Hidden gems and highlights to see at the Brooklyn Museum

Thousands of beautiful works make Brooklyn's pay-what-you-wish museum a must-visit

The Brooklyn Museum lives at the Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum stop of the 2 and 3 trains. Over five floors, permanent and rotating exhibits span centuries of painting, sculpture, photography, furniture, Korean art, feminist art and more. Its collections tell stories of civilizations and wars, art and cultural movements, religion, philosophy and the human relationship with nature. Open Wednesday through Sunday, the Brooklyn museum is a necessary excursion (that might well become a regular destination) for any art enthusiast or human being interested in artistic creation. In addition, admission is by donation—pay what you wish—every day, so take advantage of this incredibly inexpensive museum. There is a lot to see inside. Here are some of the highlights and hidden gems that should be part of your visit.

Floor 1

The wide lobby of the museum is full of benches, bar seats and some tables that are open to public use (as is the beautiful plaza in front of the building). To the left of the ticket counter, through tall, glass sliding doors, currently sprawls the "Infinite Blue" exhibit. It showcases the color blue in a staggering variety of media and shades. One standout piece in the collection is the three-foot-long stoneware sculpture by Kishi Eiko, Shinsho fukei.

Kishi Eiko, 'Shinsho fukei'

The piece features blue clay chamotte that makes its texture looks like fabric, its shape like various pieces of paper folded together. In other, seemingly unrelated but accurate words, it bears striking resemblance to an Imperial Star Destroyer crashing into the ground.

Behind it sits Sueharu's Inifinity II, a wonderfully smooth piece of glazed, blue-green porcelain. And next to that is Jun's fierce-looking Untitled, a sculpture of fused glass and unfired clay that resembles the entrance to a frightening cave.

Vivian Beer, '"Current" Chair'

Next to this case stands a curvy blue chair: "Current" Chair by Vivian Beer. Meant to imply water, the design's swoops and divisions make it look like one piece of steel shaped into a chair. Stand anywhere near these pieces and you'll certainly notice one piece attracting lots of attention. Anish Kapoor's Pink to Mika 5 Blue hangs on the wall nearby, a circle of purplish-blue, shaped like a contact lens, that distorts your image when you stand in front of it in a way that makes walking toward it physically difficult. It's hilarious, and most people who wander up to it unknowingly let out shocked laughter and take many selfies. You'll want to, too.

Floor 2

Up the stairs or elevator to the second floor, you'll find the Korean Art exhibition. Here are some excellently strange pieces to wonder about, like Nam June Paik's Mr. Kim, a "Robot" figure constructed using old radios and featuring a tiny TV screen in its head. It's actually a portrait of Kim Yangsoo, an art collector. Ponder the past's vision of the future in its brightly-flashing chest and robot eyes.

Nam June Paik, 'Mr. Kim'

Nearby, see if you lose yourself in Lee Ufan's Correspondence, a mostly-empty canvas with three thick brush strokes that, on a compass, would mark West, North and East. For something more solid, check out the rectangular sculpture, Untitled, by Kang Seok Young.

Kang Seok Young, 'Untitled'

This two-foot monolith of unglazed porcelain is remarkable because 1.) it's unglazed and pure, matte white and 2.) Young bent and twisted the porcelain when it was nearly dry to produce impure but striking sculpture.

Floor 3

Another floor up, the space is dominated by a wide, blue-tiled square—square, as in its shape and the way it seems like a plaza in the center of the museum, a plaza that's mostly empty and that echoes your footsteps in all directions. On the walls around it hang paintings like Picasso's Woman in Gray and an exhibition of "Menacing Landscapes." Check out the landscapes by Vereschagin, Mesdag, Hamilton (James) and Colman.

Floor 4

The fourth floor is extremely exciting, with exhibitions by Ahmed Mater and Judy Chicago.

Ahmed Mater, 'Ka'aba'

Mater's exhibit, titled "Mecca Journeys," opened in December. It takes a photographic journey through the past eight years of the development of Mecca as a city trying to accommodate more than 3 million pilgrims that come during the annual Hajj season. Ka'aba is an aerial shot of the tens of thousands of pilgrims praying in the massive building that surrounds the Ka'aba. The scale of the building is epic and does justice to the importance of the pilgrimage.

Mater, 'Magnetism'

Mater's Magnetism explores the same scene in extreme, simple miniature: a black magnetic cube circled by tens of thousands of iron particles, arranged by magnetic attraction. Despite its tiny scale, the feeling of grandeur remains. Along with other photographs, like Metropolis, Walkway to Minh and Clock Tower, the entire exhibition is stunning.

Judy Chicago, 'The Dinner Party'

Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party is equally enthralling. Her work of feminist interactive art lets you walk around a triangular table on which lie thirty-nine place settings for important, historical and legendary women. Each place setting has, embroidered, the woman's name and a decorated porcelain plate symbolizing her significance. On the floor within the triangle are written the names of another 999 women. Books are available to carry into the room that have information on each of the thirty-nine women represented by place settings.

Floor 5

The fifth and top floor will, as of March 2, be home to the exhibition, "David Bowie is." Exploring his creative process through original costumes, lyric sheets, photographs and more, the installation will include music and a guided audio tour. The museum recommends buying advance tickets. The fifth floor's visible storage room is also temporarily closed, but is always an interesting journey through a museum's closet and should be reopened soon.

For now, you'll find paintings by familiar names, including Gilbert Stuart's George Washington and Thomas Cole's A View of the Two Lakes and Mountain House, Catskill Mountains, Morning and A Pic-Nic Party.

Max Weber, 'Russian Ballet'

Max Weber's Russian Ballet is a frantic, wild, abstract vision of the Russian ballet theater, like Rock of Ages in a painting. Frederick Arthur Bridgman's An Interesting Game presents a chess game at a Cairo cafe in the late nineteenth century. Apparently he was praised for treating his subjects in this piece as people rather than stereotypes, even though he actually painted it in his studio in Paris.

Move on from the past to the past's vision of the future with the last two highlights on the fifth floor: a coffee set and a record player. Coffee Urn, by Walter von Nessen is a old-fashioned futuristic look at what coffee breaks could and should look like. It would've been a Jetsons favorite. Across the room, John Vassos's RCA Victor Special Model K, Portable Electric Phonograph, from 1935, looks more futuristic than any briefcase-style turntable currently on sale at Urban Outfitters. It's basically an advertisement for the commercial versatility of a relatively new material: aluminum.

Keep an eye on the museum's website for upcoming exhibitions and events, and take time to explore the rest of the collection after you've experienced this small sample of art.

Tom Twardzik is a travel writer for the Journiest. He also covers music, film, TV and gaming for Popdust and contributes financial tips to Paypath. Read more on his page and follow on Twitter.

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If you want to travel but have a job that is currently holding you back, here are a few of our suggestions for the best jobs for people who love to travel.

For many people, traveling is an amazing experience, but traveling is not always feasible because of responsibilities to work.

One way to get around this roadblock is to get a job that will let you travel and see the world. Here are some of the best jobs for people who love to travel.

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A translator is a wonderful job for those who want to travel. It will bring you to many places as you work, so long as those places speak the language you can translate. The great thing about translating is the variety of work you can get by translating for specific clients or just translating for tourists in the area. You can choose what type of scene you wish to work in very easily.


A pilot fits the definition of a job that gets to travel perfectly. Now, whether you are a private pilot or a commercial pilot, you will still get to fly all over the planet. The only major problem with this job is the requirement of flight classes. But once you get your license, you can fly freely around the world while making yourself money to fund your trips.

Travel blogger

Being a travel blogger is a temperamental job but, if done correctly, it will allow you to visit anywhere you want. Writing to fans as you travel the world can be a fun and exciting way to engage with the planet. This job can be difficult to do, though, as you must be able to write consistently and capture your audience with each post.

English teacher

This may not sound like a job that allows you to travel, but schools all around the world are always looking for more people to teach English.

In this career, you would move near the school that you would teach at and live there over the course of your time there. The interesting thing about this job is that it does not necessarily require a teaching degree, depending on the school and country in question. You also get to live in a new country for an extended period.

When it comes to the best jobs for people who love to travel, these are just a few of our suggestions. There are plenty of jobs where you can travel around the world, but these ones are far-reaching and cover a lot of different lifestyles. They might seem like pipe dreams, but hey, you never know!

Seattle, Washington is a rainy, coffee-fueled, coastal town often referred to as the "Emerald City."

Located against the ecological wonderland of Puget Sound, this cosmopolitan, seaside city is a mishmash of arts, culture, history, nature, and, of course, cloudy weather. Thanks to its proximity to nature, its greenery, and its culturally rich, big-city atmosphere, the city is becoming increasingly popular, both for tourists and those looking for a change of scenery.

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If you only have a few days to visit Seattle, you'll probably want to check out the area's most famous attractions.

For nature lovers and summit-chasers, there's the imposing, wildflower-shrouded Mt. Rainier.

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For foodies, there's the popular Pike Place Market, a giant patchwork of food-sellers and friendly chaos where you can purchase everything from giant crabs' legs to bottomless amounts of coffee (more on that later).

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And finally, there's the iconic Space Needle and the Sky View Observatory, which will give you extraordinary views of the city.

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Seattle Arts and Museums

For arts and culture lovers, Seattle has plenty to cut your teeth on. Don't miss the Chihuly Garden and Glass, a collection of extraordinary blown-glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly.

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Chihuly Gardens

For art, there's the giant Seattle Art Museum Downtown. Seattle also offers the Museum of Pop Culture, a nonprofit that features all your favorite icons from history, and plenty of other options.

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For some history, there's the Klondike Gold Rush Museum, which commemorates Seattle's history as a gold rush hub.

There are plenty of quirky attractions—like the giant Fremont Troll, the 18-foot sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood that cuts an imposing figure.

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You could also take in the city from a boat—marine enthusiasts might enjoy visiting to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks to explore the history of this port city.

Seattle, of course, also has a gritty underground side—you may know the city from its time at the heart of the '90s grunge movement.

It also has a long, storied history that has left more than a few scars. You can literally see its underground through one of its underground tours, which will take you on a walk through the "buried city," the remnants left over from before the Great Fire of 1889.

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Natural Wonders

Seattle is notorious for its natural wonders. For a close-up view, there's the Seattle Aquarium, a marine experience that showcases the best of what Puget Sound has to offer.

For more exposure to the beauty of Seattle's nature, try the Washington Park Arboretum, a 230-acre showcase of Seattle's wetlands and natural wonders.

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You might also pay a visit to the Alki Beach for some time with the ocean waves.

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Or consider taking a more exhaustive adventure to Discovery Park, a giant and labyrinthine natural park at the edge of Puget Sound.

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Food and Drink

Food tours are also popular options for those who want to get more intimate with the city's cuisine, and Seattle is often ranked as one of the best cities for foodies.

It's also a great place for coffee-heads. You might also pay a visit to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, AKA Ultimate Starbucks, a tasting room that features a coffee library amongst other treats for coffee addicts.

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Moving to Seattle

If you're planning on moving to Seattle, locals say there's a few things you should know. First off, it is most definitely overcast the majority of the time, though the rain is rather like a mist. That makes the rare sunny day shine even more, though, locals say, in addition to fostering natural abundance.

The city is generally very congested with traffic, which can be noisy, though it offers great public transportation options, from buses to rail—regardless, you'll want to get an Orca Card for that.

Like every city, Seattle has a number of diverse and charismatic neighborhoods. For example, there's the beachy, more laid-back West Seattle.

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There's the vibrant Capitol Hill, a hub of arts, culture, tech bros, and nightlife (during non-COVID times).

There's the historic and artsy Pioneer Square, featuring plenty of museums, shops, galleries, and pubs.

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Fremont is a more bohemian area. Belltown is a trendy waterfront neighborhood that's close to everything.

In general, Seattle residents love the city for its proximity to nature, from beaches to glaciers, and its abundance of arts and cultural attractions. As Kimberly Kinrade said, "Seattle is for people who love culture, but refuse to sacrifice their wild nature to attain it." Residents dislike the steep cost of housing and all things that come from rising prices, including the city's large homeless population.

In general, the city is known as environmentally conscious, liberal, and dog-loving. The people are often referred to as nice but possibly a bit standoffish and cold (the "Seattle Freeze" is when you make plans to hang out and then bail, which is apparently very common). The rain can certainly get depressing, but the proximity to nature helps.

Remember, if you do happen to move: umbrellas are dead giveaways for tourists.

What's your favorite part about Seattle? What did we leave out? Let us know at @thejourniest on Twitter!


Weed World Candies Exist to Prey on Gullible Tourists

Weed is still illegal in New York, but scamming tourists is not.

You wouldn't know it walking around midtown Manhattan, but marijuana is still illegal in New York.

It does seem strange to think that perhaps the most metropolitan city in the US would be lagging behind so many other parts of the country that have legalized possession, production, and sale of cannabis and THC products, but it's true.

New York's decriminalization of marijuana has led many smokers to be more brazen with their public consumption in recent years, and Governor Cuomo recently announced plans for limited legalization for recreational use at the state level. But for the time being the sale of products containing THC is still very much illegal.

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Adding to the confusion is a company that has sprung up to prey on tourist's uncertainty. Weed World trucks have multiplied at a staggering rate since they first started appearing in Midtown and the Village a few years ago. Easily a dozen RVs and vans now line the tourist-dense streets of Manhattan, advertising Girl Scout Cookies and Gorilla Glue, clad in marijuana-leaf decals and occupied by employees who are paid either to be stoned out of their minds, or just to pretend they are.

With eyes nearly in slits and an air of relaxation that suggests that customers are temporary interludes from a permanent nap, they will promise you as much as they can get away with while letting their branding do most of the work. They will sell you four lollipops for $20, which would seem like a great deal if not for the fact that they will not deliver on the strong implication that they'll get you high.

They have a Twitter account where they celebrate the supposed availability of weed and claim to "have New York locked down." They'll even sell you vape cartridges that advise you to "get medicated," and which are packed with potent doses of… flavor?

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An employee once assured me that their candies do contain THC—maybe they wouldn't be so brazenly dishonest today—and in a drunken state I coughed up $5 to test that claim. There is a faint weedy taste to their candies, and you may find trace amounts of CBD inside, but that's it. It's a scam. There is no THC. Nothing that will give their customers the experience they're selling.

Worse than the trucks is the Weed World Candies storefront that opened in midtown in 2019. Just walking past you would swear that people were passing a massive blunt inside.

The smell is unmistakable and overpowering, except that it's fake. Whatever chemical fragrance they pumped onto the street, it was not connected to anyone smoking weed. Inside, the psychedelic wall art complemented shelves lined with suggestive candies and boxes emblazoned with pot leaf insignia.

Whatever the venue, they are all too happy to sell you overpriced hemp products and CBD creams and chocolates made to look like nugs. And if you're a tourist, or a moron like me, you might believe the scam long enough to give them money, but nothing they sell will get you high.

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The owners of Weed World, Judah Izrael and Bilal Muhammad—who prefers to go by "Dro Man" or "Doctor Dro"—will defend their products by claiming that they serve to promote legalization and decriminalization efforts by normalizing the idea of public sale of marijuana. But at no point in the purchasing process is the illusion that their candies will get you high broken. At no point are their customers offered literature explaining the mission of Weed World.

On their website's FAQs page, there is no mention of THC or its absence from their products, but the first question, "How much should I eat?" is answered, "It's all based on your tolerance but there's no limit." Tolerance for what? Sugar? The company—which originated in Alabama and has spread to cities around the country—mostly seems like a very profitable way to sell candy to gullible adults.

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The best thing I can say in their defense is that one of their trucks was recently busted by police in Saraland, Alabama, with products that "tested positive for marijuana." Assuming this isn't a screw up or deliberate frame-job by the police, it's possible that some of the Weed World trucks are using their faux activism as a front for selling actual drugs. If so, that would be the most honest thing about this company. Until that's confirmed, ignore these trucks and maybe just ask a friend for a hookup.