One of the ways they say to get over the lost feeling of being on the road is to explore your own town. I’m going to be exploring the ‘center of the known universe’ – New York City – in depth over the next few weeks.
This week I took in the Guggenheim Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian and then met with loyal reader Bathabile!
First things first. The National Museum of the American Indian (http://www.nmai.si.edu) is FREE. Located at Bowling Green Station off of the 4 and 5 subway lines, New Yorkers generally pass right by the large building it is housed in and don’t bat an eye.
The major exhibit this week was clothing by Native Americans, for Native Americans. Photographs were not allowed inside but needless to say the intricate care and detail needed to make these clothes is incredible. There were no sewing machines or pre-cut material. A buffalo or other animal had to be hunted and then most everything from the animal was used for food or clothing.
The Guggenheim (http://www.guggenheim.org) – world renowned. But art is such a subjective topic. One person’s masterpiece is another person’s complete waste of time. That’s how I felt about the Guggenheim. Exhibits of dots on a white wall? Incomprehensible videos? Maybe I need to take Art Appreciation 101. Entry is $18US.
But there is a way to save on that. There is a NYC CityPass that for $74US gets you admission to ALL of the following attractions:
Empire State Building Observatory
American Museum of Natural History & Rose Center
The Museum of Modern Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
You save almost half (45%) of the usual $134US total entry fee if you bought each ticket individually. Worth it if you planned on seeing the landmark attractions.
CityPass is also available for other major US cities and Toronto. Check it out @ http://www.citypass.com
The next night took me to the Upper East Side where I met up with loyal reader Bathabile. Back in Tokyo (http://nodebtworldtravel.com/2008/10/nodebtworldtravelcom-making-dreams-come.html) she asked me to pick up the Japanese only music CDs of her jazz guitar teacher, Brandon Ross. Well I finally delivered the CDs after lugging them around for 3 months and she was as excited as a kid in a candy store. And true to her word, she bought me dinner at Southern Hospitality, a BBQ joint co-owned by Justin Timberlake.
I still haven’t forgiven JT for bailing on Janet Jackson after the Super Bowl fiasco!