This past summer I had a lot of visitors in town: I had my step family in town from Paris, friends came in to town from Seattle and I visited with some friends who also had friends in town, so of course we ended up doing a lot of touristy type things. We headed to the beach—a much missed source of enjoyment for my friends who came in to town from Seattle, shopped A LOT, and we visited the many museums NY is famous for. And it dawned on me that…well…I don’t do this very often. Hardly at all really, and I also realized how pathetic this is. I live in what is considered by many, one of the greatest cities in the world, and one of the reasons it has this reputation, is for the culture and pleathora of museums located on this island of Manhattan. Yet, I average going to a museum once a year —if I’m lucky.
[row_fluid][one_half] Yes, I can blame it on a having a full-time job in publishing, maintaining a blog as a full-time job, and trying to have a social life…not to mention all the other day to day things: like grocery shopping, doctors appoints, hair appointments, family commitments. But still, if I can find the time to shop, to go out for drinks, and to go to the movies, I can find the time to go to a museum or art gallery. Right? Plus, the museums here in NY are not only famous for the art that is on exhibit inside them, but they are sometimes famous for other things. The MET , for example, is famous for being “the steps” that the well-heel teenagers of the one percent and of Gossip Girl fame like to spend their lunch breaks “gossiping” about the travesty of their lives. Kind of cool, right? But infamous mutterings aside, I love this museum, you really feel like you are in Europe when you step inside and it is particularly beautiful to visit during the holidays. There is no way one could see everything there is to see in one visit. So I guess it will have to become a regular haunt for me. And they have that wonderful rooftop bar that over looks Central Park and is THE date night hot spot in the summer! Seriously it does not get more romantic and I bet there have been quite the number of proposals in this spot. [/one_half][one_half] [/one_half][/row_fluid] Brooklyn Museum to see the Killer Heels exhibit. It was a great exhibit, albite a bit dark, so difficult to take pictures. Hence the lack of a post on this exhibit. The Museum is located in the heart of Brooklyn right off Prospect Park. It is in one of the most beautiful parts of Brooklyn, and as you can see, is oozing with historical reference. I had a wonderful day visiting this museum and plan on returning in December for the special event and runway show to celebrate the Killer Heels exhibit. And this will not be my last visit to this museum and is actually just the beginning. I also plan on purchasing a membership at the MET for all the afore mentioned reasons, as well as attending art shows at smaller, lesser known galleries. So wish me luck on my endeavors and regardless of where you live every city has it’s share of galleries and museums, so who’s with me? Will 2015 be the year of the museum?
Even if you can’t afford to travel the world, you can take your children to the museum, zoo or local park. And don’t be afraid to take them to grown-up spots. Eating out in a restaurant teaches children how to be quite and polite and gives them the pleasure of knowing you trust them to behave.
—Kimora Lee Simmons