Mondays with Lu. Retired.

It was a big morning in the McHale household. Our sweet baby soon-to-be-three Lulu began what we hope will be a wonderful and prosperous journey into the world of higher education…the caterpiller class at her brand new pre-k school in the East Village. We took her inside, she dumped her shoes, backpack and lunch box into her cubby and promptly ditched Mom and Dad for the peg board, play dough and promises of a great day with new friends.

So, when I came into the office this morning and saw these shoes that I keep on my desk at the suggestion of some sort of how-to-brighten-your-day article I read a couple of years ago, I realized that my Monday’s with Lu will now be taking her to school in the morning and coming home at the end of the day to hear about her new adventures in a new place with new friends. I already miss my Monday’s with Lu, but can’t wait to hear about every one of hers as she navigates forward on this grand voyage that is her own. Go Lu!

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We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Mondays with Lu. 1st Movie!

Well, not really. I tried one when she was just over a year old, but between the ridiculous number of trailers dragging on forever and an opening scene with real crocodiles roaring out of a bog to chomp realbaby zebras in half…it didn’t go so well. This morning, however, was a blast!

Madagascar 3 was the perfect fit for a first go at sitting still in a big dark and cold room for an hour and a half with a “giant iPad” in front of this almost three year old. Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and the gang continue to dazzle in the surprisingly funny and fresh 3rd installment of this animated franchise. Lu sat on my lap cracking up about every 30 seconds while she downed a half a bag of really terrible popcorn.   I’m quite sure that “Datdat daddle latta dat dat circus. Datdat daddle latta dat dat afro. Circus. Afro. Circus. Afro.” will be in our heads for weeks! This one becomes a staple in our house when in comes out on DVD for sure. Good stuff.

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We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Mondays with Lu. Condensed.

Today, my Monday with Lu was partially traded for Wednesday the 4th with a whole bunch of family and friends.  We had a great walk with the K9 ones when I got home, though! So sweet. Worth every step!  Oh, by the way…meet Peanut and Roxie.
About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Mondays with Lu. Parks and Pork.

It’s so amazing when you feel like you’re the first one to see something new, and Lulu, I, and, shockingly, Lesa (Mommy), felt like we were the first ones to see the newly opened stretch of the East River Park at Corlears Hook this morning.

First off, the city hired some amazingly thoughtful landscape designers to clean up this underused park with a very interesting history.  Everything from the teak railing to the stone pavers to the indigenous foliage is just perfect.  Second, the geography of the hook gives you the most incredible slow and wonderful reveal of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, both sides of the East River shore lines, and Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.  Seriously, get on your feet, bike, blades, or wheelchair to check out this fantastically renovated and newly re-opened part of the park.  Really great!

So we headed over the Brooklyn Bridge and, on Jesse’s recommendation, went to Rucola.  I had the pork sandwich.  Oh, Lord it was good.  Cravable.  Ridiculous.  That place is getting the very well deserved shout out TWICE today.  Go!

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Mondays with Lu. Swimming Pool.

This morning, Lu and I hopped on the bike and headed down to The Visionaire in Battery Park City to see my cousin Melisa and Lu’s second cousin Chase.  It’s been a while since Lu hopped in a pool and the water was cold, but she slowly got used to it.  The real hit was the hot tub.  Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles!

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Mondays with Lu. CMA & Soho Park.

It was pouring rain this morning, so we headed west to art class at CMA where this sweet little car sat, unsuspecting of the massive green, blue and white swirl of glitter and Lulu that was coming his way.

The Children’s Museum of Art on Charlton between Greenwich and Hudson is a worthwhile destination if you have kids or friends with kids. Loaded with great art and activities like music time, water coloring, collage, and their one-of-a-kind clay bar, the museum is a fantastic way to spend a cold, rainy, or sunny afternoon with the wee ones.
Afterward, Lulu says head over to Soho Park at the corner of Prince and Lafayette for a grilled hot dog. I like their burger, the Classic Park with Cheese.
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We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Mondays with Lu. Memorial Day.

Mr. Cavan Shane. Mommy. Brooklyn Bridge Park. Burgers. Osprey flyby. Views. Trees. Water. Nap. Roof. Sprinkler. Solid. Happy Memorial Day.

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We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Mondays with Lu.

Jesse and I both have young daughters ages 1.75 and 2.6 respectively.  We work a lot and at weird hours, so at least until school starts in the fall, Jesse takes Friday afternoons to hang out with Sweet Eve (The Peanut) Alexandra Shafer and I take Mondays to hopefully find something interesting to do with my Clover (Lulu) Louise (Uh-oh!) McHale.

It’s raining like hell right now and Lu is still snoozing, so I have no idea what adventure we’re going to come up with for today, but this is from a couple of weeks ago when we took the bike to the old East River Park Bandshell for some lunch.  Wouldn’t trade our Mondays for the world.

-Greg

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.