Tuesday, August 31, 2010
ART and STORMS
Today we went up to The Cloisters, a museum up in Fort Tryon Park, which is part of the Metro. Museum of Art. Ft Tryon Park is north of Harlem. We took the A train to West 190th Street.
Our children had given us a gift certificate for New Leaf restaurant in the park, had a very nice lunch. They had a very nice strawberry shortcake for dessert which we had to have. I had a grilled chicken sandwich, Joy had a cold cucumber soup and a Mediterranean salad plus a nice glass of wine. It was a very nice treat from our kids. This was a retirement present.
We have been watching Hurricane Earl on the NOAA website at least two times a day. Looks like we will be staying here for a complete second week rather than risk going out into the ocean with potential large waves and winds over the weekend. Our friends, Basil and Danielle on Scrimshaw, are waiting up in Albany until the weather blows over. They got caught in the Erie Canal shut down for a week.
The Cloisters was paid for by John D. Rockfeller, Jr in 1938. It was built from the ground up as a museum to hold this collection of art that the Met had purchased in 1929. We had an hour long term by one of the curators. I have included 3 pictures of the Cloisters.
Tomorrow we are meeting my cousin, Karen Stone, along with Jill and Matt for dinner. Karen is the Director of Design for Knoll, Inc. She leaves in Brooklyn, not too far from Jill.
It is very hot here in new jersey. When we got back to the boat, it was 97 degrees.
Sometimes I wish we had boat air conditioning, but it is very expensive to put in and we would have to have a generator to run it when anchored or on a mooring. Perhaps Hurricane Earl will break this heat wave.