On the day the snow fell, we decided to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art (you know, The Met). After warming ourselves up in a coffee shop near Union Square, we headed towards Upper East Side along the famed Museum Mile section of the 5th Avenue to get to this huge museum (Louvre felt bigger compared to the Met, but I'm not sure if it is).
I'm no art critic, but I was particularly drawn towards the beautiful sculptures of Greek and Roman Art, like the marble statue of Hercules with a lion skin as headpiece and the intricate details of the Sarcophagus with Triumph of Dionysus. After we explored the famous Temple of Dendur (which I particularly didn't gravitate towards to because there were so many people queuing to go inside), we explored the European and American paintings, like the grandeur of Washington Crossing Delaware by Leutze commanding the gallery room. It reminded me a lot of Juan Luna's Spoliarium because of its size & style.
A particular favorite moment I had was actually while we were resting near the Dendur temple. The hall was huge, and you could see Central Park all white with snow through the glass wall. Just looking at the view was a good way of taking a break from walking around the compound.
After a couple of hours exploring, we braved the cold again and decided to go to Times Square to get a feel of what we were going to experience on New Year's Eve and got our much needed grub.
A highly recommended way to go to NYC's key tourist destinations is to buy a New York City Pass (for 89 USD) to get cheaper admission tickets to stunning Manhattan views like Top of the Rock & Empire State Building, as well as tickets to key NYC museums like the Met, American Museum of Natural History, MoMA and Guggenheim. More info on this here, or if you wish to purchase a separate ticket, it will cost you 25 USD.
To go to the Met by subway, take the 4, 5, or 6 trains to 86th Station, and walk westwards towards the Central Park and the Museum Mile of 5th Avenue to get to the entrance. See the Met's website for more info on the current and upcoming exhibitions.
Location:The Met, Manhattan, New York City
Camera Used:Canon EOS 400D
Date:December 30, 2012