In June, I took the Olafur Eliasson's "Waterfalls" tour (the latest public art installation in NYC) with my favorite niece and nephew. There was a definite buzz around the city to get out and see the waterfalls up close. It had the same kind of excitement as Christo's "Gates." The ferry was crowded but we hung out at the South Street Seaport to be first in line because I wanted to take photos without obstacles. The waterfalls were these big scaffolding constructions with water flowing over them. They were without decoration except for their locations. My nephew thought they were "slumming it." I love that art pieces can jar you out of your perception of what art is. When I teach modern art to children, they always associate modern art with scribbling - it always looks easier than it really is.
Of course, the bridges were spectacular along with the Manhattan skyline. New York is such a vibrant city. I have not visited many major cities but NYC stands out as a favorite.