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Monday, May 11, 2009

New York, NY - Central Park and Vacinity

New York
Center of the universe?

The monument at Columbus Circle (above),

and Rockefeller Center in the Spring rain (below).

Central Park

The subject of the bronze statue on the right is of a person pretending

to be a statue. It's an example of Art imitating Life, imitating Art.

A foot bridge in Central Park, around 65th Street on the West Side.

The New World invades the Old. The Apple Store stands on 5th Avenue strategically placed in between the General Motors Building on one side and the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on the other(shown below). Depressed employees of General Motors stood out front of their office puffing on cigarettes watching in envy as droves of tourists purchased iPhones and other expensive consumer electronics at the Apple Store.

Rooftop water towers are commonplace, and look a little worn out and unsteady, even in the upscale neighborhoods along Fifth Avenue.

The Neue Galerie New York is a museum devoted to early 2oth century German and Austrian art and design. It is located in an old mansion from 1914 that contains select galleries of fine and decorative art from Vienna circa 1900 - including pieces by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, Josef Hoffmann, Max Beckmann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, and Marcel Breuer. Cafe Sabarsky is located on the ground floor, and has wonderful coffee. The museum opened in 2001, and should be on everyone's agenda when visiting New York. In particular, I found the work by the young Austrian painter, Richard Gerstl compelling. He was in a weird sense, part of composer Arnold Schoenberg's extended family. (Photography in the museum is not allowed).

Sunset over the West Side as viewed from Avery Fisher Hall.