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Coney Island, independence, and more rambling

Coney Island, independence, and more rambling

July 30, 2014 |  Category:   life nyc parenting

I heard on the news that a 10 year old girl drowned at Coney Island a day after our visit last week, climbing around the rocks after life guard hours. She and her little sister were pulled by people nearby, but she did not survive. I was just staring at those same rocks the evening before.   I think I’ve become more sensitive about adolescent pressures and the growing independence of the kids since the summer – not that those 3 things necessarily relate to each other, but they’ve all been on my mind lately. I wrote about independence a few months ago, but I struggled this morning thinking about middle school next Fall and the possible logistics of getting… 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

coney island

coney island

May 17, 2008 |  Category:   family life nyc

For family fun day, we decided to go to Coney Island. It isn’t far by F train – about 35 minutes from our house – but it manages to transport you to a different place. The train ride itself is always fun for the kids since much of it is above ground and they love watching Brooklyn pass by, cemeteries and all (unaware of what they are, Mia actually calls them “cities”). Once there, it’s always refreshing to see the ocean, and the horizon serves as a reminder that there is a whole world beyond our lives in our own little neighborhood. It seems like every year Astroland is threatened to get shut down in favor of new development, but… CONTINUE READING

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