For yet another whirlwind weekend in the Big Apple!
HALF DAY ONE
Vanessa arrived early Thursday afternoon (having departed Houston at sunrise). We grabbed a Chinese lunch round the corner from me and just spent time with each other, in fact I even gave her some of the dresses I've grown out of. In the evening, we headed into the city to meet one of V's friends from tango who happened to be in town (happens every time that someone somebody knows is always in town), and then back to Laguardia to pick up V's boyfriend Pierre.
Most NYC subways are filled with mosaics, each stop having its own theme. This could be a blog post in itself.
City of contrasts (between 5th and Madison)
Apple and Bergdorf Goodman
On the way back through Manhattan to Brooklyn we got out at Union Square and went to the University Diner (near NYU). At 10pm we had a salad Nicoise and some REALLY good handmade pasta in a pink (between red and creamy) vodka sauce with zucchini and portobello mushroom. It really was deliciously yummy and I can't wait to eat it again. I've never eaten such tender, springy pasta - maybe THAT'S what al dente means...
DAY TWO - BROOKLYN WANDERINGS
We were a bit useless, despite waking up rather early, we only managed to make brunch (my now famous scrambled egg in a wrap with sausage patties), and left the house in the afternoon! The afternoon, I tell you!
Going up a few stops into another part of Brooklyn, we got out at Union Street subway and explored Park Slope towards Prospect Park (there's even a mini-movie), where we saw Grand Army Plaza and the Brooklyn Public Library.
No two houses are alike in this city...
Grand Army Plaza, in memory of those who died to preserve the Union (Civil War, 1860-1865)
A gazebo at Prospect Park
The Brooklyn Public Library (wiki), built between 1912-1941 (no typo here). Brooklyn borough is the fifth largest public library system in the USA.
Apparently from above it resembles an open book, with this face being the spine
All variety of symbology and literary figures cover the doors. All three entrances are flanked by excellent quotes carved in stone
If I had to choose, I would be Athena, and I like owls
We kept walking and saw some of the park. It is an intriguing park. After entering between two columns you find your way to a sort of keyhole tunnel, which transports you into a rolling meadow filled with ancient trees. It felt a bit like English countryside and we wanted to explore more. There is a lake, a boathouse, a Quaker cemetery, a Dutch farmhouse, the Botanic Gardens, and and and....but it was nearly 4.30pm by the time we'd snapped a few photos, so we legged it to the Brooklyn Museum (website) and had about 20 minutes to breeze through the decorative arts and room displays on the 4th floor.
The Brooklyn Museum (wiki), opened in 1897, is the second largest museum in NYC and one of the largest in the USA.
The Jan Martense Schenck House, built in the 1670s when Brooklyn was still Broekelin. Dutch houses abound in this part of the city and I would like to explore them.
Half is laid out in the original Dutch colonial style of Jan Martense and the other half in Nicholas Schenck's 18th century style.
THE DINNER PARTY, Judy Chicago:
This exhibition, which has travelled far and wide, is over 30 years old and represents many of the most powerful and influential females of history - warriors, rulers, writers, poets, innovators, activists. This one is Boadicea. Emily Dickinson's setting is pink and frilly and her embroidery more delicate.
Rodin's Burghers of Calais
Rodin sculpture gallery in the lobby
Inside the lobby at closing
In the Museum Plaza after a surprise sunlit rainshower
We ate hot dogs at the ubiquitous Sabretts stand outside the museum, then walked back into Prospect Park where we attempted to rescue a giant lost caterpillar on the pathway that refused to stay on a tree, so we abandoned him to his fate. But at least he was on the grass by then.
We returned home where we ate leftover egg rolls. Pierre stayed to take a nap (he was fighting a cold) and Vanessa and I walked to Shore Park to see the sunset. We went all the way to the veteran's memorial/POW-MIA pier at the top of the park, then into the pharmacy to pick up some meds for Pierre, and then took the subway two stops back home which saved about 20 minutes.
We were hungry again, so we went down to a sushi restaurant that I love. Had crispy tofu, seaweed salad, three types of sushi maki ($2.50 gives you 6 rolls); Pierre had beef teriyaki.
It was a pleasant stroll back home as we were very full.
..............................................New York sunset
[P.S. cross your fingers - I have an interview at an animal hospital on Monday.]