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A Visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney’s Pay-What-You-Wish Friday Evenings

Still going strong!

Down the block and on the line for the Whitney.

Looks like the Whitney is still going strong with their Pay-What-You-Wish Friday evenings. Show up between 7:00 and 9:30 pm, and as the title says, you pay what you wish; or, as in our case, pay what we can, since if it were up to us we’d be contributing as much as possible to support these institutions. Regardless, we stood on a line that spanned the equivalent of two city blocks, the ending of which didn’t take us long to reach.

We’d attended on a Friday twice during the museum’s first year of opening in 2015. Undeniably, there were many more folks on line during those first two times; although of course, last night’s visit was merely one of the many more we’re planning for the future months. So let’s see how many patrons there’ll be as we head into Autumn of 2017.

According to their site, the Whitney Museum of American Art’s “…collection includes over 21,000 works created by more than 3,000 artists in the United States during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. At its core are Museum founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s personal holdings, totaling some 600 works when the Museum opened in 1931.”

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m a huge fan of the arts and have visited many of New York City’s museums through the years out of the enjoyment of visually experiencing first hand all the many pieces they’ve on display; but as a native New Yorker and avid photographer there’s something else this particular museum has to offer.

What might that be? The balcony! They’ve a multi-level terrace that affords one some wonderful views of this city. From the World Trade Center’s Tower One in the southward direction to the Empire State Building in the northern, there’s a great deal to take in. Not that they’re the most spectacular views but a native like myself can’t help looking forward to my re-experiencing their outdoor views; and neither should you! It’s not often one gets to partake in the beauty of New York this way, and for such a small price.

Below are several of the photos taken from the balconies at the Whitney. Should you be interested in visiting then why not pay a visit to their official site. Also, keep in mind that as an added bonus, the High Line is right next door!

Whitney Museum of American Art is located at 99 Gansevoort Street within the Meat Packing District of Manhattan.

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