We finished up our time in North America with a few excellent days in NYC. It was so much fun to do things we didn’t get around to last time, plus a few things I’ve never done there.
On our first day we went straight to Chinatown and stuffed ourselves full of dumplings. To the brim. Oh it was so glorious, I’d been craving dumplings for months and unsurprisingly they are tough to find in South and Central America. We had xiao long bao, bbq pork buns, pan fried pork and steamed veggies. I’m salivating just typing this now.
After our gluttonous trip to Chinatown we headed uptown to The Met and made a beeline for the roof, no easy feat in a place that would more appropriately be called ‘The Maze’. Up on the roof we were greeted with this:
British artist Cornelia Parker’s rooftop installation is inspired by Edward Hopper’s 1925 painting House by the Railroad, which also inspired the spooky house in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie Psycho. It’s pretty spot on! Creeeeeepy.
The view up there is pretty spectacular.
The house is made from wood salvaged from an abandoned barn in upstate New York, apparently when it rains the wood smells faintly of manure.
It looks so quirky, out of place and contrasts amazingly with the skyscraper skyline.
While we were up there we spotted British actor Michael Palin of Monty Python fame, just hanging out having his photo taken.
Afterwards we wandered back downstairs and had a look at the Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology exhibition.
On our final day we met my New Yorker friend Adrienne for lunch at the 2nd Ave Deli, did a spot of shopping, wandered through the Chelsea Market to escape the rain and then saw an evening of improv comedy at the Upstanding Citizens Brigade (an excellent recommendation from reader and fellow blogger Gabrielle). We topped off the night with knockout ice cream sandwiches from Odd Fellows Ice Cream Co.
And so ended our year in the Americas. Was sad to leave but excited for the next adventure: Europe!