Nom Wah Tea Parlor
We ordered way more food than we could ever eat, but it was great.
Today, I went to the MoMA. I figured since it was a weekday and I went right after they opened it wouldn't be too busy. I was so wrong. It was the busiest it's been of the three or four times I've gone. The place was packed with tourists and school groups. The MoMA is so overwhelming to me. There's so much to look at that I feel like I need to go there every day for like a month. At some point I just have to leave because I can't look at any more art.
I always enjoy seeing the hierarchy people create in museums.
A group looking at Van Gogh's Starry Night
No, no, I don't actually need to see that painting, feel free to just stand there listening to your audio guide and taking photos. I mean, it's not like you can find photos of it online or in books or anything. (Hypocritical, I know, since clearly I was taking photos)
The blatant lack of people in one of the Minimalist galleries.
Anyway, I went today because they recently switched up their contemporary art exhibit and I wanted to see it. Actually, I really just wanted to see this:
Rirkrit Tiravanija's piece "Untitled (Free/Still)"
Apparently the artist turned an entire gallery into an exhibition space (including the offices and such) and used part of it as a kitchen and served free curry to everyone who came in. The MoMA recreated it in one of their galleries. In the picture above, the man with the stellar stache is telling us about it very awkwardly. He clearly was just reciting from a script that among other things, said something along the lines of "The food is free, the conversation is free, together with the sunlight streaming in the windows..."
The curry was actually pretty good, and I chatted with some man, who, after I sat down mentioned that we were supposed to have "free conversation."
I've also wanted to see this Felix Gonzalez-Torres piece for a while:
The MoMA is right off of 5th Ave, so after my escapades there I decided it was a perfect time to go on a shopping spree. I trekked down 5th Ave, and as usual when I go shopping, ended up buying things I don't really need, and not getting what I do need. All the stores on 5th Ave are huge. Every place I went was completely overwhelming, with multiple, large floors.
This is the flagship Uniqlo store. I don't know why the US doesn't have more of these, they're AWESOME.
Sweaters in every color EVER.
You probably can't tell from this picture, but this place just keeps going, and going, and going.
And, as an added bonus, they have plastic covers for your bag when it's raining. How thoughtful.
One last thing I love about New York. Everything is constantly changing.
What? You haven't been to Bryant Park in a couple of weeks? There's now an ice rink, an indoor/outdoor restaurant and like 50 pop-up shops. Surprise!