Local mom creates online hub for kids’ classes and camps

Kidz Central station founder and CEO Lauren Pohl said she got the idea for the business when searching online for classes for her daughter. (Photo by Priyanca Rao Photography)

Kidz Central station founder and CEO Lauren Pohl said she got the idea for the business when searching online for classes for her daughter. (Photo by Priyanca Rao Photography)

By Sabina Mollot

It was three years ago when Lauren Pohl, a Kips Bay resident and mom, started a website aimed at listing all the elusive classes for kids in the city that she’d discovered were actually kind of hard to find. She learned this one day when Googling music classes for her daughter wound up being an unsuccessful effort, leading to disorganized or otherwise useless information. She was fortunately able to find the information she needed through friends’ recommendations.

However, at the time, Pohl, a corporate attorney who had been doing much of her purchasing online, through sites like diapers.com and FreshDirect, thought to herself that there had to be an easier way to find classes and camps for kids.

When it turned out that there wasn’t, she started her own company, called Kidz Central Station. Since then, what was a one-woman operation has grown into a booming little business with five employees, four of whom are full time. The company’s name is a nod to the Grand Central neighborhood, since in the beginning, the service was focused on the nearby neighborhoods of Murray Hill, Kips Bay and Gramercy.

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Topless women in Times Square deserve equality, says Maloney

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (center), pictured with Christine Quinn, special advisor to the governor, and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul on Women’s Equality Day, when she was drawn into the debate over desnudas (Photo by Grace Harman)

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (center), pictured with Christine Quinn, special advisor to the governor, and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul on Women’s Equality Day, when she was drawn into the debate over desnudas (Photo by Grace Harman)

By Sabina Mollot

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who has made equal rights for women a focal point of her legislative career, extended that attitude to the much maligned “desnudas” or topless women in body paint who’ve been hitting up tourists for tips in Times Square.

Last Wednesday, which was Women’s Equality Day, Maloney and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, along with a handful of other female elected officials, called for the passage of the Women’s Equality Amendment. At that time, she also told a reporter from the New York Observer she thought the desnudas should be treated the same as male performers like the Naked Cowboy.

That neighborhood is part of Maloney’s district, which covers much of Manhattan’s East Side as well as part of Brooklyn and Queens. Maloney is also now a member of the mayor’s task force that was recently assembled to tackle the issues of legality surrounding the desnudas’ business practices as well as those of the costumed cartoon characters who also pose for pictures with tourists in the neighborhood.

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