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Posted on Tuesday 14 July 2009 at 9:04 am

Days 1 and 2 in NYC

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As you can see, I made it to New York City just fine on Sunday. My plane landed around 9:30 am and I took a shuttle to my housing at NYU. Of course, NYU is at the far end of Manhattan from where we started and there were other people in the shuttle who were dropped off first so I think it took longer to get from LaGuardia to NYU than it did to get from Virginia to New York. After I finally made it, I got checked into my room and unpacked in short order, checked to see if I'd received tickets through the online signup to the Shakespeare in the Park performance (I didn't), and decided to spend the evening in Central Park anyway. I caught the subway to the park and just walked around for a few hour, snapping pictures and taking in the sights.

After the park, I came back to my apartment. It isn't the greatest, but it'll do for a month. It is on Union Square. I went grocery shopping and met a couple of my roommates (everyone was out when I first arrived). They seem nice enough. Then I decided to check out the Strand. The Strand is a bookshop I'd heard about that is two or three blocks from my apartment. Supposedly their slogan used to be "Check out our 8 miles of books." They renovated recently so now the slogan is "Check out our 18 miles of books." They're not kidding. I've never seen so many books. It was actually kind of overwhelming. I didn't buy anything yet, but I will definitely go back and browse some more. On the walk back, I swung into a large comic book store I'd passed on the way to the Strand. It doesn't compare at all to the strand, but it might be the biggest comic store I've seen. It was pretty cool.

Both the main archives I need right now are closed on Mondays so yesterday I played tourist some more. I went to the American Museum of Natural History. It is pretty cool. I didn't have time to see everything so I basically decided to skip the people sections. I did the planetarium, the animal dioramas, some of the special exhibits, all the dinosaur bones, and things like that, but I didn't do any of the sections on Asian peoples or African peoples or things like that. I had to make some choice since I never could have done it all, and I decided to exclude that stuff because it actually bothers me somewhat that it is in a natural history museum at all. Natural history, to me, should basically include anything covered by the sciences of astrology, geology, and biology. Things covered by history, archeology, and sociology should not be there. Psychology can go either way. Most natural history museums have sections on "primitive" and "tribal" peoples, but not on "civilized" peoples. Of course, "primitive" and "tribal" means non-white so it can include pretty advanced Asian societies, for example, but never anything European. I'm sure this is a relic of when most museums were created, but it bugs me that it is still this way. Anywho, the stuff I did see was fantastic, and if I have time I might go back and check out the various peoples sections, but don't count on it.

After the museum closed, I went to Central Park again. I knew there was supposed to be a free recital by the Metropolitan Opera. What I didn't know was that you had to have tickets for the free show. They had a standby section and if people showed up with more tickets than they had people in their party, the extra tickets were brought to those of us in standby. I did get a ticket and got in without a problem. The show was fantastic. They had two guys and a gal performing various songs. One of the guys was especially impressive. He is going to be making his debut at the Met this upcoming year and right now he is on Broadway in South Pacific. In fact, he won the 2008 Tony for Best Actor in a Musical.

After the show it was home and to bed. Today I need to pick up my NYU ID card (I was supposed to get it Sunday but it got lost and has now supposedly been found) and then it is officially to work I go. Of course, the archive I'm working at today is right on Central Park and there is a free, no ticket needed, performance by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in the park this evening so I'm sure I'll have some fun even with working. For now, I leave you with a few select pictures from the 200 or so I've taken in my first couple of days.

Me, on a lookout tower on a "castle" in Central Park with the park's Great Lawn and the city skyline behind me.

Is there a more stereotypical view of Central Park?

This is a memorial to John Lennon in a section of the park he frequented when he was alive.

There is a garden in the park called the Shakespeare Garden. It is filled with plants mentioned in his writings with plaques with quotes scattered throughout.

The front of the American Museum of Natural History

Big whale in the AMNH.

Feeling: Happy
Exploring: Union Square, NYC
Listening: Construction guys on the balcony


lady_bracknell at 1:14 pm on 14 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
So jealous. I'm glad you're having a good time :D.
bratty_jedi at 2:04 am on 15 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
I get jealous whenever anyone on the flist goes almost anywhere!
labellerose at 2:11 pm on 14 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
My homie, the T-Rex!!! I remember seeing him from just abut that angle when I was a little girl. I was dumbfounded.

So happy you are having a good time. Get lots done and make some memories!
bratty_jedi at 2:05 am on 15 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'm working on the memories. The getting lots done is going a bit slower, but I've only had one day of work so it should get better.
gilpin25 at 2:57 pm on 14 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Lovely pictures and I'm glad to hear there's going to be more to come! (Well, you need to show more of those 200 or so to the world.;))

Can I come and explore The Strand with you? Though I hope they have good directions for finding what you want!
bratty_jedi at 2:06 am on 15 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Y'all should all come explore The Strand with me. All of us converging on the most massive bookstore ever would be epic!
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 3:44 pm on 14 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Glad you made it to NY okay and are having fun! I want to browse The Strand! How cool!
bratty_jedi at 2:07 am on 15 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. The Strand is, indeed, cool. I'm starting to wonder if I should treat it like a museum, devote an entire day to exploring it, section by section, in detail. Too little time and too much to see!
Wild Magelet
wildmagelet at 8:13 am on 15 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
I SO want to go on holiday right now. Especially there. It looks fantastic. Continue to have a great time!
bratty_jedi at 3:16 am on 16 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
NYC is great fun. I'm going to be exhausted come the end of the four weeks, but I think it'll be worth it.
littlepixiechic at 1:45 am on 16 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
The Strand sounds awesome! I hope you get a bunch of research done and have a lot of fun running around New York :) Are you going to see the Harry Potter movie? I'm trying to talk Ron into going with me since he's the only one around who won't be really annoying and ruin the entire experience for me (never thought I'd say that).
bratty_jedi at 3:23 am on 16 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
I am definitely going to see the HP movie at some point. I can't decide when, though. Part of me wants to see it NOW and part of me feels that would be a waste of two-and-a-half or so of the precious few hours I have in NYC and I should spend that time doing something exclusively NYC and see the movie when I get home. The compromise that I am currently debating is to go see it in IMAX 3D. My understanding is that the IMAX will be going to lots of places in the US next week but that right now that are exactly three US cities that are offering it in IMAX and only two of those have the first 20 minutes or so in 3D and of course NYC is one of those two. Then again, NYC movie ticket prices are more expensive than those in Williamsburg and IMAX / 3D movies always have extra charges added on so I'm not convinced it is worth the money and I'm still not sure I'm convinced it is worth the use of NYC time.

Perhaps I should post a poll:
Rachael should...
(1) Go see the new HP movie in IMAX 3D in NYC
(2) Go see the new HP movie as a regular movie in NYC
(3) Wait until she gets back to Williamsburg to see the new HP movie
(4) Stop over-thinking everything and just make a bloody decision because this really isn't that important in the grand scheme of things and not worth this much dithering

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