Hey Baby, What Brings You to this Bar?
Apparently, there is a battle brewing in Brooklyn about whether or not parents should be able to bring their baby to a bar. This article on CNN.com features a Stay-at-Home-Dad who insists he just needs a place to socialize with other adults after spending all day every day home with baby — and babysitting is just too expensive. The “brewhaha” referenced in the story pits parents like this guy against people who prefer to spend their bar time child-free. And, I have to side with the child-free bar folks. Hey — I hear him on all fronts. Spending the day home alone with baby is isolating, but has he never heard of the park (New York’s Department of Parks and Recreation lists 39 in Brooklyn)? Or Starbucks (more than 10 in Brooklyn)? Or story hour at the library (66 branches of the Brooklyn Public Library all in the borough itself!)? It all seems so debatable when we’re talking about upper-class families with babies in Bugaboos looking for a great micro-brew in one of New York’s hippest neighborhoods, but change one or two of those factors and would anybody really argue it’s ok to belly your baby up to the bar?