One Traveler's Opinion: Lunch at the Met

Feb 24th, 2008, 12:50 PM
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Oh what good memories this brings back!

When I arrived in NYC, manymany years ago, a friend, a member of the MOMA, took me to lunch then to see an old black and white movie in the museum..I was so impressed ! ..I think it was The Cabinet of Dr Caligari ..

My children grew up having lunch in the Met..the big old cafeteria and wandering through the Egyptian rooms and the Temple of Dendur..we always bought our Christmas cards at the Met and each year our new Calendar ..

I have to agree, Zabars is hard to beat

Thanks Neal..
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Feb 24th, 2008, 12:58 PM
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I forgot to say that we had high tea at the Morgan Library a few times and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I looove that museum..his manuscripts!!! oh my...
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Feb 25th, 2008, 07:04 AM
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For anyone interested, I went down yesterday (Sunday) for the members' preview weekend of the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden.

This is not a room filled with tables of orchids. It's the entire Enid Haupt conservatory stuffed with thousands of them in imaginative settings. It takes a minimum of two hours to see it all once, and your immediate impulse is to start over and take a second look at the things that you only glanced at the first time through.

When you've used up all the usual superlatives to descibe the show (which runs through mid-April), you're left with the lingering vision of tropical color in mid-winter and of scent, warmth, and freshness.

There are reportedly some 8000 orchid species discovered so far, and the Orchid Show covers a lot of them. One of the more interesting side notes to the exhibition is that NYBG is charged with caring for illegally imported orchids seized at New York airports (orchid thieves are alive and well in the real world) and cultivars from those orchids are in the display.

So, in other words, if you're planning a visit to New York (and unless you're coming from Hawaii or deepest South Florida), plan to include a side trip to the Bronx. From Manhattan, Metro North trains on the Harlem Line run frequently from Grand Central Terminal to the Botanical Garden station directly at the entrance to NYBG (off peak round-trip fares are $9.50 for adults). Entry to NYBG and the Orchid Show is $20.

(And a note to Scarlett: you wouldn't recognize the Morgan Library these days. It has been expanded, and beautifully so. It has more exhibition room as well as a new, sun-filled cafe.)
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Feb 25th, 2008, 07:25 AM
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Neal & Scarlett:

The Morgan currently has a great exhibition of Drawings from the Uffizi. Was there yesterday and it was quite crowded - for the Morgan.

It runs through April 20th, check the link below.
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Feb 25th, 2008, 09:54 AM
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pretty funny Neal, I was there too! Love that show. I go every year. That and the train show.
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