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30 April 2010 @ 12:47 am
Medieval and Musical Delights  

Today's adventures:

* Up at 7:30 to walk to a convenient subway station. It's funny, noone walks here. The chica at the front desk looked at me crazy when I said I was going to walk a mile to avoid making three transfers and wasting almost an hour on the subway. :p

* The Cloisters were amazing. The only sadness was that they really meant 1100-1300 with "medieval" I appreciate the hell out of the "in between" years, but really love the Pictish/Viking or Elizabethan ends of SCA period. But still... Something like 200 photos. :D I'm soooo glad I got there early enough that I got a couple hours to browse in peace before the hordes of children started invading.

* Having spent 5 hours at the Cloisters, I was finally fed up with school groups and had seen everything at least once and I decided to hit The Met. I just wandered aimlessly, looking at the galleries I enjoy but generally would not make time for - Impressionists, Rodin, some Egyptian stuff.

* When they cruelly kicked md out I scurried over to Times Square. I was too late for the really cheap tickets and I'M too cheap to pay $70 for a play I only sorta want to see. I wandered down 45th looking for something promising for entertainment or dinner and scored a $25 box seat for Hair. I caught dinner at Generic-man's-name Steakhouse then hurried back for the show. Freaking amazing. I may need to get the CD one of the girls has out - her voice was just epic. I've never been to a more physical show... in several senses of the word. The dance and running around in the theater was crazy-energetic. I even got pulled into a dance number and at the end, they invited everyone up to dance the finale with them. About half the audience went. So damn cool.

Now, back at the hostel... A little mire reading, then it's bedtime - the Met opens at 9 and I'll only have 12 hours!

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Kathrinnewperspectives on April 30th, 2010 05:13 am (UTC)
Hey there, lady. It is not impossible that I might have a quick trip to NYC this summer. If I only had 3 days to spend (let's say 2 for museumy things, 1 fabric shopping), what would you recommend?
eithni: geekeithni on May 17th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
Ok, sorry for the delay. Craziness and such...

Check the weather. On the nicest day, start at the Cloisters and then proceed to the Met. If this can be a Friday or Saturday, the Met is open late and you get same-day admission to both on the same ticket. The food in both places is uber expensive. Pack a lunch or plan on spending at least $12 for a sammich and a soda, more for anything interesting.

Fabric shopping can be done on pretty much any day, but not on Sunday since many are closed. A Friday is ideal, but many shops are open on Saturday as well. Bring a large backpack that fits you well. Just go to the garment district and browse - there are about 12 blocks of quality shopping. :)

Day 3 - more Met. No, seriously. You'll need/want it unless you have NO interest in the non-European or post-renaissance material.

Consider a stop at the Pierpoint Morgan, depending on what they have on special exhibit. Thay have cool things like a Gutenberg Bible, but don't make it a priority unless they have something special on display.

Evenings - things like the Empire State Building, Staten Island Ferry, etc are open late and should not be allowed to interfere with prime museum-going time. Go to a show. I saw Avenue Q and Hair, both of which were a lot of fun. The half price ticket booth is OK, but unless you NEED to see a particular show, stop by after 5 or you will just spend a long time in line. You can also show up at the theatre's box office and ask about "lottery" tickets - cheap seats that go on sale the day of the show, usually at or after 7PM. See the Times Square info booth for details.

If you are interested in seeing the Statue of Liberty, go big and order tickets to go to the crown of the Statue of Liberty well in advance, or you will be out of luck (I still have not managed to score one - not allowed the first visit, sold out the second trip). These tours are first thing in the morning, so even if they are on a museum day, there should be plenty of time.

Most museums will not allow anything more than a moderate sized purse, so plan ahead. Many refuse to check backpacks/luggage of any sort.

I have had good luck with the hostelling experience in NYC. The Big Apple Hostel is near Times Square - a little loud, a little run down, but cheap and near the action. Cafe 202 is new, CLEAN, but can be loud (ask for a room on the upper floors, certainly above the 2nd) and is in a slightly rough neighborhood - walk with purpose and no one will bother you.
Uncle Mikeybelmikey on April 30th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
*envious sigh*
DameJdamej on May 1st, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
You've managed to cram a whole lot of NYC into only a few days. Good job. Glad you're seeing (and tasting) so many fabulous things.