I was so happy to see the Van Leeuwen truck today! It means Summer is almost here! This ice cream company’s vegan options are the BEST in NYC. Last time I had Van Leeuwen, there were only two vegan flavors: chocolate and vanilla. Sounds boring but it was actually the most creamy, rich, and indulgent ice cream I’d had since going vegan. Now, they have 4 vegan flavors! Chocolate (Michel Cluizel), Pistachio (Hand-Picked Bronte Nuts), Banana Nut (Roasted Bananas & Candied Walnuts), and Mint Chocolate Chip (Oregon Peppermint & 72% Askinosie Chocolate Chips). Their vanilla flavor is on hiatus undergoing reformulation! I just tried the Banana Nut and am blissfully in dessert-before-dinner heaven.
Read about Van Leeuwen here and make sure to try a cup or cone next time you see the yellow truck!
Work in Roadway, Blackwell’s Island Bridge (1907)
photo from The Library of Congress
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!
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.
This picture was taken on January 17, 1907- 117 years ago today! The shot depicts the construction of the stacks in the main branch of the New York Public Library. After almost a decade of construction, the main building had its opening ceremony on May 23, 1911. For more history and pictures of the library under construction, read my post “Then and Now: New York Public Library“.
Pictures of the stacks in the 2010s: