The Met, Harlem And The Last Supper
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Belgian_Tom had sent me a text the previous day to say they were heading for The Metropolitan Museum at 9-30 this morning, so I headed yet again across Central Park. Still, for the number of times I'd been in it , it still felt great just being able to walk through it.
I arrived first and hung around at the bottom of the steps before Tom,his girlfriend and Lieke turned up. Went in and bought the $20 tickets, and Lieke came up with the idea of waiting about until 10-15 to do the free museum Highlights tour. Great idea, since there is so much to see in here and the tour set off promptly. The guide was great, even though at times she was being drowned out by school groups who were obviously working their way round trying to fill in some sort of activity sheet.
We decided to go our seperate way so that we could all see the bits that particularly interested us. I headed back to the start and followed the route back round so that I could see the other bits about it in more detail. At least you are allowed to take pictures in The Metropolitan, just not allowed flash photography. Some really great stuff to see and I went from the Greek section,through the African bit and came back to the first painting the guide had shown us, one called Tables For Ladies, as i had found the whole story rally interesting.
We'd agreed to meet back at 1-30pm, but decided there was still more to see and would meet back at 3pm. I went out for a bit of fresh air first and then came back in and upstairs to the Middle Eastern exhibition, and it was soon time to meet up again. Lieke had something else to do, but the rest of us set off, as planned, to walk up to Harlem. Cut diagonally across the upper side of Central Park and came out on the west side around 110th St. From there we spotted some big church and headed up towards it.
Turned out to be The Cathedral Church Of St John The Divine, which Tom found in his book and it said it was only about two thirds complete and that if they did manage to complete it to the original plan it would be the biggest cathedral in the world. Only the small matter of some half a billion dollars standing in the way of that apparently :D . There was a small garden beside it with a really interesting fountain. Turned out to be the Childrens Sculpture Garden and there were lots of little sculptures all around it. We went into the cathedral, which was huge, but pretty bare, and it seemed to lack a lot of seats :D.
Carried on up to Morningside Heights and past Columbia University, stopped off in a bank for Tom to get some more cash and made our way down to 125th Street. We passed the General Grant Houses in Manhattanville, a housing project with nearly 2000 houses in blocks of flats, and had a look about the area. Walked along for a bit, deciding not to go into any of the fast food places as some of them looked a bit iffy. We were going to go out for dinner later, so at this point I decided to bail back to the hotel as i wanted to start packing. With all the stuff I had bought in New York, I was a bit concerned about fitting it all back into my rucksack as there seemed to be a hell of a lot more going back than I had brought.
Had arranged to meet at the Tribeca Grill, a restaurant co-owned by Robert De Niro, at 7pm. Tom had found out that they were taking part in New york's Restaurant Week and that we could get a 3 course meal there for $35. got a text from tom to say they were running late, and that Lieke had managed to get cheap tickets for a show and wouldn't be joining us, so I went into the bar and shouted up a beer. Checked with the reception people that they were indeed offering the Restaurant Week deal, and stuck my name down on the waiting list for a table.
The others soon arrived and hadn't even finished their first drink, when they came over to show us to the table.