33 Nassau Ave., nr. Dobbin St., Greenpoint; 718-387-2071
At Play, which opened last fall in Greenpoint, the vibe is more Modest Mouse than Mickey Mouse. A massive Brooklyn street mural adorns the walls, Lisztomania plays loudly in the background, and everyone from staffers and parents to the toddlers themselves looks like they’ve just returned from a trip to the Brooklyn Flea. Still, this is as fine a romp room as any in town. A large, padded (and extra-clean) indoor playground includes a variety of activity sections and a reading area, with a classroom in the back for lessons in movement, music, and arts and crafts. A reasonable day rate ($10) and a relatively peaceful parents’ lounge make it an ideal drop-in spot for rainy days. And if the kids (mostly 5 and under) suffer any major hygiene lapses, Play sells its own line of replacements: Phoenix and Nola cotton separates, inspired by the owners’ young twins.
Best Fashionable Playspace
From the 2011 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).