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One fine day in New York

The city lights, skyscrapers, and pizzas are not what attracted me to go to New York. It’s Broadway.

On one fine Tuesday last week, I went out with the intention to have an artsy kind of day. A morning stroll at Central Park, afternoon visit at 2 museums, and to cap it all off, a 7pm Broadway show.

The MET: I went to the MET on 2 consecutive days. The first time, I was with Ken, to take photos on the iconic stairs without any plans to go in. But we were cold and freezing, so we bought tickets to pass time until our dinner reservation. The ticket costs $30 each.

The museum is grand and massive. Unsurprisingly, 2 hours isn’t enough to go around. Which is why I came back the next day to see the rest of exhibitions. One my 2nd day, I seriously spent half a day there.

Highlights: the Asian art collection. Yes, it’s because I am one and it’s inspiring to see. Exhibitions from Matisse, Manet, Degas.

If you are visiting New York for the first time and the MET is not on your list, add it! It’s worth it.

The Natural History Museum: It is on the opposite of the MET and you’d have to walk through Central Park to get there. It costs $28 + additional for ticketed exhibitions.

First impression: It’s one of those places that I see in movies. I was surprised to see that some parts look dated. However, the exhibition were still interesting and there are loads to see. I got lost a few times, tbh. I also booked a spot to watch the blue whale show. If it’s anything about saving animals, I’m all up to see it.

Highlight: the new(?) modern looking wing: Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation — and the butterfly vivarium. I didn’t go in the butterfly place because I’m terrified of them but I’d recommend it to anyone who isn’t.

I would have gone to the Guggenheim too but I ran out time. I had to rush and get ready for the 7pm show.

The show – Merrily We Roll Along: the city lights, skyscrapers, and pizzas are not what attracted me to go to New York. It’s Broadway. I was, and still am, a sucker for musical theatre and plays. It started when I joined a theatre group in college and have learned what goes on backstage. The productions we made in classrooms turned into theatre sets were a far cry from Broadway. It’s fascinating. It brought me to London’s West End and now to New York.

This time, we saw Merrily We Roll Along, with music and lyrics by Sondheim. It’s one the best shows I have seen in a while. Maybe this is a biased opinion but I loved Jonathan Groff and Daniel Radcliffe’s performance, what can I say, they were amazing. The show had problems with mic and sounds, however the entire company pulled through and it was stellar. The story is heartbreaking and hoped it would have a better ending for the 3 friends.

This is the highlight of this trip. Seriously. Catch Merrily We Roll Along before it closes.

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