Rainy Days. The New York Aquarium.

After unexpected rain showers left us damp and wondering what to do, we decided on a whim to head to the New York Aquarium. I think the last time I was at the aquarium was 1987. Pleased to report it has had a few facelifts since then; it seems exceptionally well cared for and the variety of aquatic wildlife on display is pretty cool. Who doesn’t like to see some walruses, sea lions and penguins doing their laps, am I right?
I have always found watching schools of exotic fish in the dark, quiet and occasionally black lit underground aquarium a pretty mellow and enjoyable experience. Could be Courtney and I enjoyed ourselves even more than the kid on this one; we’ll have to bring her back when she’s a little older for the sharks.One thing a bit different from 1987: at $13 to park and $20/person to see the fishies, its not exactly a bargain (but then again, I’m sure keeping a walrus well-provisioned with mackerel ain’t cheap.)

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Rainy Days. The Painted Pot.

On rainy or slow work days, I’ve tried to pick up Eve a little early from day care so we can spend a little time together. Lots of times we take bike rides (remember the Wee Ride?) or go to the park, but when it rains it’s hard to know what to do with an enthusiastic two year old. On a lark, we tried out The Painted Pot on Smith Street last week when it was raining cats and dogs. 

I remember these places when I was a kid growing up on Long Island, but I hadn’t seen one in years: you get to pick out some kind of ceramic thingy (Eve chose a dog) and then paint it.  They fire it in their kiln, and you can pick it up later on.  Good clean fun!  OK, maybe not so clean, but that’s one of the things that was fun about it.

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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.