Day 28 - Saturday 5 January - New York Day 3

Slept a lot better last night. Still not great, but not too bad.

Still had a bit of a slow start. Didn't help that it was raining today. And that nothing opens til 10:00 here.

Headed out around 9:40. To the Starbucks across the road for breakfast and coffee for the sweetie.

Our first train of the day was an R train from Jay St Metrotech to 23rd St.

Got out and had a look at the Flatiron building. In the pouring rain. Also popped into the Lego shop there.

Clocktower building on Madison Avenue
Clocktower building on Madison Avenue

Flatiron Building
Flatiron Building

Flatiron Building
Flatiron Building

Flatiron Building
Flatiron Building

Statue of Liberty sculpture in the Lego store
Statue of Liberty sculpture in the Lego store

Hogwarts Castle in the Lego store
Hogwarts Castle in the Lego store

Dragon in the Lego store
Dragon in the Lego store

New York through time in the Lego Store
New York through time in the Lego Store

New York through time in the Lego Store
New York through time in the Lego Store

Minifig sculpture in the Lego store
Minifig sculpture in the Lego store

Huge mosaic in the Lego store
Huge mosaic in the Lego store

Huge mosaic in the Lego store
Huge mosaic in the Lego store

Our second train of the day was an R train from 23rd St to 42nd St Times Square.

Walked the couple of blocks because the 7 train wasn't running today. In the pouring rain.

Our destination: the New York Public Library. Because when we saw Goodbye Christopher Robin the other day there was a note at the end that said all the toys were in the library. So we went and saw them :) Very cool :) Also had a look at the reading room.

Christmas tree in the foyer of the New York Public Library
Christmas tree in the foyer of the New York Public Library

Lego lion built by Nathan Sawaya
Lego lion built by Nathan Sawaya

Original Winnie the Pooh toys owned by Christopher Robin
Original Winnie the Pooh toys owned by Christopher Robin

Reading room in New York Public Library
Reading room in New York Public Library

Reading room in New York Public Library
Reading room in New York Public Library

Foyer of the New York Public Library
Foyer of the New York Public Library

Our third train of the day was an F train from 42nd St Bryant Park to 57th St.

Walked the few blocks back, via the Love Sculpture, to MoMA.

Love Sculpture
Love Sculpture

They'd well and truly hidden the entrance to due to museum construction works, so that was a bit of a challenge. Used our sightseeing passes to get tickets. Then headed up to the top and worked our way down. Much of the famous stuff is on level 5, and it was pretty cool to see actual art from artists I'd really only ever heard of before, not seen any of their work. Ok so really not that much of it interested me (I actually enjoyed the modern art at Te Papa in Wellington more), but hey. Unfortunately by this time it was something like 13:00 and I'd only had a croissant all day (and ok some cheese balls) and similar amount for the sweetie, so we were *starving*. So we left before seeing the whole museum.

Outside of MoMA
Outside of MoMA

A cubic foot of steel pressed between my palms, by Bruce Nauman (1968)
A cubic foot of steel pressed between my palms, by Bruce Nauman (1968)

One Hundred Live and Die, by Bruce Nauman (1984)
One Hundred Live and Die, by Bruce Nauman (1984)

One Hundred Live and Die, by Bruce Nauman (1984)
One Hundred Live and Die, by Bruce Nauman (1984)

Staircase in Moma
Staircase in Moma

Grandcamp, Evening, by Georges-Pierre Seurat (1885)
Grandcamp, Evening, by Georges-Pierre Seurat (1885)

The Starry Night, by Vincent Van Gogh (1889)
The Starry Night, by Vincent Van Gogh (1889)

Crowd next to Starry Night
Crowd next to Starry Night

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, by Pablo Picasso (1907)
Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, by Pablo Picasso (1907)

Dance (I), by Henri Matisse (1909)
Dance (I), by Henri Matisse (1909)

Trafalgar Square, by Piet Mondrian (1939-43)
Trafalgar Square, by Piet Mondrian (1939-43)

Mondrian works
Mondrian works

Water Lilies, by Claude Monet (1914-26)
Water Lilies, by Claude Monet (1914-26)

One: Number 31, 1950, by Jackson Pollock (1950)
One: Number 31, 1950, by Jackson Pollock (1950)

One: Number 31, 1950, by Jackson Pollock (1950)
One: Number 31, 1950, by Jackson Pollock (1950)

Untitled (Night train) by David Hammons (1989)
Untitled (Night train) by David Hammons (1989)

Hanging crystals
Hanging crystals

Canyon of buildings in New York
Canyon of buildings in New York

Canyon of buildings in New York
Canyon of buildings in New York

We had our heart set on beer and pizza, but decided we'd head downtown to our next destination and get some there.

Our fourth train of the day was an F train from 47-50 Sts Rockefeller. We were supposed to take it to Delancy St, but that part of the track was closed for the weekend, and the F train was being routed down the A-C line. So we took that to Fulton St and took our fifth train of the day, a J train, to Essex St.

Our destination was the Tenement Museum. But "museum" is a bad name for it. It's more like "choose one of half a dozen experiences". The sweetie had wanted to come here, but hadn't really researched it properly. You can't just go and look in any sort of museum display, you have to go on one of a set of tours. But of course only a few people can go on each one, and so they book out hours in advance. Which is not much use if you just turn up wanting to see something. It was 14:35, and we couldn't get a tour before 16:15, and then not the one the sweetie wanted to do.

The Tenement Museum
The Tenement Museum

So we went across the road and had beer. As you do.

We were actually hoping for somewhere that sold pizza by the slice and beer. Like we found in midtown before Christmas. But we walked around a couple of blocks and no such places were to be found.

So we gave up and went to Lucky Jack's pub and had a couple of beers. We heard someone asking about bringing food in, so we checked and sure enough we could bring some pizza if we wanted. So I went two doors down to a hole in the wall pizza place. But it was pretty crap actually. Maybe they'd be ok if you had them fresh, but these things looked like they'd been out for hours. Tasted like it too. Sad sad times.

Bar at Lucky Jack's
Bar at Lucky Jack's

Stu at Lucky Jack's
Stu at Lucky Jack's

Went back to the Tenement "museum" and did the 16:15 "Shop Life" tour. Which was a recreation of a German saloon, with office behind, and kitchen behind that. The dude basically told the stories of the owners of the pub in that location. So it was good and all, just not a "museum" as such. Next door to those rooms was a room that showed the condition of the building when they got hold of it, then there was a big electronic bench that you could place objects onto and have interactive stories told about the people in the shops relating to that object. I picked up a microphone, but don't really remember much about the story because I needed to pee, on account of all that beer earlier.

Our sixth train of the day was a J train from Essex St to Fulton St, and our seventh train of the day was a C train from Fulton St to Jay St. So five trips. Think our weekly ticket has been worth it. Only a couple of trips needed to break even.

Essex Street station mosaic
Essex Street station mosaic

Walked back to the hotel, and picked up all our washing, and headed to the laundromat on Bergen St. While it was washing ($5.25 for a medium sized load, 34 minutes) we went around the corner to a pizza place and had a few slices of pizza. It was a lot nicer than the pizza in the afternoon, but still not as good as the first one we had in December. While the washing was drying (25c per six minutes, 30 minutes) we went next door to Baskin and Robins for ice cream. The sweetie's bowels are already complaining about all that wheat.

Pizza at Caruso's - this was ok
Pizza at Caruso's - this was ok

Then back to the hotel to blog and collapse.

Abolitionist Place (Duffield Street)
Abolitionist Place (Duffield Street)