For my first 24 hours in New York, I may have over done it. I am blown away by the art this city has to offer in its museums and I have been overwhelmed at first by the high energy level everywhere. The size of this place is hard to wrap your brain around.
My first stop in the morning was the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is huge and spectacular with its medieval armor, Egyptian tombs and Van Gogh paintings. I spent a couple hours wandering around and certainly didn't see everything.
After my time in the Met, I took a stroll through Central Park in the 33 degree winter day. Large patches of grass are still green peeking through the snow and barren leafless trees. It was a very nice place for a walk among so much metropolis. I can only imagine how magical the park must be in the summer time when it's warmer.
Next I wandered south towards the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and for the second time in one day, I became overwhelmed by masterfully curated collections. Andy Warhol's pop art, top impressionist pieces like Van Gogh's Stary Night. Two stand out exhibits for me were Nan Goldin's Ballad of Sexual Dependency and a five decade career display of Francis Pacabia's work. Truly inspiring awe.
After MOMA, I foolishly thought that I could make it to the Top of the Rock for a nominal charge before heading to Times Square. That would have cost me $34! I suggested to myself that I Google the view from atop Rockefeller Plaza for free instead. Times Square was certainly something that should be seen, but not somewhere to linger. Plenty of tourist traps. I ended the night by meeting my friend for happy hour in the Financial District (FiDi).
It was a great first day and I needed to recover from being overwhelmed by all that is New York.