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34th Anniversary of the Central Park Zoo August 7, 2022

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 Tomorrow is the 34th anniversary of the Central Park Zoo. I am happy to say I have been associated with the zoo for the past 32 of those 34 years (that is probably how I know most of you). Thought I would share some photos of our wonderful animals both past and present. See how many you recognize. The zoo began in the 1860s as a menagerie. The zoo or menagerie (as it was called) started inside and around the Arsenal (built in 1848 – which now houses our WCS administrative offices and the NYC Parks Dept). The zoo was modified in 1934 as part of the WPA with the addition of many new buildings arranged in a quadrangle around the sea lion pool. In a contract with NYC, the zoo was completely renovated in the mid-1980s and with much fanfare, reopened on August 8th, 1988, replacing the old-fashioned cages with naturalistic environments. Check out some great photos from the early days of the zoo. https://www.nycgovparks.org/about/history/zoos/central-park-zoo. Come visit us soon and a very Happy Anniversary!

Analog City – NYC B.C. (Before Computers) July 10, 2022

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Ever wonder how anything got done before computers? I went to see this new exhibit at the Museum of the City of NY with a friend who is 25 years my junior. I recollected more than she did and we had lots of laughs, shared stories and generally recalled most of the treasures in this exhibit. Analog City: NYC B.C. (Before Computers) uncovers the array of tools, technologies, and lost professions that supported New York City as it exploded into a global metropolis in the pre-digital era. Focusing on the period between the 1870s and the 1970s, Analog City examines the technologies that enabled the city to reach its position as the “capital of the world” in an age before the speed and capacity of today’s digital technologies. Set against a contemporary backdrop of 24-hour news cycles and high-speed trading—in which questions about privacy, truth, and the impact of social media are increasingly pressing—the exhibition uncovers this bygone era of paper files and pneumatic tubes, of note cards and telephone directories, and examines how New York thrived as a center of finance, news, research, and real estate in an era before personal computers and the internet’. This exhibit is on thru the end of the year. Check it out and enjoy!

Red, White and Zoo in ’22 July 3, 2022

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Summer is a time for reruns. Accordingly I share last year’s July 4th post. This was a fun montage to create. I didn’t realize how many animals could be included in this red, white and blue themed photo montage. Wishing you a safe, happy holiday and keep those pets inside as most are afraid of the noisy fireworks.

Pride and Prejudice June 26, 2022

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It has been a long tough week for most of us. It is incomprehensible to lose a Constitutional right. The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides a fundamental “right to privacy” that protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose whether to have an abortion. That all changed on Friday with the outrageous SCOTUS decision. Thought I would try to put a smile or two on faces out there by sharing some photos of my little collection of critters as they celebrate Pride without prejudice.

Daddy’s Home June 19, 2022

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The photo above was taken before the beginning of time. It is of my father, my dear sister and me. My father is gone a very long time and our memories of him (while all good) are fuzzy. He was kind, funny and sang a little like Perry Como. He loved magic and playing pinochle. I even remember some of his card buddies names – Blind Jimmy and Fat Al are two that come to mind. The animal kingdom is dominated by female caregivers but there are exceptions. I have included some of those joint caregivers in today’s salute to fathers. Happy Father’s Day!

da Bears! May 29, 2022

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 Grizzly bears are back at the Central Park Zoo. Come visit and welcome Amber, Luna and Treena along with the rest of our amazing collection. You still need a timed ticket even if you are a member. The weather is great and the animals are active.

May Day at the Bronx Zoo May 22, 2022

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 Decided last minute to go to the Bronx Zoo in the hopes of seeing their new baby tree kangaroo. I was not disappointed. Enjoy today’s photos and that adorable baby roo.

Different Strokes for Different Folks May 15, 2022

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 The Folk Art Museum is a wonderful place to visit (and it is free.) Folk art is self taught art and is rooted in traditions that come from community and culture. Examples include: weather vanes, old store signs and carved figures, itinerant portraits, carousel horses, fire buckets, painted game boards, cast iron doorstops and many other similar lines of highly collectible “whimsical” antiques. For six decades, the American Folk Art Museum’s exhibition program has inspired critical acclaim and public interest while breaking new scholarly ground. This current installation in the Audrey B. Heckler Gallery highlights key exhibitions in the history of the Museum and features a selection of beloved works of art and rarely seen documents from the Museum’s archives. I shared another wonderful exhibit from this space last summer called Blowin’ in the Wind.

Mommie Dearest May 8, 2022

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 I want to wish a very Happy Mother’s Day to all to all of the mothers, caregivers, nurturers, pamperers, surrogates and loving coddlers out there regardless of how you celebrate the day. Our mother, Lillian Wolfe, is long gone, but her advice, warnings and general ‘Lili-isms’ live on in our daily lives.  She taught us to laugh at life, to think, to question authority, to march, to protest – to fight the good fight. She also gave  us our moral compass – one glance from Lillian told us instantly whether our behavior was acceptable or not – and I got a lot of glances.  My sister Terry and I remember many childhood events differently but we both agree that our mother was a pistol. Here’s to Lillian Wolfe – she formed and informed what we are today.

Bronx Bound May 1, 2022

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Took a trip to the Bronx Zoo about a month ago to meet up with some good friends and their kids. It was a fun visit but we did not get to see much of the zoo (again, kids). Enjoy the photos and happy May to one and all.