New York City Museum Hopping

Next Saturday I’m going to return to New York City to continue my exploration. I plan to visit two of the smaller art museums; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Neue Galerie Museum. My last trip to New York City was pretty thrilling and left me feeling a slight buzz for a few days so I’m still not tired of the city yet. However, I will try to limit my activities to those two institutions. I won’t be running around photographing everything in Times Square.

I will be taking the Amtrak train from Harrisburg again and I’ll probably even use the same Lexington Avenue Line, 6 Local subway to get near the museums. There is one bookstore I could possible squeeze in, Crawford Doyle Booksellers on 1082 Madison Ave but they are only open from Noon until 5:00 PM on Saturday.

I’m reading another novel by Arthur Nersesian to gain insight into the culture of New York City. His novel “Chinese Takeout“ describes the life of a struggling artist on the Lower East Side, in Chinatown. This novel was written in 2003 and still reflects a Manhattan were poverty and drug abuse are epidemic even though Manhattan has supposedly cleaned up its act. Arthur Nersesian was born and raised in New York City. He was the managing editor of the literary magazine, The Portable Lower East Side so I trust his novels to provide a genuine glimpse into the city’s bohemian community.

After this trip I could still spend a day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History. Both of those museums would take more than a day to explore. Then I would need to find something off the beaten path to do in New York City, maybe in Greenwich Village or the Lower East Side. I could just take a week for vacation in New York City but I think it is cheaper to make day trips. Five days at a hotel would be very expensive and far exceed the cost of transportation required to make the equivalent day trips.

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