...is like a normal Monday in any European city - shops are open and people strolling around. I so enjoy being here and shopping from morning to evening... I just hardly can get enough ;).
However, it was a personal kind of duty for me to visit at least one of the few museums New York offers and so my decision fell on the Museum of Modern Arts. Ironically, German (AND Austrian wohoo) Expressionism is one of the galleries they currently run and it was refreshing to see something different from price tags, supersales and latest collections in shops. This is something, which my parents always wanted me to take on from them: No matter which city you are currently staying in - always do something culturally, which you will really keep in mind as a memory. Shops and restaurants are enjoyable, fun and probably satisfying enough but they change and so there will be replaced. Cultural "hotspots" like MoMa or the Guggenheim stay, they feed with real inspiration and knowledge.
My absolute favourite of all the galleries was definitely the one with contemporary artists mostly consisting of the beloved Andy Warhol. Of course my shirt matched perfectly to this visit ;).
Having spent the whole morning at different galleries of MoMA, 5th Avenue was the nearest target to fulfill although I must say that I haven't found anything special down there. Maybe this can be excused with my exhaustion but seeing Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta and the 50th Prada store was boring after all. Moreover, I'm wondering who the hell is still in need of Abercrombie&Fitch stuff as being part of the basic clothing! There was HUGE queue around half of the block! Who is still doing that? It must have been a group from somewhere they still celebrate stone age times. (Just for information: I was the biggest A&F victim you could find in Europe until onlineshopping was discovered and each brat was wearing the elk on her left breast. I still love the things I have but no need to buy new things.) No wonder that Bergdorf Goodman was the perfect place to relax a little during lunch and we were lucky to get seated right at one of the windows releasing a wonderful view over the beginning of Central Park and the (surely) most expensive flats of New York.
After this, I visited the Times Square for the first time and got disappointed. Not the appearance but the atmosphere reminded me of Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles being full of fake and tourists like my parents and me. As a result it took me exactly 10 minutes to see this place and then hopping on the next taxi bringing me back to Broadway.
The evening program was filled with the Spice Market in Meatpacking District, which was once again a real taste-orgasm. I wish such delicious food would exist anywhere in Germany but no the only thing you will be able to find is turkish doner kebab. Such a shame. Asian people, please invade Germany and move the others away .. nobody wants to eat falafel and all that nasty stuff. It is time for some real curries, dumplings and pad thais!!!
I'm already a little lugubrious since our flight is in some hours (still there will be time to make sure that I have everything Victoria's Secret is meanwhile offering). Although New York is so run down, a part of my heart is dedicated to this city.
Visit at MoMA including German Expressionism, Picasso, lovely Frida, Monet and Andy.
Lunching at Bergdorf Goodman's 7th floor with an amazing sight.
Dinner at Spice Market.