Saturday, August 29, 2009

Naked Model Gets Arrested

Art for art's sake? Daring photographer Zach Hyman staged a naked model photoshoot in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and it ended up in the arrest of his model, Kathleen Neill. Nudity is illegal in New York, whether it's intended for art's sake or not, and the volunteer model (who posed for free) was pulled away from the scene. This isn't Zach Hyman's first time in the hot seat, either, since he also had naked models pose for shots in New York City's Times Square and Chinatown.Besides the fact that his models have to be volunteers, naked, and in New York City, the only other requirement is that they must have their photoshoot completed in 30 seconds. Is it art? Many think so, but some call it pornography. Others are simply curious about whether or not the art is purely promotional--we're thinking that this trick by Hyman probably is. While you probably won't catch his work in action, here are some artists that you will like checking out.

Cool New York Art Spots

If you've got little time to spend in New York or you have a pretty intense schedule planned to accommodate your entire family's requirements, how about you try NYC's Museum Mile? It's an easy way to hit up the city's best without zigzagging across town (and potentially getting lost on the subway!). Museum Mile is a mile-long stretch of Fifth Avenue that begins at The Met, or the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and continues 22 blocks north to El Museo del Barrio, which includes nine museums. If you plan a trip for next summer, consider planning your trip around the Museum Mile Festival (second Tuesday of June), which allows free admission to these museums along the Mile.

Here's your list of places to go on Museum Mile!

82nd Street - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
83rd Street - Goethe/German Cultural Center
86th Street - Neue GGalerie
88th Street – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
89th Street - National Academy of Design
91st Street - Smithsonian: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
92nd Street - The Jewish Museum
94th Street - International Center of Photography
103rd Street - Museum of the City of New York
104th Street - El Museo del Barrio

If you're feeling pretty excited about your trip to New York, all we have to say is-- that's the spirit! It's not easy dedicating your vacation to a single city, but even people who have lived there 30 years are still exploring and discovering it.

Places to Stay

The Waldorf Towers
This boutique hotel welcomes more than just New York families into its well-dressed lobbies: corporate travelers, royalty, and celebrities have all checked into this 42nd Street New York spot. 123 impressive suites are kitted out with gorgeous decorations and amenities, and there are plenty of standard rooms to stay in, too.

The London NYC
Located just one block from Fifth Avenue in New York City, one of the tallest hotels in the city has great views of Central Park and of the striking skyline. With 24 hour room service and a special London Bar to enjoy breakfast, you'll never need to step out to hunt down a restaurant if you want to.

Blakely New York
This Mid-Manhattan spot was recently renovated and reconfigured, which means that you can enjoy this boutique location in complete comfort. This prime location is great for tourists and is close to the Museum of Modern Art, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, and Broadway. There's also plenty of fine dining right outside your hotel for the picking.

Four Seasons New York
Designed by I.M. Pei, this modernist tower is 52 stories high with marble floors and a backlit onyx ceiling. Recline in your stunning room with a view and enjoy the fantastic services—including a great spa with an array of special treatments.

In the mood for some art gazing?

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