I have been mostly wandering around for the last few days. On Friday, I took a round trip on the Staten Island ferry and got a glimpse at the Statue of Liberty. I was told it isn't worth the price to visit it since you can't go up into the crown anymore. I got a pretty good view already, but we'll see.
After the ferry, I walked to Seaport and saw the Bodies exhibition. Unfortunately, they didn't allow photography, so I have no evidence. It was a great show though. I especially love the circulatory system room, but seeing the human nervous system all laid out was insane. I think it got to me towards the end of the show. I felt kinda queasy seeing the diseased organs.
Afterward, I went for a walk in the financial district, but skipped Wall St. I met up with Nina and her brother and they took me to an authentic Shanghai restaurant. We had egg drop soup, stir fry with handmade noodles, chicken with jellyfish, and juicy dumplings...full of juice. It was delicious.
We ended the night with a walk in little Tokyo. All the Sushi bar we packed, but there was one that was overflowing. Might have to go there later, but aside from that it was pretty small. We stopped in a whole foods store to get some snacks and drink and in Union Square for a little bit before heading home.
Saturday was moving day. I spent most of the day doing laundry, packing and moving to a new place. Marra sister was able to find a room at the tip of Manhattan, in an area call Washington Heights. It's over on the other side of town, but it's quiet and much more roomy. Once I got there, I settled in, made dinner and spent the rest of the night planning,
Today, I met up with Sylvia, one of the artists at the Chait Galleries. She got there much earlier than planned, so by the time I got there she wasn't able to show me her drawings. Maybe some other time.
I continued with my plan and headed for the Empire State Building. I started hearing roaring and cheering on Fifth Ave, and soon found out it was a Gay Pride parade. The costumes were fantastic and the condoms were all over the ground. After a few minutes, I headed up to the 86th floor of the ESB and got awesome views of the entire city.
After getting lunch, I spent a couple of hours in Bryant Park sketching. It's a great park, lots of seating and cool shade. On the way home, I stopped at Rockefeller Center, NBC Studios, and a LEGO store near by.
Galleries and Museums are closed tomorrow, so maybe some art and book store browsing and more sketching in parks. Who knows, things seem to happen whenever I step out the door.