From Washington I took the Amtrak again to New York, a trip of just 3 hours. On arrival to Penn station I just had to take the subway to Queens where my Airbnb apartment was booked. The plan was OK in theory but I wasn't prepared for the reality of actually standing alone in bewilderment on a typical New York street. The noise, the lights, the traffic, the crowds, everything impacted on my brain like being hit by a train!
I had to find the subway and looked for any sign with SUBWAY on it. I wandered around trailing all my baggage behind me and finally found a big neon sign SUBWAY.
Making a mad dash through the traffic I realised then that no trains whatsoever would be leaving there and no tickets could be bought either,
only sandwiches and coffee.
Finally I found the real subway and took the train to Queens.
Another misunderstanding happened when I got tired and really needed a rest. There were signs with restrooms in many places but they had only a toilet, no sofa or bed to lie on....
The next day I had arranged to meet my Facebook friend and colleague the artist May Trien Rolstad for the first time in real life. We met up at the MOMA to see several exhibitions including Matisse http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2014/matisse/the-cut-outs.html
Later May took me to see the fascinating art students league building where there also was an interesting exhibition of very talented students.http://www.theartstudentsleague.org/Classes.aspx
We also managed to see some gallery shows and attend the opening of this amazing exhibition with works of Julio Reyes http://www.julioreyes.com/375443/paintings/