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My LES – Kira Wizner

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This weekly feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live on the Lower East Side.  If you would like to participate in “My LES”, please email us here.

What do you do?

I’m a mother, I have two websites—one local webforum, www.lesparents.com, that helps keep parents in the neighborhood (and the East Village) connected and another, www.askyourfriendkira.com, with ideas and advice, from conception through parenting.

How long have you lived on the LES?

Officially since 2003.  My husband lived down here, in Amalgamated, when we were dating.

Favorite block in the hood?

If I’m hungry I like being on Clinton Street, if I’m shopping I love the boutiques on Orchard Street, and I love just walking on Grand Street and running into people.

Favorite date spot in the hood?

Often I crave Alias and Frankie’s Spuntino, so if we’re staying close to home that’s where we end up.

Favorite coffee in the hood?

Roots & Vines—coffee and kid’s hot chocolate.

Favorite slice in the hood?

We’ve actually been making a lot of our own pizza lately— Whole Foods sells a multi-grain fresh pizza dough and we finally used the pizza stone that’s been sitting in our kitchen for years.

What is your favorite activity to do with the kids in the hood?

Taking the girls out on their scooters and going to playground.

Where do you take your visitors when they’re here?

I usually walk people around the tenenment buildings, past the places where my relatives lived in the 1930s and 1940s, to Il Laboratoria del Gelato and Kossars.

Favorite dive/locals bar in the hood?

Our favorite local bar is Donnybrook.

Favorite LES memory?

Eating at Ratner’s (where I went often as a child) with my husband when we first started dating.

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