Last week we were in Manhattan and decided to take a little walk.
We made our way from the east side of 40th Street south to the Brooklyn Bridge.
Soooooo, of course we had to walk across to Brooklyn.
After checking out the Promenade, we wandered through the streets of Brooklyn Heights.
Those stately brownstones have some pretty serious door-bragging-rights!
I couldn’t resist stopping to grab a few shots on my phone… to share with you.
After stopping for a delicious pizza & salad, we made our way to Dumbo for a quick explore before heading back across the Bridge and to our hotel.
It was a long, hot walk. Something like 23 kilometres in New York’s August heat.
And still, it was an exhilarating adventure! One of those bucket list kind of days.
Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors
On my most recent visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I kept a promise with myself and made my way to the roof-top for a glass of wine while overlooking Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. A pretty spectacular and indulgent treat, I thought. (Especially as I was alone and the wine was not inexpensive)
To my absolute surprise and delight, I found here this extraordinary installation by Argentinian artist Adrian Villar Rojas – The Theatre of Disappearance.
In this exhibit, the artist used the Museum itself as as inspiration. Each piece represents replicas of nearly 100 objects from The Met collection.
Each object is a fusion (or collage) of various, otherwise unconnected pieces from the collection, drawing from thousands of years of artistic production over several continents and cultures.
It’s is all rendered in the same black or white material and coated in a layer of dust.
It was equally eerie and mesmerizing. Simply breathtaking set against that magnificent backdrop.
I was happy to slow down and admire, taking it all in while juggling my wine glass with my camera.
If you are in NYC, the show runs until October 29, 2017 at The Met Fifth Avenue. I recommend it!
I really love libraries.
But even if your not a big library fan, this place is worth a visit. There’s always something interesting going on at the New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 5th Avenue.
If your lucky (like I was once), or a more organized traveller, you can take in any number of free public talks. I happen to walk off the street at the right time. But I’ve also I’ve enjoyed a number of intriguing exhibitions here. Most recently I saw the Love in Venice show, which explores some of what sets Venice’s history apart from that of the rest of Europe. But …. I digress. This post is about Doors ….
There are so many extraordinary doors and doorways here!
That ceiling!! Let’s peak inside …
What a space!!
If you do find yourself here, make some time to visit Bryant Park. Located directly behind the library, this park is actually built on top of the library’s collection (which is housed in a climate controlled space underground).
I’ve heard this place referred to as NewYork’s Livingroom. You can see everyone here: from tourists to locals, from businessmen to schoolchildren.
There’s a children’s area, complete with carousel and outdoor library.
And plenty of lovely places to enjoy a glass of wine or a coffee, some conversation, have your lunch, or maybe some quiet solitude in the midst of the busy city.
You could read a book!!
Norm’s Thursday Doors
New York City has soooo many sights to visit. And there are just sooooo many things to do here. But, I guess I’m a creature of habit. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of my favourite places to visit when I’m in NYC.
The MET is the largest museum in the United States and one of the most visited in the world. I’ve been here several times but have not seen the same exhibits twice.
Here are a few of the doors I walked through in this most magnificent building on my most recent visit.
Going up ….
This column is just a portion of one from the Temple of Artimis and is part of the Greek and Roman Sculpture Exhibition.
This exhibition was a fine prelude to the special installation which is on the rooftop. But more about that in a future post. For now we are looking at doors … and doorways.
Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors.
“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the centre” – Kurt Vonnegut
Peering over the edge of a wing for a quick glance at Manhattan. July 2016.
Some wee Irish dancers in the St Paddy’s Day parade in NYC, where I found myself last Thursday.
Me, and few million other people were graced with this parade which reached out along 5th Ave. – the largest civilian parade in the world. Six. Hours. Long.
But these young sprites are looking fresh, don’t you think?
WPC – Dance
From the Highline, Chelsea, NYC. Kinda says it all …
Photo taken with my “old” iPhone.
WPC – One Love
The iconic New York Stock Exchange, 18 Bond Stret, NYC.
Just looking at this photo makes my feet hurt – we walked for about 12 hours (with breaks for refreshments) and covered about 50k the day it was taken. But that’s fodder for another story. 😉
Weekly Photo Challenge – Ornate
There are many famous bridges. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, Tower Bridge in London and the Confederation Bridge (to PEI) come immediately to my mind. But the Brooklyn Bridge must be among the most iconic of bridges. This “grid-y” photo was taken during our visit to NYC last November …… When I checked off a bucket list item, and marched across the Brooklyn Bridge and back again. It was fabulous!! (And very busy)
WPC – Grid
Swarm: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Architecture: Reflection on the Hancock Building, Boston
Treasure: Family Heirloom
A Pop of Colour: Unexpected
Nature: Forest Floor
Landmark: Canada’s Parliament Buildings, Ottawa
Bliss: Anticipating a Day to Myself
Street: Fifth Ave., NYC
One photo, every day! This was such an interesting exercise. It’s one thing to point a click when I see something I like and want to record, but the challenge came in focusing on a specific theme every day.
When I read the assignment, the first thing that came to mind was, of course, bees…..or atleast some insects. But this is November and all those guys are tucked away. I certainly did not expect to find a “swarm” in an art gallery exhibit. But, voila! There it was.
And that is what I have taken from this workshop. It’s all about keeping my eyes (and my mind) OPEN. 🙂
I’ve gathered a few of my favourite photos here, taken this month. But I am very happy to report that I did manage to rise to the challenge every day….even the weekends. It was fun!
Thanks for coming along with me.