It was still dark when we arrived at the bus terminal and after parking the Mini in the lot next door ($2 for commuters, $8 for everyone else, including us) we walked inside to get warm. Less than 10 minutes later we were on board and tucked into a pair of seats ready to let the world slip by as we cruised down I95 to the Big Apple. I was envious that some who had also gotten up early were able to go back to sleep.
Ralph Kramden. A curiosity to be sure in a city that spawns curios just by exhalation.
Wikipedia: "The memorial depicts seven men; the one to the far right carrying two Mills bombs, while supporting the wounded soldier next to him. To his right another infantryman (depicting Robert Russell Bennett, a 107 combat veteran who was asked by the artist to model for the statue along with 6 other actual 107 veterans of the Somme) rushes towards the enemy positions, while the helmet less squad leader and another soldier are approaching the enemy with bayonets fixed. To the far left, one soldier is holding a mortally wounded soldier, keeping him on his feet. . . . The monument was first conceived about 1920, was made in 1926–1927 and was placed in the park and unveiled in 1927, near the perimeter wall at Fifth Avenue and 67th Street."
"Impressionism, Fashion & Modernity" is an incredible exhibition of some of the most engaging works of French Impressionism -- and so many pieces brought together in one place with an unusual theme. There are no landscapes here but portraits of average (and not-so-average!) Parisian women and men (mostly the former though), intermingled with fashions from that era; in one case the actual dress being modeled in the painting. And if you ever wanted to know what a corset really looked like, go no further. Fascinating!
Located in the Tisch Galleries, which is right next door to the 19th century European Painting. Ask directions. If you're like me getting around the Met can be a bit daunting if you're looking for something very specific and the map isn't all that helpful.
No photography but there is a special room set up to sell a variety of reproductions as well as several books on Impressionism (I picked up Rey's gorgeous study of Morisot), and of course the catalog itself. Buy it and help the Met.
On my way back from the Met it was simply too beautiful and too peaceful not to stroll in Central Park -- and no traffic made the walk even more stress-free.
Along the way I passed the "Sur la Table" store where they were doing a cooking demo in the back:
Once I reached the Javits I checked in and met up with Susie.
The front of the house treated us with kindness, were attentive and very helpful with the menu and the wines as well. But the lack of imagination of the food presentation was outmatched by the absence of anything creative in the back of the house.
Oh, and it's expensive, too.
About half-past six we strolled back to the Port Authority and caught the 7pm bus for Providence. The return trip was uneventful and a filling meal washed down by a few glasses of wine helped us doze for most of the way back.