here). It was cold and snowy and fun!
Although we arrived in the city by plane instead of by train as we did last time, there was still a significant train theme to our visit. We went to Gantry Plaza State Park in Queens, which is beautifully redesigned public space dominated by old gantries that once moved freight between trains and barges on the East River.
Of course we rode the subway all over and N. tracked our routes carefully.
New York Transit Museum! N. loved all the old elevated and subway cars, especially the wooden ones.
|[Photo by Graham Haber]|
We visited the The Morgan Library, designed by Charles McKim in 1906 in the gilded robber-baron style N. admires. He loved the library's multi-tiered bookshelves and balconies (a guard showed N. where to peek through a crack in a pivoting shelf to see the hidden spiral staircases leading to the balconies) and he was interested in the books and manuscripts on display. He also really loved the new Renzo Piano-designed addition to the Morgan complex, and spent a lot of time looking at the model of the complex and the photos showing Piano's design process and the construction of the addition.
We took an exhilarating walk on the High Line in the snow and enjoyed the elevated perspective it offers on an array of interesting buildings.
And we rode the A train north and took a lovely snowy walk through Fort Tryon Park to The Cloisters. N. enjoyed seeing all the fragments of 12th-century buildings on display, especially all the plant motifs as in this column, which are much less common in the later Gothic buildings he's familiar with. We all swooned over the unicorn tapestries.