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When I first moved to NYC in the early 90s , one would think of graffiti if I suggested ‘subway art’. Nowadays ‘subway art’ most likely refers to the MTA’s Art for Transit Program which advertises local artists’ works on the inside of the trains, or in tidied up subway stations. I just recently saw this poster by Sophie Blackall and loved it. Maybe it’s the pretty, children’s book-like quality that I liked… or maybe because that little boy in the purple shirt reminded me of Ezra.

See more of Sophie’s beautiful work here – and have a lovely weekend!


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After our run to the Ice King of Corona, we went to a nearby playground where we had Ezra’s 3rd birthday. This park was built to service kids with and without disabilities, and seems to act as a site for some therapeutic work with kids by day. Not only does it have some pretty great climb-on gym equipment in the shape of buses, firetrucks and play houses – but there’s also a little stream that runs through the sprinker area in the summer time. We know this because we had toy boats for our party guests for Ezra’s summer birthday. We can’t wait to get back there in the warmer weather with some more boats to float downstream!

Sadly the weather is a bit cooler this week .. but that won’t stop us from hitting more playgrounds.

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You may recognize this store front from the opening of the TV show ‘King of Queens’. When we were getting well and there was a super warm day last week, E and Z’s dad treated us to a surprise family outing to the Lemon Ice King of Corona. Our semi-sore throats LOVED the sweet cool slush going down, and it happened to put us near a playground where we had Ezra’s birthday years ago – which was an added bonus to the outing!

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Now that the weather has been so spring-like (so soon!) and we are all feeling a bit better, it’s been an ideal time to check out some neighborhood playgrounds after school. We had heard about a new reno at Elmhurst Park (also known as Gas Tank Park) which is built on the former site of an unsightly and environmentally unfriendly gas-storage facility. (Don’t worry: The gas company cleaned up the area before selling it to the city for $1.)
We love the paths leading to a large mound of grass in the back of the park – where kids were flying kites and enjoying some rarely available green space.
Three stationery bicycles are apparently linked to a power storage center, so that by pedaling kids should be able to generate enough electricity to turn on nearby lights. They didn’t seem to be fully working yet — but we love the idea of kids generating power for the rest of the playground! Ezra loved riding in one place on his ‘motorcycle’ —


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A new indoor playground – Kids Play House – just opened up in Astoria. I’ve been there before with Zoe but couldn’t wait to get back there with Ezra. We met some other Astoria friends there on a Friday afternoon and had a great time. For $7 per child we could let them play there all day. And the guys who run Kids Play House are always friendly and helpful. It’s an easy place to drop in with the kids when the weather gets bad outdoors but you still need a place for the kids to run off their after school energy.

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It’s amazing how well kids adapt. I always think they can change habits faster than adults but – as adults – we always panic that they will not change gears as fast as they do. Now Zoe is fully weaned and not seeming to miss mamma’s milk at all thank goodness. If anything it’s taken longer for ME to bounce back!

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I’ve always wanted to see how a school works. It’s been so long since I’ve been in grammar school and it’s all so different now. The communication about how Ezra’s day goes is – well, we don’t get much out of Ezra and it’s hard to get the teachers to really break it all down for us. I’m not allowed to volunteer in Ezra’s class (that would be way too distracting for both he and I). I got to help a 2nd grade teacher instead — and it’s been fun AND enlightening. I feel like I get to see how the school works ‘from the inside’. Imagine how happy I was when the teacher asked me to decorate a bulletin board full of the kids’ writing projects! With a spring theme of course -
I got to use some of my cut and pasting skills from art school:

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