One of the lesser known and peculiar things in NYC is that there’s an Ancient Egyptian obelisk in Central Park right behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art (which also has a ton of Egyptian artifacts). It’s right there out in the open. It’s sister obelisk is in London.
Took an Art History trip to visit The Gates (Wikipedia Link), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Of course I snapped some Camera Phone pictures. Note I was walking the entire time, so these were all made while walking on ice.
When visiting the gates, if you ask one of the “Pole People” (the people with poles that have Tennis balls affixed to one end so they can unwrap a gate should the fabric be blown and twisted), you can get a sample of the fabric used. Rather interesting free souvenir.
Afterward we visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and checked out some of their stuff. I spent some time roaming in there and got somewhat lost (intentionally didn’t carry a map, just drifted where I felt I wanted to go at the moment). Noteworthy is the Frank Lloyd Wright Living Room (who designed the nearby Guggenheim), and some of the armor and weapons they collected. Rather cool stuff.