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The Brooklyn Bridge and South Street Seaport

Brooklyn Bridge &south_street_seaport1ny brooklyn bridge 001Sunday May 6th was a beautiful day in NYC!  Some of the au pairs from the Long Island Clusters of Au Pair in America walked from Borough Hall in Brooklyn across the Brooklyn Bridge.  The bridge was crowded with walkers and bikers.  It was also the day of the NYC Bike-a-thon through all 5 NYC boroughs!  ny brooklyn bridge 006

South Street Seaport is close to the bridge, so we walked over there after walking across the bridge.  The area was full of people enjoying the beautiful weather in outdoor restaurants and all the kiosks along Fulton Street and on the wharf!  ny brooklyn bridge 007

Singing Au Pair Ariane Galvan

Ariane Galvan from Brazil is an Au Pair with Pair in America.  Ariane, also known as Ane, is with a host family in Sag Harbor, NY.  Like most au pairs, she loves NYC!   She also loves to play guitar and sing!  Here is Ariane Galvan singing New York, New York! 

Academy Awards this Sunday, February 26

Time to pick the best picture and actors!  You can still catch most of the nominated movies at the local theaters and on DVD.  Watch the Academy Awards on Sunday evening.  Start with the Red Carpet pre-show which is on several TV channels.  I love the fashions, seeing who has the best and the worst outfit!   Check out the official Academy Award website for the nominees and all things Oscar.  http://www.oscars.org

In NYC you can actually take your picture holding a real Oscar for free!  oscar Cindy

You’re Invited!

  • Have your picture taken holding an actual Oscar statuette to share with friends and family via Twitter and Facebook!
  • See the Oscar statuettes that will be awarded to the Best Actress and Best Actor winners at the 84th Academy Awards® (these statuettes will return to Hollywood on Friday, February 24 at noon).
  • See the Scientific and Technical Award – an Oscar statuette – presented to the Eastman Kodak Company in 2007 “for the development of photographic emulsion technologies incorporated into the Kodak Vision2 family of color negative films.”
  • See a display of Oscars in various stages of completion.
  • Also on display, Michael Douglas’s Best Actor Oscar from Wall Street. 

                                                                                                            Cindy Garruba with Oscar Statue


Wednesday, February 23 through Sunday, February 27         


Wednesday: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.             

Thursday – Sunday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall


Free and open to the public

Au Pair in America Scavenger Hunt in NYC

On October 23, 200 Au Pair in America Au Pairs went on a Scavenger Hunt in NYC.  They searched all over Manhattan for the items on the list snapping pictures by smiling policemen, in front of Mood fabric store, visiting Tiffanys and so much more!  Fun for everyone and the top 4 teams even won cash prizes!scavenger hunt 011

Brazilian Day in NYC

The event is celebrating its 27th anniversary, with the Lavagem da Rua 46 on Saturday September 3, and Brazilian Day on Sunday, September 4, at 46th Street, also known as Little Brazil, and 6th Avenue, near Times Square. Presently the event takes over 25 blocks surrounding Little Brazil.

The festival began to celebrate Brazil’s Independence Day. Since 1984, that small celebration has only grown, up to the point of attracting over1.5 million people in 2010, according to official information from NYPD.

Brazilian dayPeople come from as close as Connecticut and as far as California. Perfectly bonding with the diverse population of New York City, people also come from Europe, Asia and Africa, to join in the festivities. Some travel in groups, they commute by bus, some fly in, and others simply drive hundreds of miles. No one wants to be left out of this party, which is now considered the world’s biggest Brazilian event outside Brazil and one of the greatest ethnic events in the Big Apple.

The organizers of Brazilian Day, The Brasilians Newspaper, The Brazilian-American Cultural Center (BACC) and TV Globo Internacional, are expecting a record number of participants for the 27th celebration.There are no precise estimates of how many Brazilians live nowadays in the United States. However, the Brazil Information Center (BIC), a non-profit poll organization based out of Washington, D.C., estimates that there are over a million Brazilians throughout the entire country. Of those, 300 thousand live in the three-state area of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. The NGO also estimates that 100 thousand alone live in the Borough of Queens, New York.

The Brazilian Day festival is not simply a party celebration; it has become an opportunity to reach out to the Brazilian community in the United States. On that day, Brazilians join each other from different parts of the world, many coming from Brazil just to attend the festival, show their pride, advertise their culture and live their nostalgic and anonymous feeling of being an immigrant away from home.

Broadway in April

NYC 006On Saturday, April 2nd the Long Island Clusters of Au Pair in America went to NYC to see the new Broadway show “Baby It’s You!”  The show is in previews and officially opens April 27th.  We all loved the show which featured songs made famous by the Shirelles.  Baby Its You 2




baby its youBABY IT’S YOU! is the original Broadway musical inspired by the true story of Florence Greenberg, a suburban housewife from New Jersey, who discovered one of the greatest girl groups of all time, The Shirelles, and created Scepter Records, becoming the music industry’s first female powerhouse.