Trip Report: NYC, November 2021

Old Dec 3rd, 2021, 03:11 PM
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Trip Report: NYC, November 2021

We spent 10 days in NYC over Thanksgiving, half of them staying at the Washington Square Hotel and half with the family in Brooklyn.

The Washington Square Hotel is ideally located. It is half a block from the West Fourth Street subway station which is a stop for the A/B/C/D/E/F/M trains, and with one transfer gives an easy connection to the Museum Mile.

We saw a couple of plays: Cullud Wattah and Trouble in Mind. If a choice is to be made, pick the latter play which was written in the early Fifties and is absolutely relevant to our times.

We made reservations for the Neue Galerie which is always a pleasure to visit but the current show is mainly a reorganization of items in its collection. Not a must for those familiar with this museum.

On the same day we had reservations for the Jewish museum to see the netsuke collection of The Hare with Amber Eyes.
This is an exhibit for those who read the book and want to see the netsuke along with family documents and photos of the Ephrussi family and its Viennese mansion (mainly empty rooms, giving the impression of sad nostalgia).

The Guggenheim had an exhibit of Kandinsky, where I discovered that I prefer his earlier paintings.

The Brooklyn Museum had an exhibit of Andy Warhol, focusing on his religion in his art. I was not crazy about it, and much preferred the 2008 exhibit at The Contemporary Jewish Museum of his silk screens of Jewish personalities ranging from Franz Kafka to Elizabeth Taylor. But it contained an unexpected piece of art work:
We saw a Ruth Asawa exhibit at the David Zwirner Gallery. We were familiar with her face masks of friends and acquaintances, and with the metal constructions, but it also included sketches and paintings that are less known.
We also went to the National Museum of the American Indian located in the former Customs House near the Battery. We went there because we were using a map of New Deal art which can be seen in the rotunda of the museum, but were taken by the items in the museum itself, which covers Indian art and artifacts from all the Americas. It is definitely worth a visit, and we found it far superior to its equivalent in Washington D.C. Entrance was free on the day we went there, and might be at all times if it is an extension of the Smithsonian Institute.
We also went to see a light show in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden which was somewhat disappointing.
Our daughter arranged for an evening at the Village Vanguard. Not for those who worry about crowded spaces in these pandemic times. They do check for vaccination at the door but masks are taken off as soon as the drinks are served and many did not wear them again once the drinks finished.

We ate well, but not every place needs a mention. JaJaJa (, within easy walking distance to the hotel, has very good food. For those who need a crayfish fix, The Boil (, a couple blocks east of the hotel, is a place to go. $19 for a pound of boiled crayfish. The Boil accepts cash only, while JaJaJa does not. We had a nice lunch at Eataly at the World Trade Center, overlooking the memorial area.

These are the essentials of our trip.

Here are all the pictures of this trip: until incorporated into my NYC album:
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Old Dec 4th, 2021, 06:25 AM
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Looks and sounds lovely, Michael. Thanks for taking the time to post this.

PS..Kandinsky got my vote as most palatable abstract artist until this (sorry to distract):

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From your descriptions you had a fantastic 10 days.

The pictures you posted are great.

Thank you.
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