Kiner, my nephew whom you met last week, and I continue our adventures in the great City of Gotham. He loves superheroes so his Uncle Gui dubbed him Kiner Man. Since every super hero needs a side kick I am Maya Girl 🙂 Here are our adventures for this week.
We began our week by visiting the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Gowanus. MAM explores “the intersection of death, beauty and that which falls beneath the cracks.” They are open 12pm – 6pm daily, and are closed on Tuesdays.
Unfortunately, photography isn’t allowed so we only have pics of the café and staircase where we pretended to be zombies. We visited an exhibition called “The Art of Mourning” which isn’t your typical child-friendly museum visit, however Kiner appreciated how much science has advanced and all the progress made in modern medicine that keep children and adults alive and healthy well into their golden years.
We checked out dead bugs and insects through a magnifying glass and I had a nice time browsing their book collection. They have an interesting library. We ended our trip with pizza at Bar Tano, an Italian restaurant just a few blocks from MAM. We sat by the huge street-facing window and talked all about what we observed while the trains, cars and people passed us by. Afterwards we partook in some good old fashioned Brooklyn-style vandalism: sidewalk chalk graffiti!
It was the perfect afternoon, all without ever leaving Gowanus.
The following day we visited the New York Aquarium and then went for a stroll on the infamous Coney Island boardwalk, before getting caught in the rain. It’s too bad because we really wanted to ride the Cyclone (next time buddy)
Kiner asked me to take a video of his first time at the New York Aquarium.
We also experienced first-hand what a sea lion in heat sounds like. Here is a male sea lion trying to serenade a female sea lion, or otherwise convince her to go out on a date with him. One can say he is trying to become her significant otter 🙂 Hah!
Finally, we visited the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan. Kiner and I have many debates over which borough reigns supreme: Brooklyn or Manhattan. We cite evidence and facts to support our disparate opinions 🙂 Here we are at the Guggenheim where we enjoyed the Italian Futurists, Art From Latin America and the Kandinsky Before Abstraction exhibitions.
We learned about current exhibits and viewed the permanent collections consisting of art from Monet, Picasso, Renoir, Cézanne and Van Gogh. Kiner perceptively commented on the architectural style of the museum and particularly enjoyed walking around in circles as we made our way to the top. The museum gave us iPhones with a built in app that explains each exhibit, some with kid-friendly language using children’s voices detailing what to look for in a sculpture or a piece of work. I found him listening to a piece on Frank Lloyd Wright – the architect who designed the futuristic looking Guggenheim – and looking around to observe the structure of the museum.