I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t applied to a NYC based graduate school. The University of Delaware was my top-choice PhD, but it’s pretty hard to resist the allure of New York. Pretty hard, that is, until you calculate the cost of attendance. I politely declined immediately on the basis of being broke. Fortunately, Delaware had accepted me two days beforehand, and I spoke with my college professors/recommenders about it, writing that: I don’t feel like this is a hard choice to make. I’d rather be able to afford visiting New York sometimes on Delaware’s offer than be unable to afford to cross the street in Manhattan!
Not only do I feel I definitely made the right choice, but I’ll be spending this weekend in the city. It’s actually a field trip for my Contemporary Art and Curatorial Practice class with Kelly Baum, Princeton Museum of Art Curator (I posted about her here). We’ll be visiting a private collection of Latin American Art instead of just holding our usual seminar class on campus.
I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to hunt down an affordable hostel/hotel and book a room for the weekend, so I could extend my trip pass Thursday. Like any weekend in New York, there’s dozens of can’t miss events going on, so I’m going to go where my heart takes me.
Here’s my tentative weekend picks:
PS1 MoMA NY Book Fair Preview & the NY Book Fair – PS1 MoMA is hosting the NY Book Fair preview on 9/25 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Not really sure if I’ll have time to get there, since on a normal day, my seminar gets out at five, and I’ll want to check in to my room first. If I don’t get to the party, it’s no big deal — the NY Book Fair goes from the 25th to the 28th.
Free! (But there’s books to be bought.)
AuH2O Thursday Student Discount – I probably won’t have time to stop by AuH2O on Thursday, but it’s a thrift shop that grants a 15% off student discount on Thursdays. Hard to pass up!
Housing Works: Buy the Bag! – Housing Works NY has a Brooklyn based store where you pay a flat fee for your trash bag, and then get whatever you can fit into it. It’s not just a great bargain, it’s for bulking up my winter wardrobe. Housing Works is a non-profit center which supports HIV/AIDs affected people & communities.
Every day: $25/bag. First 50 people on Saturday mornings get a $5 bag.
Museum Day Live! – The Smithsonian is hosting Museum Day Live! and tickets to select museums are going to be free on 9/27. I picked up a pass for myself (all passes include a plus one!) for a NYC based museum. Free admission!
The Strand Bookstore – Is there a bookstore closer to heaven? Hard to say. Connecticut’s Book Barn has cats, but The Strand has everything else. If I don’t spend every cent I was trying to save at the NY Bookfair, The Strand has an entire floor which is mostly art-related books.
Who am I kidding? This won’t be free. I will buy books.
The NYC Big Flea – The largest Flea Market in Manhattan is on-going this weekend!
$10 admission for 2 days.
DUMBO Arts Festival – A 3 day arts bash with contemporary artists in DUMBO.
Showroom Seven Sample Sale – I probably won’t buy anything, but a 90% sample sale sounds like a lot of fun to peruse!
Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to New York without entertaining another visit to The Met. Current exhibitions include one on Chinese album art, and I’d be remiss to pass up the donate-as-you-like price. Also, because the Neue Galerie only has one room open at the moment (The Klimt exhibition), it’s pay-as-you-wish.
I’ll also be bringing my sketchbook for the duration of the trip to practice my hand at quick sketches. Updates on the trip will follow!