I heard about it from a celebrity. 🤷🏻♂️
Next time I’m in New York City 🙏, I’d like to see the original Washington Crossing the Delaware painting.
I’m sure you’ve seen this painting before, but it would be amazing to see it in its original, massive form (12′ by 21′) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
There are so many fascinating things about this painting. Here are a few highlights, but I recommend listening to at least the intro of Washington’s Crossing to really appreciate it.
- The painting depicts the secret Christmas-night 1776 launch of the momentum-grabbing surprise attack on the British and German soldiers occupying New Jersey.
- At the time, five months after the Declaration of Independence, the new American army had seen defeat after defeat and was 90% destroyed. Thus the gloomy atmosphere with a hint of sunshine in the background.
- The painting was made by German-American painter Emanuel Leutze in 1850 with a goal of promoting democracy in Europe and fighting slavery in the United States. 🤩
- The painting makes efforts to show all kinds of people from all over America literally in the same boat together. This includes a black man, a big statement back in 1850 during slavery. The paining was used for abolition fundraising.
- The copy in NYC was the second one painted by Leutze. The first went to his native Germany and was destroyed by a British bombing raid during World War II — Britain’s final revenge on the American revolution. 😆
I keep seeing this spot come up in classic NYC transit photos.
Next time I’m in New York, when all this pandemic craziness is behind us, I’m going to find this spot and take this photo myself. 🤓
Here’s a great tribute to New York City as it suffers through the coronavirus.
We are tough but we are tender, and we fucking love our city though it feels impossible sometimes.
Also, as a musician, it was encouraging to hear her say “This took me a whole day to learn.” 🤷🏻♂️
Here’s a fun idea for a trip…
Why not go see some famous recording studios?
Cool-looking German restaurant for next time I’m in New York City.
Next time you’re in NYC, why not go see an opera? The tickets are surprisingly affordable (from $30). And even if you’re not an opera fan, this is a unique and interesting experience.
👉 The Metropolitan Opera (NYC)
Funnily enough, this tip came as a recommendation from Andy Ihnatko on a tech podcast. Listen in at this spot for more inspiration about the opera. 🤷🏻♂️
👉 MacBreak Weekly (MP3) 565: 10 Years After (via Overcast)
The McKittrick Hotel in the Chelsea neighborhood of in New York City is not actually a hotel (as far as I can tell). It’s more of a bizarre collection of venues and edgy entertainment.
Their about page sets the tone…
Completed in 1939, The McKittrick Hotel was intended to be New York City’s finest and most decadent luxury hotel of its time. Six weeks before opening, and two days after the outbreak of World War II, the legendary hotel was condemned and left locked, permanently sealed from the public. Until now…
This may be the weirdest and most fun place in NYC (that I know of). I’m definitely going back if I ever get the chance.
Another cool thing to see next time I’m in NYC!
This is a great quick guide on exploring a city in a more spontaneous and fun way than just rushing between pre-planned sites. Explore and have fun!
- Research, ask around — ask your Uber driver, check local Instagram accounts
- Be present — look around, pay attention to signs
- Map a Google map — Yes! I always do this on a big trip. It’s fun and helpful. (NYC example)
- Avoid making reservations — give yourself some flexibility
- Walk different routes — go one way, come back the other way