The absolute over the top event was ArtExpo New York March 30 – April 2. I booked Porter airlines for Graham and I. It was such a delight to experience a smooth embarkation from parking to boarding the plane. An easy park and short walk to the terminal, no long check in or security lines. All very civilized. We met a young woman flying to NY for business who shepherded us through all the confusion of taking a train into Penn Station – what an angel we were blessed with! Our hotel, The Ameritania, was perfect – right off Broadway at the beginning of Times Square. A spacious room with a walk in shower, friendly and helpful staff. We’d use it again.
Thursday was the opening night and next year I’ll plan on going down a day ahead because by the time we arrived there was only an hour left. However – what a New York display of people dressed to impress. There was a very elegant woman all in sequins wearing a crown for one example. The art displayed was amazing, varied and abundant. Artavita, the gallery who represented me, did an excellent job of setting up a gallery within the Expo.
This being our first time in New York, we spent Friday and Saturday exploring. We did a hop on hop off day Friday and stopped at various points throughout Manhatten. My favorite was the Highline Park, a re-designed abandoned railway line into a wonderful promenade through the old industrial/shipping yards.
Saturday morning we enjoyed a New York brunch with some friends before heading over to Central Park. Trees were in bloom, Daffodils carpeted= the lawns, people were jogging. A very playing Beatles tunes.
A small taste of what New York has to offer but an unforgettable first time experience! I look forward to the next trip, maybe I’ll have time to actually visit some galleries and museums. It simply felt like we needed to experience the outside, pedestrian New York instead of inside buildings.