If I were to name this week it would be things I never knew:
I’d never heard of Sparks, or there 300 songs or five decade career. I have a lot of catching up to do. Glad I caught the documentary which is great, but their music is better
Walking along the East River we discovered a park with seal sculptures- never saw it before…
I’ve been a member of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for at least ten years. I had never seen there little Brooklyn Walk of fame
Lemon/lychee Thai iced tea- who knew how good Thai Iced Tea could be without condensed milk. This was SOOOOOO good
Immersive Van Gogh was just a new and interesting way to look at the works of Van Gogh- I love when we take technology and use it to bring culture to a wider audience…plus…Starry Night on four walls surrounding you
Early in the week it was 90..with a real feel of about a billion- inspiration doesn’t come easy
My daughter was away this past weekend, so the cat, uncharacteristically, chose to sleep on my bed
Betty got a little spa day
Ended up at two French bistros this week- I love soufflé and floating island but there aren’t many places in NYC where you can get them, so I got lucky
Saw live music!!! Don’t worry, I took the picture before they performed: they were setting up their instruments so I got a no flash shot of the set up. Lovely rendition of Haydn’s “The Seven Last Words of Christ”. The concert was held in the Assembly Room of the lovely Riverside Church
My tea society had a lovely afternoon at Brooklyn High Low- delicious tea and sandwiches and the room was just beautiful
Cruella was fun. Great clothes.
I know that bird houses are not a big deal to most of you, but in Manhattan they aren’t things we normally see, so when I spotted them on a small stretch of East 81st St, I had to snap a picture
A few years ago, The Vessel was installed at Hudson Yards. The vessel is a structure with multiple sets of stairs that visitors are encouraged to climb. It is considered to be “interactive artwork”.
The Vessel opened on March 15, 2019.
Since it opened, three people have committed suicide by jumping off the structure.
As of late January 2021, The Vessel is closed to the public.
Was it irresponsible to build a piece of interactive artwork that people could possibly use to jump from?
The artwork is 150 feet high. While there are railings, there are no safety fences that would stop someone from climbing atop the railings and jumping.
Should we build a structure that has no safety features because gates and fences would be aesthetically displeasing?
What is the line between builder responsibility and user responsibility? When we create something, how much do we consider how it will be used?
Is art exempt from practicality because it is art?
Should The Vessel be permanently closed to the public?
To what lengths do we go to create a view?
I know. I know. So many questions.
I’ve climbed The Vessel twice, once with my Goddaughter and once with my family. It was quite fun to go inside the beehive like structure, go to different vantage points and take pictures of the Hudson, New Jersey and parts of Manhattan. It’s pretty to look at. This weekend we are going to a restaurant which prides itself on its views of The Vessel. I understand why it was created and built. But should more consideration be taken when building what is essentially an attraction?
So give me any and all thoughts on this subject.
Is this something you would like to visit on a trip to NYC? Or is this something that should never have been built?