Friday, December 28, 2007

day +129

Dr. Castro-Malaspina's secretary called this morning informing me that he has the flu, which means that my appointment which was scheduled for the 31st has been postponed until January 7th. I still, however, must go down to Sloan on Monday for the IVIG treatment.

Today I spent most of the day at the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens with my good friend, Tiffany, who I hadn't seen in at least one year. She graduated from the London School of Economics this summer and is back in NYC for the holidays, but will be off to London again in about one week.

We arrived there just before it opened, so that I'd minimize my exposure to other visitors. At the museum, we checked out the temporary exhibition, Yue Minjun and the Symbolic Smile, which ends on January 6th. It's Yue Minjun's first museum show in the U.S. Afterwards, we saw The Panorama of the City of New York, a permanent exhibition there. It's really spectacular. There before you is an enormous 3-D map of NYC showing all the buildings, bridges, parks, airports, rivers, and other topographical and structural features that make up the city. I was able to point out my apartment building and the Harlem River bridges on the map to Tiffany. Looking at this grand piece of art is just like looking at NYC with a bird's eye view using Google Earth. It's really cool. Click here to check out some images of this impressive panorama.

I just wish that I had brought my camera along, because not only could I have taken photographs of The Panorama of the City of New York in addition to pieces from Yue Minjun's exhibition, but also the world-famous Unisphere, the center piece of the 1964-1965 World's Fair, which is situated just behind the museum. The weather was perfect. The sky was clear and there were few people around. But I didn't have my camera. Arghh. Next time.

And unfortunately, I didn't see Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, or space aliens.


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