June 9, 2019

Hello from New York City.

From the Met's "Camp" show

Yes, your travel-averse blogger got on a plane and went to New York. Sometimes you've got to get into the metal tube and hurl yourself across the country, and here I am. That photo is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I'll have you know.

90 comments:

traditionalguy said...

We gave you an imp and you took a thousand miles.

richlb said...

To paraphrase Glenn Reynolds, I'll believe travel is a bad thing when the people who keep telling me it's a bad thing start acting like it's a bad thing.

Automatic_Wing said...

The girl mannequin isn't anatomically correct. Seems kinda sexist.

WK said...

I can’t tell with the masks. You and Meade?

Bay Area Guy said...

Love visiting NY, but could never live there among the perpetually miserable.

wholelottasplainin' said...

You should have stayed home.

Kathryn51 said...

Glad Althouse got on an airplane, but is that the best you can do from The Met?

Ugh.

eddie willers said...

I Heart Pussy.

stephen cooper said...

DC has better art, for the moment.

In the National Gallery of Art there is a good Leonardo - Ginevra de Benci - who two or three times in his life painted a wonderfully feminine woman (well, maybe more than that, but only two paintings have survived - one in Poland and one in DC).

there is also an amazing chalice which should not be in a museum but should be in a church at the level of Notre Dame of Paris or Notre Dame in Chartres - Byzantine and Gothic (the Byzantine part is an amazing and supremely artistic version of a chalice made from limestone and chalcedony and similar gifts of unimaginably beautiful stonework, the Gothic part is chased gold, with images of wheat in the grain (ble en herbe, as Shakespeare would have called it if he were born a hundred miles to the south of the river Avon) and the fruit of the grape, pictured in filigreed gold

Big Mike said...

You flew on an airplane to New Yawk? Is everything okay with JAC?

Nice said...

You flew? Aren't you going to blog the experience? Did you have to go thru Security? Did you take your shoes off? They search your laptop and purse/wallet. Jet Blue is the best, they give you unlimited blue potato chips for free !!

stephen cooper said...

there are lots of drawings by Leonardo of feminine women but not that many paintings (just 2, one in DC and one in Krakow).

Great artist, but he would have been a lot happier if he had understood in his youth what beauty is

stephen cooper said...

BTW Ann and Meade : I hope there is a Gideon's Bible in your hotel room

It is always fun to come back to the hotel at the end of a long day and flip through a Gideon's Bible, seeking words of truth

Narr said...

Can you get the set in the gift shop?

Narr
Salt and pepper!

Original Mike said...

You traveled to see that? {shakes head}

Kathryn51 said...

Kamala Harris slept with a married man. Plenty of our male Presidents have slept with women that were not their wives - and. from a scan of the 20th Century Presidents - the more profligate were Democrats (JFK, Johnson; Clinton for starters). I don't hold it against Harris - I say keep her at the top of the DEM list - she'll never be President.

Nikki Haley will be the first "Woman of Color" President.

stephen cooper said...

Chalice of the Abbot Suger of Saint Denis, if you want to look it up. (the most beautiful object in the Western hemisphere)

That being said, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has some amazing medieval sculptures of the Madonna, and at Christmastime the Neapolitan Christmas Tree is beautiful beyond belief

Christmastime is my favorite time of the year

In the 1850s my grandparent's parents worked on a farm where the Bus Terminal now is (Port Authority is, I think, the name that it goes under in these sad latter years)

as time went by the story changed, I heard a claim that they owned a farm there

but it is likely that they just worked there, for a couple dollars a month

Everybody has their own story
many of those stories are better than anything i could dream of

ceowens said...

Orange Man Bad

stephen cooper said...

Kathryn51 ---- if Tulsi Gabbard were pro-life she would be a shoo-in as an independent candidate

Maybe someday she will be

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

forget the met-- go here:

The Museum of Sex
233 Fifth Avenue at the corner of East 27th Street

or the frikkin' Frick

stephen cooper said...

The Frick Collection is amazing.

It is the only museum in the world that is across the street from a spectacularly long line of elm trees, and the Memlings and the Fragonards and the Ruysdeal Dutch landscape and the room with Saint Jerome in the Wilderness are worth a long trip

buwaya said...

Hmm

Maybe with a tweed sports coat.
Nowhere to put the tie though.
They should consider a collar.

And it seems that there may be a problem with convenience, with respect to the necessarium.

Some other redesign required as well, for that and other reasons. You cannot have your valet about everywhere, simply not done.

stephen cooper said...

Saint Francis in the Desert ----- (I get Saint Francis and Saint Jerome mixed up often)

buwaya said...

Tulsi Gabbard would make an attractive nuisance as a third party candidate.

I doubt I am giving anyone ideas. I think its likely that there will be several well-financed third parties. TBD.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

have lunch at Perrine down 5th at the Pierre

prices are actually almost normal

readering said...

Getting ready to fly 10+ hours tomorrow.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

have a safe flight

Nobody said...

I hope you enjoy New York.

JML said...

At least he isn't in shorts.

Nobody said...

I don’t think that I have ever gone to NYC and not had a good time, going back to the ‘70s.

stephen cooper said...

The elm trees are particularly beautiful because, if you walk from north to south along Fifth Avenue's Central Park elms near sunset, the outlines (against the evening sky) of the beautiful buildings on the west side of Central Park are like silhouettes of a celestial city against the always celestial western evening

(a city I could never afford to live in, of course, but I like to spend some time there)

Chesterton wrote about the effect of the skyscrapers of Manhattan on a soul that seeks beauty about 80 years ago

he called it a New Jerusalem, in its own way

he liked to exaggerate of course but I get what he was saying

Yancey Ward said...

What carbon offsets did you purchase? I thought I heard the cry of drowning polar bear tonight.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

her "Fuck Me" shoes
are no match for his "Birth Control" clod-hoppers.

dont forget the Edward-hoppers

Nobody said...

I thought I heard the cry of drowning polar bear tonight.

That was just a pickup truck falling through the ice.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

Homer's opinion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9BizkCs3CM

Mick's take
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BjQYQ5p2Ko

Michael K said...

I don’t think that I have ever gone to NYC and not had a good time, going back to the ‘70s.

The last time was in NYC was to testify in a med-mal trial against the city hospital system. It was in the Bronx Supreme Court, the scene of the trial in "Bonfire of the Vanities. It was just the same as the book. No benches to sit. I asked the cop why and he told me they would be filled with bums if there were seats. At trial things went well but the jury sent out a message to the judge requesting he force one juror to bathe. The rest could not stand the smell.

The plaintiff lawyer was a defense lawyer for small crooks, like Richard Dreyfuss in "Nuts," a good movie. His office was down the street from the courthouse. It had a window air conditioner with a steel cage to keep his clients from stealing it.

We won the case and it was probably the biggest payday he had ever had. He wanted me to come back and he would take me to dinner. I never went back.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

@Dr K
there's a certain thief-thwarting 'aesthetic'-- concertina wire,
potted shrubs with chains around the trunk flanking the entrance,
the lobby rug discreetly bolted to the floor, and spiking on any-
think that can be sat on.
Quite fashionable.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

oh-- AA & Meade
in honor of future Dem Nominee Herr 'Pluggs' Von Sniffengroper,
aka Joe Biden-

Visit Sniffen Court, in Murray Hill-- a cute little enclave

Kathryn51 said...

stephen cooper said...
Kathryn51 ---- if Tulsi Gabbard were pro-life she would be a shoo-in as an independent candidate

My millennial son - who has some Reaganesque tendencies - recently asked me who was my favorite Dem candidate (knowing full well that I will never vote for a Dem President). I said most were irredeemable but that Tulsi G. had a few good points. None of which offset her love for Iran.

Yancey Ward said...

I haven't been to visit since 2011, though I drive through parts of Manhattan and the Bronx when taking 95 into Connecticut and points eastward.

readering said...

I love the Frick. Going to the London Museum that reminds me of it, the Wallace Collection.

Crazy World said...

Good on you, looking fabulous!

Quaestor said...

That photo is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I'll have you know.

It's good to know the difference between fine art and a salacious display from a "war zone" sex shop is location, location, location.

tds said...

The guy's penis is attached to the navel. I don't have much experience with penises, but seems a tad high.

Birkel said...

tds,
The knees are also off. The kneecaps are 6 inches up the thighs. That would probably require surgery.

Probably injured trying to walk behind that ridiculous mask.

Kevin said...

Are you sure you’re not at the Museum of Natural History?

This looks like a global warming exhibit.

Nobody said...

The “woman” is sure an afterthought whose lady parts need to be hidden away, isn’t she?

rehajm said...

Yah, that woman. I’m not a cardiologist but...

rehajm said...

For the first 95 percent of my life I would travel to nyc a few times a year for work or fun. I haven’t for a few years now except maybe thru JFK. Can’t say I miss it. Maybe when I watch US Open tennis...

Humperdink said...

Speaking of unsophisticated, that would be me. My favorite spot to visit in NYC was Little Italy.

rhhardin said...

The International (2009) has a very satisfying shootout in the Guggenheim.

Humperdink said...

Beyond the beautiful architecture, Grand Central was a dump.

Coconuss Network said...

Last weekend it was to see MoMa. Closing for renovation till November-ish.

Nobody said...

Coriolanus
Then, for the first time since 1979, Free Shakespeare in the Park presents CORIOLANUS, the Bard’s blistering drama about a general voted into power by a populace hungry for change, and the unraveling that follows. Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Shakespeare In The Park’s Troilus and Cressida) directs a modern-day version of this riveting epic of democracy and demagoguery. Begins July 16


This summer’s offering of Trump bashing.

We are in charge now! Why would you deplorables want change?

But for now, it’s Much Ado About Nothing, which is probably worth the time:

https://publictheater.org/Tickets/Calendar/PlayDetailsCollection/SITP/Much-Ado-2019

Angle-Dyne, Samurai Buzzard said...

I think my favorite at the Met is the display of two screens of Maruyama Ōkyo: Goose and Reeds/Willows in the Moonlight. Unfortunately the beauty and fascination of the screens don't come across at all in photographs.

Robert Cook said...

"Love visiting NY, but could never live there among the perpetually miserable."

You know nothing about New York if you think we are perpetually miserable.

Angle-Dyne, Samurai Buzzard said...

Nobody, quoting: "Then, for the first time since 1979, Free Shakespeare in the Park presents CORIOLANUS...Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Shakespeare In The Park’s Troilus and Cressida) directs a modern-day version of this riveting epic of democracy and demagoguery. Begins July 16."

Lol. Who could've predicted so courageous a choice?

Mid-Life Lawyer said...

Great story, Michael K. That does sound like a movie.

I tried to get into NYC Marathon for this year but didn't get in. That would have been a nice 60th birthday thing to do. We were there for the preview opening of Hamilton and went the second night when I last visited. It was okay but much diminished by the idiotic equating of legal and illegal immigration that they had to bake in. Other than that, pretty good production. Spring Awakening was the best thing I've seen on Broadway and that was in 2007.

It's interesting that the man's anatomy was traced but not the woman's. I wonder what it means. I can't wonder for long, though, as I'm going to run at Lake Fayetteville in Fayetteville, AR where I have been since Friday for the Ole Miss/Arkansas Super Regional that will be decided today at 3:00 p.m. central. Then I have to prep for the two hearings I have tomorrow until game time. I will check back on the thread later and maybe it will be explained.

Mrs. X said...

Grand Central was un-dumped for a while. DeBlasio has re-dumped it.

Temujin said...

New York is a ball. For about 2-3 days. Like Las Vegas, with better pizza and without the Californians.

Tank said...

The headline made me LOL.

NYC is a great place to have fun. I'd give you some suggestions, but, WTH, you lived there.

Robert Cook said...

"I don’t think that I have ever gone to NYC and not had a good time, going back to the ‘70s."

That's why it's called "Fun City!" (Or was, back in the 70s.)

Tank said...

If you can't have a good time in NYC, you're not trying. Or to put it another way, it's you.

traditionalguy said...

The poor Dems are down to staging a re-run of the Watergate Hearings hoping to claim the Media's offer of free TV. Trump got a D-Day re-play and a love affair with Queen Elizabeth. All the losers get is a old CNN commentator whose claim to fame is ratting out Nixon's cover-up 47 years ago.

gilbar said...

Eric Swalwell?
There is NO ROOM in our democratic party, for a WHITE, CIS, HETRO, MALE!!!

While Kristen Gillibrand was doing shots at the Blazing Saddle in Des Moines; and volunteering to go down on any lesbians that wanted her (none did)...

Where was Eric? Home with his Cis female wife? The man is a disgrace to democrats Everywhere!

daskol said...

It's a fine time of year here, with warm weather but not so hot things stink too bad. Enjoy!

MayBee said...

Great! Onward to Japan!

daskol said...

If the weather holds, the subway series kicks off tonight. I've never been because fuck the mets and interleague play, but people seem to like it.

rhhardin said...

I didn't visit NYC in the last 20 years I lived 20 miles away in NJ. With Amazon around there'd be even less reason today.

tcrosse said...

Last night PlutoTV showed a 1964 episode of the Dick Van Dyke Show in which Laura has paid a starving artist (Carl Reiner) $50 to paint her portrait in an outfit Rob has bought her. He paints her as a nude. She's quite upset and asks him to destroy it. The painting shows up in a gellery on 57th St for $5000. Hilarity ensues. Unfortunately, they never show the painting.

Rory said...

That's one of the few episodes where Reiner and van Dyke are alone together, with Reiner as the wild man. It's in the middle of a little stretch of impossibly good episodes.

Ralph L said...

The nipples and navel are too high.

MountainMan said...

Wife and I enjoy going to NYC. We like the Met and also MOMA. Heading there again for 3 days in early Oct before a 5-day cruise to Bermuda. Passing up the art museums this time to go to 9/11 Memorial and the Transit Museum in Brooklyn, and maybe Fraunces Tavern for lunch. Since we are staying on 37th St that probably means we have to go to Macy's for shopping as well.

BTW, in case you don't know, you can go here and download in PDF all the publications of the Met since 1964 for free. Nice collection.

Quaestor said...

You know nothing about New York if you think we are perpetually miserable.

Yeah, nooyahkaws do sleep from time to time.

Nobody said...

I wonder if the Russia troofers have shut down the Russian Tea Room yet as a nest of spies. The borscht is pretty good, BTW.

rcocean said...

NYC is a great place to live if you have a rent controlled apartment or have $10 million. AND you could leave every winter for Florida.

As a place to visit, its great for about 2 days. I must say that the Whitney has been a big disappointment every-time I've gone there. But the Met makes up for it.

Londonstan is the same way a good Weekend visit. Paris I could stay, for weeks. Same with Rome.

rcocean said...

I was reading a Biography Gene Kelly, and in the 50s he would get on a DC-6 and go to NYC for the weekend or a week, see all the Broadway shows, go see Miles Davis at the jazz club, and then be back in SoCal by Monday Night. Now, that's the way to do it.

Robert Cook said...

"NYC is a great place to live if you have a rent controlled apartment or have $10 million. AND you could leave every winter for Florida."

I have a rent-stabilized apartment, not as good as rent-controlled, but it's the only reason I can afford to live here, as I don't have $10 million (or even $1 million). I can see a time coming sooner than later when I will have no choice but to leave, (unless I die first), given the ongoing biennial rent increases.

I grew up in Florida. I'll take New York anytime!

I've been here 38 years, and I as I walk around the city each day, I often think of how much I love New York, everything about it! Though I'll have to leave, I will always consider myself incredibly fortunate to have been able to live here for so many years, (more than half my life).

Birkel said...

Rent stabilized or the property of the owner was commandeered to the benefit of a third party.

Toe-May-Toe.
Ta-Mah-Toe.

Marcus said...

Born in Brooklyn. Lived in Florida since 71.

Please don't come back to live. You may visit but leave around Easter.

"Rent-stablized"? How do you live with yourself? Who subsidizes that?

THEOLDMAN

Michael K said...

I was reading a Biography Gene Kelly, and in the 50s he would get on a DC-6 and go to NYC for the weekend or a week, see all the Broadway shows, go see Miles Davis at the jazz club, and then be back in SoCal by Monday Night. Now, that's the way to do it.

Since I don't like New York, I used to do the same thing with London. We would book the tickets (pre-internet) by calling the ticket agent in London and then having them sent to New York where they would be mailed to us. We would spend a week going to shows and out to dinner. We saw Evita and Cats and Starlight Express in their opening runs. We'd do that a couple times a year. The flight from LA was only about 4 hours longer than to New York.

PM said...

He's wearing her outfit.

Fen said...

The Capitol District from the Hunger Games.

Completely nose-blind.

Narr said...

Love NYC, or at least I have many good memories of visits there in the 80's, and was last there in '95 or '96. Went to as many Mostly Mozart concerts as we could, and though I am no fan of the stage, "Amadeus" with Langella was fantastic.

The Met museum is worth a month by itself--a month I haven't had and probably never will.

Narr
Vienna's nice too

Jack Klompus said...

Enjoy the most overrated overpriced hell on Earth!

Robert Cook said...

"Born in Brooklyn. Lived in Florida since 71."

Ha! I checked your profile. I see you're in Tequesta, Florida. My best friend, whom I met in college in the 70s at UF, was from Tequesta. (I grew up in Jacksonville.)

My friend preceded me in moving to NYC by two years, along with another mutual college friend. We're all three still here. I visited him in Tequesta in 1979, just before he moved here to NYC. We went with his family to the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater to see a Neil Simon play starring Shelly Berman. (My friend worked briefly on the Jerry Lewis film "Hardly Working," which was filmed down there in the area somewhere.)

Paul said...

So that was 'art'. Okie dokie.

Marcus said...

There wasn't much around then in Tequesta and Jupiter. I started a weekly newspaper in 1980 after my parents sold their waterfront marina/restaurant. I'm sure your friend knew of it (the restaurant) and I probably know him.

Marcus Bressler from the Jupiter Fisherman's Marina & Restaurant
Editor, Loxahatchee (River) Journal. 28,000 circ.

regards

small world

Robert Cook said...

I'll ask my friend if he remembers your restaurant or if he ever knew you. His last name is Terhorst.

Marcus said...

Robert Cook,

the name seems somewhat familiar. in any event, my email is keymarcus@aol.com

Marcus THEOLDMAN