Kids’ Perspectives Up High

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If you’re thinking that these kids’ views are quite high, you’re right. As part of our social studies integrated curriculum on New York City parks, I took my class to the High Line to study how this park was different from others and why it’s so important to New York City. Given a historical background on the High Line before it became a park, they were pretty excited to see that their teacher wasn’t just making up some random story that a park was built on an old railroad track. 😛  With their high level of interest and engagement towards the High Line, I felt it would be fun to share what they noticed in case you haven’t been to this hugely tourist attraction yet.

The High Line was actually built to help overcrowdedness and traffic while carrying goods to and from Manhattan’s largest district. Later on, since trains weren’t really needed anymore, the last one ran in 1980, and demolition was lobbied by many. On the other side of the debate, many residents advocated to preserve it and use it as a public open space. They won, and the first section of the park became open to the public in 2009 and was completed just last year.  (I didn’t realize that 6 years has flown by already since I first went!!)

So what did the kids notice?  ALL and MORE of THIS.  I’ve captioned the photos with as many quotes from them as I can remember! Some just put a smile on my face… 

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Seamore’s

One of the greatest things about living in the city is that there is something new everyday, whether it’s an event, an art exhibit, or a restaurant. When I was away for 5 weeks this summer, I came back hearing from my friends and reading posts about all these new spots in downtown NYC. One of them was Seamore’s, a seafood restaurant opened by Michael Chernow, co-founder of the famous Meatball Shop (read my previous post about this spot HERE!)

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I came with my friend who told me about this place, and decided to return again with my husband for a lunch date one weekend. I loved the ambiance – a bright spot with beautifully crafted chairs, an artsy informative wall of locally sourced fish, and a view of the busy streets of Soho / Little Italy. It livens up your day just sitting there with the sun shining inside and windows opened for a fresh breeze.  Once sitting we were presented with a simple menu of everyday dishes, and then a special menu that tells you the “daily landings” – the fish of the day. The nice breeze and brightness made it quite enjoyable to converse and just have fun taking pictures!

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Cheers to the 30s!

Imagine celebrating something special in a place like this, surrounded by vineyards and a beautiful scenery…

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It wasn’t here per se, but special would be the word to describe a heartfelt 3 day weekend to San Francisco. A huge thanks to my husband for going with me and to my brother for flying me over for a very memorable birthday this year. San Francisco has a huge place in my heart (especially with him there) and I would love to live there one day. On our visit this time, we spent a day up at Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley for some wine tasting, scenic drive, and time with one another. I read the reviews of many places before I visited, and I can confirm the ones that say “EVERY winery and vineyard is very different” so hop around to see what you like! That’s exactly what we did, and these were my favorite two.

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And so it continues :)

HOORAY!  Lilspirations.com has just been renewed for another two years! I couldn’t let the blog end, despite my recent sporadic posts since the incredible run of interviews. I started it because I wanted to share what aspired and inspired me, and I’m not about to let that end. It has almost been two years since I officially launched – what a walk down memory lane as I re-visited my very post on December 1st!

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