Hello Brooklyn! We’re staying in Clinton Hill, about a 10 minute walk from Fort Greene park and literally just around the corner from my friend Jenelle, who loves here with her lovely husband Bill. We’re sharing an apartment with Scott and Fiona from Australia, who are also out for the popfests, also found through airbnb. It’s a compact apartment with a cute kitchen- I am definitely getting some ideas about remodeling our kitchen!
After a night of sound sleep, we tackled the subway. It’s not easy, and we ended up having to double back on one line in our effort to get to the American Museum of Natural History. But it was truly worth it!
The museum experience was pretty much on par- lots of kids on school excursions, and crowds galore. There was a reason for coming here, and it was all to do with the Catcher in the Rye
“The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move.”
There were some incredible exhibits on the origins of human life, and the meteorites on display were amazing to look at and touch. There were though, lots of exhibits of stuffed animals and other exhibits looked as if they had remained the same since Holden Caulfield had visited. There was something quite comforting about these exhibits, preserved in perpetuity thanks to the munificence of the many benefactors whose names adorned each exhibit.
We then walked across the road to Central Park. I never thought I would ever put that sentence together. It was magical.
Spring is a gorgeous time to see New York and Central Park looks so green and lush We stumbled cross a wedding taking place the groom, by the looks of his kilt and the sound of his accent, was Scottish! We were looking at the Belvedere Fountain, when I felt a wee bit overwhelmed about being in New York. It was something I never thought I would ever experience, and here I was with the amazing Mr BG.
Amongst the places we visited in Central Park was Strawberry Fields and the Imagine mosaic. There was a man with a guitar badly singing Let it be (a Paul song), followed by Imagine. People were milling about having their photos taken by the mosaic, upon which someone had left a bouquet of roses. It was a place where people could come and express their love and admiration for John Lennon. Or simply get their photo taken :).
We were heading to the Frick Collection, a museum of the private collection of Henry Frick, a wealthy Pittsburgh industrialist, whose New York mansion was constructed for the purpose of displaying his extensive art collection.
And what a collection! A self portrait of Rembrandt, two Vermeers, a Renoir and portraits of Sir Thomas More and Thomas Cromwell by Holbein, glaring at each other from opposite sides of a fireplace. But wait- there’s more! There is also an extensive art reference library and the house itself is amazing to behold, an example of how the other half lived and continue to do so in New York.
The entry fee also included a free audio tour, which was essential as every painting had no information displayed on the wall, merely a number. It was excellent. You could listen to the information of whichever artwork you fancied, or simply wander through and stand agog at the artwork.
There was also a small exhibition of bronze figurines from Renaissance Italy, many of them depicting Roman and Greek mythology. Master BG would appreciate these, I thought.
I miss my little BGs.
I had a chance to talk about them with Jenelle when we went out to dinner! It was lovely to catch up with Jenelle and Bill and see their apartment just around the corner from us. Over a huge dinner, we caught up with what everyone had been up to, jobs, careers, babies, and workplaces.
They also advised on where to eat and what was around Clinton Hill. It was great to see a familiar face and someone who hasn’t lost her accent either :).