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Doctors/Dentists for You

Because you are so busy taking care of others, here are a few
recommendations of some doctors to take care of you!


  • Dr. Pappas 212-342-0107
  • Dr. Skinner (cosmetic dentistry and regular ole' cavities) 212-333-3381
  • Dr. Klein at West End Dental 212-595-1100
  • Keith Arbeitman DDS 212-207-6681 (does not take any Dental HMOs but Fabulous!)


  • Cornell Internal Medicine, West Side (Dr. Eric Rosenberg) 646-962-7800
  • Dr. Granas, Manhattan Physician's Group 212-496-4600, 212-712-1000
  • Dr. Bertie Bregman 212-280-4740
  • Dr. Aaron Manson 212-305-3804 (Columbia Internist)
  • Dr. Douglas Marratta 212-305-3477 (Columbia Internist).

Ob/Gyns at Columbia:

  • Dr. Eisenger 212-305-4029
  • Nancy Jasper: very knowledgeable, experienced, calm and level-headed. Would be great for any general gyn problem. 212-317-4565
  • Jennifer Tam/Mari Su/Silvana Ribaudo: younger providers, super nice, patients love them, easy to talk to, great for routine care - 212-305-3980
  • John Evanko or Eileen DeMarco - (212) 305-1107

Doctors for the Kids

Pediatricians in the area who admit to Columbia:

Manhattan Pediatrics (Gary Edelstein's Group):
125 East 72nd Street, Suite 1A
New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 988-6500

Jennifer Kangas and Lauren Levine, Columbia Midtown Pediatrics:
51 West 51st Street, Suite 310
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 326-3352

Mike Ronan and Rachel Lewis:
21 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 799-2737
Fax: (212) 799-8150

Max Van Gilder and Group:
241 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 787-1788
Fax: (212) 787-1606

Barney Softness and Group: (FYI they do not take insurance)
450 West End Avenue
New York, NY 10032
Phone: (212) 769-3070

Great Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Robert Peracchia
327 Central Park W Ste 1C
New York, NY 10025
(212) 280-1700


There are multiple agencies in the city to help find child care -- but they are often expensive as they require you to pay the agency 10 percent of the nanny's annual salary. You can also find a nanny through UrbanBaby where there are message boards where families (who are moving out of the city or whose kids are now in school full time) are searching for new families for their former babysitters/nannies. You can actually speak directly to their current employer and ask tons of questions. Many people also find nannies through Craig's List NYC where again, families post messages about finding "new" families for their "beloved" babysitter who now needs a new job.

Schools/Day Care

Day Care: Columbia University Medical Center is affiliated with several day care programs. Learn more about day care programs.

Places for babies and toddlers/pre-schoolers to take classes: Most have multiple locations throughout NYC and Brooklyn

Apple Seeds:
NYC Kids Club:
Discovery Programs:
My Gym NYC:

Pre-School: There are no public pre-schools in NYC. There are a few public schools that have Universal pre-K but these have long waiting lists. Check out the website for the NYC School System.

Public School:

  1. You are entitled to go to your district zoned public school for a list visit the following website:
  2. Gifted and talented programs are district-based and begin in either kindergarten or first grade, depending on the district or borough. Your child can apply to the gifted and talented program. Click here for instructions.
  3. There are a few special schools like Hunter which have a special application process the information can be found at the above website as well.

Private School: There are multiple private schools in Manhattan. To apply your child will need to take the ERB usually offered at his/her pre-school or at a school in the area.

Things to Do With Kids

Great places to take kids in NYC: Children's Museum of Manhattan, newly renovated Brooklyn Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History, The Jewish Museum, Central Park Zoo, Bronx Zoo, Coney Island Aquarium, Wolman Rink/Victoria Gardens in Central Park, multiple playgrounds in both Riverside and Central Park, Metropolitan Museum of Art (Temple of Dendur is a great place to let kiddies run around on cold winter days), Chelsea Piers, Liberty Science Center.

Websites: lists activities by date so you can plan fun things for when you are off of work. Also has lots of good information about resources throughout all neighborhoods in the city.

Another good site is