Fireflies on the Water at The Whitney & Ladurée

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Last week, a friend had taken a photo of herself on Instagram inside Yayoi Kusama’s Fireflies on the Water installation at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The installation looked stunning and with it ending soon on October 28th, I headed uptown on a Friday afternoon to experience it for myself.

Truth be told, I’m not a big fan of The Whitney. I’ve been a couple of times years ago and both times felt underwhelmed about the majority of the art displayed. However, Fireflies on the Water seemed like a must-see. And it was.



With the building renovation and the fourth and fifth floors closed for exhibition installations, admission is now $12, instead of the usual $18. I arrived at the museum at 3:00PM and at the admission desk, was asked if I was there for Fireflies. The installation is free with museum admission. I was given a yellow card with a time slot of 5:00PM and 5:20PM.


At 5:00, I went back to the first floor and handed my yellow time card to the museum employee standing at the entrance of the waiting area of the installation. Inside, I went to stand at the end of the line and from there, waited for each person ahead of me to go inside the Fireflies room alone for one minute. When it was my turn, a white door was opened and I took a step up and walked about four steps to the end of the platform. They close the door behind you so you’re completely immersed in the experience. I loved it. Completely delightful.

Note: You’re not allowed to take photos anywhere in the museum (BOO!) but I couldn’t resist sneaking in a photo.



During the two hour wait to see the installation, I spent about 45 minutes walking the museum then left to go three blocks down to Ladurée. There wasn’t a wait, which was fantastic, since there usually is a long one. Oh, by the way, this is how you pronounce Ladurée.

When Ladurée opened its doors in New York a little while back, I have since shunned all other macarons. None of the others compare.


I got eight macarons in their complimentary box ($2.70/macaron). My favorites as of late have been the “Incroyables,” which have a marshmallow filling. So so good.

INFO: Whitney Museum of American Art | 945 Madison Ave. at 75th Street | New York, NY 10021 | 212.570.3600
ADMISSION: $12 until October 24th. $18, after.
NOTE: Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

INFO: Ladurée | 864 Madison Avenue between 72nd and 71st Street | New York, NY 10021 | 646.558.3157


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