Mona Lisa’s eyes from a terrace at The Whitney
Friday, December 30
Not surprising, our carousing caught up with us.
Feeling a tad green in the gills Friday morning, Tommy and I made our way to the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, transplanted in 2015 to the meatpacking district, between the High Line and Hudson River.
The new space is welcoming, the collection impressive, the building large but I never felt overwhelmed by the art. The top three floors have exterior terraces with sculptures and such. The freedom to stand in the cold fresh air, overlooking the High Line and the river was an appreciated luxury.
After the Whitney, we took a cab to midtown and grabbed a cheap, quick lunch near Times Square, followed by Oh, Hello On Broadway, starring Nick Kroll and John Mulaney.
Oh, Hello On Broadway is hilarious, irreverent, and a great show It is a combination of script and improvisation. I think they have different guests each show. At the Friday matinee, Simpsons voice actor, Hank Azaria was their guest.
According to Azaria’s Wikipedia page, he’s the voice of Moe, Chief Wiggum and Apu, He also provides the voices of at least 121 other characters.
We were high up in the balcony for the matinee. Midway through the show, I had to get out of my tiny, cramped seat, designed when the world was inhabited by pygmies. I was not feeling well. Not one bit.
I spent the remainder of the show standing in the back of the balcony, Made possible by a kind usher who took pity on me.
After the show, Tommy and I took the subway to Wall Street to see the Oculus, the new PATH hub, and the most expensive rail station ever built, costing almost four-billion dollars. It is a massive structure that either looks like a bird in flight or a whale skeleton.
The sweeping interior of the Oculus PATH Station
We walked to to the oldest bar in New York, Fraunces Tavern, which opened its doors in 1762. George Washington frequented the establishment, and during the Revolutionary War, the building served as his headquarters.
For those keeping score, we only had two bars left after that. One was The Bridge Cafe, located in the shadows of the Brooklyn Bridge, on the Manhattan side. An easy walk from Wall Street so we set course for the tavern that opened its doors in 1792.
Much to our dismay, the building is under renovation! It is probably just as well considering how we were feeling.
We took the subway back to the East Village and grabbed boring old hamburgers at a place called 5 Napkin Burgers, sit-down chain with a bunch of locations in New York City and elsewhere.
Comfort food was what we needed and that was what we had.
We were back in the apartment by 8:30 and I think I was asleep by 10. More to come soon.
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P.S. From one of the many iconic movies set in New York City. What is reamarkable about this scene, is it is completely improvised. At the pecan pie line, Meg Ryan looks over to director, Rob Reiner (off-screen) who motions for her to just keep going.