I'm off to Queens today to see the other MoMA, PS1 (free if you've been to the other MoMA within two weeks and kept your ticket.
Whatever you do take subway 7 to get here. It becomes an elevated train and takes you past a derelict building that is completely covered with amazing graffiti. Although I returned to it and walked around it as best I could and got amazing photos, the best art is only viewable from the train. I'll get off at the closest train station to see if I can see more when it's time to leave.
So if the street art is the first thing you notice when you go to queens, the second thing is the smell both good and bad. There were toxic pools of god knows what in the streets surrounding the graffiti building and I had to hold my breath, something nasty was going on with waste coming from the surrounding industrial workshops. Then a couple of streets away amazing smells start hitting you from the ethnic restaurants this area is famous for. I'm having lunch at LIC market, a basement cafe that serves fresh seasonal food. It's insanely popular, I arrive at 11.45 and get a bar table, by the time 12.00 hits there's a queue out the door. Its a modern hip space filled with urban art, completely at contrast with the neighbourhood it lives in, which is shabby and industrial. I have mixed mushrooms and and bitter greens over rice and black beans - yum!
MoMA PS1 is more art installations than art paintings, it's in a massive industrial building that has been stripped back to its bare bones. My favourite exhibitions here are an Ansel Adams photography display of beautiful photos he has taken over his lifetime of Californian national parks like Yosemite. The other was an installation, a refrigerated rooms holding size able chunks of glaciers - every menopausal woman's dream. I'm moving in!
When I get to central station, the projected thunderstorm hits hard, but I see a 40% off banana republic sign, so I brave the weather to pick up a couple of items I had my eye on, on sale. Then it's time to go home and pack for my 4 day trip to conneticut.