Savoring & Savings! At Natsumi Tapas

Tasty Japanese-Italian fusion fare – and wonderful value!

Kips Bay’s Natsumi Tapas has these special offers:

Bento box - at Natsumi Tapas in Kips Bay

Black Friday Bonus

Any gift cards purchased on Black Friday magically increase in value! OK, it’s not magic – they have computers to add on the savings – but it’s still exciting! They’ll add 20% to what you spent on the card.

Dinner and a Show

Have dinner pre-show, and there’s another discount for you – 10% off your meal!

This Kips Bay Hologram Museum is Making Headlines

A short walk from Waterside, you’ll find the museum Mashable deemed: “The Number One Obscure Museum in America”.

Located in Kips Bay, at 240 East 26th Street (between 2nd & 3rd Ave), inside a former blacksmith’s forge, Holographic Studios, has been around creating and educating people about holograms since 1979 – all thanks to “Dr. Laser” (aka Jason Arthur Sapan):

“He’s the science teacher you wish you had in high school, someone who makes physics and chemistry fun and who talks with infectious excitement. The nickname was given to him by a colleague 45 years ago.” –

Dr. Laser gives a tour, at Holographic Studios. (Via
Dr. Laser gives a tour, at Holographic Studios. (Via

You’ll likely meet him on your visit, especially since he gives the majority of the tours.

“If you decide to take one of our tours you will get to visit our subterranean laser laboratory that is right out of Back to the Future. Imagine seeing pictures where the images literally jump right out of the wall. Some of our holograms are like what you have seen in films like Star Wars but real. You’ll see things that you have never seen before. Images that seem so real that you will think they are there, but they are actually holographic images recorded with lasers on film.” – Jetline Cruise

And you can create your own holograms too!

While the museum has been around for 40 years, over the past few months it’s been profiled in a number of major sites and publications – like Business Insider:

Learn more about Dr. Laser and the museum on this recent WFUV interview.

Fun Family Photo Opps

Need photos of your kids? Ones where they’re actually having fun? These places succeed in being both kid-friendly and Instagram-worthy.

We’ve selected one in our Kips Bay neighborhood, and a few imaginative others in Chelsea.

New experiences for your family await at the over 70 exhibits of the Museum of Illusions. Learn how easily your mind can be fooled – and why!

Illusion of girl's head on a plate - at Museum of Illusions
(From Museum of Illusions’ Instagram @moi_newyork)

Stop by the “world’s first magic-themed interactive exhibition”: New York Magic Lab, which offers installations with magic tricks, holograms and Augmented Reality (AR).

Girl in tophat with dice above her - at NY Magic Lab
(Photo from New York Magic Lab’s Instagram: @newyorkmagiclab)

In November, Disney’s immersive “Mickey: The True Original Exhibition” celebrates 90 years of Mickey Mouse’s influence on art and pop culture.

Timeless Icon | Mickey: The True Original Exhibition

Back here in Kips Bay, there’s the newly opened Fairy Island exhibit with: “6 magical multi-sensory installations to inspire an exciting exploratory and engaging atmosphere for visitors”.

Brightly colored paper, flying around young, happy girl - at Fairy Island NYC in Kips Bay
(From Fairy Island’s Facebook: @fairyislandnyc)

There are a number of other picture-perfect pop-ups! Take a look at what else is on now.

Mollusks in Manhattan

Just down the street, your kids can learn about tiny aliens! The tiny aliens of the invertebrate world!

At Bellevue Hospital Center, right here in Kips Bay, experience the Smallest Mollusk Museum:

“Prepare for a journey into the world of the mollusk: a group of invertebrates that has produced the oldest animal alive, the hardest biological material, and a lot of slime.

Humanity. Mollusks. An epic battle for survival.

Straighten your spine, vertebrate. Things are about to get weird.”

Co-founder, Amanda Scochet, on what this 6 foot tall museum entails:

“Our team of engineers, designers and storytellers at MICRO worked with over 30 scientists from the world’s leading research institutions to develop the exhibits, which include two miniature movie theaters, a full-sized holographic aquarium packed with strange beasts, the world’s first 3D-printed octopus brain, and a bucket of slime.”

Smallest Mollusk Museum - in Kips Bay

Just head over to the Bellevue pediatric unit to understand more about these fascinating tiny creatures.

Community Volunteer Day Tomorrow at Solar One

Share your love for nature and our neighborhood: Volunteer for Solar One.

Tomorrow (August 18th) is their Community Volunteer Day (at 10:00am)

Smiling people at Community Volunteer Day at Solar One in Stuyvesant Cove Park
(Photo From Solar One’s Facebook)

There are many activities for all ages! Make a fairy house, take out weeds, sweep the Esplanade, and learn more about plants, animals and fungi in the area!

(In Stuyvesant Cove Park.) Activities - Community Volunteer Day at Solar One

Tuesday, August 28th at 10:00 am, spare a few hours if you can: Addressing and stuffing envelopes, and enjoying coffee and snacks with your friends at Solar One! They could use your assistance getting their Oktoberfest invitations in the mail. (The night celebrates Solar One programs and a Sustainable New York City.)

If you can help out, please send your full name and email address to Deana Hare at deana @