American Museum of Natural History

Breakfast at Gather - 2 cups of coffee, a lemon muffin, and an egg and kale sandwich with caper mayonnaise

Breakfast at Gather – 2 cups of coffee, a lemon muffin, and an egg and kale sandwich with caper mayonnaise

For our last full day in New York City, Koen and I wanted to visit a museum. We only had time this trip to fit one in, so after a lot of thought we decided on the American Museum of Natural History. Last year we visited AMNH and loved it. This time we also wanted to take in the special exhibitions – Dark Universe at the Hayden Planetarium, IMAX: The Great White Shark, and Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs. We started our day with breakfast at Gather in Park Slope before taking the train to the Upper Westside to AMNH. Luckily at the museum you’re allowed to exit and reenter. So we visited the Hayden Planetarium first for the Dark Universe show and then headed to Shake Shack for lunch. I did not want to leave NYC without visiting Shake Shack! After lunch we visited the last two exhibitions – the IMAX show and the Pterosaurs exhibit. We ended the day in Park Slope. First we had dinner at Beet II and finshed with wine at Brookvin. A great last day!

Gather

Gather

 

AMNH Metro Stop

AMNH Metro Station

 

81st Street Station

81st Street Station

 

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

 

Dark Universe

Dark Universe – so amazing!

 

Hayden Planetarium

Hayden Planetarium

 

Hayden Planetarium

Hayden Planetarium

 

Shake Shack

Shake Shack

 

Delicious lunch: 2 Smoke Shacks (Cheeseburger topped with all-natural applewood smoked bacon, chopped cherry pepper and ShackSauce), frieds, and milkshakes

Delicious lunch: 2 Smoke Shacks (Cheeseburger topped with all-natural applewood smoked bacon, chopped cherry pepper and ShackSauce), frieds, and milkshakes

 

The Great White Shark IMAX poster

The Great White Shark IMAX poster

 

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs

 

Tropeognathus model

Tropeognathus model

 

Tropeognathus skull

Tropeognathus skull

 

First pterosaur fossil

First pterosaur fossil

 

Dimorphodon macronyx fossil

Dimorphodon macronyx fossil

 

A rare, complete fossil

A rare, clear complete fossil

 

First pterosaur egg fossil

First pterosaur egg fossil

 

Pterosaurs fly with one really long finger

Pterosaurs fly with one really long finger

 

Quetzalcoatlus model - one of the largest known flying animals of all time with a wingspan of between 33 - 36 feet (11 - 12 meters)

Quetzalcoatlus model – one of the largest known flying animals of all time with a wingspan of between 33 – 36 feet (11 – 12 meters)

 

Koen pretending to be a pterosaur

Koen pretending to be a pterosaur

 

Head crests

Head crests

 

Thalassodromeus

Thalassodromeus skull

 

Tupandactylus imperator skull

Tupandactylus imperator skull

 

Nyctosaurus gracilis skull

Nyctosaurus gracilis skull

 

Hanging out by the diorama

Hanging out by the diorama

 

Beet II

Beet II

 

My papaya salad - Green papaya, carrot, tomato, peanut, string bean and lime dressing

My papaya salad – Green papaya, carrot, tomato, peanut, string bean and lime dressing

 

Koen's coconut crusted shrimp

Koen’s coconut crusted shrimp

 

I went with the Spicy Udon Noodles for my main course

I went with the Spicy Udon Noodles for my main course

 

Koen went with a daily special - a wok dish with duck, vegetables, and rice

Koen went with a daily special – a wok dish with duck, vegetables, and rice

 

Brookvin

Brookvin

 

My glass of Steele Shooting Star, Aligote [Washington State 2012], notes of caramel, baked apple, stone fruit; smooth & rich

My glass of Steele Shooting Star, Aligote [Washington State 2012], notes of caramel, baked apple, stone fruit; smooth & rich (as described on the Brookvin menu)

Koen with his Vinos Ambiz, Garnacha [Castille y Leon, Spain 2013], dirty, concentrated dried fruits, natural winemaking

Koen with his Vinos Ambiz, Garnacha [Castille y Leon, Spain 2013], dirty,
concentrated dried fruits, natural winemaking (as described on the Brookvin wine menu)

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