Sunday Snapshot 11: Old City, New Sights

Welcome to another edition of Sunday Snapshots. Each Sunday, I’ll post a favorite photo from my collection and share a little bit about it. You’ll go behind the scenes on some of our most memorable moments. Enjoy! 

Old City, New Sights

Sometimes when I visit New York City I feel like I go into autopilot. Vince and I have so many favorites that we often spend far too much of our precious time revisiting those rather than branching out to new restaurants and sights.

On our latest trip to New York, we made a real effort to break out of our NYC ruts and try new things. The effort wasn’t cold turkey, admittedly. (You can’t just throw John’s Pizzeria and the High Line out the window!) But we were still able to add some new favorites to our lists.

A culinary surprise was the Meatball Shop, located in Chelsea. If the food wasn’t enough reason, the vast variety of the menu draws you back to try more! Another surprise for us was the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Museum of Design.

Vince and I visited this on our last morning in NYC back in March. We had about five hours to spare before heading to the airport that afternoon. We didn’t feel like visiting any of the usual suspects (The Met, the MoMA, etc.) and wanted to avoid as much of the weekend crowds as we could.

Deciding to visit the Cooper Hewitt was a fantastic decision. Vince and I both appreciate good design, so the museum’s exhibits were right up our alley. I knew we were in an awesome place the second we walked in the door.

The Cooper Hewitt is housed in Andrew Carnegie's old retirement home across the street from Central Park (#goals). Situated on the wall across from the information booth was this beautiful piece, designed by Humans since 1982, Per Emanuelsson and Bastian Bischoff. Every 15+ seconds, the hands of these small clocks realign to show the current time. The rest of the time, they’re moving in a synchronized fashion, creating interesting designs and perspectives.

This piece was truly mesmerizing to everyone who saw it. Multiple museum patrons stood watching it for many minutes. During an age (and in a city) where time is a truly precious thing, it’s beautiful to see a piece of art captivate people’s attention for so long, turning our time into a beautiful thing.

Vince and I wouldn't have been lucky enough to experience this beautiful installation if we hadn't chosen to visit the Cooper Hewitt on a whim that Sunday morning. Don't be afraid to branch out and explore new things when you visit a well-worn city!