By: Hal C. Clarke
A mysterious pair of identical twin women, known as the “Indiggo Twins” but identified as Gabriela and Mihaela Modorcea, has sparked controversy among Upper East Side parents and nannies due to their frequent presence at John Jay Park’s playground, despite not having children of their own.
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Parents have raised concerns over the twins’ behavior, describing their interactions with children as unsettling. They allege that the twins often approach their kids with invasive questions and strange requests, such as wanting to braid a child’s hair and take photographs of them. Paulina, a mother of four, voiced her discomfort, stating, “This is my daughter’s playground. I don’t want adults around children,” and even reported the twins to the police after recognizing them from an online mommy group photo.
In response to mounting complaints, the Parks Department took action by placing a sign at the playground entrance, reading “No adults except in the company of a child.” However, despite this rule, there have been no reports of illegal activities involving the twins.
Caregivers have expressed discomfort with the twins’ interactions, including asking for children’s names and ages. One nanny recalled feeling uneasy and promptly left the park with the child in her care.
The situation has stirred discussions in local parenting groups, with some parents demanding that non-parents refrain from visiting the playground for the safety of the children.
Interestingly, the Modorcea sisters have a celebrity connection. They were born in Transylvania in 1983 and attended the Bucharest National University of Arts. In 2006, they relocated to the US to pursue careers in music and theater. Over the years, they have had several positive encounters with fame, including appearances on “America’s Got Talent” in 2008, a feature in a New York Post story about staying fit in 2009, a photograph kissing Robert De Niro at a Vanity Fair party in 2011, and their song “La La La” being sampled on Jay-Z’s “Watch The Throne” album in 2011.
Despite the controversy surrounding their presence at the playground, the twins maintain that they are being unfairly criticized. They describe themselves as well-meaning artists who have resided in the neighborhood for 16 years and emphasize their promotion of love and light. They argue that their intentions are innocent and that parents should be more open to their presence at the playground.
In response to concerns, the Parks Department has pledged to increase patrols of Parks Enforcement officers around the playground and has advised parents to report any illegal activities to the NYPD.
The twins’ background includes being born in Transylvania in 1983 and attending the Bucharest National University of Arts. They moved to the US in 2006 to pursue careers in music and theater and have had various positive brushes with fame over the years.
Despite the controversy surrounding their presence, some community members do not view them as a threat. Lucilla, a nanny of 33 years, believes authorities should focus on other issues in the park and states, “They don’t seem harmful to me.”