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During Veteran’s Day we stumbled on the new Hunter’s Point coastal walk … one of many new and improved ‘coastlines’ of Queens.  There are others around Manhattan and Brooklyn – see here: (https://ny.curbed.com/2018/8/9/17667488/new-york-domino-park-hunters-point-south-photo-essay.)  When I first came to NYC in 1989 it seemed liked so much of this land was used for tossing trash, or vacant and ignored.  It’s so great to see it now is used as recreation area and more saliently, landscaped in a way that’s good for promoting ‘run off’ to keep city toxins out of the soil.  I love how the grasses here were planting to facilitate this – while at the same time avoiding land erosion.  Best of all it seems to last year round (colors looking good in the fall, and perhaps even staying around for the winter).

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Zoe and I were on the same page with loving this birthday party idea!  Our neighbors had a sewing party, where all the gals brought their 18 inch dolls and made a dress for them!  Zoe got a little sewing machine for the holidays last year, so she was obviously thrilled to make some more clothes.  There was a runway (where the dolls rested) and a space for cake and pizza.  If they had this when I WAS a kid, I would’ve tried to live here:

http://thefashionclass.com/

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We had a great little segue into fall … with leaves slowly turning color, and another somewhat balmy Halloween night.  Even though it was a school night – kids were out in droves collecting candy on our street.  Bye for now October… it’s been a LOT of fun.

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autumn light outside..

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and inside (Louie on the footstool)

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teachers walking the kids around the block on Halloween day

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and some even dressed up!

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Zoe and classmates got pumpkins to decorate

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Neighbors on our street lookin’ good!

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Stranger Things…

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and ‘Eleven’ from Stranger Things

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Zoe and buds

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Neighbors ready for the crowds with candy

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E was ‘watermelon man’ with Herbie Hancock’s tune playing from under his costume..

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end of the night candy swap

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Want to know where your recycled goods go?  We did!  So we took a trip to Brooklyn to see the SIMS Recycling Center, where all our glass, plastic, metal and paper end up.  This center has a cute little area of educational info for kids (and adults like it too!)  Here we learned that our glass, plastic and metal are all put on one conveyer belt that smashes glass (which falls through the belt in tiny pieces), then a giant magnet collects the metal, and only the plastic is left on the belt.. to ultimately all separately get bundled up and reused.  Pretty smart, eh?  They even used the glass bits on the walkway out front.   There was a small exhibit of clever art made of recycled objects and a whole display on how this industry supplies jobs.  Who doesn’t love more jobs?!  I’m just glad we didn’t go in the heat of summer – as that trash pile would’ve smelled a lot more strong then it did in the fall.

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A couple weeks ago, New York had its ‘Open House‘ weekend which allows you to visit places that are usually not so accessible during other times in the year.  We decided to check out Brooklyn Navy Yard!  According to its website, this is “a mission-driven industrial park that is a nationally acclaimed model of the viability and positive impact of modern, urban industrial development. The Yard is now home to over 400 businesses employing more than 7,000 people and generating over $2 billion per year in economic impact for the City. Building on the Yard’s history as the economic heart of Brooklyn, the 300-acre waterfront asset offers a critical pathway to the middle class for many New Yorkers.”

First we explored the museum about the yard’s history.  I loved the section on the Brooklyn Naval Hospital where the Nurse Corp’s information was screened on to stretchers!  The photos of new businesses were also pretty impressive.   We then explored multiple buildings and got to tour and talk to new businesses like a 3D printer roboto.nyc who makes models for toy companies, an editing company, and hiphopcloset.com who also dressed some pretty hip Barbies!

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I’m not necessarily ready for cooler weather but clearly Zoe is: she likes to ice skate with her classmate Lily lately.  Since Lily takes skating lessons, I just let her tie on Zoe’s skates and teach her the ropes – and I basically stand around waiting to be useful .

We are already seeing signs of “Halloween night preparation” in our ‘hood – and I found this crazy old pix of me and my brothers in our home-made costumes in the ’70s.  I wonder if this will inspire my own kids’ ideas for costumes this year?

 

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I hear that Lily gets up at 5 a.m. for skate lessons so .. I’m unnecessary here

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this fearless little one

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off she goes!

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neighbors already getting creative

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me and my brothers – I guess one of us has a store-bought costume but the others are made from scratch!

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Zoe also attended a theater camp this summer, the same group that Ezra enjoyed last year. We were so pleased to hear that she got to act as an ‘old lady’ – as she’s been good at this for years (at age 2 she use to pretend she was a librarian with glasses and a cane!) Not only did Zoe get to color her hair silver gray for every show, but she also had 41 lines to memorize and an ‘imaginary dog named muffin’. Best of all, she added an English accent to her character’s traits (and kept it up for the whole show!) Kudos Zoe!

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