Rooftop Party

Trip Start Mar 31, 2013
Trip End Jul 01, 2013

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Friday, May 3, 2013

This day I started out with a poledance class –static- and I wasn’t so bad after all. These levels are very weird, since they can do a very easy trick and very hard one in the same class. Thankfully I mastered this one. But Danielle, the instructor I regularly attend classes with is very good, skilled at demonstrating and teaching so you’ll always learn or practice something.

After class I walked towards 28th street, got some food at Gigi’s café and head onto the subway to 72nd street with a transfer at Colombus Circle. I had two hours until I would check out the MoMa, so I thought of spending it at the Bethesda Fountain.  I haven’t seen it yet during this stay, but I
know I loved the place when I came here the first time in New York. And Chuck and Blair got married there in Gossip Girl! I walked down the stairs and sat down on the benches on the side. There were some boys using big words and everything and they put themselves in these corners of the terrace when I started suspecting them of smoking some weed. You can use Central Park for anything! I walked a little bit further towards the pond to sit down again and take some pictures and this man walked up to me. He starts to introduce himself, which college he is from and talk about a cause. I stop him right there since I hate it when people don’t cut to the chase. And we all know it ends with: do you have money? So it was money. I said: I’m volunteering for the homeless people and feed them already (only one time so far) so the answer is no. And he replied: not even two dollars! Shit man! If it’s not working when you ask it nice, people might be giving money when they feel some pressure! Like Stephanie would say in Full House – How Rude! So far I haven’t seen the best of the park today haha. I also saw a bunch of 18 year old boys standing in the
background of pictures that tourists would make. But they did it so secretly that these people would probably not notice it until they get home and show these pictures to family. It was funny.

I walked towards the boathouse which they often put in the movies and you can rent a boat there, but you have to do all the work yourself. Walking over the terrace again, the boys who had just smoked some weed a few minutes ago were doing their performance. But it wasn’t good at all.
As you can see in the video’s: the did two jumps and the whole extract-money took 10 minutes. Two jumps, that’s it! After that I sat down on a bench in the sun until I was going to the MoMa.

As I was walking towards Museum of Modern Art, I noticed the big lines that were formed over there. Did I mention it was free admissions on Friday between 4 and 8 pm? So a lot of people had gone out to see it. The line was three blocks down. But it wasn’t that bad at all. I think in 20 minutes I got into the museum. I got my portophone that will tell you information about paintings, in trade of my metrocard. They want a photo ID, but they will not take a passport. I didn’t have that on me, so they try to help you in a different way. Someone left a key there, I guess. I decided to go
all the way to the sixth floor, and work my way down from there. Now they do have a lot of pictures. And when you set your mind on big crowds, it wasn’t that bad at all. I liked the portophone explaining what I could see on a picture but I didn’t help me to increase the interests in paintings. It’s just not my cup of tea. But if you do have interest in paintings, then you should
definitely go. I saw a few Dutch artists which I recognized from school back in the days. But there were a lot of art-pieces that I just didn’t get. I put them up in the pictures. Maybe anyone can clarify it for me. The green shelves? -> I think it’s available at Ikea. The pink shelve placed against the wall? -> if we are going to call that art, then art is everywere. I don’t know. I wish someone could explain it to me! In the Monet-room, I bumped into Michael, which I met the day before on the couchsurfing meet up. We swapped numbers en went on our own way. We might meet up some other time, but he had some place to go to at that time. I’m happy I got to experience the MoMa this way for free, probably my Dutch roots kicking in there.

After the MoMa, I contacted a girl from CS –Sandra. She put up an event she wanted to go to a rooftop party. And Juan Ito (hosting the CS meet ups) mentioned that the place at 230 Fifth (230 Fifth Avenue) was supposed to be the nicest one because of the view. I was there around 7pm, but because of the stupid cellphone reception I was standing next to Sandra for 15 minutes without even knowing it. Until I overheard her with Mike about can’t be able to get in contact with someone. (I hate that part about meeting up with people you never met before. You don’t know who to look for) anyway. After waiting for an half hour we could finally go in and upstairs to the 20th
floor. The entrance, to the bar-floor was already amazing. It’s like a bar with tables and chairs, but chique and way up high in the city with an amazing view! Of course no tables were free for us. Then we had to go up one more level to the rooftop balcony which was giant also and has a gorgeous view on the Empire State Building and the Chrysler building. There would be bathropes hanging for when people get cold (me of course) and there was loungemusic playing. At some
point some other people joined us, apparently I knew one of them already from CS meet ups (I of course smiled, nodded and played along)  but they just weren’t my kind of people. Not that I know who that type is, but I was done acting after two hours. It was cold too, even with a bathrobe. So I decided to leave earlier than them. It was still late when I got home anyway. I heard they stayed and party around the city until 5 am. I don’t mind missing all of that! It was a great experience,
but the company could have been better.
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