Thursday, May 26, 2016

Top 20 Sights in New York

Top 20 Sights listed in the Michelin travel books “Michelin Must Sees in New York City” and “Michelin Green Guide to New York City.”

One of our goals while living in New York was to visit all 20 sights as recommended by the two Michelin travel books listed above. Last Wednesday, our regular missionary Preparation Day, we completed the last of the list of 20 sights when we visited the United Nations Headquarters.

Here are the 20 sights (in alphabetical order) and photos that we took of (or from) each sight.

American Museum of Natural History

Dinosaur fossil at the American Museum of Natural History
Model of the Blue Whale, American Museum of Natural History

Bronx Zoo

Main entrance to the world-famous Bronx Zoo

Nubian ibexes spar in the Bronx Zoo. Most animals have lots of room to roam.

Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge, which crosses the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn, as viewed from the Observation Deck of the One World Trade Center
Manhattan skyline as viewed from the Brooklyn Bridge

Central Park

"Angel of the Waters" statue in Central Park
New York City skyline above Central Park

Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building

Main lobby of the Chrysler Building
If we were ranking these top 20 sites, we would probably put this as number 20. Yes, it's an icon of New York, but visitors are only able to see the outside of the building and the lobby.

The Cloisters

Exterior view of the Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
A view of one of the actual cloisters (covered walkways around enclosed garden areas) in the Cloisters

Empire State Building

Empire State Building as viewed from the East River

View of lower Manhattan and the One World Trade Center from the Empire State Building

Fifth Avenue

Beverly at a Christmas window display of Saks 5th Avenue

Saint Patrick's Cathedral on 5th Avenue

Frick Collection

The Frick Mansion, which houses the fabulous Frick Collection

"Mistress and Maid" (1667) by Vermeer, one of the many amazing paintings at the Frick Collection

Grand Central Terminal

Facade of Grand Central Terminal

Main hall of Grand Central Terminal

The High Line Park

Beverly on the High Line, a park that once was an abandoned elevated metro line
One of the few sections of the High Line Park that shows the tracks where the trains once ran

Hudson River Valley

The Hudson River near West Point, New York

Philipsburg Manor, a farming, milling, and trading center in the 1750s. It is one of many early-American historic sites in the Hudson River Valley.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Main entrance to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
How can we choose which of the thousands of fabulous paintings to display? We have randomly picked one of our many, many favorites:
"Water Lilies" by Monet, from the huge holdings of Impressionist paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Main entrance to the Museum of Modern Art
It's easier to pick one painting that represents the MoMA. It's the most popular painting in the museum and one of our all-time favorites:
"The Starry Night," by van Gogh

New York Public Library

Main entrance to the New York Public Library
One of the several large, ornate study halls in the New York Public Library

Rockefeller Center

Night view of the Rockefeller Center and Christmas tree

View of the New York City night skyline from Top of the Rock, the Observation Deck of the Rockefeller Center

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Inside St. Patrick's Cathedral

Statue of Liberty

Liberty Island in New York Harbor

The Statue of Liberty

United Nations Headquarters

United Nations Building as viewed from Roosevelt Island in the East River

Security Council meeting hall, United Nations Headquarters

Woolworth Building

Woolworth Building
The ornate facade of the Woolworth Building

Is this Michelin Top 20 really the best 20 sites in New York City and its surroundings? Well, if we were going to make our Top 20, we would certainly include the Manhattan LDS Temple, Lincoln Center (which includes the concert halls of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, and the New York Ballet), the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the One World Trade Center, the Morgan Library, the Circle Line cruise around Manhattan, and others. There is much to see and do in New York City!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Service Project at AFYA

AFYA is a not-for-profit organization that takes unused, unexpired medical supplies that have been donated by New York area hospitals and ships them to developing countries. ("Afya" means "good health" in Swahili, the language of Tanzania, which is the country to which the medical supplies were first shipped). Each Tuesday, the missionaries in Yonkers volunteer up to two hours of their time to help sort, categorize, label, and box up the medical supplies. Today, Tuesday, September 22, 2015, was our first time helping with this amazing project.

Beverly sorts through the hundreds of medical supplies in this box:

 Sister Tesch (left) and Sister Larsen (far right) label the sorted supplies:

Elder Barberán helps box up the medical supplies:

Elder Wilson tapes up boxes for shipping to developing countries:

Scott helps sort supplies:

We are proud of all the service that the LDS missionaries render here in the New York New York North mission and worldwide!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

MoMA and St. Patrick's Cathedral

Two of the top sights in Manhattan are the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the nearby St. Patrick's Cathedral. We visited these sights on Friday, September 11, 2015, before our temple shift at 3:00 pm. Fortunately, the MoMA allows photography, so we took pictures of our favorite works of art. Here are a few of them:

MoMA Sculpture Garden, with skyscrapers in the background.

The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, one of the most beloved and most viewed paintings in the MoMA. It is one of our all-time favorite works of art.

Beverly poses next to The Starry Night.

The Bather by Paul Cézanne.

Portrait of Joseph Rouilen by Vincent van Gogh.

Evening, Honfleur by Georges-Pierre Seurat. This example of pointillism (painting with little dots) also includes the  frame, which the artist also painted.

Self-Portrait in a Straw Hat by Paul Cézanne.

Pines and Rocks by Paul Cézanne.

The Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau.

Broadway Boogie Woogie by Piet Mondrian.

Three Musicians by Pablo Picasso.

Picture with an Anchor by Vasily Kandinsky.

One (Number 31, 1950) by Jackson Pollack

Man with a Guitar, Georges Braque.

I and the Village by Marc Chagall.

The Park by Gustav Klimt.

Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth.

House by the Railroad by Edward Hopper.

Scott poses by Family Group by Henry Moore.

St. Patrick's Cathedral on 5th Avenue, Manhattan.

Interior of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Beautiful stained-glass windows of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Many buildings displayed American flags on this 9/11 of 2015 in commemoration of 9/11 of 2001 and the attack on the World Trade Towers.
 We love the art and architecture of New York City!