1. Pack a lunch for your trip to The Met.
|I love the almost architectural vibe of this piece.|
|This is an El Greco of a saint, but It looks like John Brown became a pope.|
|I love that this painter is looking right at you. Its a detail from a larger painting, but it really struck me.|
|Everywhere you turn in this wing there are heads of people. This one stood out for just the opposite.|
This may sound like a negative, but its not. The Met is too large for a one day visit. In DC, the Smithsonian Institution is divided into individual museums and you can make it though one of them in a morning, for the most part. There is always more to see and I would recommend multiple visits, but it can be done. A morning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will get you through maybe 10-20 percent of the museum. One of the highlights of my week was lunch on the steps and 40 minutes of free time in the galleries. I went back to areas we had already explored or sought out new wings to wander through. I did that every day and am still sure I missed stuff.
2. New York City ain't normal.
|Time Square from several blocks away|
|In the thick of Time Square|
|All of the Broadway theaters are just off of Time Square. Almost right on top of each other.|
|The number of A-list movie stars on Broadway was larger than I had thought. Don't know if that is a good or bad thing, but ...|
|The electric bill must be staggering. This is one block in about six-all that wired.|
I've had the chance to travel to large cities and so I thought I was prepared for NYC. I was not. I can give you a laundry list of what I liked and what I didn't, but often what I liked about the city and didn't like occupied the same space. For example: Time Square is impressive. It houses these gems of theaters and stimulates you visually in a way I have never encountered. But is also more crowded that this small city boy enjoys and there is a general smell like a ripe diaper.
3. Greenspace is gold in NYC!
|A softball game in Central Park|
|A park near the Brooklyn Bridge|
|The reservoir in Central Park|
I take parks for granted. You can't in New York City. I was surprised at how many people congregated in all of the parks in the city. Washington Square, Union Square, Madison Square Park, Central Park... It was where people met up and hung out. In Wichita, a park has a completely different function. That's not a judgment either way, it just is. But in NYC, there was never a time that there wasn't someone in one of these parks. It made for great people watching.