eggs

the grand egg-stravaganza

And now without further adieu the eggs-ceptional, egg-stravagant, egg-quisite, egg-citing grand display!

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Even Waldo eventually found his way to Rock Center.

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The chalk egg, one that everyone could be a part of.

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The late arrivals and once last chance to say goodbye to Ben from Brighton.  He will never forget New York and can probably find his way around better than most of us after his egg-perience.

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Green Eggs and Ham…  get it,  lol 

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Not anyone I know and really posed, but I couldn’t help it. I think she must have planned her wardrobe in order to match the Peter Max egg perfectly.

So there you are,  the hunt is over the eggs have all come home to nest.  Last I heard Jeff Koon’s Seal Egg is up to $410,000.00,  fantastic considering all the proceeds go to charity.  For all the information be sure to check out http://thebigegghunt.org 

Check back in tomorrow for pics from the annual Easter Bonnet Parade on 5th Avenue,  Happy Easter!

more egg-cential eggs

Easter Eve…. one last batch of eggs from around the city.  Tomorrow I hit you with the egg-splosion of all the eggs in the same place.  Rock Center has never looked finer.  But before then here you go,  uptown, downtown all around town:

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Interestingly,  Jeff Koon’s egg was at Rock Center.  I guess downtown by his sculpture wasn’t high rent enough.

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This egg was a kaleidoscope,  a great find inside a building at the South Street Seaport

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Love this one. Those of you who have been following my blog might recognize the artist,  Chor Boogie https://bytegirlphotography.com/2014/02/23/chor-boogie-at-the-cubes/

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Three from the Empire State Building,  fancy eggs for a fancy lobby.

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Perfectly matched with the American Folk Art Museum.

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This was one of my favorites,  it now has a place of honor at the security desk at 30 Rock.  

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Leaving you here seems perfect as this egg symbolized the search so well.  In every direction we went we found eggs.  According to my pedometer app we averaged between 5 and 8 miles a day.  Told my son we could get to California in a year if we pushed it. 

Come back tomorrow for the egg-stravaganza to beat them all.  Oh,  and Happy Easter to all who celebrate!

 

eggs-ploring beyond

Tonight as promised we head to the outer boroughs starting with Queens.  Not much of a show out here… originally there were 3 eggs but we were told that one was vandalized at some point during the night and was taken in for repairs.  Hope we get to see it when all the eggs are together in Rockefeller Center.

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 I personally thought everyone missed the boat on this one.  Sunnyside, Queens and no one thought about the connection to eggs and what could have been created?  

Next it is off on the Ferry over to Staten Island.  For those who aren’t NYers the Staten Island Ferry is a great way to see the Statue of Liberty and on a warm summer’s eve maybe check out a ballgame at the Staten Island Yankee’s (triple A – the fun left in baseball) Stadium right next to the Ferry.  They also have a beautiful 9/11 memorial along the waterfront walkway.  

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One of my favorite eggs in the hunt. Love that you can see the new Freedom Tower in the distance.

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Next up the Borough of Brooklyn and the most blessed egg-wise of all the outliers.  

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We start at Jane’s Carousel down by the water between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.   Dumbo that is…

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Even Jacque Torres got in on the fun.  This CHOCOLATE egg was pretty high up on the cool scale.

And now for a big change in the favorite egg status. Up to this point my son had been pretty much set on the d*face egg seen in https://bytegirlphotography.com/2014/04/14/the-egg-citement-continues/ being his favorite.  All that changed with the egg below, the Tommy Hilfiger Egg.  The reason this one became his favorite egg,  the story of how we found it.

I haven’t really gone into the problems we had with the app and how we were working on a substandard map without addresses… but suffice it to say this was the only time it was an advantage.  The map showed the egg smack dab in the middle of the Brooklyn Navy Yards.  So we walked down Flushing Avenue for a really, really long block.  The GPS on the map showed the way in was through the guard shack and into the yards themselves.  We approached the shack and were immediately questioned.  We were not going to be allowed entry… the guard made a call and said for us to hang on just a moment.  Next thing we know, a shuttle van pulls up and we are told the driver will take us down to the other gate so we don’t have to walk all the way back to where we had been before. The best part,  the van took us right through the middle of the Navy Yards and basically gave us the GRAND TOUR 🙂  So this egg will always be a symbol to us of our private tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yards and a super nice security guard that could have just told us to walk the long way around.. 🙂  Yay Brooklyn! 

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We finish off in Brooklyn at a sweet bakery and the Fulton Street Mall,  another area landmark.

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And finally the farthest we managed to roam in our search,  The Bronx,  that foreign land to the north full of Lions and Tigers and Bears.. (the zoo) Oh My! Took the always crowded 6 train up to Soundview for this beauty.  

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We go back to Manhattan tomorrow.. landmarks and maybe a museum or two,  see you then!

  

today is for the egg-stra special bits…

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 🙂

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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!

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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:

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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.

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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. 

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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!

 

another day… another egg-dition

Downloaded a walking app the other day,  I was curious as to how much mileage we are racking up during our quest.  Found out it is  averaging about 5 miles a day,  not half shabby and no wonder my knees are telling me my ankles are ticked off at the bottom of my feet.

Today as promised we begin with Saks Fifth Avenue… an egg on every floor.  I think we got in early on the hunt on this one as the security guards were not sure about the details.  I bet they know by now considering how many people were hunting over the weekend.  Luckily a very nice guard, one of many we have met the last few days, showed us how to get to the Saks Concierge Desk.  From there it was off to explore each floor, so here we go:

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This one was particularly fun!  Neon and color! 

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Look close! William Wegman Weimaraners

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Mini eggs for sale at the “pop-up” store inside Saks.

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Moving along now we get to a few from “Studio in a School” one of the charities benefiting from the Big Egg Hunt.

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These wonderful eggs and the two blanks above are designed or will be designed by school children participating in the Studio in a School Program. 

On to Madison Avenue,  a lot of eggs along this way, so many beauties and so many great experiences.  Thanks to the concierge at the Lowell Hotel, the staff of the Faberge Store and all the other wonderful people along Madison Avenue.  

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Tomorrow we meet Babar and Waldo….   hope you come back to see!

 

 

the egg-venture begins

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As many of you might know,  New York has been invaded by eggs,  a couple of hundred, 266 possibly rumored to be 268 to be exact or maybe not exact.. but somewhere there abouts, hidden in all 5 boroughs.

The Big Egg Hunt sponsored by Faberge http://thebigegghunt.org 

My youngest son is turning 18 soon,  his whole life ahead of him and away from home to find his own.  He and I have always gone on grand adventures:  we roadtripped across the West, we have collected minerals, geodes and fossils all over the Southwest, we have explored caves and mountains.   I will miss those times so much.

One last grand adventure…   How many eggs could we find together and how many more lessons could I teach him in navigating the world.  So our mission begins today in Little Italy and continues through the Lower East Side.  

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So many discoveries along the way,  Economy Candy on Rivington was overwhelming and wonderful all at once.

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We will stop here for the first installment,  many more to come.  In the last few days I have been inside museums, barber shops, tattoo parlours, galleries, stores, bakeries, restaurants, hotels and others.  So,  stay tuned….