Yesterday was a long day but well worth it. I started with my usual work day, 9am – 5pm in the city. After work, I trekked it all the way up to Spanish Harlem on the Upper East Side (UES) for a free event. I then met a friend up there and together we participated in this year’s 37th annual Museum Mile festival. It’s a free festival that has art, live entertainment, interaction, and some free goodies. The museums included in this event are: El Museo del Barrio, Museum of the City of New York, The Jewish Museum, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, National Academy Museum and School, Neue Galeria New York, and Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met). The Festival had their kick off at 5:45pm and runs until 9pm. Each of these museums had free admission, so be sure to get there early! My top three choices were The Museum of New York City, The Guggenheim and the Met. I was only able to enjoy 2 out of the 3, since the lines were crazy long. This event was expecting to have 50,000 people in just a few short hours! I have never been to any of these museums before so this was extra exciting. They are all located in a row on 5th Ave or “Museum Mile.” We did a lot of walking from museum to museum, so I got in some cardio as well (almost 20,000 steps according to my iPhones Health app!).
First stop was Museum of New York City located on 1220 5th Ave. I picked this museum because it has a Hip Hop Revolution exhibit that caught my eye. I grew up with two older brothers so hip hop was probably the first genre of music I heard. My favorite hip hop era was the 90’s. They had so many awesome pictures taken of artists I grew up to listening like; Salt N Peppa, Run DMC, Slick Rick, and even 90’s Busta Rhymes. I thoroughly enjoyed this exhibit.
To my surprise they also had a Gilded New York exhibit featuring Tiffany & Co. and all the beautiful jewelry and silverware that they are known for on display. I was in heaven!
Next stop was the Guggenheim. The line was wrapped around the block, but it moved pretty fast. My friend and I chatted it up while waiting on the line and before I knew it, we were next! As we entered I was taken away just by the structure of the building and the open ceiling. It was stunning! The concept of this museum is cool, you just keep walking around and around in a spiral and there is art displayed all the way around. The museum had a kid section where kids created art, which was probably my favorite of all. I love kids and just to see how imaginative and creative these little humans are amazes me. It gives me hope as to how talented the next generations will be! My favorite was the Empire State Building made out of paper and a hanging mobile (seen below) that had all the right things! This little girl had a tiara, lip gloss, and flowers hanging from it (my kinda girl).
My next favorite was the art done by Glenn Ligon. It was three hanging white wall posts that had the words on it “We are the ink that gives the white page meaning.” His description is below, but my interpretation of this was that we write our own destiny. We manage our own lives and what comes next. Everyone has a different meaning when they see different art, but I just felt like this one hit home for me. Since I am starting this new journey as a blogger, I felt like this was a little sign that says keep going. I had a lot of fun viewing all the art and playing around with it. I am grateful for my friend to have joined me. ** Fun fact, Every Saturday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm, visitors can pay what they wish for admission (this can be a nice cheap date or fun girls thing to do, that won’t break the bank.) I always told myself I need to start doing more fun stuff after work, since I already work in the city and might as well take advantage of it. Everything is just a train stop away when you work downtown, or so it seems. I was never this artsy girl who would spend her time in museums and galleries, but I just never had an open mind to them. I didn’t know how fun and interesting they could be. I always want to learn something new, keeps my brain working. There is definitely a museum or gallery for every one you just need to do your research. I also heard there is a fashion museum in the city, which is definitely on my list as well. With the summer nights approaching, I will try my best to do some after work activities here in NYC. The weather was beautiful last night and just to take a stroll around the city and look at the beautiful buildings, with each one better then the next, brought me such peace and happiness. I always say it’s the little things that matter most.
** Museum Mile runs along Central Park as well, my suggestion have a fun picnic in the park and then go to the Guggenheim at night, then take a stroll and view all the beautiful buildings. In the background view is the Empire State building, at night it lights up and it never seizes to amaze me.