South Street Seaport exhibit hall where we saw the "Bodies - the exhibition"
In the morning we took the subway all the way down to the South Street Sea Port to see the exhibit called "Bodies, the exhibition"
. It's one of these exhibits which use real human cadavers, specially processed to remove the water in the human body and replace it with silicone so it does not decay. There are different emphases, some showing the muscles, some showing the nervous system, some showing the skeletons, digestive system, reproductive system etc. Although these were real humans, they in general do not gross people out or scare anyone. Mostly people were just in awe of what they saw. Especially the ones showing the circulatory system, basically all the blood vessels preserved in place, without the body. They were red, and suspended in glass, in dimly lit room. They were really beautiful and other-worldly. Also there were samples of diseased tissues, the blackened lungs of a smoker, tumors, blocked arteries, and something really wierd called "teratoma", where tissues grow where they shouldn't (like teeth and hair and skins on a tumor inside the body!). One would take probably 2 hours to see the exhibit. If this show or a similar one is in your neighborhood or where you travel to, I highly recommend it. It's more than an anatomy lesson or a biology field trip, one leaves with a lot more understanding and respect for the human body which we all have!
Afterwards, we went to Soho to visit some galleries. As we walked into one of them, the news of the small airplane which crashed into a building in the upper east side had just broke, but not much details. It was a cloudy day, and actually started to rain before we left the gallery. So it was not really the ideal weather for a tour of the East River. It was a sad accident.
We had dinner with my brother and his wife at a Greek restaurant near our hotel. The food was excellent, even though one could easily miss the entrance to the restaurant!
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