Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Day 42 - Central Park and The Met

By the time I got back into the city about 30-40mins later I was starving and in desperate need of water.  Now a 1ltre bottle… $2 – bagel $1 gotta to love the vendors!  
Christopher Clombus statue @ Columbus Circle 
One of the stunning bridges in Central Park 
And can I say it was freezing… red cheeks and all it was so cold. But I decided I would walk across central park to the Met which was just a few block walk so I thought maybe 20-30 mins later… yep nope ! 
I mean seriously how beautiful is this !  
One of the playing fields...  amazing view 
I officially banned myself from walking acrossthe park when I am on a schedule. 
Fall Colours - I have mentioned I am in Love
With the taking of the photos and my first real exploration of the park I took longer than I thought it. 
About the Mall - Literary Walk ...  
I discovered the “Mall” which is literally used in almost every movie in NYC. It was divine absolutely divine. 
What is not showing up here is the leaves fluttering down! stunning
take me back please!  
Yes it was cold!  
It looked like they were shooting a episode of something and there were street performer reciting poetry at the beginning …  I think I died and went to New York heaven.  
from the top of the Bathsheba Fountain 
I sat and watched the leaves fall around me … this is how autumn should be…
Central Park Restaurant - and where Carrie fell into the lake 
Bathsheba Fountain 
I think made it down to the Bathsheba fountain …which is a fantastic meeting place and right on the lake.  
Central Park Lake 
The MET 
I took a moment to take it all in and just enjoy. There was a wedding… a girl singing Danny boy, photography students, somuch activity… 
the Met 
The Main Entry hall in the MET 
It is the lake that Carrie fell into when she went to meet Big... Giggle…  I strolled past the beautiful Central Park Restaurant. 
Fall sunshine !  
Roman Column in the Main Hall 
I finally found the path way to the Met … I think I got there around 2pm or 3pm.  
On top of the Rooftop Garden 

I had to be at Bloomies by 5pm though so it was going to be a quick walk through. 
the Bamboo sculpture 
How it was constructed 
I just enjoyed and explored and did the absolute must see… the rooftop garden and a weird bamboo sculpture. 
NYC from the Rooftop Garden 
looking across to the Upper West side 
It has the most amazing view of the park and the surrounding buildings.  It was a beautiful afternoon and it was stunning!  So make the time and it worth the entry ticket expense!
some cool sculptures 
Although don’t offer to take photos unless you know how to use a dslr!  I can self-portrait with the best of them!  The Texan lady lovely was lovely just not great at using a dslr! 
Vincent Van Gogh 
I found my way to the Monet, Rockwell’s and more in the portrait gallery … note to self!  Look at the map!  I could have seen more.
Monet - Sunflowers 
I finally make my way out of there a little late so power walked in the freezing cold to bloomies. I was going to late but it was so cold and pretty!  
Town Meeting - Norman Rockwell 
I loved it and besides I figured by the time I got a cab that I would be there but I forget that I was up at 80’s and had to walk about 20 blocks.  
the Whitney 
Past some of the most expensive retail real estate I have seen.  Can you say Vera Wang concept store? 
Upper East Side 
Past the Whitney museum, past the street hedge art – it is a beautiful part of the city. 
Kind of says it all 
You can see why the Upper East Side is so revered. They have put a amazing amount of work into the area because the area is pristine and well preserved. 
the famous Carlyle 
Finally made it to bloomingdales and got taken to the make over and massage area.  So massage was done first and then a lovely little gay boy did my make-up.  
the Carlyle 
Apart from Danielle no one has ever done my make up so well.  I was so surprised how well it turned out…  I don’t wear a lot of eyeliner because it always make my eyes look smaller but he did an amazing job. 
Street art 
This is dedication for you… it takes him an average 1 ½ - 2 hours to commute in every day from Queens!  

But only a 1 hour on the way home… which is probably a good thing. I gave him a great tip for doing such a good job.

Rooftop view down Broadway 
Headed home to quickly shower and change before heading out to dinner with my Laundromat friends.  
Rooftop view down Broadway 
I headed on up and experienced a New York Friday night which was filled with laughs, misadventures and Korean BBQ and weird youtube clips. 
All made up ... 
So thank you guys it was a fun night full of new experiences andawesome views from the rooftop!  And still haven’t lived down the vodka and the 6 hour power shots!  I am going to regret it tomorrow! 

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