- The Craft Studio
1657 Third Avenue, 212-831-6626
Karolyn Patterson made it perfectly clear to her mother that she wanted an arts-and-crafts birthday party, but nothing “lame”; she was turning 8, after all. So her mother called the Craft Studio and chose a chocolate-house theme. Karolyn and company built all styles of home-sweet-homes, attaching other candies around the façade as décor. Next came limbo-rock and relay races (yes, the place is that big) followed by lunch, all supervised by an energetic, Disney-worthy staff. The houses went home uneaten, wrapped with a balloon attached. The projects—terra-cotta planters, wooden treasure chests, cloth dolls, and pajamas, to name a few—are not all restricted to birthday parties ($495 to $725 for a party of ten kids). Kids accompanied by a grown-up can drop in anytime to scratch their creative itch.
From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
Where can you find the city’s top dog groomer? Last-minute tailor? Beef tongue? We eat, drink, dance, shop, shvitz, and trampoline our way around the city, not to mention poll scores of in-the-know colleagues, hard-partying friends, opinionated family members, and, this year, a team of guest expert bloggers to bring you answers to all of the above questions, and hundreds more, in the form of our annual “Best of New York” issue.