This week I've been trying to live like a local. What I mean by that is, now that I live here, I don't need to rush around to see all the sights in one day and miss the little things. My goal is to explore and go to places I've never been throughout the city and take it slow to soak it all in. On Monday, I went to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I've been there many times before, but I had never been there alone. It's always been a secret fantasy of mine to go to The Met alone so I can be there however long I want, see what I want, and walk through it at my own pace. I quickly discovered that even being on my own, I didn't have the stamina to walk through the entire museum in one day. So instead of rushing, I decided to pick out the areas I cared about most and take my sweet time in those exhibits. I have a special passion for the European painters of 1400-1800, the Impressionists, and the Costume Institute's ever-changing exhibitions. This season, Rei Kawakubo's insane works are on display.
I had somewhat of an aesthetic experience while walking through the paintings. Halfway through my time there, I remembered I had my headphones with me. I decided to play my Spotify playlist entitled "thoughts" while taking in the works of the Netherlandish and German painters. Looking at the paintings while listening to music was a whole new immersive experience. I'm pretty mad at myself for taking this long to realize that is a thing I can do. One more valuable lesson for you: NEVER EAT AT THE MET. Seriously. Not a joke. It is delicious and extremely tempting, but it will cost you your soul. Just kidding, but it will cost you about $20 for a small salad and soup. Just remember, always have cash on you for a $3 hotdog outside.
As I mentioned before, in my adventures this week I've tried a bunch of new places. Here's a list of some that I would definitely go to again:
- Black Star Bakery & Cafe
- The Butcher's Daughter
- Brooklyn Roasting Company
- BKYLN Blends
- Little Roy Coffee Co (this place is just a few houses down on my street in Bed-Stuy)
- And lastly, I will forever use Trader Joe's as my grocery of choice in Brooklyn