The first time we were in NY, we had skipped the big museums and went to less famous ones instead. Now, with all the heat outside, a huge air-conditioned place with all kinds of exhibits seemed like the ideal way to spend the day.
First, we visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It reminded me of the Louvre in Paris. Also, it made me wonder... if so many Egyptian and Greek objects are spread around the world, what is actually left in Egypt and Greece? These two sections seemed to be the most popular in the museum. I really enjoyed the American Wing, though, with all the 18th and 19th century rooms. I couldn't get enough of the furniture and the decoration.
If you know me, you know that modern art is really not my cup of tea. Especially when you have to pay 25$ to see it. (25 dollars???seriously?) There's enough shit as it is in our every day lives; why should I pay to see it framed? Writing these lines, I have a very specific exhibit in mind. It consisted of huge metal bottles that were labeled: mucus, vomit, diarrhea and so on. Why? WHY??
We decided to go to the MoMA mainly because a friend recommended the Rain Room. It is a room where it rains but when you walk inside you don't get wet; water doesn't touch you. However, it was the only thing we didn't get to see as one of the employees informed us that there was a 5-hour wait and that people start lining up at 6am.
These are some works of art I really enjoyed. When I taught in Greece, I often used the Moma Art Safari with my students, so I was glad to come across one of the paintings in the museum.
When it comes to eating in NY, the choices are unlimited. Name it and they will have it. The first day, though, we made the mistake of going to a Trader Joe's to buy some yogurt and fruit. I couldn't believe my eyes! The line of people waiting to pay was gigantic; it went around the entire store! I had never seen 200 people waiting in line at a grocery store before. It was much easier to get a place in the line and do your shopping as you went, one step at a time. You don't believe me? Take a look:
|it went on and on|
Then, on a different day, we came across the Magnolia Bakery. We gave it a try and the banana bread pudding was actually really good.
After we had eaten the pudding, I googled the bakery because I was trying to remember why it is so famous. But what comes up first? Some months ago it had been shut down for a few days over mouse infestation. Oh New York... that's why I don't like you. To be fair though, it's one of the cutest bakeries I've seen.
Before taking the ferry to Staten Island, I was in the mood for a Greek pita. So we went to a place called Souvlaki GR. You can visit their website here. Despite the fact that my pita was teeny tiny compared to what I would get in Greece, it was really tasty! They also had my favorite sparkling water and the fries were real, not those frozen ones they usually serve.
|our short trip to Greece|
The last food picture is from a flea market in Queens. I didn't have a donut but they looked delicious.
Walking around in extreme heat is not ideal, but it's much better than waiting in the subway where the temperature must be 50 degrees Celsius (thank God the trains are air-conditioned) or taking a taxi and seeing your life flash before your eyes every time the driver changes lanes.
These are a few snapshots of various places around the city.