Brooklyn – May 8

As promised to myself – no waiting a week to blog! After finishing the blog yesterday, we dashed out to catch a train to meet Lesley for lunch. We ate at a Takumi Taco place in “Urban Scape” translate – name of a food court with carry-out. We choose the bowls of rice with different toppings and carried back to Lesley’s work where they have an outdoor seating area on the 15th floor overlooking the city. Nice.

After lunch we walk from 45th to 75th Street along Madison Avenue. Our destination is The Met Breuer Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum is in the old Whitney Museum building – an odd shaped grey monster of a building. The exhibits inside were quite interesting. The special exhibit is called “Leon Golub Raw Nerve.” Some rather disturbing pieces and a few early pieces that I fancied.

The other are on display across two floors is entitled “Like Life – Sculpture, Color and The Body.” Some art is from 1600-1800’s and then there is the new contemporary art taking a different approach to the same of theme. We find this museum a definite trip worth making.

On the top level, a contemporary dance troupe is practicing for an upcoming show to be held at the museum.

Leaving the museum we walk towards Central Park. We stroll along Fifth Avenue following along the park because there is shade. While the temperatures are very pleasant, the sun is still strong. A couple of stops – Tiffany’s (could not find what I was looking for), St. Thomas church to listen to a young boy’s choir practicing and St. Patrick’s just because we love the inside and the beautiful stained glass windows.There are so many more (it seems) street vendors these days in New York.

A quick walk past Time Square and then stop at the New Amsterdam Theatre to pick-up our tickets for Aladdin before dinner at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse.

Dinner was very good and the service is outstanding. A good pre-theatre choice for future reference. Aladdin was delightful. The costumes, the dancing, the characters and singing made it a charming musical.

Home to our hotel and sleep. 22,901 steps – 10.72 miles and 19 flights of stairs!

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