Jeepers creepers I love this city. People say New Yorkers are rude and abrasive, but I am running around with the cool kids. Still hitting up all the museums, above is from a trip to MoMA. I can’t find it in my heart to appreciate modern art. With my limited scope of the artists, schools and history behind the work, I can at least appreciate the beauty of classic artwork. But modern? I can’t see the beauty of it. Maybe that’s the point. A redefinition of beauty? MoMA left me empty, but after the Frick Collection and The Guggenheim my heart was full again. The Frick Collection is fantastic. A home built to become a museum upon the death of the owner, Henry Clay Frick, you feel like you have a personal tour through one of the most beautiful homes in New York. It doesn’t have a sterile museum feel, but is welcoming and filled with hand-picked epics from Frick’s personal collection.
I’m ready to head back to the MET. I went once this fall, but had to cut my trip short to pick up my bosses’ child from school! I haven’t seen the Museum of Natural History yet, either. I live just a few stops away from the Brooklyn Museum, which I’m excited to see as well! I’ve heard some rumors of a graffiti museum that I need to check out as well. Most of the museums have a pay-what-you-wish or free day, and my friend and I have been hitting them up. Super convient to live here and not be hindered by an itinerary, especially when admission runs $20+ at some.
There are 1001 other museum guides out there, so there is no need to write my personal and uneducated views on the artwork here. Here are a few resources I’ve made use of…
Free & Discounted Museums in New York
A-Z New York Museums
It’s been about 4 months in the city. In August I had no idea that I’d be here today. 3 apartments and 2 jobs later, I am loving my life here more than ever. I’m working for a fantastic start-up and living in Brooklyn with 4 great girls! New York is just, fantastic. It’s been funny though, I’ve started crossing paths with acquaintances, seeing people I know on the train, and the city starts to seem small. But not that small :) New York is constantly changing and there is always something new to explore, especially for me, the new girl to the city. I just went to the Chelsea Market on an errand for work yesterday. So much fun. It was all I could do to not stop and browse but get back to the video shoot in a timely manner with the garlic and chef’s jacket that we needed! I’m thinking of going to a Winter Flea Market in Brooklyn this weekend, and also want to check out my neighborhood. There are a couple adorable coffee shops I need to hit up. Pull out the flannel and bring an old book, go a little hipster ;)
A crowded Grand Central Station, due to the limited availability of the train.
To adjust for the lack of the train they had free buses running… what craziness!
This was my first time in GCS believe it or not! I’d passed through on my way downtown but never gone up to see it. So beautiful!
No power… But a few stores ventured to open their doors to customers.
No starbucks :(
This was a funny moment. I spied these guys hoisting up a flag as I walked down the sidewalk, and waited for a minute while they made the last hooks and adjustments before running it up, knowing that the little wait would be worth the grand photo. The flag raised after such a terrible storm, symbolic and striking newspaper worthy photo right?
Well, little kink in the plan. They had her all hooked up and ready to fly…. Upside down. Needless to say they quickly lowered the flag and started unhooking and latching to switch it. A little anti-climatic but I couldn’t help but giggle.
I volunteered last Sunday with some people from my church knocking on doors with groceries in a blind and deaf building repacking food, distributing supplies etc on the Lower East Side. A lot of people were still without power and heat. Thankfully the train is up and running again, but there is still a lot of work to be done near the coast, the news is reporting all that so there’s no need for me too as well, and I’m so removed from the problems up here. Blessed, but trying not to become oblivious as I sit in a heated apartment with a full fridge and wifi. Keep NY in your prayers!
As I’m sure you’ve heard, “Superstorm Sandy” tore up the East Coast this past Monday. I’d never been through a hurricane before, and although (thankfully!) my apartment was untouched so many other homes have been destroyed and people are still without power. Tuesday morning I ventured out in the still fairly strong wind, intermingled with little bouts of rain to peep around with my other curious neighbors. Where I am on the Upper East Side of Manhattan was fairly untouched, only a few downed trees and smashed cars, we didn’t even loose power. Thank you to all my wonderful friends and family for the prayers and messages, I’m really thankful to be in a safe area.
It’s been a busy week. Understatement. It’s been a busy month. Last weekend I took a quiet bus to Harlem and walked around, enjoying the cool fall air and exploring. Sometimes you just need some simplicity and peace. No itinerary, no plans.