I LOVED it here. Top of my list of things to see was Vincent Van Gogh’s (spent a pleasant 20 minutes with MrS correcting my pronunciation of that - “We are not American!”) Starry Night. Utterly beautiful and easily one of the most crowded paintings.
After that were the Monets. They have two Waterlilly exhibits at MOMA, one is a triptych and the other is one large canvas (with layers of paint so thick it must have been worked on for years). I didn’t think they were as luminous as the ones we saw in the L’Orangerie last year in Paris, but MrS thought it was a better display. Agapanthus was exhibited, as was A Japanese Bridge, startling in its use of bright oranges and reds in contrast to the usual pinks and pastel colours he used.
Next up were the Surrealists, always good for a laugh. Like this from Dali….
Then pop art….
Then the king of Pop Art himself….
Finally we ended out visit in the sculpture garden, complete with Moore, Picasso and Rodin.
Museums in New York are expensive ($25 each for this and the 911 Memorial Museum yesterday) given that in London all the main ones are free. However, this was a much nicer atmosphere than L'Orangerie and Musee D'Orsay that we visited in Paris last year. It wasn't stuffy. Interestingly, also unlike Paris, you could take photos (without flash). I've never understood the ban on photography in some museums (sure, flashes are distracting so ban those).It's not like you're taking a photo of something they're trying to sell you. The only annoying thing about that is of course you get loads of people standing in front of paintings having their photos taken *sigh*.
Another great idea was the free museum app. Like the 911 memorial museum they have a free app. Unlike the memorial museum they provide FREE WIFI to run it off. The app was brillliant. You could find the particular things you wanted to see before you went and save them, and/or simply search for things as you go along. Some of the exhibits have audio visual soundbites telling you about them, all have explanations. It was a really useful thing to have, much easier than fighting to read the tiny plaque.
Oh and MOMA has the BEST hummus ever in their cafe. ( I spent the rest of the day planning how to get some home!). As a point of interest, you don't have to pay to enter the sculpture garden and that cafe.
From MOMA we walked down Fifth Avenue past the legendary Saks, down to 34th and past the also legendary Macy’s
Our last night was spent at John’s of Bleecker Street, an unassuming looking pizzeria between Greenwich Village and Soho. If you walked past it in the street you wouldn’t bat an eyelid. It doesn’t take bookings and they only take cash. You have to queue outside for a table (good job it was fab weather). When you get inside the wall is covered with photos of past patrons - Jonny Depp amongst them.
The tables and chairs are scratched and etched with the initials and names of past customers although being British MrS and I couldn't quite bring ourselves to add our names.
The pizzas are HUGE. When we suggested ordering a Medium (ie the smallest) each, the waitress looked at us like we were mad and showed us the pizza trays. “This medium” she pointed with wide eyes. We went halves on a medium instead, I had spicy sausage, onions and mushrooms on my half and MrS had pepperoni. It sure was plenty and I was glad i'd only had that hummus at lunch time
It was without doubt the best pizza I’ve had. Even MrS had to concede it came second only to one he’d had in Italy some years previously.