They are seeing a double problem.
Parents and babysitters on the Upper East Side are up in arms (and calling the authorities) over a pair of mysterious identical twin women who have no children but often frequent the John Jay Park playground.
They say the duo approach their children, eerily attract them (one caregiver recalled that a twin wanted to braid her young charge’s hair and then photograph the baby) and ask invasive questions.
“This is my daughter’s playground. I don’t want adults around children,” Paulina, 35, a mother of four, told The Post.
Last Wednesday, he saw the two 40-year-old women, known as the “Indiggo Twins” but whose real names are Gabriela and Mihaela Modorcea, in the park.
She recognized them from a photo posted on an online moms group and immediately called the police.
“I don’t know why they aren’t doing something better with their lives instead of hanging out on the playground,” Paulina fumed. “You have to draw the line.”
Twin sisters Gabriela Mordocea (left) and Mihaela Mordocea, 40, enjoy performing at John Jay Park on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Stephen Yang
Upper East Side parents say the twins have nothing to do on the playground if they’re not there with the kids.Stephen Yang
On Friday, the Parks Department posted a sign reading “No adults except in the company of a child” after receiving a flood of complaints about the twins. Stephen Yang
Last week, after a flurry of parents voiced their concerns to Community Board 5, the Parks Department posted a sign on the gates outside the entrance to the playground that read: “No adults allowed except in the company of child”.
But while the twins have violated that stated park rule, the department has not been informed of any actual illegal activity involving them.
Still, some who care for the little ones say the sisters have gotten too close.
One caregiver recalled feeling uncomfortable when asked the name and age of one of the babies she was caring for.
Neighborhood watchdogs have shared photos of the twins on a parents’ group, claiming they are disturbing and potentially dangerous. Provided to The New York Post
“If you’re not with kids, stay away from the playground,” one parent wrote in a thread. Provided to The New York Post
The sisters say they have been shocked by the recent accusations against them and that they are simply ethereal, well-intentioned artists who follow Jesus.Stephen Yang
The babysitter who recounted the strange hair-braiding incident said she left the park and took her 3-year-old son home immediately after the encounter.
“It’s very scary,” the babysitter, who requested anonymity, told The Post. “Maybe she wants to do something else.”
The moms have been talking about the twins for months in a local Facebook group.
“If you’re not with kids, stay away from the playground,” one parent wrote in a thread.
The Indiggo Twins included their song “La La La” on Jay-Z’s “Watch The Throne” album. Getty Images for 40/40 Club
Another parent pleaded: “Call whoever you have to call to keep our children safe.”
But the Modorcea say they are being unfairly villainized.
“We have lived here for 16 years. For 16 years we have been going to John Jay. He is the closest to us. It is a completely false alarm,” said Gabriela.
The twins shared a kiss with Robert De Nero at a party in 2020. Getty Images
The sisters’ story, according to them, is that they were born in Transylvania in 1983 and went to the National University of Arts in Bucharest.
In 2006, they came to the United States to pursue a career in music and theater.
They settled in a humble apartment on the Upper East Side where they lived with their mother.
Gabriela plays the piano and works as a songwriter while Mihaela plays the guitar and writes songs.
The twins were often photographed in the city in years past. Patrick McMullan via Getty Images
In 2016, they posed at an inaugural summer event in Southampton. Patrick McMullan via Getty Images
Before parents became upset with their presence on the playground, the twins had several more positive brushes with fame.
In 2008, they appeared on “America’s Got Talent.”
The following year, they were featured in a New York Post article about staying in shape. In 2011, they were photographed kissing Robert De Nero at a Vanity Fair party.
That same year, one of his songs was included on Jay-Z’s album “Watch The Throne.”
The sisters participated in “America’s Got Talent” in 2008©NBC/Courtesy Everett Collection
The couple came to New York when they were 24 years old to pursue a career in the arts. NBCUniversal via Getty Images
In 2017, they performed a song from their Off-Broadway play “Wicked Clone” on “Good Day New York.”
The duo stated that they have been shocked by the recent accusations against them and that they are simply ethereal, well-intentioned artists who follow Jesus and always wear matching, or at least complementary, outfits.
“The way we see each other [in the parenting group] —We look like criminals. Unconditional criminals. My weapon is love,” said Gabriela. “We are Christians, our goal is to promote love and light.”
In 2017, the duo starred in an Off-Broadway play, “Wicked Clone.” Fox
They performed a song from the program “Good Day New York.” Fox
They also spoke with Rosanna Scotto and Lori Stokes on the show. Fox
“It is a completely false alarm. It is quite the opposite,” Mihaela added.
Not all Upper East Side residents find the sisters troubling.
“They don’t seem harmful to me. Totally strangers, yes, but they have interacted with us and I don’t feel like it’s a threat,” Lucilla, a 33-year-old nanny, told The Post. “They have men who come to the park and they don’t come with children. They have small children who smoke. that is what [authorities] I need to concentrate. I don’t think you should worry [the twins].”
“The way we see each other [in the parenting group] – we look like criminals. Unconditional criminals. My weapon is love,” says Gabriela. “We are Christians, our goal is to promote love and light.” Stephen Yang
The sisters say they don’t want to hurt the children at John Jay Park. Stephen Yang
In a statement, the Parks Department told The Post: “We will increase our Parks officers’ patrols around the playground to monitor.”
The organization has advised parents to report any illegal activity to the NYPD.
As they twirled around the playground last Wednesday, wearing multicolored, flowy, matching dresses they designed, Gabriela insisted they bore no ill will.
The parents watched them skeptically from a distance.
Gabriela Mordocea and Mihaela Mordocea have been surprised by the complaints against them. Stephen Yang
Some took their strollers out of the playground after seeing the couple.
“We love children beyond belief,” Mihaela insisted, adding that parents simply need to be more open.
“Once you have spirituality and love blossoms within your heart, you will know who is someone who will harm your child and who is full of love,” he said. “These are difficult and strange times when people are too crazy.”