|View from Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park|
|Yoga (1991) by Mark di Suvero|
|Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture|
I’ve never really been a big birthday person. Maybe it’s because my birthday is in the summer and, with most friends away or at camp during the summer, I never really had big birthday celebrations (I don’t think?). So, it suited me just fine that my birthday on Saturday was like any other day – swim and gym class with one son and a day at the park with the family. We headed over to Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park – the gorgeous park that starts at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge and wraps it’s way around the Brooklyn waterfront. The sculpture in the picture above is by Mark di Suvero and is a 30-foot tall kinetic sculpture installed in partnership with Storm King Art Center. The large I-bean, which is bent into a U-shape, rocks and pivots along the pole and create different shadows and perspectives depending on its position.
On Sunday, we took a drive up to Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture near Tarrytown, about 45 minutes outside of the city. It’s a nonprofit farm and education center and operates a 80-acre four-season farm. It runs a number of education programs for children and families but also trains farmers (particularly young farmers) in resilient farming techniques. We’ve visited with the kids a few times before but I think that this is the first time that they were truly interested in seeing how the farm actually works. We explored the vegetable gardens and greenhouses, visited with the chickens, pigs, sheep, cows and turkeys, and had a picnic in the grass. It’s a pretty cool place and I really admire the work that they are doing on broader initiatives to create a healthy and sustainable food system.
The Weekly Chase
Last week, I joined my friend Melissa from Live, Love, & Run in The Weekly Chase – a new project that Melissa is starting to connect bloggers with other bloggers to support each other up as we chase down goals that we want to accomplish for the week. It’s super simple to join up. Just head over to Melissa’s blog, grab a badge and declare your goals!
- Swim 1-2 times this week.
- Go to bed before midnight.
- Cook a real dinner at least 2 nights this week.
- Do physical therapy exercises every.single.day + plank