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We won a day of New York City tourist entertainment, so my husband and I decided to use it for ourselves and leave the kids home!  It’s been decades since we last went to the top of the Empire State or took a bus tour around Manhattan.  The Ride was ridiculously touristy but once the guides got wind of the fact that we are FROM NYC – they were relentless and tortured us through the entire ride .. which made it even more fun. We caught some of the Macy’s Flower Show prep and got to go to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum which I enjoyed more than my husband.  A kiss on the Top of the Rock topped off the day before we did our short commute home and fell into bed.

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views from the Empire State – haven’t been here since 1980!

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giant tea cup outside Macy’s loading dock

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Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum

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clearly I enjoyed this too much

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girls enjoying Michele

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finding murals downtown

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.. and great downtown art on buildings

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view from top of the rock

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ready for bed!

 

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We had another round of cousins come through!  We took them to Oculus and lower Manhattan for some slide and playground time, then invited them along to find eggs in our alley.  While the boys went to a Yankees game, the gals went to see an acrobatic show titled  ‘Something’ in Times Square.  Zoe loves the huge cupcakes sold outside of the theater.  The weather was unseasonably warm so kids were able to dye eggs outdoors (whew.. less mess).  Ezra is super proud of his ‘galaxy egg’ seen here:

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checking out Oculus at World Trade Center

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these girls mean business…

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my mom’s old technique for making paw prints make believers of even the older kids

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sharing their stash

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Zoe loves chocolate!

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the galaxy egg

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warmer temps and a city view from the playgrounds

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The cast of ‘Something’ poses with the girls

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look ma! it’s as big as my head!

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This winter has left us a little stir crazy.  For a while there it seemed like our kids were starting to refuse to go out and about with us. Loving the new house and alley so much, they wanted to stick around at home more.  But then suddenly this weekend it was actually Ezra who had a strong desire to go back to my favorite museum – the MoMA!  HE actually begged us to go.  And so we did .. and enjoyed a pop art show of 60s art and culture, and Ezra even pointed out Starry Night as one he remembered as his favorite.  I guess his art classes at school are paying off..?

And he even had a trip to Carnegie Hall (thank you to the Seows) to see a chamber orchestra, and enjoyed it.  Some city culture sinking in perhaps?

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enjoying Chagall

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Even though the temps were warm, we could do a few wintery NYC things like ice skating in Bryant Park.  A February-break staycation is always fun when you get to catch up on city outings like this, and the rink wasn’t even crowded with tourists shockingly!

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beautiful views of the NY Public Library and surrounding buildings

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Zoe finally standing and skating on her own (well, sort of)

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folks in their business attire pop out for a quick turn on the ice during lunch hour

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Quick! one last loop before the Zamboni comes out!

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Ok I’m realizing my blog is becoming about the constantly changing temperatures here but COME ON! We’ve gone from snow storm to sudden 70 degree spring day so it’s definitely worth mentioning, right?   When I look at my previous post and see all that snow, and then realize that I’m about to post some “trips to the beach images”, I’m reminded of how crazy this Feb weather really has been.

But more importantly: we’ve found a new beach.  We drove to the Fire Island Lighthouse after a friend recommended this hike to the shore via the more inland parking lot area.  And what a nice surprise this all was!  We spotted deer who lingered just 10 feet from the path, and learned that our new rescue dog (who hails from Nebraska) is as in love with the sea as we are!  The only downside: we were NOT the only ones with this brilliant idea – the beach was backed with other beach combers in late Feb!  Go figure..

 

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Louie loves the shore as much as we do

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beach was full of people in late Feb!

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hello deer!

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Zoe just had to shed her coat

 

 

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During these colder months we’ve had a lot of great ‘women artists’ shows to see.  First we checked out the Pipilotti Rist show at the New Museum.  Can you tell where Zoe got the idea to have lights on her tent during her birthday?  The kids love lounging on soft furniture while watching projections on the ceiling – and the lights cascading from the ceiling!  Another show that we saw was the Marilyn Minter show at Brooklyn Museum of Art.  This show was a bit more risqué for kids but many pieces were lush enough to distract the kids from the more adult material.  Again, large projected images on the floor or ceiling just keep my kids interested for hours!

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underwear chandelier!

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zoe liked these so much she wanted them at her birthday

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gates at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden – right next door to Brooklyn Art Museum

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Brooklyn dusk after a long day of art!

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Well here’s what’s been going on here: we had a dusting of snow that lasted for all of a couple of hours and then melted away as rain within the same day.  It was pretty enough to photograph but didn’t linger long enough to turn into snowmen.  My Jewish kids were once again tapped for their acting skills – as Zoe played the Grinch in the school play just as her brother did 3 years ago.  I’m glad the school hung on to that backdrop that I made all those years ago!  This year was spruced up with a sled made from the janitor’s cart – it was Zoe’s favorite scene, riding in that thing.  We got to squeeze in a kid-version mash up of Swan Lake and Nutcracker called ‘Ballerina Swan‘.  Zoe loves posing with the dancers!

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Zoe’s classmates from front left: Haitia, Isabella, Grace and Annissa

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