I’m back from a long weekend in New York. I went with my favorite travel pal, my mum. I’m heavily pregnant so we didn’t do what we would usually do (which is to stay up all night drinking Japanese slippers and dancing on the bar) but we still had fun. We ate and walked and ate and shopped and ate and visited galleries and it was really very nice.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The highlight while we were there was the African collection in the Samuel H. and Linda M. Lindenbaum Gallery. Hands down my favorite art exhibition, maybe ever. The MET has curated literally hundreds of masks, wood sculptures and decorative arts from all over Africa. I left wanting to know about absolutely everything I saw. Highlights: A 19th century headdress from Côte d’Ivoire, an aluminum and copper wire woven artwork called Between Earth and Heaven, by El Anatsui (Ghanaian). Senufo bird figures from Côte d’Ivoire and a 19th-20th century Songye Power Figure from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, made from wood, metal and feathers.

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Below is the aluminum and copper wire woven artwork called Between Earth and Heaven, by El Anatsui (Ghanaian, born Anyako, 1944)

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY

Go to the MET website to see what’s on when you’re there.

New York Public Library

The main branch of the New York Public Library is the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. It’s is a gorgeous Beaux-Arts landmark, housing some of the best research collections in the world, as well as a circulating children’s collection. We both love children’s books (my mother has her Masters in children’s literature), so we were excited to discover that The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter exhibition was on while we were visiting. We lost ourselves in a world of Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, Winnie the Pooh, The Phantom Tollbooth and Where The Wild Things Are.

New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street | New York, NY

Walking

You needn’t know where you’re going in New York City – just wander and you’ll find wonderful places and things. Between us we’ve seen Central Park many times, but we still discovered parts of it that we’d never seen before, just wandering.

Mum’s fave was the High Line – a mile long stretch of linear park built on a historic freight rail line. Elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s Lower West Side from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, it’s wheelchair accessible (and therefore stroller accessible – woot!)

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