Expectations broken yet again
Metropolitan Art Museum
Although a treasure trove inside, the building architecture didn't impress as much as I was hoping, especially compared to the New York Public Library. The outside facade elements and the inside decorative elements in the main entrance hall seemed completely artificial as a disingenuously inorganic afterthought.
But of all the places to meet the rough image of the New York, I was so sure to find the moment I would set my foot outside the plane in the JFK airport, it was in the Met Art museum that I was able to encounter it in all it's glory. If you find yourself at the closing time of the museum - just when you are the most tired and ready to fall off your feet, don't expect to find a lot of sympathy from the guards or time resting on the benches in the main entrance hall. There is no official multilingual announcement that the museum will be closing in 30 or so minutes. Instead you are treated to guards rudely barking out to the visitors to leave the hall as soon as possible.
And no the closing guard behavior wasn't an isolated case. Throughout my visit I've asked several guards some tips for directions and got the most unwelcoming attitude - one guard didn't even bother turning his head toward my face when answering with such a tone that for a moment I thought I must be in the past in some store in USSR.
When most of the people are pushed toward the exit of the building, all the guards come out and stand in circle creating an unforgettable picture - akin to the prison guards encircling the rebellelious prisoners - their faces unforgettable. Many who tried to reach for the camera to store this lifetime moment, were stopped by one the guards, on the premises that guards may not be photographed. I personally think, they should dogs, batons and the machine guns. Those un-gratified and unhurried visitors who fail to evacuate quickly enough for the their pleasure, should be treated to batons first, and then shot on the spot (this will also add to the museums collection for putting something into Egyptian sarcophaguses.