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Thanksgiving Day Parade

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Spender on November 29, 2009

We got up early, packed a picnic breakfast and headed north to Central Park West on Thanksgiving morning to watch the Macy’s Day Parade. As usual, the sidewalks were already packed with people who had either slept the night by the roadside or got there super-duper early. We found an elevated spot inside the park which afforded a fairly good view of the balloons and tucked into our flask of hot tea and croissants. But shortly before the start of the parade, we noticed a few people disappearing down a path not far from us. We followed (as one does) and we totally lucked out! For some reason, the grandstand seats right by the side of the road had not been filled, so they let the rabble – namely us and few others —  in to make up the numbers. So we got to see the parade up close and sitting down, a double bonus.

Here’s a video of Kermit the frog to give you a sense of scale. The balloons are big!

Here is a selection of pictures from the 241 photographs we took during the 2 hour parade! You could say we had a good time.

The parade started with Spiderman, of course

The parade started with Spiderman, of course

Spongebob!

Spongebob!

No parade would be complete without Snoopy

No parade would be complete without Snoopy

Hello Kitty - supersize!

Hello Kitty - supersize!

Elves, do I see elves?

Elves, do I see elves?

The parade finishes with Father Christmas

The parade finishes with Father Christmas

Protected: The urbanization of a Stratford boy

Posted in Family Protected by Andrew Spender on November 29, 2009

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Fantastic Mr. Fox seen on 5th Avenue!

Posted in NYC by Andrew Spender on November 29, 2009

We recently saw Wes Anderson’s new movie, Fantastic Mr. Fox at the cinema. The book that it is based on, by Roald Dahl, is a favorite in our house. We loved the film, so we were excited to learn that Bergdorf Goodman on 5th Avenue had arranged for some of the original sets and characters to adorn its windows for the Christmas season. They are amazing. If you’re in the city, it’s a must see. Here are some of the windows we liked most.

Fantastic Mr. Fox and Badger

Fantastic Mr. Fox and Badger

A feast for Fantastic Mr. Fox

A feast for Fantastic Mr. Fox

Easy rider Fantastic Mr. Fox

Easy rider Fantastic Mr. Fox

Farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean

Farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean

The rat corners Fantastic Mr. Fox, mole and Kristofferson

The rat corners Fantastic Mr. Fox, mole and Kristofferson

Protected: Ice Skating in Bryant Park

Posted in Family Protected by Andrew Spender on November 29, 2009

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Protected: Bryn learns to ride his bike!

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Spender on November 22, 2009

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Protected: Happy 6th Birthday, Bryn

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Spender on November 15, 2009

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Madison Square Park

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Spender on November 8, 2009

I think my favorite public space in the city is Madison Square Park. Sure, it’s got Shake Shack, but that’s not the (main) reason. It’s the fact that it’s surrounded by some of the most iconic buildings in the city. We get to enjoy it twice a day with Hobbes. However, he’s concentrating on more basic actions rather than taking in the architecture.

Here’s the Flat Iron, Met Life (New York Life next door is amazing too) and, of course, Empire State Building all viewed today from Madison Square Park on a spectacular Fall morning.

Met Life Building, Madison Square Park

Met Life Building, Madison Square Park

Flat Iron, Madison Square Park

Flat Iron, Madison Square Park

Met Life Building, Madison Square Park

Met Life Building, Madison Square Park

Empire State Building, Madison Square Park

Empire State Building, Madison Square Park

Protected: Where’d the cookie go, Bryn?

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Spender on November 8, 2009

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Protected: Batman in B&W

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Spender on November 6, 2009

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A small patch of grass you can call your own

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew Spender on November 5, 2009

You can get anything at any time in New York. Seriously. Anything. At any time. But there are some things everyone off the island takes for granted that are highly prized when you live here. Like personal space. Or natural light. A moment of silence. Even grass! Sure, this is for pets, but I was told by the guy selling it at Union Square Market that most buyers just want to have a few square inches of grass to themselves. Only in New York!

Grass, anyone?

Grass, anyone?

Union Square Market

Union Square Market