. First Ave.; 212-410-3117
Fulfilling those Charlotte’s Web fantasies doesn’t require an elaborately choreographed trip upstate—just a quick hop uptown to the Art Farm, an urban petting zoo of sorts where a blue-tongued skink lives peacefully alongside rabbits, turtles, birds—even chinchillas. Every weekend morning from 8 to 10 a.m., the Farm, which is squeezed into the bottom two floors of an Upper East Side townhouse, opens its brown-painted stall doors for a few hours of kid-animal socializing ($15 per child). Intrepid tykes can walk right into the bird-filled aviary or bunny pen, while staffers are on hand to guide more-hesitant kids in the feeding, petting, and general cuddling of the farm’s menagerie.
Best Petting Zoo
From the 2009 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).