Hang on a minute surely these aren't pictures of cosmopolitan, hip, happening, modern New York city but medieval provincial France? Actually it is both. The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Mueseum specialising in art, altars and architecture from Medieval times (another credit goes to Craig for this one). Located in a park at the very northern tip of Manhattan it is a peaceful world away from Broadway and Fifth Avenue and felt like I had travelled to a new country (once I had emerged from the filthy subway). The building itself is actually made up of parts of chapels, cloisters etc recovered from Europe. I particularly liked the old style vegie garden complete with apple and quince trees.
The new building that is in construction on the site of the world trade centre has apparently, after a long time getting going, been going up quite quickly. This photo is of where it is at now, a couple of days before the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
In a move respected by tight dads everywhere I chose to take a closer look at the Statue of Liberty from the FREE ferry to Staten Island. Time didn't permit a look around the island and I had to hop straight back on the ferry returning to Manhattan. I decided the most curious person on this ferry was a man dressed in a tuxedo drinking a can of Fosters. It wasn't so much the 'why a tuxedo' but 'why on earth a Fosters?'.
|Free chips make for lean model figures!|
|Obviously eyes only for me!|
The eve of the official start of New York fashion week is Fashion's Night Out, an event that sees retailers at various locations open late and basically just put on parties. As I was staying very near the Meat Packing District, Julian met me there and we wandered around people watching and soaking up the carnival vibe. Hearing music from a live band playing outside a shop, Julian realised it was none other than Melbourne band Miami Horror who he had tickets to see that weekend.
It's true what they say about New York, something is always happening and there is a surprise around every corner. I think I'm a little bit in love. Now to work out how New York and I can spend more time together....
Bar/restaurant the Spotted Pig was the perfect end to a great day, although busy the wait was justified with great food and atmosphere (the company was pretty good too, thanks Jules for the New York eat fest).