Happy Birthday Campbell

Our eldest son is 10 today. Congratulations. We celebrated with a combination birthday party and farewell picnic on Saturday in Brooklyn. Yes, we couldn’t stay away… We had the party at the beautifully situated Empire Fulton Ferry Park in Dumbo, bang between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, precisely where Bono and co. set up stage a few months back. Campbell had a blast with his friends, the water balloon contest proving particularly popular. And we still have plenty birthday cake left if anyone’s hungry.

Among the adults seeing us off was probably every single iJamming! Pub regular based in NYC. (So much for the iJamming! Pub night out – the weekend picnic is clearly the way to go!) A quick name-check to Michael C, Madina21, paddycasino aka TheLastLivingBoyInStatenIsland, Geoffrey Armes, McCutcheon, Tomasch and, of course, everyone else who showed who ever visits this site. The event was a blast, and the weather could not have been more perfect.

Our former neighbors at the Warren Street St. Marks Community Garden kindly timed a ceremonial rose planting in memory of our street’s recently deceased residents for our return trip on Saturday. It was a sad but warm occasion. Our (former) next door neighbor Michael Scafuto and his children planted a rose in honor of his wife Helen Scafuto, and then said a brief prayer; from further up and over the street, Mrs Mohammad and her children planted a rose in honor of her husband Bilal, said a brief prayer in Arabic and then complemented our street and garden on being a place where people of all colors and religions and creeds could live together in peace and harmony. “This is as it should be,” she said, and it was hard not to stifle a tear. Especially given that we were less than 24 hours off commemorating New York City’s most tragic Anniversary. We will miss that communal aspect of living in New York City.

Top row: L: Campbell’s birthday cake got bashed on the way down from Bread Alone in the Hudson Valley, but the Pikachu survived intact. R: The kids playing the water balloon toss. Campbell in his Pokemon shirt. Second row: L: DJ JD. R: Geoffrey Armes and brood. Third row. L: DJ DB. Right: Former publicist turned stand-up comedian Michelle Ferguson-Cohen and husband Adi. Fourth row. L: Baby corner. R: Bryan Mechutan and partner Shannon. Fifth row: L: In honor of our former neighbor. R: In honor of our former neighbor.

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