When I visited Athens, Greece, I was struck by the height of the Temple of Zeus relative to people. For this reason, I was interested in experiencing the juxtaposition between myself and the immense KAWS sculptures. This itinerary explores the artist's large-scale sculptures across multiple locations: in a museum, outside on a waterfront, and two on Park Avenue.
Start in the lobby of the Brooklyn Museum where you can see "ALONG THE WAY" (image 1). The newly opened KAWS: WHAT PARTY exhibition displays a sweeping survey of the artist's work. You'll be able to see more than 100 broad-ranging works such as rarely seen graffiti drawings and notebooks, paintings and sculptures, smaller collectibles, furniture, and monumental installations.
Next, make your way to the Greenpoint waterfront (21 India Street) to see "WAITING" (image 2). From there, head to Park Avenue in Manhattan where you can view "BFF" inside of 280 Park Avenue (image 3) and "WHAT PARTY" outside of the Seagram Building at 375 Park Avenue (image 4). You can stand right next to all of the sculptures with the exception of the one at 280 Park Avenue, which you can only see from outside through the windows.
End the day dining at Inside Park at St. Bart's. The delightful outdoor restaurant serves delicious food and tantalizing drinks. I began with Korean Duck Wings with Kimchi and the best cornbread I have ever eaten. I finished with the Country Smoked Flank Steak Sandwich but skipped the bread. The fries were delicious. I loved that I was able to dine outdoors but not be so close to the street. Also, there was a great view of St. Bartholomew's Cathedral, a National Historic Landmark.
I drove, but you can certainly get everywhere on the itinerary using mass transit, including the East River Ferry.
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