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Top Photo:
Work in Roadway, Blackwell’s Island Bridge (1907)
photo from The Library of Congress

Bottom Photo:
Queensboro Bridge, NYC (April 17, 2014)
photo by Carina Zimmerman

I love the top photo of men working on the Queensboro Bridge in 1907!  Today, I photographed a similar view while driving across the bridge with a friend.  The bridge was constructed between 1901 and 1909.  When it opened in June of 1909, it was called the Blackwell’s Island Bridge in dedication to the East River Island over which the bridge travels.   Blackwell’s Island is now known as Roosevelt Island and, today, the bridge can go by several names:  The Queensboro Bridge, The 59th Street Bridge, or the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge (renamed in 2010). Keep reading to see the photos from 1907 and 2014 enlarged!

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was published on April 10, 1925- 89 years ago today! It’s one of my favorite books and had me entranced with New York City long before I moved here. In honor of its birthday, I gathered some of my favorite quotes from the novel.

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These are some of my absolute favorite vegan beauty products- perfect for sensitive skin and those who want to stand against animal cruelty (while looking gorgeous).  It’s easy to shop cruelty-free with amazing options like these!

1.  Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée by Josie Maran ($22) view on www.josiemarancosmetics.com
This 14-hour cheek gelée adds a natural-looking flush and hydrates with coconut water and argan oil.   Available in 6 flattering colors.  My shade:  poppy paradise.

2. 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil by Urban Decay ($20) view on www.urbandecay.com
This waterproof liner is a creamy, long-lasting, and available in over a dozen gorgeous colors- everything you need in a liner. My favorite is their new, pitch black “perversion”.

3.  Argan Beautiful Eyes by Josie Maran ($36)  view on www.sephora.com
This shadow is infused with argan oil and fruit and floral extracts. The result is a soft, nurturing shadow that you’ll want to wear everyday.

4.  Absolutely Flawless Concealor by Two Faced Cosmetics ($20)  view on www.amazon.com
This flexible coverage concealor does it all: it smooths, moisturizes, and de-puffs with vitamins a, e and chilean treebark plant extract while covering imperfections and masking redness.

5. Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion by Urban Decay ($24)  view on www.urbandecay.com
This is the ultimate eye shadow primer. It keeps lids creaseless for 24 hours while smoothing the appearance of wrinkles and plumping, firming, and hyrdating your skin!

6.  bareMinerals Matte Foundation by Bare Escentuals ($27)  view on www.sephora.com
I fell in love with this mineral-based makeup almost 10 years ago. I saw the infomercial, bought a starter kit from Sephora and could not believe the light coverage the product delivered. I never went back to liquid foundation and know lots of ladies who followed suit. Their Matte version controls oil while providing the same coverage and SPF as the original- perfect for Spring and Summer!

7.  Glamour Gloss by Two Faced Cosmetics ($14)  view on www.amazon.com
This volumizing gloss comes in a variety of shades to flatter your complexion and is infused with a combination of omega 3, 6 and 9, natural vitamin e, jojoba oil, and avocado oil.

8.  Primed & Poreless Primer by Two Faced Cosmetics ($30)  view on www.amazon.com
I’ve tried so many primers and this is one of my favorites. Vitamins A & C, Mulberry Extract and a dose of Retinol smooth over pores and and hydrate, firm, and detoxify!

9.  gifted™ Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara by Tarte Cosmetics ($19) view on www.tartecosmetics.com
This “smart” mascara’s Amazonian clay lengthens, conditions, repairs, and replenishes thirsty eyelashes.

10.  Cocoa Pigmented Bronzer by 100% Pure ($28) view on www.amazon.com
Get a sexy faux glow with this natural bronzer.


More Cruelty-Free Recommendations:
Cruelty-Free Beauty: Vegan Cosmetics
Cruelty-Free Beauty from Head to Toe
The Best Non-Toxic, Cruelty-Free Cleaning Products
16 Must-Have Vegan Skincare Products to Brighten & Tighten Your Face

Happy Saturday!  I keep forgetting to share my Kidz Central Station guest blogposts.  Kidz Central Station is a fantastic resource for NYC parents.  On the site, you can search and enroll in a wide variety of kids classes and activities.  It’s easy to search by age, location, neighborhood, and type of class/activity!  Click on the images or titles below and you’ll be directed to my posts on the Kidz Buzz Blog.

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On April 1, 1948, Jamaican singer and musician Jimmy Cliff was born.  In honor of his birthday, listen to his feel-good cover of Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now” from 1993.  Remember this version from the Cool Runnings‘ soundtrack?  Love it!  This is the perfect song for the first bright and sunny day of Spring in NYC.  Happy 66th Birthday, Jimmy!


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Left Photo:
Prince Street between Mercer Street and Greene Street (Post Office)
(1976 by Roy Colmer)

Right Photo:
Apple Store on Prince Street, NYC
(March 2014 by Carina Zimmerman)

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These adorable little dresses and rompers are perfect for Spring parties and the playground.  Polka dots, stripes, and dinosaurs- each one is cute, comfortable, and full of personality!

1. Jersey Belted Dress with Scalloped Hem by Chloé ($128) view on www.bloomingdales.com

2. Ruffle Chambray Dress by Gap ($29.95) view on www.gap.com

3.  Exploded Check Dress by Burberry ($265)  view on www.saksfifthavenue.com

4.  Dinosaur-Print Smocked Dress by Stella McCartney ($110)  view on www.neimanmarcus.com

5.  Drop-Waist Tank Dress by Old Navy (sale: $10)  view on www.oldnavy.com

6.  Multi-Stripe Dress by Gap ($19.95)  view on www.gap.com

7.  Pleated Print Romper by Gap ($26.95)  view on www.gap.com

8.  Floral-Print Jersey Romper by Old Navy ($14.94)  view on www.oldnavy.com

9.   Polka Dot Dress by Jacadi ($74)  view on www.bloomingdales.com

Happy First Day of Spring! Here are 5 light, nutrition-packed vegan recipes to kick off the season.

1. Roasted Eggplant + Noodles with Chinese Black Vinegar Dressing by My Darling Lemon Thyme
view the recipe

2.  The Everyday Superfood Salad by The First Mess
view the recipe

3.  Zucchini Fettuccine with Rosemary Butternut Creme Sauce by In Sonnet’s Kitchen  
view the recipe

4.  Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad with Beet Green Salsa Verde by Brooklyn Supper
view the recipe

5.  Artichoke Olive Tapenade by Keepin’ It Kind
view the recipe

Nat King Cole was born Nathaniel Adams Coles on March 17, 1919- 95 years ago today! In his honor, I’m sharing one of my favorite Nat King Cole songs, “Orange Colored Sky”:



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Use this sheet for learning how to draw one of my favorite instruments to play- the violin!  Trace the dotted lines step by step then try drawing a violin on a blank sheet of paper.  It’s a challenge!  Click on the link below to download, save, and print the activity sheet:

Printable Activity for Kids-How to Draw a Violin

To learn the parts of the violin and bow, use this activity sheet!

[Sunset, Washington Square Park click to enlarge]

photo credit: Carina Zimmerman

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top photo:
Unemployed and Huts, West Houston & Mercer St., Manhattan
(October 25, 1935 by Berenice Abbott)

bottom photo:
West Houston & Mercer St., NYC
(October 20, 2010 source)

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It’s easy to ditch your animal duds and make the switch to cruelty-free fashion choices!  Who needs leather when you can find adorable vegan handbags like these?

1.  Mae Vegan Tote by Free People  ($68)
view on www.freepeople.com

2. Falabella Hearts Fold-Over Tote by Stella McCartney ($1,235)
view on www.saksfifthavenue.com

3.  Rubber Candy Satchel by Furla  ($248)
view on www.bloomingdales.com

4.  Slouchy Vegan Tote by Free People ($68)
view on www.freepeople.com

This printable activity sheet is perfect for teaching children where the notes C, D, and E sit on the musical staff and where they are played on a piano keyboard or xylophone. Two easy songs to play with just C, D, and E: “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and “Hot Cross Buns”! Once your kids are ready to add more notes, try my “One Two” activity sheet for learning notes C through G.

Click here to download the sheet: Music Activity Sheet for Kids: Notes C, D, and E

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