After a quick breakfast at Cracker Barrel, we were on our way to NYC. The city slowly crept upon us along with the morning sun. Before we knew it, we were merging with the intense wave of traffic that New York is known for.
A look down the street out of the bus.
Many were now wide awake by now, but all of use were still exhausted from the long ride with lots of bumps and uncomfortable sleeps.
Lauren is caught between the devastation of lack of sleep and the excitement that lies ahead.
We continued down our way, weaving through lanes, joining in on the honking and cursing that makes up New Yorks streets. We soon came upon our hotel, the Latham hotel. It’s not much, but it’s a cheap place to sleep with hot water.
The Latham Hotel. We finally made it.
After getting all of our stuff off the bus, we piled into the warmth of the hotel and got our room assignments. I’m up on the 8th floor, sharing a room with a third year Fine Arts student. We exchanged hellos, dumped our stuff off, and made our way out into the city.
Walking down a street in NYC. To the right you can see 1 of 500 Starbucks.
Even more walking, this time with surprise!
I hung out with some of the other first year students and began the adventure in New York. We had some time before we had to be at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) so we decided to check out some other sights.
Outside of the famous Grand Central Terminal.
I’ve seen this place so many times in movies, its crazy to actually be here!
The clock in the center of the station’s lobby.
Semi-group photo. Not everyone was paying attention.
Continuing towards MoMA, we found a cathedral that happened to be in service but also allowed tourists to check out the inside so long as we were respectful. I didn’t go too far in since there was a service going on, but I did get to see some of the beauty of the inside of the large cathedral.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Inside the large cathedral. This places are always amazing on the inside.
After checking that out and seeing some other things along the way, we finally made it to MoMA! After we all got inside and made sure we were all there, we got our tickets and headed on into the heart of the museum.
The entrance to The Museum of Modern Art.
There were many exhibits to see inside of MoMA. So many in fact that it soon became overwhelming. From Picasso’s guitars to Andy Warhol’s video art, there was so much to see. Even some of the teachers told us we’d be so sick of art by the time we got back to DAAP. I think one of my favorite moments was:
When I first came here, I really wanted to see Starry Night.
They have Starry Night?!!?!?!
Yeah, it’s like… right there. -points behind me-
Being able to see the legit Starry Night was really great. I had no idea that it was there. We wandered around the museum for awhile, checking out this and that. After we had our fill, we headed back out into the city to do some more sightseeing before it was time for dinner.
That’s about as close as I could get before security ninjas would attack.
Our plan was to head out to see central park. After a quick stop at Starbucks # 345, we saw the end of the rows and buildings to see trees, actual trees inside the city. But before we could get to them, we met this guy.
Rocking out with his ladies rain boots and chipper attitude, this guy insisted on a photo-op.
I didn’t know what to expect at Central Park, but apparently, we knew where we were and had a plan.
The wilderness is taking back NYC, one helpless victim at a time.
Wandering around for awhile, searching for the “Strawberry Fields,” we came across this lovely view of an ice rink in the park with the city behind it.
Ice skaters enjoy a nice afternoon in the park while getting a nice view of the city behind them.
The search for the fields continued. We came across multiple buildings and other places where we took photos of each other goofing around and stuff. For instance, this amazing game of imaginary chess.
John goes in for the kill.
Cool shot under a bridge.
Eventually we found the “fields” and some more photo-ops. Hopefully when I get some of those files, I’ll be able to put some up. We found our way to the other side of the park and decided to start our journey back towards the hotel and the free dinner at Bella Napoli’s that awaited us. The journey included a lot of random sights, such as:
That’s right, Regis AND Kelly.
Site of the Late Show with Letterman.
Broadway!! There are so many shows going on right now!
This waterfall was in the middle of nowhere and pretty awesome.
After much jaywalking, power-walking, and all other kinds of walking, we finally found ourselves at our destination. We headed on in, a little late, and went down into the basement. There, the rest of the Fine Arts people had gathered and were already enjoying their pizza. Bella Napoli served us all kinds of interesting pizzas, such as artichoke heart pizza, some type of spinach mozzarella, and of course, pineapple for you weirdo’s.
Outside of Bella Napoli’s.
After dinner, we headed back to the hotel to take a break before heading out again. I decided to take this time to clean up and relax for a bit. It’s been such a long day already and its not over yet. After some chilling, I met up with some friends in the lobby to go out and visit Time Square. Most of us decided to go try out the subway. We got a little messed up but after some help we got to where we needed to be. Time Square was amazing. It was a lot like Akihabara in its brightness and large crowds of people, but it was bigger and better. We spent a good while here checking out shops and just enjoying ourselves.
Sign outside the M&Ms store.
The gang outside of Time Square.
After a lot of wandering around Time Square, we headed back to the hotel for some much deserved sleep. Tomorrow is the Armory show, which is the main reason why we came on this trip. It’s the largest art show in the world with hundreds of galleries all participating in one super show. This will take up most of the day, but I know the gang is planning a lot of other fun things to do. I’ll keep you posted. All in all, it was a great first day in New York city. Big? Yes. Appley? Not so much.