After a lovely night of sleep in the hostel I headed out to Wall Street.
Then I took the free ferry to Staten Island. This was just to go past the Statue of Liberty.
I walked up to the former site of the World Trade Centre. The memorial is free to enter but you must apply in advance for a ticket. I thought I’d try for a walk-up ticket, but they had run out by the time I arrived (11.30). Instead I went to Zuccotti Park. The Occupation had been moved out but there were some protesters there.
I took a train uptown and happened to walk past the Rockerfeller Centre. On the offchance that they gave a military discount I went in. They did! 50% off so it was only $11 to go to the viewing level. It’s well worth it – the view was as impressive as the Pyramids at Giza.
I continued walking uptown. I went in to the Sony showroom to buy a replacement mp3 Walkman but they didn’t have any! Not fancy enough. Instead I played on a PS3 for a while then went to FAO Schwarz. They’re better than Toys ‘R Us. It’s also right next to the Apple
On my way to the Guggenheim I passed more Occupiers.
The Guggenheim also has a military discount – $3 off. They had some lovely things on show – Cezanne, Gaugin, Monet, Manet, Van Gough. I love Impressionism. They also had a decent amount of Kandinsky’s Bauhaus period. There was some monochrome art from the 60s-70s but it was all crap. One looked like a Formica bench top. The pop art was ok, but I still fail to see how Lichenstein’s enlarging of a yellow pages ad is art. The central lobby had the complete collection of Cattelan’s works, arranged as a mobile.