sunday in the park

September 7, 2009 |  Category:   nyc outings

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Like most New Yorkers, we rarely do any of the touristy stuff – I haven’t been to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building since I was a kid, for example, but every once in a while we get the urge to see the city as the tourists do. Both Mark and I had the same idea to spend Labor Day Sunday in Central Park. It’s not a huge change of scenery for Mark since he still drops in at the Boathouse Restaurant once a week to make sure the pastry kitchen has what it needs, but despite living near Prospect Park in Brooklyn, which is modeled after Central Park by the same architects but on a smaller scale, it’s nice to take the kids to the big park in the city. We saw snow monkeys, penguins and a white polar bear at the zoo, had a picnic with our neighbors Ed and Christine and their kids, and watched toy boats sail around at the boat pond. I can’t recall seeing the park so crowded. The city seemed brimming with people because of the US Open and the holiday weekend. It’s nice to see all this activity after a seemingly sleepy August.

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  • Pip Lincolne September 7, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    These photos are so gorgeous!
    Thank you so much for sharing them.
    What a lovely, warm day it looks.
    It’s cold and rainy here in Melbourne.
    Anyhow… thanks for your lovely lovely blog!
    xx

  • Pip Lincolne September 7, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Your little gals remind me of this ::

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miv-ZEmwtVg

    😉 xx

  • leslie September 7, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Last summer my husband and I took our three kids (then, ages 8, 6, 3) to NYC…one day we ended up walking through Central Park, and I have to say it was the highlight of their trip. They’d never seen so many people in one place! A fond memory, for sure.

    And I love that we get to relive some of our memories via your blog. So thanks for that!

  • Lara September 7, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    How do the girls keep getting cuter? Ugh. They’re killin’ me.

  • lori September 7, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    love the pics! such cute girls 🙂

  • Demara September 7, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I love how one of your girls sat on the book of the statue…as if it were storytelling time at the library or something. too cute.

  • Lecia September 7, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Have you been to the arboretum in Seattle? Also an Olmstead park.

    After reading Adam Gopnik’s book I want to see the Children’s Gate of Central Park.

  • kin September 7, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    love the shots of the girls by the statue – it’s so cool how he’s oversized and it makes them all look like little elves exploring around him! & the lightning in all of these is beautiful 🙂
    do you happen to know who the scultpure is depicting ?

  • Jenna September 8, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Lecia, I haven’t been. We’ll have to put that on our seattle list.
    Kin, the statue is of hans christian anderson!

  • Golgoto September 8, 2009 at 3:56 am

    Happy Labor Day Weekend!

  • kat September 8, 2009 at 6:43 am

    I love the picture of your little girl sitting on Andersen’s book — she fits perfectly. These photographs are beautiful.

  • Liyana September 8, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Hi Jenna, I’ve been reading your blog for quite sometime now. Really love looking at your pictures as well as reading stories about your girls.
    If you don’t mind, I’ve linked your blog in mine 🙂

  • Steven Whyte September 8, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Excellent, I love the photo of the little girl sitting in the book. My wife Ellen loves your blog, you’ve inspired us to do our own blog about my sculpture studio. http://stevenwhytestudios.blogspot.com/ We look forward to your next installment…

  • patricia September 16, 2009 at 11:05 am

    I love all these photos. I grew up in NJ and going to the city was always a big treat. One thing we never did was go to Central Park. I’ve always had this thing about taking our kids there and experience it all together for the first time. Someday.

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