Our second day in NYC was filled with Tiffany glass, delicious cheese, art installations, and magic.
We began our morning by going to the NYC Historical Society in the west side, next to the Natural History Museum. I don’t believe I’ve ever been there before but it was worth it. What blew my mind was the exhibit on Tiffany glass. They have a huge collection of Tiffany lamps on their top floor. It’s beautifully laid out, each lamp a work of art. I also loved that they made constant mention of Clara Driscoll, Tiffany glass designer and head of the women’s department, who made many of the famous designs, including the famed dragonfly lamp. It’s really cool to see her getting the recognition for her work. The exhibition is pretty extensive; there’s even a section about fake Tiffany lamps where you can try your hand at spotting the fake. There’s an interactive display where you can color your own lamp as well using a touchpad.
On the second floor, there is a large collection of their paintings, a mix of years and genres. They had some prints of Audubon that were really cool. But the best were some drawings by Picasso of a ballet he created with actual footage of said ballet. Mesmerizing. And another painting of a boy with a pet squirrel!
There was a wall display of paraphernalia from the 2017 Women’s March (including one from Chicago), an exhibition about Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr, and much more.
Then we made a mad dash to meet friends in the West Village at Murray’s Cheese shop. I have been meaning to check this establishment out for many years. It was everything I could have wanted. Largest selection of cheese I’ve seen. I ended up going with their aged brie that was delicious, almost liquid. I can’t wait to go back! We walked up the wonderful streets to City Bakery near Union Square to have hot chocolate. It’s too rich for me on a full stomach so I enjoyed bites of their handmade marshmallows.
That afternoon, we attended a matinee showing of In & Of Itself, a magic show directed by Frank Oz. It was magnificent. It’s a magic show that has a narrative structure that is poignant and impressive. The tricks are startling in a good way. I don’t want to say too much but it’s well worth checking out.
After the show, we decided to check out the Dream House, a Fluxus installation space. It’s a meditative space that uses sound and light. Everyone is asked to take off their shoes and to refrain from talking or using their phone. I was excited to check it out but it wasn’t my cup of tea. Meditative, high pitched repetitive sound are not my favorite experiences. But if you want to check out something off the beaten path, there’s the Dream House.
Dinner was spent at Italian restaurant Babbo’s, which was pretty good. It was a bit loud and chaotic but the food was good enough. We walked home to our hotel in Union Square and had drinks in the hotel bar, which was hopping. (We were tired and wanted to stay local). A great second day with friends!
That’s all for now!