As is the tradition of Easter Egg hunts there should always be a few surprises along the way. Today is dedicated to those moments both planned and unplanned.
First up, Where’s Waldo? Every day a new location, every day a new clue. One night at the beginning of our hunting I noticed that an egg kept showing up on the GPS map in a warehouse district in Queens after dark and then leaving early the next day. Of course it had to be Waldo and it was confirmed with a click. So on a whim one night, well after dark, we rode the 7 train a few stops to Sunnyside and walked deep into the warehouse district by the train yards. Never saw Waldo but we were able to “crack” him using the map app. It was easy the next day to follow Waldo into Corona to the Louis Armstrong House. We tracked him down a couple of more times in various locations… always fun to find 🙂
This is Ben. Ben is from Brighton in the U.K. A friend of Ben’s worked on The Big Egg Hunt in London and told Ben he needed to apply for the job. Ben has been in New York for a little over a month helping to coordinate the hunt. He got to deliver the egg blanks to the artists all over the city and Ben was given the extreme honor of escorting Waldo on his many travels. Ben is headed back home now… safe travels!
Next up.. Babar! This was an unexpected and wonderful surprise. On one of our passes through midtown we came across a group of young children out on the hunt. As far as I could make out they had been organized by a local hotel. The Hotel was the lucky host of the Babar Egg, so when the kids worked their way back to the hotel Babar was waiting for them. Kudos to the Hotel Plaza Athenee for a fantastic way to join the hunt!
Another fun surprise, finding an egg that wasn’t on any of the lists or maps, didn’t even have a number and it was a beauty! One of my favorite street artists, Alec created the wonderful Monopoly Man egg below:
Waldo was not the only egg on the move. The Pennisula Hotel equipped their mini with an egg made for travel. It toured around the city at times during the hunt but could also be found parked in front of the hotel.
While walking in Tribeca today we stumbled upon the moving crew. Tasked with retrieving all 268 (or more) eggs and safely transporting them to Rockefeller Center for a mass display this weekend.
Here is where I will leave you tonight. Tomorrow we will venture out to the outer boroughs, take a ride on the ferry, hunt for eggs in Dumbo and have an adventure at the Navy Yards and ride the 6 train up into the Bronx, see you then!