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Wayyyyyy on the far west side of 42nd street there is a small plaza with a ‘big man’ slide (as Zoe likes to call it.) Frankly if you live in NYC, Times Square is the last place you want to deal with walking through .. but I was curious about this slide myself. So we braved the throngs of tourists and walked all the way over to the water/12th Avenue to see the artist’s rendition of a playground slide. ¬†Remember how Ezra adored these figures on the subway platform here? ¬†Full disclosure: I don’t like this artist’s previous work where he abused an animal – but these figures are definitely a better route:

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When it was too chilly for the beach, this playground in Boca provided hours of fun for the kids. Lots of climbing space with little hidden areas of wheels and buttons meant imaginative play for the cousins – and the carousel offered a nice break before lunch.

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These two – when they get along and can tolerate a quick ride on the subway – we can get to the swings at Central Park within 20 minutes. If no one wants to deal with the subway, Rainbow Berry Yogurt in our ‘hood seems to be their favorite stop. I think it’s the whacky furniture and the mural that makes it feel like an extra treat. I will miss these guys and our lazy days of summer. Almost time for school..

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.. and playing with the bull. We even stumbled upon the first paved street in ‘New Amsterdam’ called Stone Street that I didn’t even know existed! Must explore some more now that spring is on… especially the Frances Tavern Museum and Battery Park City playgrounds!

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We had to show the cousins the best playground in NYC – so off to Brooklyn to find slide mountain, the swing zone and the cute little cabins in the sand at Brooklyn Bridge Park/Pier 6. And of course while there we had to take them to Jane’s Carousel – that great big beautiful merry-go-round in the glass box by the water that we’ve blogged about so many times before!

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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

leaves (and trash) on the sidewalk of MacDougal Street

leaves (and trash) on the sidewalk of MacDougal Street

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This quiet little sleepy area resembles Governors Island a bit – except that it’s clear that the fire department of New York likes to ‘practice’ in some of the buildings here so some houses are singed and battered. Like Governors it is open to bikes, pedestrians and scooters more often than to cars. There are amazing views of Throg’s Neck bridge from most of the main streets and a great playground for kids. We plan on having a few more picnics at this sweet location (which is right here in Queens) before the weather gets any cooler ..

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