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Ezra has been taking drum lessons around here lately, and I’ve realized that I love the colors under the train tracks and the Sesame Street style stoops on houses!  It’s really taking me back to scenes of Sesame Street from the 70s, but with all the new high-rises and graffiti in the mix – it’s something new.   What does it remind you of?

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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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This little lady and her crazy upper body strength … she’s gone from gymnastics to rock climbing effortlessly!  I love her drive to get higher than anyone else.  Go Zo!

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Fun outdoor art, collecting bugs, toes in grass, eating outdoors with friends and warm summer breezes: these are a few of my favorite things!

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because as I’ve said before, we’ve had the coldest winter ever and my heart still swells with joy when I realize my kiddos are outside without coats. Such a beautiful day!

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My husband and Ezra are taking ukulele lessons on Saturday now. According to my husband this is the perfect little instrument for tiny hands, and Ezra loves it. He rocks out like a Hawaiin rock star.

beautiful instagrams from #gregkesslerphoto

beautiful instagrams from #gregkesslerphoto

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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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I remember back when I was younger and kid-less — I would say I was going to ‘do things with my kids’ that I thought no one else thought to do. Then I became a parent and saw all the reasons WHY you don’t drag your kids to art gallery openings, rave parties, dinner time concerts in Central Park etc. Basically because children don’t tolerate these things well and they will most likely melt down and make your life a little hellish. We are lucky that our kids are somewhat easy going at these things but – let’s face it – if you think back to when you were 2, 4, 6 or 8 years old; didn’t you hate doing ‘adult things’? Throw in the fact that it may be happening around dinner or bed time, the crowd is loud and filled with adults, there’s nothing to touch and play with or the weather is hot and lines are long — you got a couple of cute ticking time bombs on your hands. Which makes the adults a bit anxious.

Thankfully the MoMA PS1 Warm Up is something that my kids can handle for about an hour or so. It’s really packed with (and geared to) the young, college-age art school crowd who get to drink in the sun, dance like it’s a rave, and try on some gourmet food at the food stands inside (we even found raw oysters for sale). And thankfully it starts at 3 pm. It also usually has some kind of enjoyable water feature to keep everyone cool – so that’s a plus for kids. But generally I wouldn’t recommend it for all kids. It’s virtually impossible to move around with a stroller in the gravel in the museum courtyard, and the ramps to the museum are reserved for VIP access. Security never seems thrilled to see us there – BUT I was approached by a couple of typsy college students who assured me that when THEY have kids they’re gonna do ‘cool stuff like this with their kids’. Uh huh. I’ve heard that before.

If this place looks familiar… it’s because we were just here when the weather was cooler and the courtyard was empty.

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glad he had his bathing suit

glad he had his bathing suit


the crowd gets misted from time to time

the crowd gets misted from time to time

giant bags of water seem to activate on a timer and shoot out a spritz of water to the folks below

giant bags of water seem to activate on a timer and shoot out a spritz of water to the folks below

it really helped that Zoe slept through all of this

it really helped that Zoe slept through all of this


stopping for oysters inside

stopping for oysters inside

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I love taking my kids to modern art museums. People probably assume that art museums aren’t for kids but if the pieces are modern and playful, it becomes a great place for kids to expand their minds; see how adults can create things just to fulfill their fancy or make a powerful statement. Often in modern art museums kids are allowed to touch things or move around them, making it a less frustrating experience than being told to be quiet and ‘not-touch’ all the time.

PS1 use to be a public school (hence the ‘PS’ – which is in the title of all the public schools around NYC). It’s been revamped to hold an offshoot of the MoMA – which we also love. The kids are mesmerized by the ‘lady in the floorboards’ at the entrance (a permanent video installation in the floor) – and where else can they see a room full of waterfall, stomp around in an ‘Arctic Room’ full of ice (brrr!) or simply run around the building’s old school yard where exhibits (like the geodesic dome of late) are installed?

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lady in the floorboards!

lady in the floorboards!

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Now that the weather is nicer we’ve been getting out and enjoying Queens. A trip to 5 Pointz in Long Island City is always a great diversion, especially amidst the rumors that it may get demolished by September of 2013. Since graffiti is no longer apparent on subway trains, I’d kind of love to see these buildings and their art stick around. (I’ve been in NYC so long – I really do remember trains looking like this when I first moved here!)

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Zoe admires the pink hair

Zoe admires the pink hair

Does the lady with pink hair own this cool car?

Does the lady with pink hair own this cool car?

Why does Zoe look like she wants to tag something?

Why does Zoe look like she wants to tag something?


Around the corner is the Space Womb gallery and PS1 (MoMA offshoot) for more art

Around the corner is the Space Womb gallery and PS1 (MoMA offshoot) for more art exploring

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