This post contains pictures that I find disappointing, because they capture only the tiniest fraction of the beauty we saw that day as we visited the flower markets and MoMA PS1 (with a pizza lunch in between, and a walk through Soho & Chinatown after). I share them here, though, because both of these places are excellent ones to visit.
We got a map from the hotel upon check in and while looking at it in our room, I noticed something that said FLORAL DISTRICT. I pointed and gasped, “What’s that!” I knew florists got their flowers somewhere, obviously, I had just never really thought about it. I had always pictured a huge warehouse, closed to the public, something like the food terminal where grocers and chefs get their produce in the night (eg. act one of this episode of TAL), but florists are one step removed from that process. When we were having coffee with Amy I asked her about it. This Floral District is made up of a number of shops that sell wholesale but that are open to the public. Amy advised us to go to Stumptown at the nearby Ace, get a coffee, and wander around the flower shops, but to get there before 10. Geoff & I are utterly hopeless in the morning, and compounded with hotel mishaps on that sunny Friday (a pipe burst above the elevator, leading to no water and no elevator service to our 38th floor room, and to Geoff helping another guest with her heavy suitcase all the way down all those stairs...), we got there just before 10. We took the 1 to 28th Street and wove our way in and out of the shops with flowers piled up on metal shelving and bursting out of buckets. Cut flowers, potted plants, blossoming branches. I wished I could take all the flowers home with me! I didn’t want to be intrusive and take too many pictures while people were going about their business of unloading and loading flowers, making deals, and wrapping bundles in kraft paper. But that hour surrounded by flowers was a highlight of the trip. We even made a couple of cat friends! Recommended.
Instagram photos here, here, and here.
After lunch we took the G train to Queens (it was pretty quick!) and visited MoMA PS1. We caught CONFETTISYSTEM’s 100 Arrangements on one of its last days, which was lucky. I was also pleased to see that they have a long-term James Turrell exhibition at PS1 (the Turrell piece at the Albright-Knox in Buffalo is one of my favourite things ever). If we make it back, I would like to eat at the M. Wells Dinette.
It looked seriously top-notch, especially if you love meat, but we were still full of pizza and got coffee to go.
I have to admit that I think my pictures of 100
Arrangements stink (!!) but that's what you get with no natural lighting
and ISO 160 film. Similar views posted to Instagram here and here. Gimme those peaches.