Thursday was Valentine’s Day and we spent the day wandering around Central Park. The weather was pretty fantastic; 40 and sunny, so we weren’t the only ones with that idea. There were a couple of places in Central Park that we wanted to see. One of them being a cave (what’s left) that proved difficult to locate. The other was the oldest structure in the park; an old blockhouse that was erected during the War of 1812. On our way back south, we went to the French Embassy which has a bookstore (Kaila can’t pass up a bookstore). The Embassy was located in a beautifully restored Italian Renaissance mansion.
Friday we explored the southern part of the Island; first up was the Empire State Building. It was neat to see the city from that viewpoint but also pretty windy and crowded. Afterwards we went to the Museum of Sex. Leonor Fini’s artwork was featured prominently through the first two floors as a trailblazer for female sexuality and androgyny. The third floor was primarily about punk rock. In the afternoon we went to the High Line Park, which is a park that runs along an abandoned elevated freight line in Chelsea. It was not as relaxing of a walk as Central Park but it was pretty and in an area we hadn’t explored yet. We headed down to One World Trade Center before eating dinner.
Saturday we went out to Roosevelt Island via the tram to see what was once known as Blackwell’s Island. In the 19th century an insane asylum, smallpox hospital, and jail were housed on this island (there’s a history of the island called Damnation Island, we both read recently). Currently the FDR Four Freedoms park is located on the southern tip of the island, as are a lot of apartment complexes. After Roosevelt Island we went to the Museum of Modern Art, which was overcrowded. The Surrealism, Cubism, and Impressionism floor was really interesting and we saw some famous works such as: Starry Night, Water Lilies, and The Persistence of Memory. We had seen Water Lilies and numerous Picasso paintings at the Nelson-Atkins last year but having the opportunity to see Starry Night and The Persistence of Memory was fantastic.
Sunday we headed home and even though we were sad to leave such a wonderful place, we were excited for some rest!