NY: The Met, The Hudson, but not Top of the Rock

Today Kevin and I walked across Central Park and went to the Met. There were a couple of exhibits we wanted to check out (At War With the Obvious: Photographs by William Eggleston, and After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age). Both were good and interesting, but the total winner for the day was a film we watched in the Met’s Gallery 692 called Street by James Nares (British, born London 1953). It was an hour long and I’d have stayed way longer watching this mesmerizing slow motion view of NY street life. LOVED it.

I’ve embedded a two minute seventeen second clip here that you can also find on the Met’s website here:

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After the Met, we took a cab down to Pier 84 and met up with Larra to do the $28 NY Water Taxi ride that we’d wanted to do yesterday.



It left 44th Street and made a few stops on its way around the bottom of the island and over to Brooklyn.


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Then, it did a little side trip out to the Statue of Liberty, where they played (loudly) God Bless America and then New York New York as the boat did a song’s length pass by the statue for one side of the boat, then a song’s length pass for the other side so that everyone could get the appropriate tourist photos without pushing or shoving.

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It was totally cheeseball (the MUSIC! really??) and we all agreed we dug yesterday’s no-nonsense boat ride on the East River Ferry quite a bit better yesterday for $4.

Oh yeah, but next door to the ferry landing is the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, where they have the space shuttle Enterprise, sitting on top of the U.S.S. Intrepid. Normally, the Enterprise is covered with a giant canopy thing, but Sandy blew it away and now it’s just out in the open for everyone to see for free.


We disembarked and headed West to meet up with Ari with the idea we’d go up to the top of Rockefeller Center as soon as it got dark (for another, different view of the city and more tourist photos). We made a stop in H&M on Fifth Avenue for a bit though, and by the time we were finished and it was dark, it was also pouring rain. We abandoned that “go up in something tall” idea and grabbed a cab to head back toward Larra & Ari’s neighborhood where we had a nice dinner and more great conversation at Citrus over on Amsterdam and 75th.

I took some steamy cab window abstracts on the way over.

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