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07 May 2010 @ 04:47 pm
Best of the Rest of NYC  
Other pictures form my NYC adventures.

Wednesday night I took the Phaal Challenge at the Brick Lane Curry House. Phaal is purported to be one of the hottest curries anywhere and was the subject of one of the Man vs Food challenges as well as other foodie-show "this is too damn hot to eat" sorts of challenges. Of course I was tempted. Of course I was victorious.

Phall at Brick Lane Curry
I am now an official "curry monster" and will soon appear on their P'hall of Fame. :D

Saturday's rambles included Belvedere Castle in Central Park...
  Belvedere Castle 

The Brooklyn Gardens...
Brooklyn gardens 1Brooklyn gardens 2

And the Brooklyn Museum...
Valerie Hegarty. Fallen Bierstadt. 2007. Brooklyn Museum    The lost pleiad. Randolf Rogers. c1874. Brooklyn Museum
Left: Valerie Hegarty. Fallen Bierstadt. 2007. Right: The lost pleiad. Randolf Rogers. c1874.

Bacchante. Fredrick William MacMonnies. 1894. Brooklyn Museum.
Bacchante. Fredrick William MacMonnies. 1894.

I was particularly pleased to see Bacchante - I'd seen the bronze at the museum in Boston and loved it there - it was extra-cool to see it in marble as well.
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Genevievekathryndana on May 8th, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
Way to go on the Phaal challenge, that's crazy I saw the MVF guy do it and while he did finish it it looked like he had just run a marathon after he completed it, you just look like "See I'm a member of the clean plate club!" That's awesome! I love NY, I've only been there once in '98 but I still loved it!
eithni: greeneithni on May 8th, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
See, I've maintained for some time that he's a pansy, and now I have proof. :p I mean, really, I didn't even need to take the sweater off! ;)
Pablopablomc2 on May 13th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
Hi there,

Can I ask where you saw the marble version of Bacchante? I saw the bronze at the Metroplitan Museum of Art when I did my "Uncle Fred" tour of New York and Brooklyn a few years ago.

The curator at the MMoA (who was a young lady rather than the dusty old man I was expecting!) was absolutely thrilled to meet a descendant of Frederick and even took me "backstage" to see the Lindbergh medals which weren't on public display.

Hope you got a chance to see the rest of Fred's work in the area - I think my favourite piece is possible Pan of Rohallion (MMoA) or Nathan Hale (City Hall Park) but I also love Truth and Beauty (either side of the main doors to the New York Public Library)

Thanks for posting this :)

Paul McMonnies
eithni: sofonisbaeithni on May 13th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
It's on the 5th floor of the Brooklyn Art Museum.

I've seen Truth and Beauty at the NYC Library, but the bronze of Bacchante I saw was at the Library in Boston.
Pablopablomc2 on May 13th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
Ah - I guess I must have missed the Brooklyn Art Museum when I did my tour (though I saw the numerous statues in and around Prospect Park)

I will have to add it to my list for next time I can get over from the UK (current estimate at least around 2020 !)

Thanks for your reply :)