New York City, Part III

Day 4 – Wednesday. J&K wanted to go see Live With Regis And Kelly. I had no interest in immersing myself in more estrogen-burdened air, but I did agree to get up early and go stand with them until they found out whether they’d gotten in. My plan was to then wander around Central Park for a couple of hours and meet them at the Guggenheim Museum. As it turned out, they didn’t make the cut, so we all wandered through the park to the Guggenheim.

Now, the Guggenheim Museum is all about modern art. I’m no student of art, I freely admit. The main exhibit was a series of architectural paintings by Zaha Hadid. As you can see here and here, they’re not the typical architectural diagrams. But after a while, after you see enough of these, they begin to make a certain sense. They are, I believe, intended to be more useful to Hadid than to anyone else, but as art they range from confusing to fascinating. There was also a large exhibit of Jackson Pollock works. And here’s where I admit that I don’t “get” Jackson Pollock at all. Try as hard as I may, the paintings just look like paint dribbled on canvas. I enjoyed the Vasily Kandinsky exhibit much more.

After the Guggenheim Museum, we wandered back across Central Park towards the American Museum Of Natural History. I knew Central Park was big, but until you walk through it, you don’t grasp the true size of the place. Or places, I should say, because as the pictures below show, it’s several different parks in one.

We left the park at West 85th, I think. As I said, we were headed towards the Museum of Natural History, but we wanted to wander a bit through the neighborhood, so we continued west towards Columbus Avenue. As I walked along, I thought about how Jackson is trying to attract people back to living downtown, and I wondered why they don’t build neighborhoods like these.

After a quick lunch, we went to the American Museum Of Natural History. 4 hours later, we had seen maybe 2/3 of what was there, and of the 2/3 we saw, we saw maybe 2/3 of the exhibits, if that makes sense. The place is enormous. I could have spent days there; maybe on a return trip I’ll get my chance. I even left off some of the dinosaurs – by 5:00 my knees were shot. And we were going to our first Broadway show that night. We went to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. I’m not much on theatre, but this show was hysterical, really excellent. If you get the chance to see it in New York, go. And if you check, there’s a chance you can get half-price tickets at the TKTS booth in Times Square. Did I mention this show was great? After the show, J, K, and I walked up Broadway to Maxie’s Deli for cheesecake. It just seemed like a great way to top off the evening.

July 6, 2006 В· Harry В· Comments Closed
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