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By night is was cold and by day, warm enough for a swim!  We met a sunning seal here and there were lots of monarch butterflies flying through.  But thankfully all the tourists were not around – so we had the beach to ourselves for a photo session with gregkessler.com !  Now if only we could get the photographer in the photo some day..

 

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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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My husband had the brilliant idea (really, it was brilliant) to get up early and get to Watkins Glen State Park before anyone else got there.  Although I looked sleepy in photos and was exhausted by noon, it was great to walk the park before the throngs of tourists came.  The best part was: the sun hit the waterfalls in a way that created rainbows in several sections of the park.  As we descended near noon we found maddening crowds and a natural daylight that didn’t highlight the waterfalls like the early morning light had.  I’m glad we rose early!

Some info on Watkins Glen from wikipedia:

“Watkins Glen is south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County in New York’s Finger Lakes region. The park’s lower part is near the village, while the upper part is open woodland. It was opened to the public in 1863 and was privately run as a tourist resort until 1906, when it was purchased by New York State.

The centerpiece of the park is a 400-foot-deep narrow gorge cut through rock by a stream – Glen Creek – that was left hanging when glaciers of the Ice age deepened the Seneca valley, increasing the tributary stream gradient to create rapids and waterfalls wherever there were layers of hard rock. The rocks of the area are sedimentary of Devonian age that are part of a dissected plateau that was uplifted with little faulting or distortion. They consist mostly of soft shales, with some layers of harder sandstone and limestone.

The park features three trails – open mid-May to early November – by which one can climb or descend the gorge.” 

Seriously isn’t this place amazing?!

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from behind the falls

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my husband getting shots

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I’m his sleepy muse at 7 a.m

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We stopped in on a show that is all about how photographs are shared today, compared to how photos have been used in the past. Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography really had me reflecting on my own use of this blog and instagram… and how little photo archive I have of my own childhood compared to the mass of photos I have of my own children. Part of me always wishes I had the time to print photos and put them into albums the old fashioned way – so that the kids can access them constantly but let’s face it – I can store more images electronically in the end. Will this medium always be here or what new platform will come along?

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Just back from spending the first night of Passover with cousins in the DC area – where everything is blooming a little faster. Cousins romped in the driveway, and we checked out the cherry trees blossoming in Chevy Chase. Some clever little boys even set up a lemonade stand and reaped the benefits of a lot of foot traffic. Ezra is already excited to do this again in the next few months.

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With warm weather comes more people traffic here in NYC. And more people traffic means more “people watching”. As a lifelong voyeur maybe this is why I’ve always loved New York. Cup of Jo blogged about a lovely way to take your mind off your own troubles yesterday; a way that combines prayer and people watching. And I was lead to this page of beautiful images of moments caught in the streets. It’s making me excited for this new season where we all bump into each other again, after being cooped up for so long. After a very long winter it seems New Yorkers come out from indoors smiling and unreasonably happy to strangers (not the city-dweller stereotype); making it even more fun to be here.

We are taking off for a little down-time and for a lovely Passover Seder with family on Monday night. We are looking forward to seeing family and new scenery in general. I hear we should be seeing a lot of cherry blossoms and warmer temps where we are going – which I’m excited about (even if I am now already a bit homesick!) Click on our Instagram button if you want to see our photos over the weekend and ..

Have a great weekend.

Photo from Cup Of Jo and http://www.humansofnewyork.com:

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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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Although I do still have some photos in my camera of waist-deep snow and kids playing with giant icicles, I haven’t had a moment to put them on here. We ran away to Florida to see the grandparents and cousins – and got a bit of sun finally! Here’s just a sneak peek of our Legoland trip from our iphones … more to come once the ‘getting back to school’ dust settles:

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The Bat Mitzvah reception took place on Stanford’s gorgeous campus. I grew up just a stone’s throw from Tufts and Harvard Univerities so when I think college, I think of heaps of ivy over lots of red brick. Stanford’s gorgeous campus was such a departure from this, and a fun surprise to me. I felt transported by all the Spanish Colonial style architecture, the amazing foliage on the grounds – and the kids loved the Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden and all its totems!

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America’s Cup, a glimpse of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and lots of amazing California flowers…

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