After thinking and pondering, I finally found a hotel at a good price in a city I wanted to visit. I stayed at a hotel in Brooklyn and I visited New York City. It was excellent, y'all.
New York really is the greatest city in the world, a nonstop rush of people and things and scents and sights and sensations and feelings and tastes. It is a crush of humanity and it is in your face. I mean this: In. Your. Face. That's just what I like in a vacation -- something that is not like where I am.
One day I went to not one, not two, but three major art museums. I started out with the Brooklyn Museum, just a few subway stops from my hotel. There was a major Ai Weiwei retrospective. He is very political which was totally different from the show by Swoon, also there and called "Submerged Motherland."
|Moon Chest, Ai Weiwei, in detail|
|Moon Chest by Ai Weiwei (the holes are meant to remind us of the phases of the moon)|
|Swoon's Submerged Motherland|
|Temple of Dendur reflecting pond|
Of course, I'd not had enough and on Fridays, the Museum of Modern Art is free from 4pm to 8pm. Their permanent exhibit is almost unspeakably good. The number of people jammed in there was almost fire-hazardly. No matter -- I saw great art and we all survived.
I am fascinated by people taking pictures and like to take pictures of them taking their pictures.
|Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh and the closest I thought I'd get to it|
|I then thought THIS was as close as I'd get (but I did get closer)|
|The Frida Kahlo Corner|
|Willem de Kooning. I just liked it a lot.|
Later that day, I went to the dance parade. Dozens of dance companies from around the New York area -- and the country, really -- come to do their dance thing for about two miles. It's a cool thing to have tap dancers followed by Estonian folk dancers followed by Michael Jackson dancers interspersed with many San Simon groups and hula hoopers and stilt walkers, just to show what their dance company does.
|I didn't get their name, but to me, they're the Von Stilt Family Strollers|
|About 1/3 of the way across -- Freedom Tower to the left.|
|Extreme closeup of what I saw from the Brooklyn Bridge|
Next week, I'll have the movie of the musicians in Union Square. They were talented and surprising and you'll see why.