New York: Brooklyn & Washington Heights

I’ve never lived in New York City and I don’t plan on ever living there. Yet it ranks waaaaay up there as my favorite city.

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It’s something to do with the pulsing energy. The racial diversity always but always knocks me over in a swooning delight. I can’t get enough of a place in which conservative Jewish kids play alongside African American kids and kids who are actually speaking Chinese, Spanish, other languages. It’s a microcosm of the world, it’s the all of us in a city-shell.

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In any case, we walked all over the place. An average of 7 miles a day! (thank you, Pacer app). In the photos above, Helena took us walking on the Washington Bridge – so lovely – and below, Belen took us to this wonderful park where kids run around in their swimsuits through spray water.

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20150817-_DSC6213There was only one day in which Helena had to be at work and I had the kids, solo. It wasn’t really “solo” though, because Helena’s daughter Belen was there and she knows things inside out. 9 years old, and she was like a little mommy with the kids.

They adored her.

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Then we went to the Highline park. I’ve been wanting to visit that since I read the National Geographic piece on it years ago when it first opened.

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20150819-_DSC6457 20150819-_DSC6459Thanks, Helena – for the day and for the photos with Micah. I have soooooooooo few of us together.

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On the way home:

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2 Comments

  • Just catching up with your NY posts now. Your pictures made me miss the city! I think it’s too hard to live there with three kids but it can be fun, too! Thanks for the trip down memory lane. (By the way, I think you meant Orthodox Jewish kids… conservative Jewish kids don’t normally wear outward symbols.)

    • Yeah, it would be hard to live there with 3 kids.. and EXPENSIVE!
      I think I see what you are saying about the conservative/Orthodox Jews… so the Orthodox will wear the wigs, scarves, long skirts/dresses and side curls but you won’t know who is simply onservative (as opposed to conservatively Orthodox) by the way they dress? That makes sense. I remember taking care of an old lady (years ago) who was a conservative Jew – ate Kosher, observed Sabbath by not doing anything, etc – and you would never have guessed that she was a conservative Jew from her clothes/hair.

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