Henry’s daycare was closed for Veteran’s Day so we got to spend a fall day together including some time at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village where we listened to drumming and Henry got chased by a little girl.
We visited a few art galleries in Chelsea (and the West Village) today. In particular, we wanted to show Henry an exhibit by the sculptor, Nancy Rubins called “Our Friend Fluid Metal” which is made from countless salvaged playground toys.
The other highlight was a show called “Multiple Personalities” by Rob Pruitt at Gavin Brown’s enterprise in the West Village.
We visited the Tribeca Film Festival‘s neighborhood street fair today as well as several playgrounds which allowed Henry to try a variety of activities like trying to catch one very elusive pigeon.
Today we had company for our weekend walk. Gram and Ona came along on a meandering walk from Tribeca to the West Village and back again. Stops included Washington Market Park for fun at the playground, Jacques Torres for chocolate, Housing Works thrift store for bargains (including Henry’s first baseball: $1), Magnolia Bakery for cupcakes and the Hudson Diner for lunch.
For many years, Mark and I didn’t have a lot of money to do things on the weekends, so just exploring New York was our main form of entertainment. One of our favorite pastimes was simply taking long walks in different parts of the city. Since Henry came along, we haven’t had the opportunity to take too many leisurely strolls and just getting where we need to go with a baby has been enough. Saturday, we took a reminiscent walk through the West Village with Henry in tow. He seemed to enjoy it and never once cried. Looks like we can resume our long walks after all.
On Saturday we went to Greenwich Village to celebrate with our friends, Chad and Tracy, who threw a party for their son, Gavin’s second birthday.