New York Art Trip
I visited New York City with my dad in March 2017. We actually went with a group organized by his alma mater and saw a lot of art, art galleries, and talked to a few artists. That part was really fun and inspiring. I won’t share any photos of the art because I feel like that might be unfair to the artists, but I’ll link to their websites below.
We got to our hotel in Soho and walked around a little. We had lunch at the famous Katz’s Deli, founded in 1888. The reuben sandwich was outstanding. And huge. I read in the Seattle Times (here) that soon you’ll be able to order some of their food by mail. Who knew. Anyway, this place was insanely busy and overwhelming. We ordered at the counter, but some tables have servers. If I had been alone I probably wouldn’t have braved it, but the food was definitely worth it.
We walked around a little more and had dinner at Hometown Hot Pot. Can’t say I’d recommend it. We walked through Little Italy a bit.
And had dessert at an Italian bakery. I had tiramisu, which was delicious, and my dad ordered the carrot cake was fantastic. It’s not the most traditional Italian dessert, but I love carrot cake.
Sunday started with a selfie.
We saw Rockefeller Center, which I’m glad we were able to see in the winter.
We stepped into St. Patrick’s Cathedral and it was remarkable.
We had pizza for lunch at Lombardi’s and it was very tasty. You can’t go wrong with a place that is a member of The Pizza Hall of Fame.
Then we took a historical walking tour through SoHo and Greenwich Village. I liked our guide, who was an actress and probably about my age. She knew all the Sex and the City filming locations, so I appreciated that 🙂
This place is allegedly haunted. You can read that story here. Spoiler alert, there was a murder and at the trial, the defense team included Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton.
In the afternoon we visited Sandy Winter’s studios. I like the concept of her art, though her athletic isn’t my taste. Each of her works of art begins with a small piece from one of her completed works, which she then builds on to create the new piece. Very cool. A lot of her aesthetic includes robots and machines combined with imagery of nature.
We had a mediocre lunch at Merchants River House in Battery Park and visited the Whitney Museum of American Art. Their show included very unusual modern art, mostly from young artists. I thought it was fantastic, but it wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Some of the best art isn’t appreciated in its time.
We visited the High Line, an elevated “walking park” and walked through some art galleries in Chelsea. I think the story of the High Line is remarkable. You can read more about it here. Long story short, Giuliani didn’t want this project to happen. The elevated railways were a rather seedy place and Giuliani wanted to knock it down for development. A large grassroots movement prevailed and the railway became a park instead. An innovative park at that, which is a huge draw, boasting 20 million visitors as of July 2014. So business didn’t suffer as some might have conjectured.
Above might be the work of Invader. Not sure.
We had a tour of the Music Box Theatre and dinner at Tony’s Di Napoli Midtown. The food was good but pretty run of the mill. I’m sure there’s better Italian food all over New York. We saw the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen which won 6 Tony Awards. It felt slightly preachy but was very well done. We passed Times Square on the way there.
We visited Andrew Moore, a photographer, in his studio. His photos are very interesting, almost hyperrealist. I love his approach and listening to him describe some of the stories behind his photos is fascinating. I now own two of his books, Detroit Disassembled and Russia.
We met with the head designer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who has one of the world’s coolest jobs. He helps design the galleries and figure out how to display new art displays. I could spend days in this museum.
We had lunch at the museum cafeteria and it was very good food. Would recommend.
We also visited the Tenement Museum, which was interesting. On the tour you have the opportunity to walk through some fairly well-preserved tenements in the Bowery and learn the stories of the people who lived there. I enjoyed learning about that segment of New York’s history. I think we ate Morganstern’s Finest Ice cream this night. No regrets on that front.
We visited a print making studio and the Art Students League. The Art Students League provides art classes. Some notable past instructors and alumni include Norman Rockwell, Alexander Calder, Georgia O’Keefe and Jacob Lawrence, Jackson Pollock, and Maurice Sendak. We walked around a little and also saw the Dakota, the apartment building where John Lennon lived and in front of which he was assassinated.
We saw a performance of Paul Taylor American Modern Dance in the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. This performance was not for me. That’s all I’ll say. However, it is where scenes from Center Stage were filmed which was fun to see.
We visited the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, which is definitely where I would like to live if I were to live in NYC. We visited Tom Otterness‘ studio. He does amazing sculptures, mostly in bronze. Some of his work is displayed in subway stations around New York. I think this is the afternoon we had Grey’s Papaya hotdogs and cookies at Levain, which were TO DIE FOR. Loved them.
In the afternoon, we visited the Empire State Building, which was not very crowded and was a lot of fun. I wanted to re-enact a few scenes from Elf, but no dice.
We had our farewell group dinner at Saxon + Parole. The food here was delicious. Highly recommend.
We headed to the airport early the next morning. I would love to go back to New York City. There’s so much to see, I know we only scratched the surface.