Day two was a long day! I woke up at 5:00am and didn’t get to bed until close 1:00am. But it was totally worth it! I saw an incredible amount of stuff. I would almost venture to say that I saw more this day then I did the last time I was in New York.
Staten Island Ferry
I started the day with Staten Island Ferry with five other girls. We left the hotel at 6:15 and took the subway all the way down to the tip of Manhattan! We made it in time for the 7:10 ferry and rode it there and back. Staten Island Ferry is the best free way that I know of the see The Statue of Liberty. She’s a little far, but you can definitely see her! It’s also just a nice relaxing ride. You do so much walking and doing in a place like Manhattan that sometimes its nice to find something that makes you slow down and just enjoy. And of course the New York Bay is beautiful!
We past by the garbage barge. It was pretty smelly, and crazy seeing the amount of trash New York City produces!
The One World Trade Center and 9/11 memorial are also lower Manhattan so we had to stop by and see it. I was in New York City 5 years ago and the One World Trade Center wasn’t up yet, they had barely even started building it, so it was insane seeing the massive skyscraper dominate the sky that literally wasn’t there a few years ago! The memorial was so beautiful. It’s so strange how much time has pasted since the tragedy of 9/11, and even stranger standing there know there use to be two colossal building there! Fourteen yeas ago the view standing there would have been completely different!
They put flowers in the names of the people who have birthdays. It was hard seeing that. There were so many names, people who don’t get to celebrate anymore birthdays or watch their kids grow up. It was just hard, but I’m glad I went.
After that I headed up towards MOMA, where I did a little walking around and enjoyed a hotdog from a street cart.
The Museum of Modern Art was so amazing! It crazy that that many famous pieces of art can all live under one roof! It blows my mind that you can see that many artist that totally changed the world of art in one day!! I got to see works I’ve see in textbook after textbook! Also there was a Yoko Ono exhibit up that was crazy weird and cool!
“Starry Night” – Vincent Van Gogh
Freda Kahlo, “The Persistence of Memory” Salvador Dali, Vincent Van Gogh
Broadway Boogie Woogie, Piet Mondrian , and then four others of his.
Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstien
“Christina’s World” Andrew Wyeth, “I and the Village”Marc Chagall, “Object” Meret Oppenheim,
Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol
This is possibly my favorite piece at the museum. “10/27/69” Sam Gilliam
Around 2 o’clock, Hannah, Abby and I were hungry so we found an Irish pub that was across the street, Amanda meet us there. I of course got shepard’s pie, which was incredible!
We headed back to the hotel, stopping by Time Square on the way. Back at the hotel I took a much needed power nap and then headed back into the city!
The Flat Iron building was high on my last, so I headed out that way.
Madison Square Park is across the street from the Flat Iron building so I stopped in, walked around a little but and then sat down on a bench and did a little reading. It was so nice and relaxing!! It’s a beautiful little park.
House Works Bookstore and Cafe
That evening we attended a reading of Saul Bellow’s works, which was such a cool experience! It was less of a touristy thing and more of what locals would do. There was live music and big name readers from the world of journalism and writing. The reading was hosted in a Bookstore cafe called House Works. They are a nonprofit organization that helps the homeless community in New York City dealing with AID and HIV. All of their books are donated and everyone that works there is a volunteer. It was such a rad place! I of course bought three books!
After the reading we headed over to China Town for authentic Chinese dumplings! Best thing I ate in New York!!!