New York - Museum of American Finance, National Museum of the American Indian, Tulips, and a Cold Beer

Rain was forecast on one of our last days in New York City so we took the opportunity to check out the Museum of American Finance, the National Museum of the American Indian, and to drink a beer while watched over by dogs playing poker.  We were greeted by this provocative and surprising sight when we entered the Museum of American Finance - Alexander Hamilton with his pistol cocked.  Apparently dueling was the acceptable way to resolve disputes back in the early days of the U.S. particularly around financial matters.
The Museum of American Finance was housed in an architecturally significant building near Wall Street.
We particularly enjoyed looking at the different commodities that are traded like pork bellies and orange juice.  It made us think of the classic movie Trading Places (link to clip).
We also appreciated this iconic bronze statue of a bull and bear fighting indicative of the market forces at play in the stock exchange.
Walking along again outside after our tour of the museum, we passed some Art Deco clad skyscrapers.
The sun was breaking through for a brief period so we took the opportunity to follow this escalator up to a small park overlooking the East River.  I love these unexpectedly delightful public spaces!
We even had clear views of the Brooklyn Bridge.  Care to buy it? ;-)
The clouds were rolling in again so we made our way to Bowling Green, a spectacular square in Lower Manhattan that was carpeted with red tulips when we visited.
We felt a drop of rain and dashed toward the National Museum of the American Indian.  Admission is free so it was an ideal place to pop in out of the rain and learn a bit about the original peoples that lived in what is now the U.S. and Canada.
Inside, we discovered a soaring dome with paintings that were lovingly restored.
At each end of the building, a winding staircase led up towards a skylight.
We took some time to explore the exhibits which chronicle Native American history and customs.  The collection was donated by George Gustav Heye, an avid collector of Native American artifacts.  Photos weren't allowed in many of the exhibits but I'll say that it was definitely worth wandering around for an hour.
Continuing on, I was enchanted by these Art Deco seahorses!
Nearby, we discovered Stone Street, a pedestrianized block lined on both sides with restaurants and pubs.
We stopped into the Growler for a craft brew.  There were a number of selections on tap and dogs playing poker on the wall for added atmosphere.  I'm not a Bloody Mary fan, but they also had a do-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar for the weekend brunch set.  Nice.
On the way home from our adventures, we had a blast from Sidewalk Safari's past.  The Olde Good Things truck drove past with the pink elephant that I proudly featured in Sidewalk Safari a few years ago (here and here) riding along.  I suppose the owner just simply couldn't part with him.  He's too much of an icon for the store.



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Sidewalk Safari: New York - Museum of American Finance, National Museum of the American Indian, Tulips, and a Cold Beer
New York - Museum of American Finance, National Museum of the American Indian, Tulips, and a Cold Beer
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