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"Boy, do I hate it," I said. "But it isn't just that. It's everything. I hate living in New York and all. Taxicabs, and Madison avenue buses, with the drivers and all always yelling at you to get out at the rear door, and being introduced to phony guys that call the Lunts angels, and going up and down in elevators when you just want to go outside, and guys fitting your pants all the time at Brooks, and people always-"

"Don't shout, please," old Sally said. Which was very funny, because I wasn't even shouting." - The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger

The exploration began today. I bought breakfast at one of the cafes in this super hipster/organic/trendville apartment block and was served by a guy who despite supposedly living off organic vegetable juice and good vibes didn't seem very happy or upbeat about his life.

First on my list was the Metropolitan Museum of Art but on the way I also decided to check out Grand Central Station. Honestly I was looking forward to seeing the famous terminal but I hadn't expected to be as blown away as I was. I think it was partly the fact that it is a genuinely impressive building but also because of how iconic an image it is. (I later get this with Times Square but more on that next time).

What follows is a snapshot of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a feast of an art gallery, with almost too much to take in, but definitely worth seeing:

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