I could hear Frank Sinatra in my head singing “New York New York” and you better believe these little town blues definitely went away once I got to New York City. The city that never sleeps is full of hustle and bustle no matter the time of day. I flew into New York on the night of my birthday and due to some major delays which means I had already delayed a day of my trip. On the bright side, at least I was able to make it there that night and not waste the whole following day.
I flew in on a Friday, so Saturday my boyfriend and I were able to enjoy our anniversary. We stayed in Hoboken, NJ and lets just say I think both of us have gotten public transportation down by this point. Once we got to New York, he surprised me with an amazing dinner at chef Bobby Flay’s restaurant, Bar Americain. The food was delicious and I highly recommend it if you are ever in Midtown Manhattan. Afterwards, we wandered and ended up going to a comedy show.
The thing about New York is that there is always something to do. You cannot know what you are doing for that day but you will end up doing something. Sunday we ended up going to The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET) and that was probably one of my favorite museums that we went to (admission is free-donations is optional!). The exhibits were fascinating and a lot of the exhibits covered areas that are of usual interest for me (Egyptian, Asian, European, and Greek specifically).
My favorite piece was the statue of “Diana” or also known as “Diane Of The Tower”. The original piece was on top of the Madison Square Garden back in the late 1800s and is now displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The one at The MET is actually the reduced version of “Diana”. An interesting fact is that she sat atop the Madison Square Garden until it was torn down for the New York Life building. I found this statue of her very captivating and I felt like it embraced both feminine beauty and strength.
There were many beautiful art pieces at The MET and another favorite of mine was this stained glass window. You would not be able to just walk by this window without stopping to take a second glance. The picture does not do it justice. The colors were so vibrant it actually looked like you were looking outside into a nice Fall day through the window. There were many other exhibits that I enjoyed but we ran out of time and did not get to really take our times walking around the museum. The front of the museum was a wonderful place to just sit, eat cart food, and enjoy live entertainment.
I do not know if this happens all of the time but outside The MET there is this man who wears a penguin tuxedo suite with a top hat and plays the saxophone. There are a lot of street performers in New York but what was interesting about him was that he was playing Chinese music on the saxophone! Plus he was playing some Chinese songs that I was able to recognize so that got me pretty excited. Either way, make sure to tip him if you ever see him in that area!
Afterwards we went to this awesome ramen shop and let me just say that food is all I could think about. I had to take advantage of my food options while I could. Saturday and Sunday was only just the beginning!
Check back soon for part 2 of In Old New York!