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NYC in the summer: Museum Mile Festival

NYC in the summer: Museum Mile Festival

June 23, 2016 |  Category:   life nyc outings

This photo that I posted on Instagram last week from the Museum Mile Festival is a perfect snapshot of a NYC summer moment. If you’re from here, or have ever visited during the summer months, you may know what I mean. There’s a certain energy and a feeling of endless possibilities in early summer here in NYC – before New Yorkers get tired of the heat and the smells and the humidity, which thankfully, hasn’t descended on us yet. As days stretch longer into the evening hours, that light at dusk lingers and bathes the city all golden. It’s almost a shame to be inside at this hour. June is also a month of transitions and it always catches me… CONTINUE READING

Late Spring, in all its seasonal glory

Late Spring, in all its seasonal glory

June 1, 2016 |  Category:   life nyc seasonal

The farmers markets around the city are bursting with seasonal produce and flowers lately and we’ve been picking up fiddleheads, ramps, lilacs and any other goodies that catch our eye. Even though my office was near Union Square and I’d walk through the market every Monday to and from work, the market on Saturdays is much bigger with a lot more farmers. Our favorite recent purchase were these camomile flowers. We made a few desserts with the edible flowers that I’ll post at a later date, but if you follow us on Instagram or Snapchat, then you’ve seen some of our recent little food projects. I think the biggest surprise was the long line for peonies at one of the… CONTINUE READING

bubble battle + where do you go from here

bubble battle + where do you go from here

June 19, 2014 |  Category:   life nyc

There are glimpses of moments when I forget and feel like nothing’s happened. Maybe it was a dream. That’s far from true, of course, but it’s a reminder that one day that feeling will become more the norm than the exception. I’ve come out of hiding, even working in an office a few days a week (more on that later) and I don’t mind crowds because I can be anonymous, but the truth is I don’t feel like I belong anywhere. Is it common to feel this?   And then there’s this: this seemingly random bubble event in the middle of the day in Union Square. It’s like every kid’s (and maybe some adults) dream to be surrounded by thousands… CONTINUE READING

Playing hooky at the Noguchi Museum

Playing hooky at the Noguchi Museum

March 14, 2014 |  Category:   art + design life

So, here’s the thing: you can spend your time lamenting over how a certain thing in your life isn’t making you happy, or you can actually do something about it. I decided that Thursdays are my “recharge” days – a day to see things, go to places I haven’t been before, or work on projects that are only my own. I know that some days there will be deadlines that are too pressing to ignore and I’ll most likely be playing catch up in the evening hours, but I’m going to try and keep this commitment going. Ain’t nothing gonna change by simply sitting around wishing I had more free time.   Yesterday I went to the Noguchi Museum in… CONTINUE READING

And 18 hours later, a city in white

And 18 hours later, a city in white

February 4, 2014 |  Category:   life nyc

Truly schizophrenic weather. 55 degrees on Sunday, and Monday morning we woke up to this. A neighbor told me a few months ago as we were walking down our block that he thought this was going to be a cold, snowy winter. Well, he was right. We can’t control the weather so might as well make the most of it. Took a walk in Prospect Park during the storm and I’m so glad I did. Trying to convince myself that I can’t fritter away my life indoors in my sweats staring at a screen (and oh, I am completely in love with my sweats). Gotta get out and live life and see things.   It was breathtaking, the snow.  … CONTINUE READING

The Chinese New Year Parade. It’s all about the confetti.

The Chinese New Year Parade. It’s all about the confetti.

February 3, 2014 |  Category:   holidays life nyc

  Love those days when you wake up in the morning with no plans, but in a moment of spontaneity, end up having one of those great NYC days. I’ve never taken the girls to the Chinese New Year Parade and have never gone myself, though I did live in Chinatown when I was 18 and remember watching the crowds pass by from my apartment. It was raining that particular year and the memory that is most vivid is seeing the tops of all those colorful umbrellas from my 2nd story window.   Usually the thought of going to any parade is quickly chased away by visions of shivering in the cold and tethering the kids to my body for… CONTINUE READING

Why Children’s Books Matter

Why Children’s Books Matter

November 26, 2013 |  Category:   art + design life nyc outings

A few weekends ago, the girls and I stumbled upon this exhibit, “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter” at the New York Public Library. We were in the neighborhood and on a whim decided to take a look inside since they had never been. Although the exhibit has been open since summer, it was a fantastic, unexpected find. Well curated and beautifully designed, the rooms brought some of the most beloved children’s books to life including a life-size replica of the green room in “Goodnight Moon”.   As we made our way from room to room, we spotted well-loved characters around every corner like Alice, Harold and his Purple Crayon, Max from “Where the Wild Things Are”, and… CONTINUE READING

2014 NYC Calendar

2014 NYC Calendar

November 5, 2013 |  Category:   life nyc photography the biz

I’m a bit late on everything this year, but I’m finally happy with the way the NYC calendar turned out and it’s available for sale now. Find it on our website and on Etsy.   Speaking of NYC, it’s election day and we’ll be getting a new mayor today. The democratic candidate who lives in our Brooklyn neighborhood actually, is most likely to win. I don’t know how any other New Yorkers feel, but I think it’s so strange that we’re getting a new mayor today. I’m pretty sure I felt that way when Bloomberg replaced Giuliani in 2002, but it’s not often we get a new mayor here in the city; there’s only been five in the last 40… CONTINUE READING

Harvest Fest and remembering the Meatpacking District

Harvest Fest and remembering the Meatpacking District

October 28, 2013 |  Category:   holidays life nyc outings remembering seasonal

  Did you have a good weekend-before-Halloween? One of our favorite harvest festivals in the city happen to be in the Meatpacking District and that’s where we spent our morning on Saturday. It’s held in the little plaza off of Gansevoort and the activities and even some of the food is free as local businesses in the neighborhood donate their time and goods. The kids are at an age, as Mia rather begrudgingly observed, where they are aging out of some of the holiday events in the city, but this harvest fest is still fun and age appropriate. I like it too because it’s small and very neighborhoodly and I guess I still get a kick out of the irony… CONTINUE READING

coney island at sunset

coney island at sunset

August 8, 2013 |  Category:   life nyc

Coney Island can be fun, but on a blazing hot day at the height of summer, it’s not exactly my first choice for a good time. I’m not sure why we never thought to go during sunset hours before because let me tell you, that golden hour light makes everything glow with a charm. Kick in a cool ocean breeze and the twinkle of amusement lights that gradually illuminate the boardwalk and the place transforms altogether. We have this thing that we do with the kids sometimes where we won’t tell them where we’re going, but rather keep it as a surprise until they can guess. It’s a little tortuous and they probably get really annoyed at us, but hey,… CONTINUE READING

world science fair

world science fair

June 7, 2013 |  Category:   life nyc

There’s a festival for everything now, haven’t you heard? Apparently the World Science Festival has been happening for 5 years in NYC now and it’s a 5 day event across multiple locations, but this was the first I ever heard about it, maybe because for years we were so focused on activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Now that both girls are firmly school age, I’ve been zoning in on events in the city that are more age-appropriate for them and whoa, there’s a world of cool stuff out there. As a bonus for us, it’s a hell of a lot more interesting than singing Wheels on the Bus and clapping our hands. I do have to say that with 2… CONTINUE READING

Washington Sq Park, summer in the city and 1 last visit to Dojo

Washington Sq Park, summer in the city and 1 last visit to Dojo

June 5, 2013 |  Category:   life nyc remembering

Washington Square Park is one of those NY places that I have a long history with, going all the way back to high school when my friends and I would venture into the Village on the weekend from Queens. I graduated in this park too, 13 years ago from grad school at the NYU-wide graduation ceremony. Having had a formal graduation earlier at Carnegie Hall for the Tisch School where most of my classmates and I had family and guests attend, this ceremony was just for pure fun. My friends and I ran around the streets surrounding the park in purple gowns that day, one in a sea of many purple gowns.   But I mostly associate Washington Square Park… CONTINUE READING

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