Whitney + Santina + Highline + Porchlight = Perfect NYC Day!!!


Background: Donald Moffett, He Kills Me, 1987, Offset lithograph. Front: Barbara Kruger, Untitled (We Don’t Need Another Hero), (1987), Photoscreenprint on vinyl

Fantastic day with Dean Churack and Sue Winkeler this past Wednesday.  This itinerary is my top recommendation for visitors and locals alike (caveat: check the forecast, not recommended for rainy days).

Details below on schedule plus tips and watchouts, photo highlights and a short video recap of Charlie Rose interview with Whitney architect and museum director – inspiring, brilliant, well worth viewing if you haven’t seen already!!

Start at the newly opened Whitney – my favorite museum! I’ve never seen art look as good as it does in these galleries. Renzo Piano, the architect, created a glorious, light-filled building with a wonderful vibe. If you are not a member, get here early – no later than 10:15 am. Start on the top floor galleries and walk down using the outdoor staircases for amazing views of the city – as well as the Mary Heilmann Sunset Chair Installation. I suggest lunch at Santina (make sure you get a reservation, this place books up fast). Two of my favorite dishes are the squash carpaccio (it may not be on the menu, ask for it!!) and the Octopus Spiedini (yum!).

After lunch, walk the full length of the Highline from 14th Street to 34th Street – a spectacular way to experience NYC. (Note: avoid the “monks” – they are con artists.) After you arrive at 34th Street, walk down 11th Avenue to 28th Street and spend a couple of leisurely hours at Porchlight, Danny Meyer’s new southern-inspired hotspot. They have wine and beer on tap and a great cocktail list (gunmetal blue made with a smoky mezcal is my fave).


Mary Heilmann, Sunset


Dean and me at the Whitney – Mary Heilmann Sunset Installation. Thank you Sue Winkeler for the photo


David Hammons, Untitled, (1992), Human hair, wire, metallic mylar, sledge hammer, plastic beads, string, metal food tin, panty hose, leather, tea bags, and feathers. in Background: Kara Walker on left In Background on right: Mike Kelley, More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid and The Wages of Sin, 1987, Stuffed fabric toys and afghans on canvas with dried corn; wax candles on wood and metal base


Fred Wilson “Guarded View”


Alexander Calder’s “Calder’s Circus,” in front of George Bellows’s “Dempsey and Firpo.”


‘Running People at 2,616, 216′ by Jonathan Borofsky, 1978-79 – this piece is also visible from the West Side Highway and also the Hudson River Greenway


Front: (Detail) Rachel Harrison, Claude Levi-Strauss, (2007), Wood, chicken wire, polystyrene, cement, acrylic, taxidermically preserved silver-laced Wyandotte hen and Black Minorca rooster with attached label and mount, USPS Priority Mail cardboard box, and Sharp UX-B20 Fax machine cardboard box. Back: (Detail) Mark Bradford, Bread and Circuses, 2007, Found paper, metal foil, acrylic, and string on canvas


Edward Ruscha, Large Trademark with Eight Spotlights, 1962, Oil, house paint, ink, and graphite pencil on canvas (20th Century Fox) Alex Katz painting in background


Donald Judd, Untitled, (1966), Painted steel


Anne Truitt, Triad, 1977, Acrylic paint on wood. Center: David Novros, No Title, (1969), Automotive paint on molded fiberglass and resin, six parts. Right: Sol LeWitt, Wall Structure, (1965), Painted wood


The Red Smile, 1963 by Alex Katz and Giant Fagends, 1967 by Claes Oldenburg


Mark di Suvero. Hankchampion, 1960. Wood, steel hardware and chains in Background: John Chamberlain. Velvet White, 1962. Painted and chromium-plated steel,


Santina lunch – outdoors


Highline with Standard Hotel in background


Beautiful echinacea plant blooming foreground


Kerry James Marshall


Olafur Eliasson is inviting passersby of the High Line to participate in his new work, The collectivity project. The task? Create your vision of an ideal city…with legos.


Highline passes over the train yards


Porchlight mid-afternoon is dreamy – really great place to chill out


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