10/24/2012 07:28 am ET Updated Dec 24, 2012

Tots In Tribeca

The bastion of all things cool, who knew lower Manhattan was now run by hipsters under four feet tall? Herewith, contributor Marianne Wisenthal's family guide to New York City's Triangle Below Canal Street.


Our toddler didn't say boo about the ostrich-embossed leather walls or floor to ceiling windows at the Smyth hotel, but she loved the lobby's retro robot collection and plush leather swivel chairs. Actually, we did too. Rooms from $299, 85 West Broadway, New York,


While Dad is on duty upstairs, curl yourself into a tufted banquette at the Smyth's stylish lobby bar. The Toro Sliders ($14) are to-die-for delish and the Martini Sud perfectly potent. Do throw on your darkest pair of Jackie Os and pretend you're hiding from the Post.


Brunch is the meal of the day for parents of babes with bedtimes. Crayons are aplenty and kids are king at Bubby's Pie Shop (there's even stroller parking). Farm-fresh eggs, house-cured bacon and homemade soda pop will fill you all up until bottle-time. Is 10 a.m. too early for a Bubby's Bellini? Nah. 120 Hudson St., New York,


Rumour has it a New York baby's first word is MoMA - your own budding Basquiat will adore the Children's Museum of the Arts. With a hands-on craft space and drop-in classes for kids from 10 months, it's a perfect spot on a rainy afternoon. $10, 103 Charlton St., New York,


If your wee ones want to hang with the heppist TriBeCa kittens, they must look the part. Egg by Susan Lazar stocks minimalist cotton pieces like seersucker blazers and voile smocked rompers ($39). Aleph Portman-Millepied is a fan of the stripy hats so they'll blend with the best. 124 Hudson St., New York,


Buzzing with chic nannies and their chicer charges, Washington Market Park boasts a Saturday farmer's market, padded play yard and giant red jungle gym. If you spot Moses and Apple on the twisty slide, act casual and wait your turn.