Sunday 27 April 2008

I think this is pigs ear....NY take 2

We had our second visit to New York on the weekend, and caught up with Lyd who was in town for work. This time was a bit more relaxed since we had ticked most of the tourist boxes last trip. Here are the highlights:

  • We did the Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl, and saw the drinking holes of various literary giants like Edgar Allen Poe and Louisa May Alcott. It was pretty fun, although the "facts" were fairly dubious - the guides had to frequently refer to their script, which looked suspiciously like a whole lot of stuff they had printed off the Internet :) Sadly most of the historic pubs are going out of business due to the ridiculous rent.
  • Mary Poppins on broadway. Awesome. They even did a good job of the English accents (well, at least to my colonial ear)
  • Went on a quest to find H&H Bagels, which Lonely Planet was billing as the best in NY. After finding the store in a fairly dodgy semi-industrial area, we decided we would much rather have gone to a nice cafe with mediocre bagels :)
  • The Cai Guo-Qiang exhibit at the Guggenheim was awesome. His medium of choice is gunpowder :)
  • Lyd and I went to the Museum of Modern Art, while Em headed to the UN. MoMA was also amazing, they had a special exhibition Design and the elastic mind, which was one of the best museum pieces I have ever seen. One guy was making smiley faces out of folded DNA(!?), and someone else has written a computer algorithm to construct impossibly complex origami. Awesome.
  • Dinner in Korea Town. I love having to ask how to eat food. I think I might have eaten pigs ear...
  • Subway rat count = 4

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