After a last oversized breakfast, this time at Sarabeth's on Central Park South (nice, but nowhere near Bubby's, especially not the pancakes), we went to Chinatown quickly, as I had bought a T-shirt for Max the day before only to realise that they had given me one for 12-18 yrs, not 12-18 months! I searched all the shops on Fifth Ave, but couldn't find it, so ended up going back South, only to find out that they sold it just in from of our next stop - the Guggenheim Museum (which was closed)... so a lot of empty miles here!
Next up (and sadly our last stop on this trip) was the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Unfortunately, we were running out of time, so we could only run through it at a speed of roughly 10 mph, knocking down a few tourists who seemed to have more time at hand than us! The picture on top is an installation on the rooftop, brightly-coloured sculptures by Sol LeWitt which looked great against the skyline of Manhattan. The whole museum really impressed me - of course, the exhibits don't differ vastly from other major museums, like for example the V&A here in London - but the way everything is displayed! Never have I seen a complete formal reception or ballroom taken from a Parisian Palais then reconstructed in the minutest detail - even more impressive a tiled oven (Kachelofen) dating back various centuries from a Swiss chalet, including the wood-carved panelling of the ceiling and walls, and the ceiling and door frame lowered to the dimensions of the era - which means you almost have to stoop down to enter the room. So you get the picture: not just a massive collection of masterpieces, but an almost disneyesque arrangement to set the scene. I can't wait to go back to NY to explore this museum a bit more, and this time, I'll definitely set a day aside just for the Met.
And off we went, last stroll down Fifth, quick bite (Krispy-Cream doughnuts) at the Rockefeller and then au revoir New York. Credit card permitting, I shall be back very soon!
PS: A few tips for the road.
Best guide to NY, also if you've been there before and are looking for new things to explore, is "New York City Secrets".
And if you live in the UK and are thinking of going to NY this year or next, buy the Time Out New York City guide - you'll find an offer on the back where 2 people travel for £250...