After Swine Flu, anyting goes, apparently.  If snow can shut down the city that never sleeps, and the standing-room-only 6 train at rush hour can be empty, then pigs MUST be flying.

Pigs must be flying if snow can shut down the city that never sleeps and the standing-room-only 6 train at rush hour can be empty. None of these things ever happened before Swine Flu! I'm jus sayin'...

The very first time Chille has ever felt snow fall on his face (he prefers his 'winters' Down Under...)

The very first time Chille has ever felt snow fall on his face (he prefers his 'winters' Down Under...)

When morning hits, one possible destination comes to mind...

When morning hits, one possible destination comes to mind...

So Chille hops in a taxi.

So Chille hops in a taxi.

NYC Taxicabs are EXEMPT from car seat laws in NYC.

NYC Taxicabs are EXEMPT from car seat laws in NYC.

All NYC Taxis have an interactive touchscreen with maps and television and weather, etc.  VERY 'Bladerunner'...  A quick swipe of my Visa and we're good to go!

All NYC Taxis have an interactive touchscreen with maps and television and weather, etc. VERY 'Bladerunner'... A quick swipe of my Visa and we're good to go!

Live from da Hood Chille's NYC adventures take us to the MET!

Live from da Hood Chille's NYC adventures take us to the MET!

The famous steps are usually crowded with tourists and locals alike, taking a rest in a city that loves to walk.  The MET, located on Museum Mile on 5th ave. shares space with Central Park.

The famous steps are usually crowded with tourists and locals alike, taking a rest in a city that loves to walk. The MET, located on 'Museum Mile' on 5th ave. shares space with Central Park. A fantastic spot to sit and have a pretzel! Mmm... carbs....

Along with the usual MET fare, the museum hosts incredible exhibits that are unparalleled in the rest of the world.  Just in time for Chinese New Year is this AMAZING show.

Along with the usual MET fare, the museum hosts incredible exhibits that are unparalleled in the rest of the world. Just in time for Chinese New Year is this AMAZING show.

The Security Guard lets Chille know that although early, he'll have to wait a few minutes until the MET opens to the public.

The Security Guard lets Chille know that although early, he'll have to wait a few minutes until the MET opens to the public.

Most stores in NYC don't open until 10 am, and museums and galleries in NYC run on a totally different schedule all together. Most are completely closed on Mondays and have bizarre hours.  I strongly recommend that you check websites for times before venturing off in the morning...

Most stores in NYC don't open until 10 am, and museums and galleries in NYC run on a totally different schedule all together. Most are completely closed on Mondays and have bizarre hours. I strongly recommend that you check websites for times before venturing off in the morning...

Of course, every savvy New Yorker knows this and within minutes, Chille is running in to the MET's famously efficient coat room!

Of course, every savvy New Yorker knows this and within minutes, Chille is running in to the MET's famously efficient coat room!

You may leave your coats and backpacks and things here.  It is free, of course, but everyone in NYC usually tips a dollar a person.

You may leave your coats and backpacks and things here. It is free, of course, but everyone in NYC usually tips a dollar a person.

The MET store is INCREDIBLE and you could literally spend all day there.  It is an awesome place to get interesting gifts for all the people you love!

The MET store is INCREDIBLE and you could literally spend all day there. It is an awesome place to get interesting gifts for all the people you love!

Plus, it is a nice place to practice the "look don't touch" command before you let a toddler loose around priceless art.  I'm jus sayin'...

Plus, it is a nice place to practice the "look don't touch" command before you let a toddler loose around priceless art. I'm jus sayin'...

The price of admission to the MET is a "recommended" $20.  A friend of mine works there and she told me that the suggested price was mostly ignored.  The most common 'donation' for admission? $1.  Yep.  You hand the cashier a dollar and say "One, please."

The price of admission to the MET is a "recommended" $20. A friend of mine works there and she told me that the suggested price was mostly ignored. The most common 'donation' for admission? $1. Yep. You hand the cashier a dollar and say "One, please."

The books are the best at the Met Store.

The books are the best at the Met Store.

Chille ponders the HUGE flight of stairs up to the second floor.

Chille ponders the HUGE flight of stairs up to the second floor.

The MET is made up of a ton of smaller galleries.  You could LIVE in the museum and still never see everything.  So Chille carefully considers his options for today...

The MET is made up of a ton of smaller galleries. You could LIVE in the museum and still never see everything. So Chille carefully considers his options for today...

With his mind made up to visit the "shark" his experience with art begins...

With his mind made up to visit "the shark" his experience with art begins...

"The goal of life is rapture.  Art is the way we experience it." Joseph Campbell

"The goal of life is rapture. Art is the way we experience it." Joseph Campbell

Chille seems to experience art by running past it.  How glorious!

Chille seems to experience art by running past it. How glorious!

Except when it's Warhol...

Except when it's Warhol...

And Chuck Close...

And Chuck Close...

Everywhere you turn, there is art to experience...

Everywhere you turn, there is art to experience...

Hmmm....  ;)

Hmmm.... ;)

In all of its glory: a shark

In all of its glory: the shark

Also known by its more formal title, of course...

Also known by its more formal title, of course...

Just another ordinary day in an extraordinary city...

Just another ordinary day in an extraordinary city...