Last Tuesday was Veterans Day and the older kids were out of school. Sam had a birthday party that chewed up the middle few hours of the day, leaving Lauren and I with some much anticipated one-on-one time.
There was a time when it was always like this. Just me, my girl, and a front-loading baby carrier with all of New York City to explore. I took her to museums, to restaurants, to Central Park and to the Hudson River where we’d spend hours wandering.
The need to explore is in her blood. It’s in mine. I’m restless by nature, which is why this city feeds my soul.
We headed up to Sam’s birthday party at a movie theater near Penn Station. On the way we passed the James A. Farley post office, one of the city’s landmark buildings.
It seemed fitting to peer inside since the kids have always asked me about this building. It’s impressive in size and stature, taking up an entire city block, its entrance made prominent with a set of solid Greek columns. Today its stairs attract drifters from neighboring Penn Station, but step inside and you’re transported to an earlier era. A time when ceilings were gilded even lowly government buildings were considered a thing of beauty.
We dropped Sam off at his event, and then Lauren and I rode the subway to Midtown. Our goal was to watch some of the Veterans Day parade, and then spend some time at one of our favorite museums.
Holidays typically mean street fairs in this city, and last week was no exception, with one set up directly in front of the museum.
We tried just about everything….
…including the street meat. Normally I stay away from meat that’s not organic/local or humanely raised, but not wanting to rain on Lauren’s food parade, I kept my mouth shut. There are moments to teach, and there are moments to let go.
Speaking of parades, we watched some of the live action. While the kids learn about Veterans Day at school, it’s great to attend these kinds of events in person. It gives meaning to the concept of remembrance beyond pictures on a page.
We worked our way back to the MOMA, passing the sights and feeling the energy of the city. We don’t find ourselves in Midtown often, and in some ways it feels like another city.
The MOMA, what can I say. I love this place. And I love this window. Just past a series of Picassos you can peer out onto West 54th street. It’s like a coffee-free rest stop in our endless loop through galleries and special exhibits.
The exhibit this week was Henri Matisse’s “The Cut-Outs”. There’s a whole story behind the images, and I won’t go into details except to tell you that visiting the gallery was magical.
There’s always so much to see at the MOMA…
…not to mention the building, which is a work of art in itself…
At last it was time to pick up a pooped out Kindergartener at Burgers and Cupcakes and lead the kids home.
Even the birds gave us a final performance as we turned the last corner and headed into our apartment, weary and appreciative of all that we have.
It was a good day; a great day; a day to live fully, to be thankful, and to remember.
Have a wonderful week everyone.
I totally agree about the importance of being able to connect what is taught in the classroom with real world experiences. Another great bunch of photos! It’s hard to narrow down my favourite but the one of the bowl of spices really caught my eye for some reason.
Without doubt, seeing parades live has a distinct impact… Nicely captured day… YAM xx
What a trip! Its like I am there too. Thanks for sharing the colors of the Remembrance Day =)
You got some fab pictures of the day very poignant too 🙂
Have a tanfastic week 🙂
Wonderful shots, fantastic ceremony.
That’s a really interesting building that you visited. Great captures.
That’s a full day for everyone. Great images of a fun day.
We are definitely a hands on family and like the experience sometimes even more than the theory.
Great set of pictures!!
As an educator, it is always important to link the book to real life. Great shots. Wonderful. You are so lucky to love in NYC.
I so want to see the Matisse cutouts! (Especially since that’s my illustration technique of choice) A big day off from school!
Very cool! The cut-outs were incredible, so colorful and I loved the simple shapes 🙂
So many beautiful photos of the city I love. 🙂
Great set of photos. Thanks for the post.
what a fruitful day spent exploring the city with your daughter! Since I started working full-time.. I miss days like that.
Love all the photos. The food shots are making me hungry. What an amazing adventure.
Looks fun, love the market shots.
I love seeing NYC through the eye of your camera!!
You take beautiful photos Jess!
Thanks so much ML!
What a fun time! I’d love to visit that gallery.
I totally understand what you mean by the meat thing. My boys go to the school fair and want a hotdog. I just have to bite my tongue on that to.
your photos are lovely
What a wonderful way to spend the day.
How very lucky you are to live in such an amazing city! So many amazing things to experience!!
How amazing! I would love to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art someday!
What a wonderful day! I love to wander through museums with my girl. Her wonder and curiosity are so amazing.
Your pictures are amazing! Quite the adventure!
What a beautiful day. This post makes me miss living in the city. My husband is not a city person, but if I had a chance, I would spend a week there! Thanks for sharing your day!
I’d love to explore the MOMA and find that window! It’s been too long since I’ve visited NYC.
I know what you mean by knowing when to let go. Looks like a fun day!
So many beautiful shots. I love the birds in the sky and the HOPE shot and the one of the spices is really lovely.
This is just awesome. I love the photos. I love NYC.