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In our old neighborhood of Long Island City there’s a new little cafe… for humans and pets alike!  We love sipping hot chocolate at Chateau Le Woof and watching Louie make new friends (below is Frankie).  The park across the street gets super muddy as the weather warms so this is a perfect spot for dry paws.

 

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Remember years ago, when we went here to see young musicians before (and my kids loved eating ribs?)

Well now Ezra is actually one of the performers!

Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra is an excellent program that Ezra loves and takes part in every Sunday.  The kids practice in the a.m., then a quick break before getting right back to the stage on Sundays 2-3pm.  It’s so fun watching this group of kids grow together and work together to make the music happen.  One ‘yelp’ reviewer said it best in his review of the Sunday performances:

“As the great jazz trumpet player, Albert Camus, said, “Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” Today I saw kids showing generosity toward the future by giving all to the present–on stage at the Jazz Standard. 

I attended a kids jam session at the Jazz Standard on a Sunday at 2 PM and I believe it’s a regular gig. The kids ranged from 10-15 year old. That’s significantly above the other jazz lovers I know who range from 100-150 years old.  And the kids were terrific. Yes, they were nervous, but in the best way possible, because they couldn’t hide their passion for the music. Here’s the best part…they organized themselves, offstage and onstage without adult supervision. Another impressive part was seeing how they learned to communicate with one another and coordinate the music so it didn’t run away from them. 

The food was pretty good too featuring bbq brisket, burgers, mac and cheese and other stuff kids like. Kudos to the Jazz Standard for supporting the kids by giving them a platform at one of the world’s great jazz clubs.”

You can see a clip here on Ezra’s open instagram feed (gotta love the 2 kids tag-teaming on the piano, the one performing is only 11 ys old!)

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Remember the Children’s Museum of Art? Hard to believe I was just posting that ‘Zoe is finally big enough to enjoy this place’ and now .. I fear both my kids are starting to transition out of the big room full of flubber, crayons and tiny chairs. BUT they did still love painting and making clay-mation characters in the stop-action claymation room. And we loved the exhibit on book art!

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kids making maps by tracing on a lightbox

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always game to paint!

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has his sensitive artist face going here..

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so much book art!

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Every Sunday, Ezra plays drums with this cool band at Jazz Standard .  And every Sunday we have a few hours to hang out in Manhattan waiting for his show to start at 2 pm (free for everyone who wants to come by and see them perform!)

 

On this particularly cold Sunday, we went further downtown to the new Whitney space to check out the Andy Warhol exhibit with Zoe.  I thought I had seen all the Warhol pieces there were to see (think: Campbell’s Soup Can or Marilyn Monroe) – but I was so pleased to see the curator added some rarely seen pieces that we could enjoy.  I love his early drawings of shoes… and apparently Zoe does too!

 

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We have cousins Stella and Allison to thank for turning our attention to My Froggy Stuff and their super fun youtube channel. The Froggy Stuff gals know how to occupy my kids’ cold winter days with DIY crafting for miniture rooms and spaces. I guess it all started when Zoe starting to request a ginormous Barbie Townhouse for the holidays … and all that pink plastic in our house kinda scared me. So I gave the kids an old Ikea credenza that we were not-quite-using anymore and .. voila! My kids wallpapered, created additional bunk beds and lofts and pasted in fake wood flooring and .. well they just keep going. Ezra is mastering his ‘contractor’ skills while Zoe enjoys creating a mini version of her ‘future gluten free cafe and art gallery’. I highly recommend upcycling an old bookcase over buying more pink plastic housing for dolls:

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and some others that I’ve seen online! How clever are these?

and we are kinda obsessed with making donuts out of cheerios (gluten free, of course):
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This New Year’s Day Ezra and his friends (and his dad, behind the camera in this case) decided to do the Polar Plunge at Coney Island.  Despite the fact that it was a balmy 58 degrees in NYC area, the dip was still cold so I’m still so very impressed that they went through with it!  Hope your year is starting off with a splash:

 

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before jumping in …

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and after! brrrr

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the gang gets ready

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Zoe and I are happy to take in the sights instead

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E and his friends since 6 months old… in it together!


and my iphone pix:
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This usually means getting to see the holiday store windows (while everyone else is home opening gifts – no crowds!) and of course a sushi dinner out.  Check out the very sweet cake and candy inspired windows from Bergdorf Goodman on 5th Avenue below! We hope you are having a sweet week as well (on to some New Year’s fasting next week, perhaps?) Meanwhile check out this cool video of how they put together the Bergdorf Goodies …. my dream job! Click here or go to:

Enjoy!

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