Another Perfect New York Sunday: Chelsea Idealism

I’ve learned to eat the Big Apple one bite at a time.  I have the opportunity to visit the US’ marque city several times a year.  And when I do, I find something new and unique to do on each visit.  This visit – Chelsea.

I headed to Chelsea with the intention of hitting the galleries, but left having seen so much more.  I love filling my one-day city visits with art and architecture.  I started at 25th St and Tenth Ave and headed toward 23rd St up Tenth. I’d hoped to visit Pace/MacGill galleries on 25th St, but they were closed on Sunday afternoon.  No biggie, Chelsea has plenty to offer.  I wandered up Tenth Ave.  Andy Warhol-like bright pink silk screens greeted me.  Marilyn Monroe covered to sparkling glitter with big pink lips brightened my day.  I continued up Tenth to 23rd St. to a three-story gallery with an amazing courtyard.  I found more brightly painted, heavily layered modern art pieces.

As I walked out and back up the street, I came across the stairs leading the The High Line.  Its been on my bucket list since it opened.  While the art down below in the galleries was fun and interesting, the art on The High Line was big, bold and engaging.

Highline Blind Idealism
Barbara Kruger

I followed The High Line all the way to the end in the Meatpacking District.  Along the way, I walked with families out enjoying a rare day of March sunshine.  Two little girls all bundled up in matching hats and coats walked hand in hand singing.  A high school girl was being photographed for Senior pictures. A performance art troupe was climbing the steps of the amphitheater as if they were a black-clad caterpillar.

I Want a President, HighLine Zoe Leonard
Highline City View: Sunbathers II
Kathryn Andrews

Down below, now in the Meatpacking District, I dodged not one, but two model photo shots.  I passed by The Standard Biergarten and decided to grab some friends and come back again later that night for pretzels and Dunkel beir.

Red Tara Biergarten with Pretzel

Thank you New York.  You never disappoint.

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