“Walking New York” is my post-series on sights that you can enjoy in New York for cheap of free, just by walking. There is so much to see and do in this massive and culturally inspiring city. If you have a suggestion for a place for me to walk, feel free to let me know through my contact page.
I enjoy art, but I have to admit, I have a pretty short attention span. If I am headed to an art gallery, I can only bear an hour of looking, gazing, and appreciating, tops. My knees get sore and I just want to find a place to sit.
Recently, I found out about the Chelsea Art Galleries. These are a few blocks in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan that allow you to come and view artwork, and hopefully make a purchase (though the prices are WELL out of my price range). I decided to give them a whirl. Hey, they’re free, so I can stop my adventure at any time if my knees and short attention span start complaining without feeling guilty!
I went with “NYBudget girlfriend” and one of her friends from out of town. After the first 2 stops, I knew this way of seeing art was PERFECT for me. I spent no more than 10 minutes in one gallery and then I could head out, enjoy a short walk in the New York City streets and duck into a COMPLETELY different gallery. We saw creative glass bowls, modern art, beautiful photo-realistic paintings, and one installment that featured live pigeons (this took us off-guard. We assumed a sound system was playing pigeon noises until we looked inside the “coop”).
We also enjoyed looking at the prices. Some galleries had prices listed next to the art. These pieces went for a couple thousand dollars (I instantly knew that I would have no problem resisting any temptation to purchase anything). As the galleries got more expensive, the prices were harder to find. Some prices were listed in a book that was publicly available. For some prices, you had to ask the front desk. The painting we all agreed was our favorite was listed at $75,000 – wow!
We started at 4pm and most of the galleries close at 6pm. I thought that two hours was MORE than enough time, but we didn’t come close to seeing all the galleries we wanted to see. We’ll definitely be headed back soon. Here are the details:Where: West 19th Street to West 28th between 10th Ave and 11th Ave, Manhattan Subways: 123, ACE, or the L to 8th Ave. A couple blocks walk from any subway When to Go: The majority of galleries are open 12pm – 6pm Tuesday through Saturday
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