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Archive for May, 2013

Ugh it was rainy and cold at the beginning of the week – but now it’s sweltering hot and we have grandma in from Rochester to help hold down the fort while E and Z’s parents work (and work and work). So we are hoping to take it easy this weekend. Although another World Science Festival is happening downtown, and E and Z’s dad is photographing the event so – you never can tell what weekend activity will end up on the blog next week. There’s also a concert that Ezra performed in that I cannot WAIT to put up on the blog. What a little song bird he is – who knew? But for now we will say, have a great weekend. And we will try to take it easy while it’s so hot!

Meanwhile we leave you with some shots from our last rainy (and very cold) day in Manhattan. Let’s hope it was our last for a while (and thank you grandma for keeping us occupied in the heat).

Enjoying transparent acrylic things in the rain :

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We didn’t venture far this past long holiday weekend. Friends told us about Historic Richmond Town and – since we had just driven past other historic towns en route back from Boston – we thought we’d give our own local history a try. Staten Island is just a drive away (and we’ve been there by ferry before). We were a little disappointed that the site was a bit sleepy a day before Memorial Day. There were no residents dressed in period attire like the photos on the website, but I hear we have to return again when it’s not a holiday to see a few more buildings and the town abuzz with colonial farmers. The carpenter and his shop were the most entertaining part of our trip, and the kids didn’t mind getting out of the sun to see the Bringing Up Baby show indoors.

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Ezra made a sweet bouquet for me

Ezra made a sweet bouquet for me

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We found the best little playground just outside Harvard Square. Nothing gets Zoe and Ezra going more than a whole ton of sand to frolic in – not to mention that there are pulleys and pails all over Cambridge Commons Playground to play with. Check out the cool front gate with the ‘mini-door’ for kids. It’s no wonder Zoe napped for about 2 hours on the ride home to NYC!

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Despite all the rain in NYC, we did manage to get a bright sunny day in the Boston area this past Sunday. We were back in Harvard Square romping around and getting some more good eats at Clover. The kids got to see Papa again, which they love because he cracks out the harmonica from time to time and gets them excited and dancing.

We found a new Curious George Store in Harvard Square and finally got to take a peek inside! Needless to say the theme alone had the kids psyched to take a ‘shopping break’ — and we hung out in the reading nook for awhile before buying some books.
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Speaking of modern museum life… we stood in line for a couple hours today trying to get into the MoMA’s new Rain Room Show (see a great post on it here.) Cup of Jo raves “Heavy rain pours down in an enormous room, but when you step into the rain, the area directly over your head dries up. So you can walk, dance and kiss in the rain without getting wet!”

However with all the rain going on OUTSIDE the museum, it’s hard to get enthusiastic about going into a Rain Room (especially if you’ve been waiting in line under an umbrella with antsy kids for too long). Oh well, we will try another day. But meanwhile here are a few shots from my office window of what May is looking like today. Rain blowing sideways and all. Ugh. (As you can see by my feet reflected in the last shot, I clearly didn’t dress for rain today.)

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I love taking my kids to modern art museums. People probably assume that art museums aren’t for kids but if the pieces are modern and playful, it becomes a great place for kids to expand their minds; see how adults can create things just to fulfill their fancy or make a powerful statement. Often in modern art museums kids are allowed to touch things or move around them, making it a less frustrating experience than being told to be quiet and ‘not-touch’ all the time.

PS1 use to be a public school (hence the ‘PS’ – which is in the title of all the public schools around NYC). It’s been revamped to hold an offshoot of the MoMA – which we also love. The kids are mesmerized by the ‘lady in the floorboards’ at the entrance (a permanent video installation in the floor) – and where else can they see a room full of waterfall, stomp around in an ‘Arctic Room’ full of ice (brrr!) or simply run around the building’s old school yard where exhibits (like the geodesic dome of late) are installed?

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lady in the floorboards!

lady in the floorboards!

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Now that the weather is nicer we’ve been getting out and enjoying Queens. A trip to 5 Pointz in Long Island City is always a great diversion, especially amidst the rumors that it may get demolished by September of 2013. Since graffiti is no longer apparent on subway trains, I’d kind of love to see these buildings and their art stick around. (I’ve been in NYC so long – I really do remember trains looking like this when I first moved here!)

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Zoe admires the pink hair

Zoe admires the pink hair

Does the lady with pink hair own this cool car?

Does the lady with pink hair own this cool car?

Why does Zoe look like she wants to tag something?

Why does Zoe look like she wants to tag something?


Around the corner is the Space Womb gallery and PS1 (MoMA offshoot) for more art

Around the corner is the Space Womb gallery and PS1 (MoMA offshoot) for more art exploring

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