A highlight of any visit to New York is to stroll across the famed suspension bridge to Brooklyn. I did this for the first time as a child over 30 years ago when the bridge was mobbed with people heading to an Irish festival in Brooklyn. I’ve been back a half-dozen times since and generally it’s been serene. But on this occasion, the first time for my son, it was as crowded as my first time even though there seemed to be no special event.
Beer: Sunny Ridge Pilsner
Brewer: Jack’s Abby Brewing
Source: 12 oz bottle
Rating: **** (8.1 of 10)
Comments: A beautiful golden beer full of busy little bubbles. The aroma is grassy and the taste has that pilsner tang of citrus and biscuits. There’s light lacing on the glass and a light mouthfeel. Very crisp and refreshing. This is a good interpretation of a classic beer style.
This week’s song is “Moaning Lisa Smile” by the London band Wolf Alice from their debut album My Love Is Cool. The sound is reminiscent of early 90s indie pop, but the video is straight out of the 80s. Neither of which is a bad thing.
A beautiful early Spring day proved perfect for a visit to New York’s seaside playground, Coney Island. We started with a visit to the New York Aquarium, which is still rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, but still able to display and explain a variety of aquatic animals. We enjoyed seeing Diego and Osborne in the sea lion show, particularly. Then, Peter and I took a ride on the famous Wonder Wheel, where the cars not only go in a big circle, but slide around within the circle. In between, we ate lunch on the Boardwalk at Nathan’s Famous Frankfurters.
Diego and Cristina give a lesson on shark conservation.
Osborne performs some great stunts.
This will be the first of several posts from a Spring Break trip to New York City with my mother and my son.
One highlight of the trip was a visit the American Museum of Natural History. I hadn’t visited the museum since I was a child, and several galleries were much as I remembered. The AMNH is known for it’s “dead zoo” collections of preserved animals set up in naturalistic dioramas. I noticed in the African mammals gallery how all the displays were surrounded by marble and carved friezes which made me realize just how much money went into the museum when it was built. A nearby gallery of mammals from New York State showed that the money was not spread around evenly as it was just simple cases with the pelts of various animals pinned to the wall. We also explored the halls of North American mammals, Asian mammals, and ocean life. The highlight of any visit to the AMNH are the two galleries of dinosaur fossils which are vastly different from my childhood with the new scientific understanding of dinosaurs incorporated in the exhibits.
We visited only a fraction of the museum and will have to return to explore more.
For the first time in several years, I have a membership to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. I’m working on putting it to use by visiting the Museum and methodically but casually working my way through the galleries absorbing the art on display and sharing what I learn.
On a recent Sunday afternoon, I explored the third floor, home to the Museum’s collection of 20th-century art. It is a quiet place in the museum even on a busy weekend. A man pushing his sleeping child in a stroller along a window-lined corridor told me “This is the best part of the museum!”
I was impressed particularly by the MFA’s strong collections of 20th Century Art but African-American artists, Boston-area artists, and some who are both. Some artists I learned about for the first time that I’m really drawn to are Eldzier Cortor, Allan Rohan Crite, and Charles Sheeler. In addition to a variety of modern paintings, sculpture and decorative arts, the third floor hosts an excellent exhibit of photography of Gordon Parks, who returned to his home town of Fort Scott, Kansas for a photo essay in 1950.
The South African / Danish electronic duo from Los Angeles OOFJ provide the soundtrack to a lost David Lynch film with “You’re Always Good.”