New York: April 22-27

I’ve been back in the Pacific Northwest now for over a week, but I’ve been slow to finish up organizing photos and wrapping up my trip blog posts. I have not done much since I got back, but it’s been relaxing to take my time and to not feel rushed to accomplish a lot right now. I do need to start getting my plans for May and June more figured out though, but for now, it’s been good to be able to rest.

The week in NYC went pretty fast, but of course, it was good to see my sister Jenna again. She stays very busy with work and life, so it’s nice of her to change the pace of her busy life to host me. We went out to eat (Korean a couple times, Thai a couple times, Chinese soup dumplings, Venezuelan, falafel), went to see off-Broadway show STOMP (Jenna’s treat), and went to a conference that Jenna was interested in. While Jenna had to work, I did some tourist activities on my own.

On Friday nights, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has free entrance hours. I had to wait almost an hour to get into the museum, but it was well worth it.

I didn’t know that Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies” was housed in MoMA:

Here’s Vincent van Gogh’s “The Olive Trees”:

I didn’t know that Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” was housed in MoMA either. That was exciting.

There was an awesome Pablo Picasso Guitars temporary exhibition, but I couldn’t take pictures in it. There were some other Picasso pieces scattered around the permanent exhibits though, and here’s Picasso’s Violin and Grapes”:

There’s a Marc Chagall museum in Nice that I didn’t go to, so in honor of the Chagall museum, here’s Chagall’s unique “I and the Village”:

On Monday, I went to the World Trade Center site and visited the Tribute WTC Visitor Center. They are currently working on a permanent tribute site to be built in the footprints of the former Twin Towers, but the temporary visitor center was still very meaningful and well-done.

On Tuesday, I crammed in a few last touristy activities before having to leave NYC the next day. I went to Bowling Green, the first public park in NY established in 1733:

Nearby I took pictures in Battery Park:

And from there, I rode the Staten Island Ferry to Staten Island and back:

I walked up to Wall Street after the ferry ride and then walked the Brooklyn Bridge:

I could have used another day or two in New York, but I was also kind of glad when it was time to leave. To me, NYC is a great place to visit, but it is a little too abrupt, aggressive, and impatient. Nevertheless, the food is wonderful, and it’s a beautiful, urban city. It was great to see Jenna again, and it was a good to also have a segway from Europe into “normal” life back in the PNW.

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~ by Palouse to Port on May 6, 2011.

2 Responses to “New York: April 22-27”

  1. I’ve enjoyed all your writing about the places you have visited, in addition to all your pictures. My computer time will be boring without all your posts. It’s been fun to see what a great photographer you have evolved into. You will have to give me lessons.

    • Thanks for following the blog, Diane! 🙂 Nice compliment about the photos, but that’s way too generous. I think I should be taking lessons from you…

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