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nyc past + present

today i discovered the work of marc a. hermann {a historian of the new york press photographers association} and love his brilliant juxtaposed photographs of nyc as it was then and is now – – bringing back to life the people and stories of this city’s past. marc focuses on historic crime scene photos from the new york daily news archive and then blends them with photographs from the same present locations. i hope that you find his work as intriguing as i do!

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{497 dean street, brooklyn}

edna egbert climbed onto her ledge on march 19, 1942. the news captured the distraught woman fighting with the police as she wobbled on the edge. the building is currently painted red, but remains nearly identical to the way it looked 70 years ago.

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{923 44th street, brooklyn}

the tree that stands in front this building is the only living witness to gangster frankie yale’s untimely demise on July 1, 1928. yale’s car slammed into the steps of the brooklyn home that day as he was shot to death from a car driving by.

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{park slope, brooklyn}

over 130 people were killed aboard the planes united airlines flight 826 and trans world airlines flight 266 in december 1960. the crash  destroyed some buildings beyond repair – the ones that still stand can be seen in this compilation.

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{137 wooster street, manhattan}

on feb. 16, 1958 there was a massive and fatal fire at the elkins paper & twine co. the building was leveled, but new commercial space now stands where the elkins paper & twine co. once did.

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{south street seaport, manhattan}

the fulton fish market in the south street seaport was engulfed in flames on feb. 26, 1961. these buildings still stand, in various states of occupancy, minus a few floors here and there.

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to view more of marc’s work visit his website.

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this is some juicy stuff …

juice

i am celebrating the big 3-3 this coming weekend! in light of – – adding another year, a {few} extra pounds and a handful of “laugh marks” – –  i believe it is high time that i wake myself up from the hibernation i {happily} placed myself under for the past couple of months and once again embrace a healthier lifestyle. today i reintroduced myself to slope fitness, my neighborhood gym. although slope fitness and my groggy body are old friends, i have to admit that it did take a bit {oh who am i kidding … a lot} of reacquainting on my part.

the next step for me is a bit of detoxing … thankfully matt and i single handedly finished off the easter candy over a couple of glasses of wine last night {not sure how i picked up the extra pounds …} so there are few tasty temptations left in my humble abode. you can imagine my delight when i stumbled upon the lovely blog –  with style and grace – and discovered her easy {and delicious} juice recipes beautifully displayed in mason jars — be still my heart.

so beginning tomorrow {i had to purchase the provisions today … i cross my heart that it is not a first day of procrastination tactic} i begin my juicing detox. here are a couple of the juices i am looking forward to.

{pineapple + cucumber}
{fresh strawberry + apple + lime}
{beet + lemon + apple + ginger}
{grapefruit + mint}

to see more healthy lifestyle recipes be sure to visit with style and grace and peruse her lovely site!

cheers to spring … finally!

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read all about it

ny books

one of the {many} great things about living in such an iconic city is that there is an abundance of stories centered around the neighborhood in which we call our home. i began collecting books based on new york city when prepping sophie + hazel for the {big} move.

sophie {now half-way through kindergarten … oh my goodness!} is becoming quite a good reader and i am finding that she is drawn to the books about her neighborhood + city due to the familiarity and sense of belonging that these books offer. this is new york, i live in brooklyn, natalie + naughtily and the super adventures of sophie in the city: all in a days work are full of wonder and imagination, bringing the magic of this city right to her fingertips.

below are samplings of these fine reads! if you have any other suggestions for my girls please let me know!!

this is new york
the charm and uniqueness of new york city was never more beautifully and whimsically created for children than in m. sasek’s this is new york. first published in 1960, his vision of new york nearly forty years ago still remains fresh: the hustle and bustle of times square, the ethnic neighborhoods, the awe-inspiring architecture. sasek captured the essences of new york that delight children and parents, many of whom will remember the book from their childhood.

i live in brooklyn
from days on the stoop, playing hopscotch and watching fireworks from the rooftops, to school field trips into the city, where zoos and museums await, michelle introduces readers to her favorite places and things to do. mari takabayashi’s diminutive scenes, busy and cheerful detail, bring the beauty and bustle of new york city to life for children all around the world.

natalie and naughtily
natalie and naughtily nopps live in a house on top of a big department store. natalie loves visiting every floor from top to bottom! naughtily? from bottom to top! one day the girls receive a note from their parents asking them not to play in the store that day! “today we shall go to the store to help!” they agree. evening gowns are on two, perfume and hats on three, coats on four … and on every floor there are customers galore. but will the girls really be any help? vincent x kirsch has created a splendid world for natalie and naughtily, in which every vividly detailed floor in the store has its own magnificent hue. readers will be enchanted by these two impish sisters, their very good intentions, and most of all by the hijinks and adventures they effortlessly conjure up in on one very busy day!

the super adventures of sophie and the city
come explore new york city with sophie as she travels to different worlds in her daddy’s office building with her trusty elevator! learn about fashion, design, weddings, and the glamorous life inside magazine publishing. even though sophie enjoys her time discovering new and magical worlds on each floor, she realizes it is more fun to share amazing experiences with the ones you love, your family. see new york city through the eyes of a curious, adventurous, and imaginative little girl!

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{food joints} chloe’s

chloes

my friend melissa and i stumbled upon this yummy destination after taking our kiddos to the macy’s flower show in celebration of one of the first warm{ish} spring days in nyc. we were merrily strolling down the streets of union square when we discovered chloe’s and couldn’t help but stop in this happy little shop and indulge in their soft serve fruit. {i’m still dreaming of their pear soft serve … mouth watering!}

chloe’s offers a cool new way to eat fruit – – their frozen goodness contains only 3 ingredients: real fruit, filtered water and a touch of organic cane sugar. if you find yourself in union square or the hampton’s – then chloe’s must be added to your culinary experience while in new york!

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southern drawl

jenna hancock is the creative genius behind this hilarious collection of paintings that give praise to the southern drawl. being from the south, it is safe to say that i have heard the voices of rhonda, peg, patricia, papaw {featured below} a time … or maybe two. thank you jennie andrews for introducing me to this southern goodness. god bless the south!

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peg

patricia

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home

HOME

HOME. by definition home  is a “permanent structure” where people dwell.

i couldn’t wait to get my hands on our new humble abode in brooklyn, new york 9 months ago to creatively design our space challenged home with touches of familiarity. i love our home – – not only for the design details but for the lessons this humble space has taught me.

ironically – shortly after moving to new york, matt’s travel schedule sped up and he found himself splitting his time between los angeles and myrtle beach for his current show, welcome to myrtle manor. our new york experience – although chock full of challenges – has been the best thing for this  “bi-coastal family” and has allowed us to redefine the word home.

before moving to new york i was disillusioned to think that a strong woman could handle life on her own while “seeming” to have it all under control. our short time of brooklyn dwelling has completely shattered my prideful thinking and i have realized that in order to live a fuller more enriching life i have to accept that i cannot “do life” on my own. our friends {both in brooklyn and elsewhere} have offered us a community full of laughter, encouragement, support and have opened my eyes to the meaning of family – – giving insight to how we are called to live intentionally with each other.

the time that matt has been away has not been in vain. i am thankful that the distance has offered a different perspective of both of our contributions to our family, reminding us that our family does not work without the other.

although i love entering the doors of our humble abode – – this place is not my home – – rather matt, sophie + hazel are all the home i will ever need!

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“Hold on, to me as we go
As we roll down this unfamiliar road

And although this wave is stringing us along
Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home”

. . .

tee shirts of your home state may be purchased at homeland tees.

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stuff you should buy

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it’s a mighty fine thing to witness neighborhoods creating opportunities to support their local creatives!

today my little ladies and i are heading over to ps321 to shop their annual holiday shop featuring over 90 local artisans.

if you are in or around the neighborhood today you should stop by between 10 am – 5 pm!
ps 321: 180 7th avenue {between 1st and second streets} brooklyn, ny

if you are not in the neighborhood you are still in luck because almost all of these lovely shops have an online presence as well! there are some really great finds  – – so be sure to check them out!!

here is a sampling of what i am looking forward to . . .

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{food joints} ladybird bakery

my initial relationship with this lovely neighborhood bakery began when i simply heard the name ladybird. my girls nicknames are bug {sophie} + bird {hazel} so i viewed this as a welcomed sign that we were in the perfect neighborhood. i know a stretch … but i’m a fan of finding affirmation in daily occurrences.

once i stepped through the signature blue door the love affair went far beyond the name. the selection of muffins, tarts, cakes and cupcakes often leave us staring at the display cases trying desperately to narrow down the decision to one sweet each. there is an adorable children’s corner that offers a selection of classic reads allowing for a longer time to enjoy the atmosphere and warm beverages. {a super big plus in my book!}

my sister-in-law alyssa {tally} is in town this weekend for a college girls get together and came in one day early to spend some time with us! her only request for her time in park slope was to take the girls to ladybird and walk sophie to school. her request was easily granted! this morning’s coffee date is now one of my most favorite memories – truly a perfect fall day!

ladybird is a delicious experience that you must have!

ladybird bakery
1112 eighth avenue
brooklyn, ny 11215

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heroes vs. villains . . . halloween crafts

before moving to new york i was only able to browse the creatively stocked pages of paper source’s catalog . . . but not anymore!! the girls and i recently discovered a paper source store located in soho and needless to say we were all instantly mesmerized by all of their offerings. impressively we walked away {this time} with only two sheets of heroes vs. villains wrapping paper! these lovely sheets {only $3.95 each} were the source of two separate halloween activities. an inexpensive way to spread halloween happiness!

{project 1}
heroes vs. villains memory game

materials:
{1} sheet of flat wrapping paper
scissors
double-sided tape
craft paper
bakers twine

{project 2}
heroes vs. villains halloween mix

materials:
{1} sheet of flat wrapping paper
scissors
double-sided tape
fall colored m&m’s
candy corn
peanuts
plastic container {i recycled our talenti sorbet containers}
bakers twine

happy halloween!!

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{food joints} extra virgin

we finally dined at extra virgin last weekend and my only regret is that we didn’t experience it sooner! extra virgin is located in new york’s west village neighborhood and offers mediterranean food as well as varieties of extra virgin oils from around the world each night.

extra virgin is primarily a “walk in” restaurant . . but not to worry . . . their bar is the perfect place to pass the time.

this quaint little spot is fighting a hard battle for my full affection as the place i most want to dine and i must say they are doing a mighty fine job!

be sure to treat yourself to extra virgin as soon as you can!

{extra virgin}
259 west 4th street

**photograph by nicolas goldberg via the new york times

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