The Rock, the Met, the Park
03.13.2017 - 03.13.2017
Day 4, our last day in New York. First up was a tour of Rockefeller Center. It has a very interesting history and even more interesting design and architecture. Without taking the tour, you can really miss the elements of all the buildings that make up Rockefeller Center. We had a great tour guide who happened to be from Flint, Michigan. A few photos from the tour:
Immediately afterword we took an elevator to the "Top of the Rock", the observation deck on the top of the main Rockefeller Center skyscraper. The day was clear and the view was fantastic.
The view looking north showing Central Park:
The view looking south showing the Empire State Building, the new World Trade Center, and the Statue of Liberty in the distance:
We were very glad we put this off from snowy Friday to sunny Monday. Off to lunch before the afternoon at the Met and Central Park.
This was everyone's first trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and we were not disappointed. A beautiful building and an unbelievable collection of art. A special exhibit called "Seurat's Circus Sideshow" really had me excited because I absolutely love George Seurat's paintings and I was not disappointed. Some shots:
There were several other Seurats and a number of his followers' paintings as well as many well known impressionists (a lot of Monet, Degas, Pisarro, etc.). The amazing Robert Lehman collection could be a museum unto itself. We spent a few hours here and felt like we just barely scratched the surface. I would definitely like to come back and spend more time here.
You can literally wear yourself out walking around looking at beautiful art so we consciously decided to step away and take a walk through Central Park on our last afternoon.
We decided to stroll over and take a look at Strawberry Fields, the memorial to John Lennon in Central Park. It was lovely but quite crowded. Everyone wanted to get their picture in front of the memorial seal so I wasn't able to get a picture of it. Here's a downloaded picture:
Unfortunately, it was time to go back to the hotel and pack up and head out of town. I'll spare the details of the difficulties we had getting out of town due to the incoming snowstorm. We got out safe and sound.
It was a great four days of good food, art, sights and sounds, but most of all it was a priceless time for Mom, Dad, and Daughter.