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With teachers from Colombia and India, Zoe was really struggling to pin down ONE ethnicity that may represent herself or our family. We are kind of a hodge-podge of ethnicities – but since Purim happened so recently, Zoe really wanted to make hamentashen and carry an Israeli flag around during her ‘Rainbow Song’ for International Day. She belted out her song and ate everything that the other kids brought in – bean cakes from China, Irish soda bread and empanadas to name just a few!

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Jewish and proud!

Jewish and proud!

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We are happy to be back in NYC with its crazy shops (the key store in the West Village covered in keys), streets lined with Christmas trees for sale, holiday windows, good food (stopped at Saigon for Vietnamese fair) and a play at NYU featuring the Dinosaur Train crew!

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Remember we ran into Smorgasburg here and here? The Smorgasburg trend is spreading … and we are glad it is! We gorged on chicken and waffles (Uncle Anthony’s idea) – some fish and chips for the kids, steak sandwiches and shrimp spring rolls. Washed it all down with mango lemonade – yum! – and then on to more scooting. We are hoping that by showing them all this good food, they’ll crave some more and will come back again and visit.

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We find ourselves wandering around Washington Square Park on weekends lately. We found an old playground that’s been spruced up finally – after years of being neglected (near the McDonalds at the West 4th Street Station.) The kids loved walking on the winding street where Cafe Wha? stands – Cafe Wha? AND Mamoun’s Falafel have been there since I first came to NYC (1989!) so I felt like I was stepping into my past. It’s not easy to find unchanged areas of Manhattan these days – so it was nice to feel reminiscent again. And even though autumn leaves are falling on The Village, the summer stench of garbage was still there (another crucial part of all my memories, so I almost welcome it!)

By the way, Mamoun’s Falafel is STILL the best falafel in town …

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some things never change: Ezra says it's a little stinky here

some things never change: Ezra says it’s a little stinky here

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leaves (and trash) on the sidewalk of MacDougal Street

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This past Saturday was a day of fasting, for those of us observing Yom Kippur. We broke the fast at my friend Kate’s house… who is not only a phenomenal cook but has the cutest home ever. I am starting to think I want to move to her nearby neighborhood and convert my garage to a party spot, as she has. And since she and her husband spent some time in Russia they have a very cool, folksy red and blue thing going on in their home that is reminiscent of my godmother’s Hungarian pillows (which I love). It’s a Good Yontif when you have this to look forward to at the end of it all!

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even though we are far from water, the kids like to pretend we are on a vast sea

even though we are far from water, the kids like to pretend we are on a vast sea


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What a great use of unused space, right? Take all the rooftops of the city, and imagine how much you could grow! We visited Brooklyn Grange‘s Queens location – the flagship farm on Northern Blvd – which is just a short distance from our home.

The kids loved searching for mint and other herbs (a challenge the farm stand attendant put them to as soon as they got to the roof). We happened to be there when a little ‘end of the farm apprentice season’ celebration was going on .. and watched chefs put together lunch in a ‘paleo-diet theme’, and Ezra loved studying how a DJ scratches a record.

Read more about the incredible process of turning a roof into a farm here.

first 3 pix © Donnelly Marks

first 3 pix © Donnelly Marks

© Donnelly Marks

 

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cannot. stop. eating. the. goods!

cannot. stop. eating. the. goods!

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While Ezra and Zoe were away at ‘grandma and grandpa camp’ – my husband and I got to go on a series of date nights. (I also got to sleep 8 hours uninterrupted for the first time in 7 years, we saw The Book of Mormon on Broadway .. what an amazing week!)

One night we stumbled into the free outdoor movie fest that comes with Smorgasbar at South Street Seaport on Wednesday nights this summer. (If you remember we went to Smorgasburg last summer.. this smaller ‘bar’ version accommodates the hungry moviegoers.) Best of all, the movie being shown was ‘GhostBusters’ and a group of fans came dressed as Ghostbusters. These guys were taking their roles seriously – reciting all the lines to the movie and carrying ghost-busting packs with blinking light parts that seemed to work!

Even though we found ourselves there in the middle of a heat wave, the breeze off the water at South Street Seaport is INCREDIBLE in the summer – and the lobster rolls via Smorgasbar made the night complete.

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