Another rainy start to the day.
My outdoor plans now cancelled, I was searching for a suitable indoor alternative to our Thursday outing when I came across an article for “Canstruction”:
“Canstruction, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that holds annual design and build competitions to construct fantastic, giant sized, structures made entirely out of canned food. In each city after the structures are built and the winners declared the creations go on view to the general public as giant art exhibits. At the close of the competitions all of the food used in the structures is donated to the local food banks for distribution to community emergency feeding programs.”
This sounded fun, educational and something a little different – score! Plus, it was on view at the Winter Garden in the World Financial Center downtown – I had not been there in over 15 years and was eager to make a return visit.
What a cool exhibit – the structures were inventive, whimsical and miniature feats of engineering:
Noah loved it – even though this was a definite “No Touch”.
We walked around the Winter Garden, admiring the palm trees, when I noticed that the sun had come out. We grabbed lunch and headed outdoors for a picnic by the waterfront promenade.
The day had now turned sunny and warm so I decided to explore Battery Park City. On the drive in I had noticed a landscaped sculpture so we headed over. It was the Irish Hunger Memorial – which I had never seen, or even heard of. It is dedicated to raising awareness of the Great Irish Famine of the mid-1800’s. It contains stones, soil, and native plantings brought in from Ireland, as well as stones from all of the different counties. It also incorporates an authentic, rebuilt Irish cottage from the time of the famine.
From any angle this memorial compels you to walk around, touch and explore.
I highly recommend a visit if you are in the area.
We kept going, and my park-sniffing boy hit pay dirt:
Definitely coming back next summer.
After about an hour in the playground, I put Noah in the stroller and walked the rest of the promenade.
It was just one of those rare days where everything fell into place – great weather, lots for Noah to see and do, and everything within easy walking distance.
Win. Win. Win.