New York City offers a buffet of creativity with fashion,Broadway shows,art galleries,street art and much more.I managed to get a bit of time off the yacht to explore the Big Apple and discovered three arty gems.
Chelsea street art
With an hour and a half break from the yacht at Chelsea Piers to explore, I set off to the streets of Chelsea. At first this area of the city appeared stark and industrial but then splashes of colour caught my eye. A street of art galleries spills its talent onto the exterior walls. Street art incorporating sketches, prints, spray paint, mosaics and more made me stop in my tracks. On closer observation, the drawings and prints were detailed and bloody brilliant! These creative collages turn their noses up at grunge street tags.
After capturing some great shots of the street art, I continued to wander Chelsea’s streets until I reached the Chelsea Market. I felt like I entered a more refined version of Woodstock’s Biscuit Mill in Cape Town. A variety of niche stores showcasing unique fashion, books, cooking equipment as well as coffee shops,bakeries, and restaurants overwhelm the senses.
The interior of the indoor market is inviting with bold features such as orange lanterns,a wishing well and water fountain and various modern artworks. There is also a section showcasing the market’s origins and history with an architectural model, video and various art works. I popped in at Amy’s Bread for a quick coffee and later sampled their delicious cinnamon twist buns and bread loaves that my French chef bought for the crew.
As you exit the market, large windows melt into neighbouring art studio spaces characterising the trendy artsy air of Chelsea, New York.
Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark
My very generous yacht owners invited some of my crew to join them at the Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark Musical at the Foxwoods Theatre on Broadway. Initially, I didn’t have high expectations as I hadn’t heard much about it; however, I did read online that Bono and The Edge wrote some of the music score so thought it would be fun! I was amazed by the incredible set design that captured the comic and Pop Art genres perfectly! The pop up stages, costumes and lighting creating striking silhouettes mimicked frames from the Marvel comic book. It took me back to creating Pop Art and comic art practical projects at Westerford High School. The acrobatic Spiderman performers wowed the audience by swinging across the theatre and engaging with lucky audience member seated on balconies.Although at times the loud music distorted the performers’ lyrics, the choreography, costumes and set design was refreshingly bold. A definite treat indeed!
Although my time in New York was brief, I will definitely return with more time to explore the creative wonders on offer starting at the Modern Museum of Art (MOMA). For now, I have just had a taste of what is on offer.