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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Regarding Warhol, The Met Rooftop and Some of my Favourite Paintings in the World.

On the last Monday of my time in NY I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue to see their special Regarding Warhol Exhibition. The exhibition featured many Warhol pieces, many on loan from the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh as well as work by artists that have been influenced by Warhol. There were many pieces from the likes of Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murikami and Jean-Michel Basquait. Unfortunately as it was a special exhibition no photos were allowed. Afterwards I popped over to see my favourite impressionist painting including the below pieces by Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh.


While there I also went up to the Rooftop to see the installation by Tomas Saraceno titled Cloud City. The rooftop has amazing views over Central Park and the Manhattan Skyline. It was a perfect last Monday in NYC.

Brooklyn Brewery Tour

Every Sunday the Brooklyn Brewery is open to the public for a free tour. The tour gives a run down of the beer making process as well as giving a sensory explanation of the different ingredients in beer.  While there you can also visit the beer hall and try one of their many beers. The tour is a really fun and interesting event and a great Sunday Fun Day adventure in Brooklyn.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Memories of Last Year Come 'Flooding' Back

Last year I was in New York during Hurricane Irene. It was at the time hyped to be one of the biggest storms to hit NYC in decades. Luckily enough it didn't turn out as badly as was expected. I went out during the high tide to capture some of the storm surge along the banks of the Hudson River around SoHo. I was interviewed by a German and Canadian tv crew while I was out. While it could have been a terrible tradegy, the experience was actually quite fun and exciting for me.

Hope everyone in Sandy's way is staying safe especially those in Atlantic City. The photos of the Casino and Boardwalk zone streets completely covered in water are amazing.

M83 at Hammerstein Ballroom

Recently I went to Hammerstein Ballroom to see the French band, M83. When we arrived we were lucky enough to get upgraded to the VIP balcony area and were given free drinks. The show featured amazing lighting effects and was a great final concert in NY.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Beaver Stadium and Penn State vs Northwestern College Football Game.

The final stop on my Pennsylvania trip was to see the Penn State Nittany Lions college football team take on Northwestern Wildcats at Beaver Stadium. The stadium is the second largest stadium in the Western Hemisphere with a capacity of 106,572. Unfortunately there was only 95,769 fans at this game so it didn't get to break the 100,000 mark.

As you can see the student section in white with the red S really gets into the spirit of the game. The game was very exciting with the home team Lions going onto win 39-28.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Fall Foliage in Pennsylvania.

Every year the North Eastern United States features amazing fall foliage across the area. From late September to Early November amazing colours can be seen as the leaves change their colour before dropping their leaves for Winter. The green country side is peppered with amazing bursts of reds, yellows and oranges. It is a must do day trip from any of the major cities in the North East.

Andy Warhol Museum

One of the most famous people born in Pittsburgh was the leader of the Pop Art world, Andy Warhol. In Pittsburgh lies the greatest collection of his art anywhere in the world. The museum doesn’t allow photos on other levels except the ground floor but as you can see from these few photos it features a huge range of his work.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Australian Abroad vs Food: Pittsburgh

Continuing on my Man vs Food adventures I visited two restaurants in Pittsburgh featured on the show. First stop for breakfast was to Deluca’s in the Strip District. Here I ordered the massive Moab burrito that featured a soft tortilla filled with chorizo, eggs, hot peppers, tomatoes, onions, avocado, cheddar & homefries, covered in a homemade sweet spicy sauce.

The second stop was to the famous Primanti Brothers for one of their stuffed sandwiches. Just like Adam Richman I ordered the capicola with cheese and egg. Each sandwich comes with coleslaw, tomato and French fries on the sandwich. This all but massive sandwich was a great choice and with a Iron City beer it was a perfect Pittsburgh meal.