So this is it: our last day in NYC (from forever ago...). Although it took me ages to actually start blogging about this trip I was still determined to finish before we go back & now I finally have - hurrah!
As our flight wasn't until the evening we still had a full day left in the city, and so once our suitcases were packed we headed over to Central Park again to see the Alice in Wonderland sculpture. I luckily managed to nab 30 seconds of no other tourists to take a picture with it (seriously, there was a huge school group just after us who just seemed to consume the whole thing). The sculpture, by José de Creeft, was unveiled in 1959. It was ordered by George T. Delacorte Jr. to honour his late wife, Margarita, and also as something to give to the enjoyment of the children of New York.
After Central Park we headed over to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in Midtown Manhattan. A mix of crazy queues and a busy schedule forced us to push visiting MOMA back again and again until the very last day, when luck was on our side and we didn't have to wait more than a minute to get in! To have left NYC without a visit to MOMA would have been an awful shame, because it very quickly became our favourite museum of the trip.
The museum first opened in 1929 and was primarily the idea of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (wife of John D. Rockefeller), Lillie P. Bliss and Mary Quinn Sullivan, who were all collectors of modern art. It moved to it's current home on 53rd Street in 1939 and is one of the most influential museums of modern art in the world.
In the museum's collection are some of the most incredible, most recognisable works of modern and contemporary art from some of the world's greatest artists. There are works by Claude Monet, Salvador Dalí, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Vincent van Gogh, and my personal favourite, Frida Kahlo - just to name a few! Seeing a world-renowned piece of art in the flesh and not in a book, is a truly fantastic thing to experience!
After an incredible day at MOMA it was time to make our way back to our Airbnb apartment to pick up our bags before heading to JFK for our late night flight back to London. First, however, we headed further up Avenue of the Americas to see the iconic LOVE sculpture which was created from a pop art image by Robert Indiana. His design was first used as a MOMA Christmas card in 1964 and the original sculpture from this design, made in 1970, is on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indiana.
So that's it! Our first American adventure is all blogged. Man did that take longer than it should have!? Oops. It was a fantastic trip and I am so excited to be going back to NYC on a more permanent basis. It's truly one of the greatest cities in the world!
You can expect a butt-load of (hopefully interesting & definitely not boring) current New York related posts coming very soon! ;-)
NYC Part 1NYC: The Met & The Upright Citizens Brigade, NYC: Grand Central Station & The Rockefeller Center, NYC: St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013, NYC: Brooklyn Bridge, the Staten Island Ferry & Wall Street
D.C: The United States Capitol and the National Air & Space Museum, D.C: The White House, Lincoln Memorial & Washington Monument
NYC Part 2
NYC: The Met & The Upright Citizens Brigade, NYC: Grand Central Station & The Rockefeller Center, NYC: St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013, NYC: Brooklyn Bridge, the Staten Island Ferry & Wall Street, NYC: Central Park, The Guggenheim & Times Square, NYC: Brooklyn Flea, Pancakes & The High Line, NYC: The American Museum of Natural History