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Today we are going to Muse about our recent sojourn to New York City.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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BIG APPLE

Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building

This was the week of rain and humidity here in Florida. Little sunshine, lots of water, local flooding.  Hmmm!  Fortunately we were not here.  We were in New York City!

This was a time to see family, friends, theater and museums.  I’ll tell you about our week.

We flew up on Saturday to La Guardia.  Currently the airport is under construction and people arriving who have arranged for a car to pick them up must take a shuttle a short distance to a pick up area.  It must be about four blocks.  The shuttle took about an hour and a half to go that short distance.  Terrible!  Four lanes of traffic converge into one lane creating a massive backup.  It took us as long to get to our hotel from the airport as it took to get from Florida to New York.

In the afternoon my sister and niece came into the city from New Jersey to have dinner with us.  We stayed mid-town.  Hadn’t seen them in a couple of years. They are looking good.

On the Roof Terrace

On the Roof Terrace

The next day we took the Metro North to get to New Salem where we spent the day with Jeanette’s sister and brother-in-law, their three children and their spouses, Jeanette’s seven grand nieces and nephews and three of Jeanette’s cousins one of which was accompanied by her spouse. So . . . including us that adds up to 21 people.   That is a lot of relatives in one place at one time!

It is an exciting time for the family.  Two of the girls just graduated from college, another is mid way through.  One of the boys has just started his own business.  We enjoyed seeing them all.

Monday friends came up from Baltimore to meet us for lunch at Manzo’s Ristorante in the Eataly complex.  The last time we saw them we met at the same place.  If you find yourself in the city and haven’t been there you should check it out.

Manzo Ristorante

Manzo Ristorante

The restaurant is very good but Eataly is amazing.  It is an Italian market occupying what must be half a city block selling more varieties of cheese, wine and specialty foodstuffs than I have seen anywhere else.  More than in Italy!  It is worth a visit.

The_Whitney_Museum,_New_York_City_in_2015

The_Whitney_Museum,_New_York_City_in_2015

Later in the afternoon we toddled off to the Whitney Museum of art.  Currently on exhibit is the is the Whitney Biennial 2017.

I did not care for it.  The work is very dark, angry and depressing.  But that is me.  Other people obviously appreciate it.

The museum building is interesting, with each floor having a terrace.  It allows you to see wide panoramas of the city in several directions.

View from the Whitney

View from the Whitney

Tuesday more friends came in to meet us for lunch.

Jeanette, Wesley, Mickie, Ritchie

Jeanette, Wesley, Mickie, Ritchie

Jeanette was longing for an old-fashioned deli and a pastrami sandwich.  However, it was raining a bit and the group decided the pastrami would be another time.  We settled on an Irish pub.

That brings us to Wednesday, a day for the theater.  We were joined by David and Nancy, friends of Jeanette going back to high school days,  and off we went to see a matinée.

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots

This is a fun and spirited production.  If you want a philosophical show, this is not it.  If you want a show that will leave you humming the tune, this is not it.  But if you want fun and flash, humor and action you will like this.

Photo4_KinkyBootsTour_PhotobyMatthewMurphy

Photo4_KinkyBootsTour_PhotobyMatthewMurphy

After the theater we went to The Modern, a really wonderful restaurant at the Museum of Modern Art.  The setting is open and “modern”.  The service was impeccable and the food was as nice as it gets.  Thank you David and Nancy.

The Modern

The Modern

So now we were at Thursday.  This day was unique in our city experience.  We were by ourselves!

Met-Breuer

Met-Breuer

We went to the Met Breuer, the new addition to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

On exhibit now is an impressive collection of work by Marsden Hartley.  It focuses on his landscapes and seascapes of Maine.

WEB_68a.-Hartley,-Mount-Katahdin,-H-232

WEB_68a.-Hartley,-Mount-Katahdin,-H-232

We walked thirty blocks from our hotel to the museum which allowed us to see more of the city, crowds traffic and all.

Traffic

Traffic

I got to fool around with my camera.

on the way to the Met Breuer

on the way to the Met Breuer

Reflection in the window

Reflection in the window

After the museum we walked three blocks and there was

The Deli

The Deli

and Jeanette got her hot pastrami sandwich!

A perfect day.

Friday we flew home.

So there you have it . . . our week in the city!

But wait,

 let me tell you what impressed me as much as anything else.  After the theater we were enveloped by a huge crowd as several theaters were disgorging their patrons at the same time.  Taxis were bumper to bumper and nothing was moving very well.  We wanted to get away from the crowd and over to the restaurant.

David suggested we take pedicabs, something like this:

Pedicab

Pedicab

We took two.  They actually worked well as they weaved in and out and around the traffic.  Jeanette found it scary.  As we went along, Jeanette said “It says $7 a minute”.

I said “That can’t be right.  It must be $7 a mile.”

Well, she was right . . .$7 a minute.  Our 17 minute ride cost $240, $120 for each pedicab!

$7 a minute is $420 an hour!  I need to buy one of those pedicabs.

More to come

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About Thomas L. Tribby

Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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