You know the way a day in New York City is supposed to be? Beautiful weather, amazing food, lots of walking, running into a favorite celebrity...I had that day. Last Friday, my mom, sister, aunt and I headed to the city for the day. New York was so good to us.
We went to the Museum of Modern Art with the hopes of getting into the very popular Rain Room exhibit. The wait? 10 hours. So...no. Luckily, they'd opened up a corridor on the side of the room for people who just wanted to observe, not participate. That wait was only 15 minutes, so we filed in in no time.
It was very cool, but also a little disheartening. The people who'd waited hours to get in spent their whole ten minutes in the rain taking pictures of each other. I didn't see one person without a cell phone in their hand (unless they were posing for a photo). Don't get me wrong: I definitely would have wanted a picture of myself in there if we'd gotten to participate (I obviously like taking pictures). But I hope I would have also put the phone away for a second to experience the art installation sans technology.
We headed back into MoMA to check out more of the exhibits, including photographs by Walker Evans and paintings by Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol.
After an hour or two in the museum, we hailed a cab and headed downtown to visit Tu-Lu's Gluten-Free Bakery.
I loved it. Oh my god, how I loved it. We stopped there twice, and I definitely made up for six months without pastries.
We started walking across town, and stumbled across Casey Rubber Stamps right down the street from the bakery. I know you know we went in.
The collection of stamps was incredible. Definitely not what's in your typical craft store! My aunt bought me two as an early birthday present.
We continued our long walk west, stopping for snacks and bathroom breaks. The weather was beautiful.
We got on the High Line around 12th St. and walked the whole thing.
The High Line is a public park that stretches one mile. It's up on an elevated historic freight train track, and it's my favorite part of New York City. The views are incredible, the air is clean, the landscaping beautiful. Everything was in bloom as we walked and the sun started to set. It feels like New York, but everybody's happier. You stop really paying attention to honking horns, and enjoy the sunshine instead (it's even worth it in winter). There were lots of little food carts along the way, as well as performers and art installations. We got hibiscus-flavored popsicles and watched as a performer read Shakespeare.
Oh yeah, and we met Samira Wiley, who plays Poussey Washington on "Orange is the New Black."
Photos 2, 3, 10, 17, 18, 19, 20 by Kate Clay (my mom). Photo 21 by Phoebe Wareham (my sister).