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Guggenheim

In all of my NYC trips, I have never gone to the Guggenheim.  My continued attempts to go, only to find them closed, have become a private joke.

But this trip, I found them open, and with a magnificent exhibit of works of Hilma af Klint. These are otherworldly paintings, begun and finished in a white heat.

Group X, Alterpieces

A few of the museum’s permanent collection works were on display as well:

Degas: Dancers in Green and Yellow
Toulouse-Lautrec: In the Salon

NYC architecture cruise

Yufei kindly purchased an excursion for Friday morning, on an AIA tour completely circumnavigating Manhattan by boat.

With an architect on board, this tour was educational.  And with a glass of bubbly, this tour was fun too!

Sadly for us, the Spuyten Duyvil bridge couldn’t open in the extreme cold, so we missed the Hudson River on the upper west side of Manhattan — meaning no Cloisters, no Riverside Church, and so on.

But a good time had by the 20 or so folks on the boat.

One World Trade Center.
The low bridge at water level is the one that wouldn’t open. Looking westward on the Harlem River, toward the Hudson.

Morris-Jumel Mansion

The Morris-Jumel Mansion bills their property as Manhattan’s oldest house.

Since I always try to do one new thing each time I visit NYC, I made the long trek north in Manhattan on Sunday afternoon, and was rewarded with a delightful hour.  The docent in the kitchen was especially informative.

George Washington used this house as his headquarters before the Yankees had to abandon Manhattan.  And Aaron Burr lived here for a while until the end of his life.  The house is steeped in history, and to think that I was standing in George Washington’s study was, well, a little overwhelming.