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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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Nothing really beats getting to take on Manhattan on foot. We walked all around town this past weekend.. from Central Park to the High Line to Madison Square Park to see strange orbs filled with art. I am so happy the weather is improving – I can’t wait for more treks around the city.

What are you up to this weekend?

a French Bulldog in an uptown shop eats Ezra's hat

a French Bulldog in an uptown shop eats Ezra’s hat

our favorite stone slide is open again in Central Park

our favorite stone slide is open again in Central Park

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my little tree huggers

my little tree huggers

testing out hip seats in Vitra in the Meatpacking District

testing out hip seats in Vitra in the Meatpacking District

Standard Hotel at the High Line

Standard Hotel at the High Line

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Standard Hotel has some cool divider walls

Standard Hotel has some cool divider walls

taking the green elevator to the High Line

taking the green elevator to the High Line

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checking art at a Chelsea gallery

checking art at a Chelsea gallery

Zoe's face was painted by famous artist Kenny Scharf

Zoe’s face was painted by famous artist Kenny Scharf

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Gazing Globes by Paula Hayes

Gazing Globes by Paula Hayes

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I haven’t been to this museum in ages. We caught a great Italian Futurism show and the photography of Carrie May Weems. Normally my kids enjoy the art and the culture, but this time they obsessed about the fact that the building looked to them like a ‘giant toilet bowl’ from the outside, and they pretended to be ‘flushed’ through the crowds! At least there was a lot of giggling…

An exterior shot from their website, so you can see the resemblance and know what the toilet-humor was about. I for one love this building!
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This is really why I love New York City. In all the years that I’ve lived here I’ve always loved when I stumble across something that is random and magical. Like seeing enormous flowing drapes billowing within a huge room of the armory on the Upper East Side. This was the scene – our first day back to the city, we head uptown to see The Met and on the way I peer into the Park Avenue Armory where inside – for lack of better description – it looks like a music video or TV commercial might be being filmed. It turned out it was Ann Hamilton’s ‘The Event Of a Thread’ show – which asked viewers to power the billowing fabric by jumping on a swing and powering the chains that held it all together at the ceiling. Needless to say – kids love swings, and adults love to try their hand at controlling the movement of the piece. Because of the size of the piece and space, it felt uncrowded (even if one had to fight for a swing) and relaxing to watch the slow ‘drifting’ movement of the swings and fabric.

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