by Barbara Clements
(Toronto ON, Canada)
The first thing I recommend is to check the long range weather forecast and, if raining decide to do the museums and things that do not require good photographs on those rainy days. We picked a clear night to do the Twilight cruise. The moon was full and the sun setting on the windows set the buildings ablaze from within. The sun threw its fire across the Hudson and East River and lit up the New York Skyline in dipping colors of pink, red and yellow. It looked like a modern painting. The architecture of the Skyline has been altered by the new buildings around Ground Zero and a new Canadian architect – John Ghery has created a twisted ribbon effect on his building, which really stands out from all angles.
The hop on hop off buses were terrific. We did the Southern loop first and the northern route on a rainy day as the museums were on that route.
I, personally, was disappointed in the Guggenheim Museum, as the art did not impress me. It was a Japanese artist named Lee. I just didn’t get it. The rest of it was good, especially liked the bottom 2 floors.
The Metropolitan Museum was exciting. I wish I had more time to look around there. I could have spent a day there. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) was fun. I was amazed by the quantity of good paintings that were there. Wish we could have gone out into the gardens, but the door was blocked.
The Passes to do all this made our enjoyment of New York so much better than if we had tried to find our way around by taxi or pot luck. I highly recommend this to anyone going to New York for the first time or for those who have not been there in a long time. New York is much cleaner and safer than I remember from some 20 years ago. I Love New York and definitely plan to return.
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