Friday, July 21, 2017

Met Museum Welcomes 7 Million Visitors


(New York, July 11, 2017)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that it welcomed 7 million visitors across its three locations—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Cloisters, and The Met Breuer—in the fiscal year that ended on June 30 (FY17). The increase in attendance over the last fiscal year is due primarily to the influx of visitors to The Met Breuer, which saw a total of 505,590 visitors in FY17. 
 
"The Met is thrilled to see our visitors responding so enthusiastically to our collection, exhibitions, and programs" said Daniel H. Weiss, President and CEO of The Met.  "We're honored that so many people decided to spend their time with us this year."
 
The Museum also continues to be New York City's most visited tourist attraction for domestic and international audiences. In FY17, international visitors accounted for 37% of the Museum's attendees. The Met is also a popular destination for local visitors: 30% of the Museum's visitors came from the five boroughs of New York City, while 12% were from the tri-state area outside the City. Also in FY17, The Met was named TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice for Best Museum in World, and The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters all won TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.


Exhibitions
The varied and plentiful exhibition program at The Met drew steady audiences throughout the year. Exhibitions such as Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven and Max Beckmann in New York each saw over 200,000 visitors, and Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.–A.D. 220) had nearly 300,000 visitors as of June 30 (the exhibition closes July 16). Recently opened spring exhibitions are also drawing strong attendance: as of June 30, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between had brought in over 275,000 visitors since it opened on May 4The Roof Garden Commission: Adrián Villar Rojas,The Theater of Disappearance had brought in over 190,000 visitors since April 14; and Irving Penn: Centennial had brought in over 180,000 since April 24.



Also contributing to the high attendance in FY17 were the final months of last summer's popular exhibitions Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, which closed September 5, 2016, and attracted 752,995 visitors and The Roof Garden Commission: Cornelia Parker, Transitional Object (Psycho Barn), which closed October 31, 2016, and drew 586,105 visitors.

The Met Breuer also drew robust exhibition attendance in FY17 with diane arbus: in the beginning (176,281 visitors); Kerry James Marshall: Mastry (160,437 visitors); and the final months of Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible (228,078 visitors from March 18 through September 4, 2016). 
Education and Public Programs
The Met remains committed to reaching and engaging the broadest audience and making art and programs accessible to all. In FY17, the Museum welcomed 200,000 students, including more than 80,000 students and teachers from New York City and offered tens of thousands of classes, programs, and activities. The twice-yearly Teens Take The Met! event continues to bring in teens from New York City's five boroughs, this past year over 5,000 in total, many of whom are visiting The Met for the first time. And day-long celebrations such as the World Culture Festival and Lunar New Year Festival welcomed a total of over 6,000 visitors.
Digital Visitorship
The Metropolitan Museum's website (metmuseum.org) ended FY17 with a total of 31 million visits, 35% of which were international. The pages of The Met's online collection and the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History continue to draw the most visits, with 8.3 million and 10.4 million respectively. The Met's new Open Access policy—which made over 375,000 online collection images available for free and unrestricted use—resulted in 94,000 downloads since the policy was announced in early February, an increase of 128% over the previous five month period. 

The Museum's social media following has grown: its Twitter feed more than doubled to 3.3 million followers (47% international); its Webby Award-winning Instagram account grew to have over 2 million followers (68% international); and its Facebook account had more than 1.7 million (67% international) in FY17. The Met 360° Project—which presents videos on Facebook that allow viewers to explore iconic objects and spaces in the Museum from never-before-see perspectives—has proven to be extremely popular. The videos have won both a Webby and a Shorty Award, and so far garnered 11.5 million views and 451,000 interactions, including 22,000 comments. 


About The Metropolitan Museum of Art                                                   
The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth AvenueThe Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online.
 
Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.

Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Open Seven Days a Week
Sunday–Thursday: 10 am–5:30 pm*
Friday and Saturday: 10 am–9 pm*

Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, January 1, and the first Monday in May. Friday evenings are made possible by the Ruth Lapham Lloyd Trust. Saturday evenings are made possible by the William H. Kearns Foundation.

Met Breuer 
Closed Monday
Tuesday–Thursday: 10 am–5:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 10 am–9 pm
Sunday: 10 am–5:30 pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1. Friday evenings are made possible by the Ruth Lapham Lloyd Trust. Saturday evenings are made possible by the William H. Kearns Foundation.

The Met Cloisters 
Open Seven Days a Week
March–October: 10 am–5:15 pm
May 26–September 1, 2017: Open late on Fridays until 7:30 pm
November–February: 10 am–4:45 pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1

Extended Summer Hours at The Met Cloisters are made possible in part by the Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation, Inc. and The Helen Clay Frick Foundation.


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Throwback Thursday "Bathing Beauties"


Two beach babes working on their tans at Jones Beach in New York, ca. 1939. Photograph from the New York Daily News. The park, which opened in 1929, 6.5 miles (10.5 km) in length – is renowned for its beaches (which, excepting the beach on Zachs Bay, face the open Atlantic Ocean) and furnishes one of the most popular summer recreational locations for the New York metropolitan area. It is the most popular and heavily visited beach on the East Coast, with an estimated six million visitors per year. These ladies look very chic on what probably was a very hot summer day!


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Visiting with Fat Witch Bakery

We are at the fabulous Chelsea Market, and Fat Witch Bakery. I have been buying these brownies for many years, and was thrilled to meet the witch herself being the owner of this blog. It has been so much fun for me to work with places where I have been a customer for a long time, and to tell others about great products. 
When you walk in here, you cannot help but smile! Butter, chocolate, sugar, cute witch ....perfection! 

This is the lemon witch which was my Mom's favorite. She loved anything with lemon, and felt these were the best she ever had. When I see something made with lemon, it brings a big smile to my face.  
I would buy one of these if they were available for sale. I think they are just too adorable! 
Mini brownies are the BEST. These freeze very well, they taste like fudge, so wonderful and rich. 



They even sell the mix to make your own which is just so easy! 

Special Fat Witch drinks which go well any time of year. 
Even the ends do not go to waste here. Great for dunking in coffee, tea or milk. 

Be sure to stop in our friends at Fat Witch Bakery if near Chelsea Market, you will be happy you did! They are also available online for shipping at Fat Witch Bakery.


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

NYC Dining at King of Prussia Mall

I have been visiting the King of Prussia Mall for a VERY long time. The mall opened in 1963 and is the 2nd largest mall in the United States. It has some of the best stores and is considered a shopping mecca. They made a huge renovation within the last year, which included some favorite NYC dining options. Since I have never tried the famous Shack Shack, I decided this was the day. I just cannot justify waiting in line for a burger in NYC. 
This is part of the new area of the mall, and it's done very well. I got there pretty early, and no lines! 
The seating area was adorable 

I loved the fact that the tables were made in NY from reclaimed bowling lanes! I ordered the bacon fries, cheeseburger, and chicken hot dog. 
The burger was pretty big and I had to remove some items to be able to bite it. 
The fries were amazing. Crisp and fresh, I could have ate the whole thing, but I didn't! 
The chicken dog was okay, not something I would try again. 
The burger was quite yummy. I loved the little pink in the center. The bun was really very good as well but I still can't see myself waiting in line for an hour for this meal. 
Oh yes there was cheese on the fries with the bacon! 
If I see a small line at a location, I probably would do that but they need to make more locations in NYC! 
The famous chocolate custard was quite good as well. Very creamy and refreshing. 
The Melt Shop is also here but I didn't try anything this day 
I was very happy to see Woops! with their totally delish macarons and other bakery items. 
Bluestone Lane has also just opened here which I was very glad to see. 

I really love these additions to the mall, and although I don't go that often, I think it will make it even better than it was before. It was pretty fabulous before! 

160 N Gulph Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406

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Monday, July 17, 2017

The Dakota Building Upper West Side

          

The Dakota Building is one of the most famous buildings in the city. It is one of the top 25 NY Buildings. It was quite a site in person and I wondered what took me so long to make a visit!!  
Here is some of it's glorious history: 

The architectural firm of Henry Janeway Hardenbergh was commissioned to do the design for Edward Clark, head of the Singer Sewing Machine Company whose firm also designed the Plaza Hotel.

The building's high gables and deep roofs with a profusion of dormers, terracotta spandrels and panels, niches, balconies and balustrades give it a North German Renaissance character, an echo of a Hanseatic townhall. Nevertheless, its layout and floor plan betray a strong influence of French architectural trends in housing design that had become known in New York in the 1870s.

According to popular legend, the Dakota was so named because at the time it was built, the Upper West Side of Manhattan was sparsely inhabited and considered as remote as the Dakota Territory. However, the earliest recorded appearance of this account is in a 1933 newspaper story. It is more likely that the building was named "The Dakota" because of Clark's fondness for the names of the new western states and territories. High above the 72nd Street entrance, the figure of a Dakota Indian keeps watch. The Dakota was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

it really is a very large and impressive building
against a blue sky it was just a gorgeous site to be seen
I did not dislike one thing about it at all 
loved the entrance area 
those are real lanterns with fire burning inside  

I cannot walk past this building now and not stop and just be in amazement! 
don't wait as long as I did to view this wonderful piece of architecture 
It's all in the details 
the area around the building is gorgeous as well...the Upper West Side is a great place to stroll and feel like a real New Yorker!!


in case you are wondering, here is a floor plan of a Dakota apartment.....cost is about 25 million...maybe if all the followers got together we could buy one and rotate weeks?? wouldn't that just be so grand!!! 

Architect: Henry J Hardenbergh
                  Location : 1 West 72nd Street
                  Date:  1881-1884
                  Style: German Gothic, English Victorian, French Renaissance  


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