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Since we have only a limited amount of time after school and work today (Monday) we decided to have a Halloween ‘carnival’ of sorts in our alley for the kids.  As it turned out the weather was amazing and cooperated until about dinner time, when the skies opened up and rain drove us all indoors.  Our house provided a bean bag toss (like this easy one to make), and there was a Diwali station where kids could henna their hands.  We created a photo booth, and other neighbors set out chalk stations, apple bobbing, karaoke and ‘Boo-sket ball’ hoop.  In each station, kids could earn a ticket (or many) for participating and scoring.  At the end of the alley tickets could be cashed in for treats – including berries, pretzels and access to the chocolate fountain!

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since the Indian festival of lights is happening now as well, a neighbor created a station where hands were henna’d

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the chocolate bar has treats for tickets

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‘Rocky’ is ready for Halloween

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Zoe as a unicorn!

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Here we are saying “so long-for-now” to neighbors who are moving to the other coast for a go at a new career, and enjoying the first warm day during Memorial Day weekend. A neighbor then drove in with his ‘kit car’ that took him 2 years to make. Of course you know who had to climb in and give it a test drive!

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ecstatic to get a try behind the wheel

ecstatic to get a try behind the wheel

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our broken down garage served as a DJ booth for the day

our broken down garage served as a DJ booth for the day

our neighbors made this lovely 'thank you' cake

our neighbors made this lovely ‘thank you’ cake

Malachy shows up in his 'block party duds'

Malachy shows up in his ‘block party duds’

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It’s always nice to come home from traveling around to other places, and get to visit some famous places in Queens. One such place is Louis Armstrong’s house just several blocks from us in Corona Queens. As the story goes – Louis went off on tour and when he returned his wife had purchased this home in the neighborhood where she grew up … and they lived there until his and her deaths. The fact that such a famous couple lived in such a modest neighborhood is still endearing to everyone who lives there or visits.
Every year the museum throws a block party with new jazz musicians featured and – we love this part the best – they open up Satchmo’s garden back yard to viewers. We love sitting back there. The house tour is great as well — we particularly loved the blue kitchen with appliances hidden in the counter tops!

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