Our very first morning in New York we set of for museums. The subway stop we disembarked on turned out to be the Dakota. One of the features on my to see. Then we tripped across the street to Strawberry Fields. Tiny snowdrops were just poking their heads above the ground through several inches of brown leaves. Among the brown leaves were nestled little brown sparrows with just their wee heads poking up. It was a cold day in Central Park and we only encountered a few hardy souls. However we did stop for pictures at the Alice in Wonderland statue and kept on going until we reached the Loeb Boathouse tearoom. It was warm and welcoming and we enjoyed tea and scones before setting off for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
From there to the Guggenheim. One could not visit New York without seeing Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic structure. There I found an unusual (my take) exhibition by On Kawara – Silence. A m interesting part of the exhibit were a set off canvasses with dates mounted on them. Below each date were the boxes that they were to be stored in, each box was lined with a newspaper from the date hanging above. So they were a 20th century history. Another exhibit was Kandinsky before Abstraction which I found very interesting. What I found the most memorable was a Picasso entitled “Woman Ironing”. Leaving the Guggenheim we took a taxi (so we could say that we had) part way to Rockfeller Centre. On the way we had a glimpse of Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall.
It was actually cold enough that people were skating, another iconic glimpse of New York. We made our way to the Top of the Rock and had a magnificent view of Central Park, it seemed very small from that height. it was fun to see the view from each side and get the skyscrapers of New York in our sights. When we looked way way out we could see the Statue of Liberty in the distance. I was quite satisfied with that. The Staten Island ferry and Ellis Island will have to wait until a warmer trip.
One of the sights that I really enjoyed was seeing the Chrysler building lit up at night. It was a beacon to orient oneself by. The lights on the World Trade Centre from a distance were also magnificent.
A trip to MoMa (Museum of Modern Art) was an experience. Just getting in and checking and retrieving one’s coat was an experience. No matter where we went the number of people was always a bit of a surprise although it should’t have been. Clearly what I understood at an intellectual level had a emotional impact that I wasn’t prepared for. At MoMa I was able to see “The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters” and a special exhibition that included some textiles.
One last stop to note in all around the town was a visit to the New York Public Library. Patience and Fortitude,the lions at the entrance, were impressive and I expect serve as reminders of the value of both of those attributes every time one passes them. The library was awe inspiring and I would have loved to spend the day and then another and another.
All around this town in any detail would take a life time. I managed to get just a taste.