Day trip to NYC

This past Friday I took Chelsea up to New York City for a day trip to celebrate her birthday. My mom was kind enough to look after the kids for us after school and overnight, so we had a kid-free day and could come back as late as we wished. Super cool!

Chelsea’s first (and strangest) wish of the day was granted when our train turned out to have double decker passenger cars:

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She was more excited about this than I would have imagined:

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We started out the day with a visit to the International Center of Photography, a museum in midtown. Ironically, no photography allowed inside the museum:

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Chelsea took some pictures of me outside as well… notice how the museum visit inspired much more of an artistic approach than my pedestrian documentary-style work:

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We went next to Bryant Park to enjoy the afternoon sunshine. The weather in New York was just about perfect for our visit – about 72F/22C and gloriously sunny. We weren’t the only ones who thought sitting outside that day was a good idea:

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For the aspiring fancy photographer, Bryant Park is a treasure trove of visually interesting things:

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From the park we made our way down Sixth Avenue toward the Fashion District. My folks gave Chelsea some walking-around money to spend at Mood Fabric, the fabric store that the designers on the TV show Project Runway use. Before we reached Mood, we stopped in some amazing little specialty shops. My favorite was the trimming shop, which specializes only in trimming details that you would put on a piece of clothing:

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We continued to snap pictures on the street in the manner of tourists, taking in the old buildings and any other interesting things we saw as we walked:

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When we reached Mood, we were both stunned at the size and variety of what they had to offer. The place is completely overwhelming – three floors of fabric, each floor probably 5,000 square feet (550 square meters) and completely packed to the gills:

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Some other tourists kindly took a picture of us:

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We had dinner at VYNL, a fun restaurant we discovered on a prior visit. It was conveniently along the way from Mood to our evening engagement:

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After dinner we went a few blocks further north to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, where we saw a performance of Ailey II, the “junior” company of dancers:

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Chelsea by this point was done with being photographed:

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The dance performance was wonderful, and afterward we walked back down Seventh Avenue through Times Square to make our way back to Penn Station and then home again. It was a wonderful day, and a great reminder that the big city is close and convenient enough for us to visit more often than we do. Hopefully we’ll be back there again soon.