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Baltimore's Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Garden

The Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens was opened in 1888 and is the second oldest in the US; admission was $5 and, due to Covid, required a timed, advance reservation

The Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens was opened in 1888 and is the second oldest in the US; admission was $5 and, due to Covid, required a timed, advance reservation

The Conservatory is located in Baltimore's largest park, Druid Hill; the 745 acre park is among the oldest landscaped public parks in the country and also houses the Maryland Zoo

The Conservatory is located in Baltimore's largest park, Druid Hill; the 745 acre park is among the oldest landscaped public parks in the country and also houses the Maryland Zoo

The Conservatory says red velvet ginger is native to Australia yet Wikipedia says Costa Rica so take your pick; I just like the uniqueness and color scheme with the species pollinated by hummingbirds

The Conservatory says red velvet ginger is native to Australia yet Wikipedia says Costa Rica so take your pick; I just like the uniqueness and color scheme with the species pollinated by hummingbirds

What perfect golden, barrel cacti!; the species is endangered in its native Mexico with much of its habitat destroyed when a dam was built in the state of Hidalgo

What perfect golden, barrel cacti!; the species is endangered in its native Mexico with much of its habitat destroyed when a dam was built in the state of Hidalgo

The Palm House was the original Conservatory building and is the second oldest glass and steel building still in use in the US; these houses were the rage in Victorian times as the wealthy acquired plants during their travels

The Palm House was the original Conservatory building and is the second oldest glass and steel building still in use in the US; these houses were the rage in Victorian times as the wealthy acquired plants during their travels

The Toothpick Cactus is native to the deserts and dry forest (Gran Chaco) of Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay with adults growing to 25  ft; the species is certainly aptly named!

The Toothpick Cactus is native to the deserts and dry forest (Gran Chaco) of Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay with adults growing to 25+ ft; the species is certainly aptly named!

Native to Mexico, this Queen Victoria Agave in the Desert House has a 12 ft tall flower spike that is pushing the bounds of the ceiling; despite being small, there were lots of interesting species here

Native to Mexico, this Queen Victoria Agave in the Desert House has a 12 ft tall flower spike that is pushing the bounds of the ceiling; despite being small, there were lots of interesting species here

The yellow flowers appear only rarely on the bunny ears cactus; instead of spines the plant has tiny glochids which detach en masse when touched and will cause considerable skin irritation

The yellow flowers appear only rarely on the bunny ears cactus; instead of spines the plant has tiny glochids which detach en masse when touched and will cause considerable skin irritation

There are 30,000  species of orchids and 100,000  registered hybrids; the Conservatory is run by the city and, given its small size, could never be a profitable operation

There are 30,000+ species of orchids and 100,000+ registered hybrids; the Conservatory is run by the city and, given its small size, could never be a profitable operation

The other cacti in the Desert House were dwarfed by this massive yucca; Joshua trees are a variety of yucca and the yucca is also the state flower of New Mexico

The other cacti in the Desert House were dwarfed by this massive yucca; Joshua trees are a variety of yucca and the yucca is also the state flower of New Mexico

The Ponderosa Lemon originated in 1887in Hagerstown MD as a chance seedling that is a natural hybrid of pomelo and citron; while these monster fruit are much larger than that of a normal lemon, they have the same flavor and acidity

The Ponderosa Lemon originated in 1887in Hagerstown MD as a chance seedling that is a natural hybrid of pomelo and citron; while these monster fruit are much larger than that of a normal lemon, they have the same flavor and acidity

Lace Aloe is native to Lesotho and South Africa with its nectar-rich, tubular orange flowers attracting birds, bees, and wasps easily; botany lovers really need to visit the Cape Town region for unique plants

Lace Aloe is native to Lesotho and South Africa with its nectar-rich, tubular orange flowers attracting birds, bees, and wasps easily; botany lovers really need to visit the Cape Town region for unique plants

The Black Rose Aeonium is a beautiful succulent whose stems hold large, terminal rosettes of very dark purple, almost black, leaves; the unique colors have made it a popular with landscape gardeners

The Black Rose Aeonium is a beautiful succulent whose stems hold large, terminal rosettes of very dark purple, almost black, leaves; the unique colors have made it a popular with landscape gardeners

Colorful bloom on an Indian fig cactus (aka prickly pear); this species is the most widespread and most commercially important cactus grown primarily as a fruit crop but also for the vegetable nopales

Colorful bloom on an Indian fig cactus (aka prickly pear); this species is the most widespread and most commercially important cactus grown primarily as a fruit crop but also for the vegetable nopales

Although strikingly similar in appearance, the Madagascar ocotillo here is not closely related to the ocotillo of the Sonoran Deserts in North America

Although strikingly similar in appearance, the Madagascar ocotillo here is not closely related to the ocotillo of the Sonoran Deserts in North America

The Orchid Room, like all other parts of the Conservatory, was quite small but full of gorgeous blooms; 1 in 10 of the earth’s plant species is an orchid!

The Orchid Room, like all other parts of the Conservatory, was quite small but full of gorgeous blooms; 1 in 10 of the earth’s plant species is an orchid!

This Kenyan cactus just looked too much like lots of snakes to me!; the Conservatory is named for the father of former Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

This Kenyan cactus just looked too much like lots of snakes to me!; the Conservatory is named for the father of former Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Known for its bright red, fuzzy, caterpillar-like flowers, chenille is an evergreen plant commonly grown as a seasonal annual or houseplant; it is endemic to areas around Malaysia but now has widespread adaptation

Known for its bright red, fuzzy, caterpillar-like flowers, chenille is an evergreen plant commonly grown as a seasonal annual or houseplant; it is endemic to areas around Malaysia but now has widespread adaptation

Most plants in the Tropical House were identified but some, like this cool spiky species, were not; I was surprised at how crowded the Conservatory was given its out of the way location and small size

Most plants in the Tropical House were identified but some, like this cool spiky species, were not; I was surprised at how crowded the Conservatory was given its out of the way location and small size

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NY Botanical Garden pt 1

My Soul Blooms Forever, Yayoi Kusama, 2019; the artist has said - I am happy that I have painted flowers... There are no objects more interesting.

My Soul Blooms Forever, Yayoi Kusama, 2019; the artist has said - I am happy that I have painted flowers... There are no objects more interesting.

The 1896 LuEsther T Mertz Library Bldg houses the United States' largest botanical library, and was the first library whose collection focused exclusively on botany

The 1896 LuEsther T Mertz Library Bldg houses the United States' largest botanical library, and was the first library whose collection focused exclusively on botany

I Want to Fly to the Universe, Yoyoi Kusama, 2020; in this era of Covid, the huge green spaces at the New York Botanical Garden allowed for plenty of social distancing despite the large crowd

I Want to Fly to the Universe, Yoyoi Kusama, 2020; in this era of Covid, the huge green spaces at the New York Botanical Garden allowed for plenty of social distancing despite the large crowd

White Wild Indigo (in the pea family) has striking charcoal-gray stems, blue-green leaves and pea-like blossoms forming on long spikes, making it quite showy, but without floral scent

White Wild Indigo (in the pea family) has striking charcoal-gray stems, blue-green leaves and pea-like blossoms forming on long spikes, making it quite showy, but without floral scent

The 1840 Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill is the oldest existing tobacco manufacturing building in the US; the Thain Family Forest is split by the Bronx River, the only freshwater river in New York City

The 1840 Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill is the oldest existing tobacco manufacturing building in the US; the Thain Family Forest is split by the Bronx River, the only freshwater river in New York City

The Poseidon is a vigorous floribunda rose with stunning lavender/blue cupped blooms; all cut grass, leaves, weeds, deadheaded flowers, twigs, branches are composted or go into mulch so nothing goes to landfills

The Poseidon is a vigorous floribunda rose with stunning lavender/blue cupped blooms; all cut grass, leaves, weeds, deadheaded flowers, twigs, branches are composted or go into mulch so nothing goes to landfills

The Garden’s historic collection of maples, included many varieties of Japanese maples, from around the world was very impressive; photos of trees don't do them justice

The Garden’s historic collection of maples, included many varieties of Japanese maples, from around the world was very impressive; photos of trees don't do them justice

When the Fountain of Life (1905) was completed there were very few statues of horses with webbed forefeet; there is not a subway stop anywhere near the Garden so I took the subway and then a bus

When the Fountain of Life (1905) was completed there were very few statues of horses with webbed forefeet; there is not a subway stop anywhere near the Garden so I took the subway and then a bus

In the Mertz Library there were additional Kusama sculptures as well as a gallery with dozens of watercolors; if you decide to skip the subway/bus transit plan then parking will set you back $20

In the Mertz Library there were additional Kusama sculptures as well as a gallery with dozens of watercolors; if you decide to skip the subway/bus transit plan then parking will set you back $20

This pink satin rhododendron was one of the few still in bloom when I visited; the New York Botanical Garden was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1967

This pink satin rhododendron was one of the few still in bloom when I visited; the New York Botanical Garden was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1967

The Korean dogwood is native to East Asia including Korea, China and Japan but has become naturalized in NY state; it can be distinguished from the dogwood of eastern North America since it flowers about a month later

The Korean dogwood is native to East Asia including Korea, China and Japan but has become naturalized in NY state; it can be distinguished from the dogwood of eastern North America since it flowers about a month later

I just love the expressions blooms create on spiral ginger; the plant is mentioned in the Kama Sutra as an ingredient in a cosmetic to be used on the eyelashes to increase sexual attractiveness

I just love the expressions blooms create on spiral ginger; the plant is mentioned in the Kama Sutra as an ingredient in a cosmetic to be used on the eyelashes to increase sexual attractiveness

The Garden contains 50 different gardens and plant collections; there is a serene cascade waterfall, as well as wetlands (though this duck preferred a fountain) and a 50-acre tract of original, never-logged, old-growth New York forest

The Garden contains 50 different gardens and plant collections; there is a serene cascade waterfall, as well as wetlands (though this duck preferred a fountain) and a 50-acre tract of original, never-logged, old-growth New York forest

Cleistocactus icosagonus is from the Andes in northern Peru and southern Ecuador; the stems are initially upright but then become sprawling as they mature

Cleistocactus icosagonus is from the Andes in northern Peru and southern Ecuador; the stems are initially upright but then become sprawling as they mature

The captivating Mexican grass tree looks great in raised planters or large containers; the Garden starting charging admission in 1994 to help reduce years of neglect due to underfunding

The captivating Mexican grass tree looks great in raised planters or large containers; the Garden starting charging admission in 1994 to help reduce years of neglect due to underfunding

The Haupt Conservatory at the NY Botanical Garden opened in 1902 after costing $177,000; the land for the Garden was purchased from the Lorillard family (tobacco money)

The Haupt Conservatory at the NY Botanical Garden opened in 1902 after costing $177,000; the land for the Garden was purchased from the Lorillard family (tobacco money)

The blooms on the succulent sesame resemble a large petunia; don't touch this fruit unless you want to spend some time trying to remove it from your fingers (worse than a Chinese finger puzzle!)

The blooms on the succulent sesame resemble a large petunia; don't touch this fruit unless you want to spend some time trying to remove it from your fingers (worse than a Chinese finger puzzle!)

Hymn of Life - Tulips, Yoyoi Kusama, 2007; the principal officers of the corporation set up for the Garden at inception were Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan

Hymn of Life - Tulips, Yoyoi Kusama, 2007; the principal officers of the corporation set up for the Garden at inception were Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan

The sea-urchin copper coleus, is an annual or short lived evergreen perennial (in warmer climates), and is native to Australia and subtropical Asia; grown mostly for the colorful foliage

The sea-urchin copper coleus, is an annual or short lived evergreen perennial (in warmer climates), and is native to Australia and subtropical Asia; grown mostly for the colorful foliage

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Modern glass at Chrysler pt 1

Red Gum Tree Leaf, Dante Marioni, 1988; to make these vessels, Marioni organized brightly colored and colorless canes into chevron patterns, picked them up on a blowpipe, and then shaped the glass into elongated, stylized leaf forms

Red Gum Tree Leaf, Dante Marioni, 1988; to make these vessels, Marioni organized brightly colored and colorless canes into chevron patterns, picked them up on a blowpipe, and then shaped the glass into elongated, stylized leaf forms

Aquaman Stinger, Nancy Callan, 2014; while her work exemplifies the skill and finesse of the Venetian tradition in glass, Callan exhibits the witty humor and aesthetic sensibility of a contemporary artist who loves pop culture, fashion and design

Aquaman Stinger, Nancy Callan, 2014; while her work exemplifies the skill and finesse of the Venetian tradition in glass, Callan exhibits the witty humor and aesthetic sensibility of a contemporary artist who loves pop culture, fashion and design

Faliera, Ettore Sottsass and Luciano Vistosi, 1974; at a Christie's auction in 2002, this piece sold for almost 1000 euros (that would be about $2400 US today)

Faliera, Ettore Sottsass and Luciano Vistosi, 1974; at a Christie's auction in 2002, this piece sold for almost 1000 euros (that would be about $2400 US today)

Cold Stream Cast Basket, Mark Peiser, 2006; imagine winding soft-serve ice cream inside a bowl, resting one coil upon another; by carefully controlling the glass as it came out of the furnace Peiser created this piece in much the same way

Cold Stream Cast Basket, Mark Peiser, 2006; imagine winding soft-serve ice cream inside a bowl, resting one coil upon another; by carefully controlling the glass as it came out of the furnace Peiser created this piece in much the same way

Iasia Vase, Ettore Sottsass, 1986; this piece made in Murano, Italy (I love that place!) has a red element roughly in the middle of the piece slightly off center giving the intentional impression of instability.

Iasia Vase, Ettore Sottsass, 1986; this piece made in Murano, Italy (I love that place!) has a red element roughly in the middle of the piece slightly off center giving the intentional impression of instability.

Stone Vessel, Curtiss Brock, 1986; Brock cites the 9 years he spent working and teaching at the Pilchuck Glass School (in Stanwood, WA founded by Dale Chihuly) as the primary influence driving his creativity

Stone Vessel, Curtiss Brock, 1986; Brock cites the 9 years he spent working and teaching at the Pilchuck Glass School (in Stanwood, WA founded by Dale Chihuly) as the primary influence driving his creativity

Untitled, Dale Chihuly, 1988; the new Chihuly Garden and Glass (located next to the Space Needle) is the number one thing to do in Seattle according to TripAdvisor (I've added it to my bucket list)

Untitled, Dale Chihuly, 1988; the new Chihuly Garden and Glass (located next to the Space Needle) is the number one thing to do in Seattle according to TripAdvisor (I've added it to my bucket list)

Passage 7, Mark Peiser, 2015; in his quest to capture the transparency and luminosity of the sky, Peiser formulated a unique opal glass that is many colored due to microscopic particles that formed within the glass during the cooling process

Passage 7, Mark Peiser, 2015; in his quest to capture the transparency and luminosity of the sky, Peiser formulated a unique opal glass that is many colored due to microscopic particles that formed within the glass during the cooling process

Blue-Green Linked Forms, Harvey Littleton, 1983; considered the father of the US studio glass movement, he initiated the first glass program at a US university (Wisconsin) which fostered the talents of a generation of glass artists, including Dale Chihuly

Blue-Green Linked Forms, Harvey Littleton, 1983; considered the father of the US studio glass movement, he initiated the first glass program at a US university (Wisconsin) which fostered the talents of a generation of glass artists, including Dale Chihuly

Storm Eater, Barbara Earl Thomas, 2018; the artist is known for her distinctive style that grapples with societal issues like gun violence, environmental harm and the continuing needless loss of young Black men

Storm Eater, Barbara Earl Thomas, 2018; the artist is known for her distinctive style that grapples with societal issues like gun violence, environmental harm and the continuing needless loss of young Black men

Tray, Maurice Heaton, ca. 1950s; the complex variation in texture and color on the tray—in hues of red, dark blue, and white—are a result of Heaton’s technique of fusing glass enamel powder that he pioneered

Tray, Maurice Heaton, ca. 1950s; the complex variation in texture and color on the tray—in hues of red, dark blue, and white—are a result of Heaton’s technique of fusing glass enamel powder that he pioneered

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Fantastic Collection from Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth

Woman Addressing the Public: Project for a Monument, Joan Miro, 1981; conceived as a stylized personification of motherhood, this sculpture at the museum entrance relates to one of the oldest themes in art: the earth goddess

Woman Addressing the Public: Project for a Monument, Joan Miro, 1981; conceived as a stylized personification of motherhood, this sculpture at the museum entrance relates to one of the oldest themes in art: the earth goddess

The Torment of St. Anthony, Michelangelo, c. 1487-88; this is the first known painting of Michelangelo completed when he was 12 or 13 and is the only painting by the artist on display in the Americas

The Torment of St. Anthony, Michelangelo, c. 1487-88; this is the first known painting of Michelangelo completed when he was 12 or 13 and is the only painting by the artist on display in the Americas

On the Pont de l'Europe, Gustave Caillebotte, 1876-77; Robert McCarter, author of Louis I. Kahn (architect of the Kimble), says the Kimble entry gallery is one of the most beautiful spaces ever built, with its astonishing, ethereal, silver-colored light

On the Pont de l'Europe, Gustave Caillebotte, 1876-77; Robert McCarter, author of Louis I. Kahn (architect of the Kimble), says the Kimble entry gallery is one of the most beautiful spaces ever built, with its astonishing, ethereal, silver-colored light

Man in a Blue Smock, Paul Cezanne, c. 1896-97; the Museum's collection today consists of only about 350 works of art, but they are of notably high quality; there are no American pieces since they are covered by the Amon Carter Museum next door

Man in a Blue Smock, Paul Cezanne, c. 1896-97; the Museum's collection today consists of only about 350 works of art, but they are of notably high quality; there are no American pieces since they are covered by the Amon Carter Museum next door

Abstraction, Piet Mondrian, 1939-42; the Kimball began as the collection of Kay and Verna Kimball which became the best select of Old Masters works in the Southwest; their wills stipulated that the collection be housed in a museum of the first-class

Abstraction, Piet Mondrian, 1939-42; the Kimball began as the collection of Kay and Verna Kimball which became the best select of Old Masters works in the Southwest; their wills stipulated that the collection be housed in a museum of the first-class

L'Air, Aristide Maillol, 1962; this work honors the crew of the hydroplane Croix du Sud, which left on Dec 7, 1936 for the 24th trans-Atlantic crossing of a newly established mail service between France and South America, and disappeared after take-off

L'Air, Aristide Maillol, 1962; this work honors the crew of the hydroplane Croix du Sud, which left on Dec 7, 1936 for the 24th trans-Atlantic crossing of a newly established mail service between France and South America, and disappeared after take-off

Weeping Willow, Claude Monet, 1918-19; this work belongs to a series of 10 paintings Monet completed as the fighting from WWI threatened his home in Giverny and as his eyesight worsened

Weeping Willow, Claude Monet, 1918-19; this work belongs to a series of 10 paintings Monet completed as the fighting from WWI threatened his home in Giverny and as his eyesight worsened

Mountain Peak with Drifting Clouds, Caspar David Friedrich, c. 1835; Friedrich is among the greatest of those Romantic artists in whose work spiritual yearning is the dominant theme; admission to the Kimball is free

Mountain Peak with Drifting Clouds, Caspar David Friedrich, c. 1835; Friedrich is among the greatest of those Romantic artists in whose work spiritual yearning is the dominant theme; admission to the Kimball is free

The Kitchen Garden (Le Potager), Alfred Sisley, 1872; Sisley befriended Monet and Renoir in the early 1860s and spent most of his working life not in Paris but along the rivers Seine and Loing; he often painted with Monet and Pissarro in the 1870s

The Kitchen Garden (Le Potager), Alfred Sisley, 1872; Sisley befriended Monet and Renoir in the early 1860s and spent most of his working life not in Paris but along the rivers Seine and Loing; he often painted with Monet and Pissarro in the 1870s

Portrait of Aymard-Jean de Nicolay, First President of the Chambre des Comptes, Jean-Antoine Houdon. 1779; Houdon was acclaimed as perhaps the first sculptor in the history of art to render eyes so convincingly

Portrait of Aymard-Jean de Nicolay, First President of the Chambre des Comptes, Jean-Antoine Houdon. 1779; Houdon was acclaimed as perhaps the first sculptor in the history of art to render eyes so convincingly

The Cheat with the Ace of Clubs, Georges de la Tour, c. 1630-34; this work is one of the greatest masterpieces of 17th century French art and comically highlights the dangers of indulgence in wine, women, and gambling

The Cheat with the Ace of Clubs, Georges de la Tour, c. 1630-34; this work is one of the greatest masterpieces of 17th century French art and comically highlights the dangers of indulgence in wine, women, and gambling

Still Life with Oranges, Jars, and Boxes of Sweets, Luis Melendez, c. 1760-65; the greatest Spanish still-life painter of his time, yet I had never heard of him; many of his works decorate the walls of El Escorial in Spain

Still Life with Oranges, Jars, and Boxes of Sweets, Luis Melendez, c. 1760-65; the greatest Spanish still-life painter of his time, yet I had never heard of him; many of his works decorate the walls of El Escorial in Spain

Portrait of Dr. Francisco de Pisa, El Greco, c. 1610-14; born on Crete, El Greco settled in Toledo, Spain in 1577 where he painted commissions for the city's wealthy and educated elite

Portrait of Dr. Francisco de Pisa, El Greco, c. 1610-14; born on Crete, El Greco settled in Toledo, Spain in 1577 where he painted commissions for the city's wealthy and educated elite

Equestrian Portrait of the Duke of Buckingham, Peter Paul Rubens, 1625; Rubens was both a painter and a diplomat which enabled him to get nice commissions from the British Royal Family such as this one

Equestrian Portrait of the Duke of Buckingham, Peter Paul Rubens, 1625; Rubens was both a painter and a diplomat which enabled him to get nice commissions from the British Royal Family such as this one

Cocoon-shaped Jar with Cloud-Scroll Design, Western Han Dynasty, China, 206 BC-9 AD; this handsome jar would have served as a mortuary object, placed in a tomb as a substitute for the more valuable bronze and lacquer vessels used in daily life

Cocoon-shaped Jar with Cloud-Scroll Design, Western Han Dynasty, China, 206 BC-9 AD; this handsome jar would have served as a mortuary object, placed in a tomb as a substitute for the more valuable bronze and lacquer vessels used in daily life

Portrait of Heriberto Casany, Joan Miro, 1918; the Renzo Piano Pavilion opened in 2013 expanding the Kimble by 85,000 sq ft; Piano also designed the Menil Collection in Houston and the Pompideau Centre in Paris

Portrait of Heriberto Casany, Joan Miro, 1918; the Renzo Piano Pavilion opened in 2013 expanding the Kimble by 85,000 sq ft; Piano also designed the Menil Collection in Houston and the Pompideau Centre in Paris

L'Asie, Henri Matisse, 1946; painted near the end of his career, this piece culminates his obsession with single female figures, richly costumed, in exotic settings

L'Asie, Henri Matisse, 1946; painted near the end of his career, this piece culminates his obsession with single female figures, richly costumed, in exotic settings

Miss Anna Ward with Her Dog, Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1787; Reynolds painted this portrait nearly two decades after becoming president of the Royal Academy of Arts and only two years before losing his sight and being forced to retire from painting

Miss Anna Ward with Her Dog, Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1787; Reynolds painted this portrait nearly two decades after becoming president of the Royal Academy of Arts and only two years before losing his sight and being forced to retire from painting

Portrait of Charles Carpeaux, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, 1874; among the preeminent French sculptors of his day, Carpeaux remains best known for his influential sculpture of allegorical nudes that graces the facade of the Paris Opera House

Portrait of Charles Carpeaux, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, 1874; among the preeminent French sculptors of his day, Carpeaux remains best known for his influential sculpture of allegorical nudes that graces the facade of the Paris Opera House

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NYC sights pt 2

With 17 curatorial departments, 2.2 million sq ft of space, and 2  million works in its permanent collections, the Metropolitan Museum of Art—colloquially known as The Met—contains more treasures than most visitors will ever be able to see in a lifetime

With 17 curatorial departments, 2.2 million sq ft of space, and 2+ million works in its permanent collections, the Metropolitan Museum of Art—colloquially known as The Met—contains more treasures than most visitors will ever be able to see in a lifetime

Marble Statue of Athena Parthenos, discovered at Pergamon (Turkey), ca 170 BC; the Met Gala, with a different theme each year, has been chaired by Vogue editor Anna Wintour in recent years

Marble Statue of Athena Parthenos, discovered at Pergamon (Turkey), ca 170 BC; the Met Gala, with a different theme each year, has been chaired by Vogue editor Anna Wintour in recent years

The Guggenheim Museum is better known for its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building than for the art it contains; admission is $25; given the largely disappointing reviews on TripAdvisor, I decided to skip going inside

The Guggenheim Museum is better known for its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building than for the art it contains; admission is $25; given the largely disappointing reviews on TripAdvisor, I decided to skip going inside

Alexander Hamilton was founder of the nation's financial system, the Federalist Party, the US Coast Guard, and the New York Post newspaper; the first Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton was killed in a duel w/VP Burr near Trinity Church where he is buried

Alexander Hamilton was founder of the nation's financial system, the Federalist Party, the US Coast Guard, and the New York Post newspaper; the first Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton was killed in a duel w/VP Burr near Trinity Church where he is buried

The NY Botanic Garden is located an hour away by bus (you really see the other NYC) and is next to the Bronx Zoo; admission starts at $35 but the place is huge and you could easily spend an entire, enjoyable day here

The NY Botanic Garden is located an hour away by bus (you really see the other NYC) and is next to the Bronx Zoo; admission starts at $35 but the place is huge and you could easily spend an entire, enjoyable day here

Grand Central Terminal is one of the world's ten most visited tourist attractions, with 21.6 million visitors in 2018 and is the 3rd busiest train station in North America

Grand Central Terminal is one of the world's ten most visited tourist attractions, with 21.6 million visitors in 2018 and is the 3rd busiest train station in North America

The JP Morgan Library and Museum was expanded in 2006 by the world-famous architect Renzo Piano; the addition of light-filled pavilions served to connect the three historic structures on the property

The JP Morgan Library and Museum was expanded in 2006 by the world-famous architect Renzo Piano; the addition of light-filled pavilions served to connect the three historic structures on the property

The statue of Atlas is one of many at the complex of 19 buildings known as Rockefeller Center; in addition to the famous ice skating rink, the Rock contains Radio City Music Hall and is the HQ for NBC

The statue of Atlas is one of many at the complex of 19 buildings known as Rockefeller Center; in addition to the famous ice skating rink, the Rock contains Radio City Music Hall and is the HQ for NBC

Seating 3000 , St. Patrick's Cathedral is the largest, decorated Neo-Gothic-style, Catholic cathedral in North America; the 1878 building received an update in 2017 getting a new geothermal system believed to be the largest in the city

Seating 3000+, St. Patrick's Cathedral is the largest, decorated Neo-Gothic-style, Catholic cathedral in North America; the 1878 building received an update in 2017 getting a new geothermal system believed to be the largest in the city

The 84 story Steinway Tower is said to be the thinnest skyscraper in the world; there are 60 residences in the building with prices ranging from a mere $16 million for a studio to $60  million for the duplex penthouse

The 84 story Steinway Tower is said to be the thinnest skyscraper in the world; there are 60 residences in the building with prices ranging from a mere $16 million for a studio to $60+ million for the duplex penthouse

The $4-billion, Santiago Calatrava-designed Oculus, opened in 2016, is the World Trade Center Transportation Hub and serves roughly 20 million passengers each year; it's generally considered the most expensive train station in the world

The $4-billion, Santiago Calatrava-designed Oculus, opened in 2016, is the World Trade Center Transportation Hub and serves roughly 20 million passengers each year; it's generally considered the most expensive train station in the world

It was a gorgeous day when I walked the Hudson River Park from Little Island down to the Freedom Tower; this oasis in the city runs 4 miles and includes a slew of parks, playgrounds, ball fields, etc and is immaculate

It was a gorgeous day when I walked the Hudson River Park from Little Island down to the Freedom Tower; this oasis in the city runs 4 miles and includes a slew of parks, playgrounds, ball fields, etc and is immaculate

Little Island had just opened the week before my visit and, to help with crowds, you needed a timed ticket to visit after noon but not before noon; Barry Diller and wife Diane von Furstenberg donated funds for the park and its upkeep

Little Island had just opened the week before my visit and, to help with crowds, you needed a timed ticket to visit after noon but not before noon; Barry Diller and wife Diane von Furstenberg donated funds for the park and its upkeep

The Vessel at Hudson Yards is an elaborate, honeycomb-like structure that rises 16 stories and consists of 154 flights of stairs, 2,500 steps, and 80 landings for visitors to climb

The Vessel at Hudson Yards is an elaborate, honeycomb-like structure that rises 16 stories and consists of 154 flights of stairs, 2,500 steps, and 80 landings for visitors to climb

Charging Bull was created by an Italian artist in the wake of the 1987 Black Monday stock market crash; one of the city's most photographed artworks, there was a long queue waiting to have their photo taken with the bull when I was there

Charging Bull was created by an Italian artist in the wake of the 1987 Black Monday stock market crash; one of the city's most photographed artworks, there was a long queue waiting to have their photo taken with the bull when I was there

In 1985, the great US Congresswoman Barbara Jordan spoke these prescient words - Liberty can gradually suffer erosion just like the Statue itself has suffered erosion.  You have to attend to Liberty.

In 1985, the great US Congresswoman Barbara Jordan spoke these prescient words - Liberty can gradually suffer erosion just like the Statue itself has suffered erosion. You have to attend to Liberty.

Castle Williams on Governor's Island was constructed in the early 19th century to protect New York City from naval attack; the Smothers Brothers were both (they're not twins) born on the island

Castle Williams on Governor's Island was constructed in the early 19th century to protect New York City from naval attack; the Smothers Brothers were both (they're not twins) born on the island

There are dozens of humorous artworks by Yayoi Kusama at the NY Botanic Garden, such as Dancing Pumpkin, that help substantially drive attendance; each year new pieces and attractions are added to keep the idea fresh

There are dozens of humorous artworks by Yayoi Kusama at the NY Botanic Garden, such as Dancing Pumpkin, that help substantially drive attendance; each year new pieces and attractions are added to keep the idea fresh

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