A "Revolutionary" Journey Part III (New York City)Author: Host Ciao (More Trip Reviews by Host Ciao)
Date of Trip: December 2008
With only one day left in New York, I think I will throw in something else I learned that will help you if you are as crazy a photographer as I am. (We'll just forget the lost CD.) I tried to get other memory sticks copied when I was there. And there appear to be many camera stores, which also sell other electronics and, of all things, luggage. However, not a single one I stopped in could copy a memory stick onto a CD -- go figure. One said he could, but his machine was broken. I ended up having the copying done for an earlier night stick and a day memory stick at a drug store chain. I can't think of the name, but there are lots of them and it wasn't Walgreens.
I started my last day in New York shipping home some books and Christmas ornaments and pictures. There was a very convenient Staples store that shipped for me. I then took the subway up to the Columbus Circle area and took some pictures of the Circle and of the Time-Warner building. I walked east along Central Park South and then headed into the park to set out on my walk to see some of the statues shown on a couple of my maps. Again not all statues appeared on the three maps I had.
I spent about two hours on my wandering through Central Park and did find most of the sculptures and areas I wanted to see. These included Mother Goose, Alice in Wonderland, Hans Christian Anderson, Robert Burns, and several other authors. There were some kids climbing on the Alice in Wonderland sculpture, which I thought was a fitting addition to my picture. On the west side of the park is "Strawberry Fields, the memorial to John Lennon. It was surrounded by flowers. Also a man was there offering to tell the story to a crowd of people.
I had crossed from east to west in the park so I could end up near the American Museum of Natural History since I had designated this as "museum day." What a great place and so huge. I took a picture of the elephant and wandered in the mammals section a while and was so intrigued by what I was seeing I almost forgot the main reason I had wanted to come to this museum -- the huge Christmas tree decorated with origami ornaments. I took pictures of much of what I saw, and the dinosaur was so big it took two shots to cover it since I couldn't back up enough. Since it was about noon I decided to eat lunch here. And sandwich with salad was $10, not bad and better than the Smithsonian.
Another subway trip took me to 59th Street from where I walked to the Museum of Modern Art on 53rd near 5th. Here I especially wanted to see the exhibit of "Esquire" magazine covers -- all photographs. I also looked at the modern furniture display in the Architecture and Design section and then wandered in the sculpture garden. The only thing missing there is water, but I knew I wouldn't see too much of that in December.
I walked to the M1 bus stop on Madison Avenue and waited and waited and waited for the bus. Others were there too, and finally we rode up to the 83rd Street stop by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. So much!! I managed to hit the Ancient Rome section and also the Medieval Italian statues near the famous Christmas tree with its Neapolitan ornaments. A special lighting of the tree took place at scheduled times but no pictures of the tree were allowed. Of course, there are postcards and also a beautifully illustrated book. Yeah! I bought it.
Another well known exhibit I managed to visit was the Egyptian section with the rebuilt Temple of Dandur. I didn't make it off the first floor of the museum in the time I spent there. On Fridays it is open until 9 and I stayed until 6. I would have liked to go farther north to the Cloisters, the Met's medieval art section housed in rebuilt chapels and cloisters shipped from Europe. However, because of a reservation I had for 8:30 I didn't have time. I was there years ago and plan to go again next time I am in New York. The following website has links to the museums I visited and also to others. http://www.mustseenewyork.com/museums.html
The bus back down 5th Ave. was so slow that I got off and walked the last couple of blocks to 48th St. and the hotel. I packed for a bit and then walked to Café Un, Deux, Trois, on West 44th Street, a French restaurant I had eaten at twice before. I had an excellent dinner (but a bit expensive at $68 with tip) of liver (yes, I love it) with garlic potatoes, 2 glasses of wine, tarte tatin and espresso. This was my New York City splurge.
I took another walk up Broadway and 5th Ave. -- as I said before my favorite walk in New York. Lots and lots of people all over, and almost solid bodies around the Channel Gardens taking pictures of the Rockefeller tree. Yes, New York city is crowded and expensive at Christmas time, but for me anyway a great place to be. The next and last stop on my Revolutionary Journey -- Boston -- will take us back in time again.
Next: A "Revolutionary" Journey Part IV (Boston)
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