Wednesday, February 23, 2011

NYC & the Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Exhibit

Raining lightbulbs? Only in the Big Apple! Not sure what the lighbulbs were for, but they shimmered in the sun, so pretty. In the pictures below, the skinny building on the right is the Flatiron Building.


Start spreading the news... NYC is great as always! We made it today to the exhibit of the Sketchbook Project at the Brooklyn Art Library, but that will be another post, as I took SO many pictures I don't know where to start. So this post is more an ode to New York, NY, the "city so nice they named it twice!"
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So - have you ever been to NYC? I was born in the Bronx; my parents were one from the Bronx and one from Brooklyn, but I've never actually lived there. Still, the City is always one of my favorite places to go for a couple of whirlwind days.
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There's no place like New York City - the best of the best art museums but so much more; the City is filled with vitality and personality, neighborhoods each with their own special "feel". It's a city where it's nothing to walk 40 blocks in a brisk winter wind. Nobody saunters; foot traffic moves rapidly. Sidewalks are always full of people and energy. Wear good walking shoes if you come to NY! When you sit down in a restaurant the next table is probably just inches away, but the waitstaff will be fast and the food exceptional. The subways are noisy and the staircases taking you underground are gritty, smelly, and not the shiny pretty subway stations of those in places such as Washington DC. The subway trip from Manhattan to Brooklyn takes you flying at breakneck speed underneath the East River. Scary. But the trains are also fast and efficient and easy to figure out and the only really practical and cost-effective way to get around NY (unless you are a brave soul on a bicycle).
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Tomorrow morning I'm strolling up 6th Ave to buy bead supplies, and then we'll head back to Brooklyn, this time for the fabulous Brooklyn Museum, including a viewing of the 2 pieces by my grandfather in the "Visible Storage" exhibit.
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So look for more NYC posts, with images from the Brooklyn Museum and especially the Brooklyn Art Library's Sketchbook Project exhibit.

5 comments:

  1. Sounds like so much fun! Loved reading about your time. You must be on break? Needed the major distraction right now. Things are moving slowly here but they are moving along. Won't be too much longer. I love to visit the city too but could never work/live there. Tried it it's more fun to visit! Can't wait to see your grandpas pieces, wood carvings?

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  2. Phyl,
    Hope you have time to check out the Picasso Guitar exhibit at MOMA I was there Monday and was very jazzed by it and the rest of the real thing at MOMA, I never knew how big the Kandinskys really are. NYC is a mecca for art teachers isn't it! Enjoy the rest of your visit!

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  3. Glad to distract you Erica; waiting for baby news!

    Oh gee, Stringbean - I didn't know about this Picasso exhibit... Yesterday was the sketchbooks, today was Brooklyn Museum, and tomorrow we get on the train home in the early afternoon. I always adore MOMA, actually it's my favorite art museum, but I'm not sure how my hubby would react if I try to drag him there tomorrow after breakfast. He might have something different in mind!

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  4. She's here!!!! I'll be posting tomorrow when I get home from hospital

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