This was the reason for my pilgrimage.......what waited for me behind these doors was the motivating factor for the months of planning and saving and plotting! Of course, no photos were allowed but here is a link to the Gustav Klimt exhibit that spurred me in to action :-) The title of the exhibit was Klimt and the Women of Vienna's Golden Age 1900-1918. Prior to this visit and since this visit, I have been eerily drawn to all things early 1900's. (and an unusual amount of GOLD has been showing up in my work) This era has intrigued me for quite some time and I have read about, watched and investigated many of the authors, artists, and architects of this time period. SO VERY INTERESTING!
This was the central painting ( and probably one of his most well known pieces ) of the exhibit. But there was so much more to see in the exhibit including: sketches, photographs, clothing, furniture, and accessories of the era. I was a happy camper! But that was only the tip of the happiness iceberg :-)))
We actually kicked off our whirlwind visit with one of my bucket list items.......like everything we did in those 5 days wasn't on my bucket list :-O Chicago on Broadway!!!! It was everything I had hoped it would be AND MORE! And rock star Nancy upgraded us to 3rd row seats!!!! My girlfriends are the BEST!
Of course no trip to NYC for an art lovin' girl like me would be complete without the MET
. We could have spent all day there but then there would not be time for all the gazillion other things we needed to squeeze in. We did manage to relax for a bit in the Balcony Bar that overlooks the Great Hall for wine & cheese and a front row seat for the evening's classical music set :-)
The New York Public Library was not even on our list but I'm so glad we didn't miss it. The history of the building itself was mesmerizing. The interior was breathtaking and the gift shop helped me knock out some of my holiday gift shopping for the literature loving peeps in my life ( there are quite a few ).
Ceiling shot of some of the amazement that occurred behind the front doors of the NY Library
the sidewalk leading towards the library was scattered with these delightful plaques....this was just ONE of my favorites.......ha....another early 1900's personality......hhhhhhmmmm
Nancy and Alison have spent their careers in land conservation so they added a little green space to our agenda by introducing us to the Brooklyn High Line. It was so inspiring to learn the history behind the implementation of this area. It's filled with unique art, garden space and plenty of walking paths. It was a blast!
Just one shot of the cool art that we encountered on the High Line......side note......those are peoples bedroom, kitchen, and living area windows......yeah, NYC is super cool but that's just a little to much closeness for my liking :-O
After all of our trekking that day, we needed to take a load off. What better place to do that than fireside on a rooftop bar?!?!? Since we had indulged my need for art and Nancy and Alison's need for green space, it was time for Tammy to toss her 2 cents in..........Tammy is lover of all things mysterious and intriguing! Leave it to her to find the most unusual and off-the-beaten-path rooftop bar in all of New York! Gallow Green is the bar that sits atop The McKittick Hotel. I can't even begin to explain the concept fully but here is the history of the establishment in a nutshell:
Completed in 1939, The McKittrick Hotel was intended to be New York City’s finest and most decadent luxury hotel of its time. Six weeks before opening, and two days after the outbreak of World War II, the legendary hotel was condemned and left locked, permanently sealed from the public. Until now…EMURSIVE has brought the Grande Dame back to life. Collaborating with London’s award-winning PUNCHDRUNK, the legendary space is reinvented with SLEEP NO MORE, presenting Shakespeare’s classic Scottish tragedy through the lens of suspenseful film noir. Audiences move freely through a transporting world at their own pace, choosing their own path through the story, immersed in the most unique theatrical experience in the history of New York.
Well OF COURSE I had to try the drink that is the namesake of the Shakespearean tale! The Sleep No More was a fabulous hot toddy that beckoned me to indulge in another...and maybe even another :-) YUM!
The finale to our trip was just as fabulous as everything else we managed to squeeze in.....we ate, drank, and took in the enchanting sounds of Ellis Marsalis - jazz legend- at the Dizzy's Club in the Jazz at Lincoln Center facility. It was the perfect ending to the perfect adventure!! We even helped Mr Marsalis celebrate his 82nd birthday that evening :-)