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Rooftop Gardens at the Met

Recommended by

David Hochbaum Painter

on October 4th 2007
Rooftop Gardens at the Met

  • Info

  • Address

  • 1000 Fifth Avenue
    at 82nd Street
  • New York
  • NY
  • 10028
  • Upper East Side
  • Contact

  • 212 535 7710
  • Website

  • metmuseum.org
  • Opening Hours

  • May-October
    Sun & Tue-Thu 10am-4:30pm
    Fri-Sat 10am-8:30pm
    Mon closed
    Daily Closed
  • Directions

  • 6 to 77th St or
    4 5 6 to 86th St
  • Map

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David Hochbaum Says

This is a spot I like to go to when I first wake up—before I even have my senses about me—where I hop in the shower, grab a cup of coffee, get on the train and go uptown. Before I do anything, or talk to anyone, I just go here and head to the roof. First you've gotta weave through all this beautiful art—I like to walk past the Medieval Chapel room and take a left, hit the elevator, and then up to the rooftop—just to get that perspective of expansion. It's very hard in New York to get that feeling. The big mental block is that everything's obstructed by buildings and stuff, so you don't get that sense of openness unless you walk in the middle of a ball court or a park. So this is a good spot to gain a little perspective on things before you get on the phone and deal with all the crap of the day that you have to, and then you can walk through the park, get a little bit of that nature in you, and acknowledge that there is this whole other life in the city that's going on. It's one of those things I like to do just on a whim—instead of walking to Tompkins Square Park, just go uptown. Usually it's not really crowded, especially early in the morning and on weekdays. Sometimes they have roving exhibitions up there, different sculptors and installation artists, so that changes a lot too.

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