Sunday, October 7, 2007
Fall Trip to NYC
I'm just back from 3 days in NYC... three Fall days according to the calendar but quite summery and in the 80's in NYC! It was a hot but beautiful weekend there.
Yesterday I visited the Farmer's Market at Union Square. A true feast for the eyes. Though I was not in the market for fresh produce as I was on the road, hundreds of New Yorkers were there bright and early to fill their bags.
I also took in 3 tours that were part of Open House New York (OHNY). The first was Gramercy Park where I learned a great a deal about the history of this unique English styled town square including stories about its famous residents past and present. The park is private..only open to those who live abutting it but I snapped some pictures between the bars of the iron fence.
Unfortunately I did not spot either Julia Roberts or Uma Thurmon, both residents of the neighborhood. I also visited the offices of Atelier 10, a green building consulting firm and EverGreene Painting where I met artists and designers who produce works for cathedrals, theaters, state houses and much more.... way too much to write about. You'll just have to check out their site.
Today I spent part of my day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One my favorite spots was a wonderful courtyard area in Astor Court. The museum's web site states that the court is a unique feature of the Asian galleries modeled on a Ming dynasty (1368–1644) scholar's courtyard in the Garden of the Master of the Fishing Nets in Suzhou, a city west of Shanghai famous for its garden architecture. A gift of the Vincent Astor Foundation, the court opened in 1981.
The roof top garden was also lovely and the view of the NYC skyline over the top of the tall trees of Central Park was extraordinary.
Walking through Central Park was amazing. Tons of families, people of all ages riding bikes, children playing ball, a wedding party taking pictures, people maneuvering the radio controlled sail boats and lots of city dogs enjoying long walks in the shade of the tree lined streets.