Lots of excitement outside our apartment building door this past weekend. It’s the end of Eid – we’ve posted about this before. There are tables set out where women are putting henna patterns on hands, and iftar boxes are being sold. We are not moving far, but I will miss being in the thick of this. Often I feel transported to another place, for sure. Humans Of New York caught some shots of the festivities going on in Flushing Queens – gotta love New York City for all this cultural exposure. I had never heard of this holiday before moving here. Eid Mubarak!
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Posted in Beautiful Things, Fun in NYC, Holidays, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged children, culture, Eid Mubarak, end of Eid, families, holiday, kids, Muslim holiday, NYC, parenting around the world, Queens, Ramadan, religion, world on July 29, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Fun in NYC, Parenting, Beautiful Things, tagged central park, parenting, kids, new york, travel, outdoors, children, Manhattan, nature, caterpillar, tourist, sail boats, remote controlled boats on July 28, 2014 | 2 Comments »
I had my kiddos back with me for only a week – but I love when we can slowly and calmly take the subway into the city, and if the park is quiet we have the best laid back experience of the city. Ezra loves watching the boats (and now wants a remote controlled boat for his birthday!) Zoe has taken to sketching while in her stroller, and of course we always love finding strange new (fuzzy) nature in Central Park. And we can’t leave this area of the park without crawling all over Alice and her Wonderland folks first.
Posted in Beautiful Things, Fun in NYC, Parenting, tagged 21st century art, art in the 20th century, children, city, exhibition, fun, inflatable objects, Jeff Koons, kids, Manhattan, Michael Jackson and monkey, modern art, museum going, mylar, NYC, sculpture, the Whitney Museum of Art, weekends on July 25, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Okay truth be told I’ve been following Jeff Koons since the early 90s and I was very ‘eh’ about his work. But who could resist taking kids to see all these enlarged inflatable structures on a Saturday afternoon? I thought everyone else would be at the beach but as it turned out, the museum was bustling. When Koons was married to an Italian porn star they made a couple pieces that included he and she in the photos – so we were warned at the door that the 3rd floor may be a little ‘racy’. But the kids basically ignored naked body parts for the much more intriguing giant blob of Playdoh (inspired by Koon’s son, made of aluminum and it took 20 years to build!) The room of illuminated vacuums was oddly soothing, and I still cannot figure out how the stacked white chairs with inflatable pool toys could’ve been produced… it’s baffling. I love how all the tour guides wore inflatable bunnies on their heads.
I’m now sold on Koons’ work – who knew I’d become a fan 20 years into following him?
(BY THE WAY this is post #600 for me… can you believe I’ve had this much to say? Thanks for following!)
Posted in Beautiful Things, Crafting, Fun in NYC, Kid style, Parenting, tagged aquatic life, Brooklyn, Coney Island, Luna Park, Mermaid Parade, mermaids, merman, parades in NYC, pirates, summer fun on June 24, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
I use to love to photograph this parade back before I was married or had kids. I had nearly forgotten about it – and then somehow Zoe got wind of it and (being recently obsessed with mermaids) just had to partake in the mermaid fun. It was hot and super crowded, but since the kids are so tiny – they could get to the front of the crowd and see the costumes. Ezra – being the good natured brother that he is – even got dressed up as King Neptune for Zoe’s enjoyment. In the end I think Mayor DeBlasio even approached Ezra and gave him a gold coin while dressed like a pirate. The crowds were so thick that people started climbing the scaffolding on the sidewalks – but in the end it was worth it. (By the way – Zoe painted her shells herself!)
Posted in Beautiful Things, Fun in NYC, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged art, Astoria, children, climb on art for kids, friends, LIC, Long Island City, parenting, picnic, Queens, Socrates Sculpture Park, summer, warm weather on June 17, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Fun outdoor art, collecting bugs, toes in grass, eating outdoors with friends and warm summer breezes: these are a few of my favorite things!
Posted in Beautiful Things, Cooking, Food Adventures, Fun in NYC, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged Astoria, Astoria Flea, bike powered, children, jewelry, Kaufman Astoria Studios, legos, parenting, Queens, slush, street fair, sushi, weekends with kids on June 13, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Who knew this great new flea market/street fair was happening on weekends in our old Queens neighborhood (near Kaufman Astoria Studios) ? GREAT food and even a bicycle powered slush making machine – the kids were psyched. Zoe loves pink lady sushi – with mango and shrimp. YUM! So much to see, buy and eat…
Sorry I’ve lagged in my blogging. This week I hope to get on photos from the past 2 weekends… in Boston and in Cornwall. Lots of frolicking outdoors now that finally we can – without coats. It’s amazing.
This shot of Zoe says it all – her dad took this with his iPhone late last week. After a couple hours of school he found her napping on the back of our couch like this .. it reminded me of The Far Side cartoon ‘boneless chicken ranch‘. Let’s hope our summer schedule calms down a bit!