Friday, June 23, 2017

New York Getaway | New Haven, Dia:Beacon & Storm King

On the second part of our weekend trip (check part one), we took the ferry to Connecticut and spent a Saturday driving through little towns while the rain poured down. On Saturday night, we stranded in New Haven, better known as Yale University's hometown. On Sunday we visited two of New York State's most interesting art spaces, Dia:Beacon and Storm King. I'll tell you all about it in this post. 

New Haven - Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Because we arrived quite late in New Haven, we only had time to visit one thing: the Beinecke Library, which in the literary archive of Yale University. The library re-opened last year after renovations, so although it was my second time at Yale, this was a first for me. It's an incredibly impressive building, inside and out. What I like most are the huge marble panels which let in translucent natural daylight. 

>>121 Wall St, New Haven

New Haven - Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

New Haven - Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library



Frank Pepe Pizzeria
This pizza place is an institution famous for its huge pizzas. It has been voted 'Best Pizza in America', and although that's debatable, it's pretty damn good. Order a big one to share and get stuck in. I had been here before in 2010, and it was as good as I remembered. Simple pizza with homemade tomato sauce and mozzarella. 

>> 157 Wooster St, New Haven


Frank Pepe Pizzeria


Frank Pepe Pizzeria


Frank Pepe Pizzeria



Dia:Beacon
Dia:Beacon is a museum in Beacon, which is part of the Dia Art Foundation (from The Earth Room and The Broken Kilometer in NYC). It's on of the biggest contemporary art museums in the U.S., so you'll need a couple of hours for your visit. There's a fixed collection (Gerhard Richter, Louise Bourgeois, Richard Sera and Walter De Maria) and temporary exhibitions. The Walter De Maria exhibition opens in September, which looks very promising. We were very impressed with both the building (an old printing factory) and the endless rooms filled with art. You can take a train from NYC which takes you straight to the museum entrance, perfect for a day drip.

>> 3 Beekman St, Beacon


Dia:Beacon

Dia:Beacon

Dia:Beacon

Dia:Beacon


Dia:Beacon


Dia:Beacon


Dia:Beacon


Dia:Beacon


Dia:Beacon


Dia:Beacon


Dia:Beacon




Dia:Beacon


Dia:Beacon


Dia:Beacon


Dia:Beacon


Dia:Beacon


Dia:Beacon


Tito Santana, Beacon
The town where Dia:Beacon is, is called Beacon (surprise surprise). Beacon is a small town which is basically built around one main street, which has some shops, caf├ęs, and restaurants. We settled at Tito Santana, a little taqueria with a terrace and garden. I had a burrito bowl, my sister had quesadillas (the best choice) and my brother took tacos. We also shared chips and salsa. It's nothing special but it's pretty cheap and fresh!

>> 142 Main St, Beacon


Tito Santana, Beacon

Tito Santana, Beacon


Tito Santana, Beacon



Storm King
Storm King is an outdoor art center a short drive away from Beacon, just across the Hudson River. It's a 500-acre park with more than 100 sculptures, and visitors are free to roam the grounds and discover the sculptures. It's definitely a place you should visit on a nice day. Our visit was interrupted by a 10-minute torrential rain storm, which seemed only fitting since we were at Storm King. You can go around by foot, by bike (to rent) or by golf cart. I've never been to this kind of sculpture park before, and together with Dia, it makes the perfect day trip since it's only an hour away from NYC. 

>> 1 Museum Rd, New Windsor


Storm King

Storm King


Storm King


Storm King


Storm King

I hope this gives you come ideas of what to do if you want to escape the city for a weekend. I can highly recommend visiting Dia:Beacon and Yale University (but pick good weather to go!) Make sure to read part one of my NY Getaway if you haven't done so already! 

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