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NEW YORK IS HOME TO NEARLY 100 MUSEUMS (more, according to some counts) focusing on subjects from art to zoology. In addition, the five boroughs are peppered with carefully cultivated outdoor spaces that serve as a respite from the busy streets; expertly curated galleries exhibiting the latest in art and design; and seemingly endless opportunities to experience dance, music and theater.

Whatever your interests, you can find an itinerary to fit your needs. The best way to manage the sprawling city is to choose your cultural organization or event, and then consult nycgo.com/neighborhoods for suggestions of nearby things to see, places to eat and shops to explore.

Art and History
The bustling streets of New York City may not be ideal for slowly strolling hand in hand, but ducking into any of the city’s museums offers a chance to get lost in art or history together.

For a stunning selection of Old Masters as well as European decorative arts and sculpture, the Frick Collection should be your first stop. The collection was assembled by industrialist Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) and is housed in the Upper East Side mansion he called home—one of the few remaining from the Gilded Age.

Moving from Rembrandt and Vermeer to Ed Ruscha and Cindy Sherman, visit the Whitney Museum of American Art. The Whitney recently opened a gleaming new Renzo Piano-designed building in the Meatpacking District to house its modern and contemporary collection. Before or after your museum visit, explore the High Line, a public landscape built atop an out-of-use railroad trestle.

If history is more your passion, there are a multitude of options, many with strong ties to the city itself, including museums devoted to skyscrapers and firefighters. Open only via guided tour, the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side offers a glimpse into the lives of immigrants coming to our country throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries.


The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is a beloved landmark at the New York Botanical Gardens. Courtesy NYC & Company/Christopher Postlewaite

Get Outdoors
When you think of outdoor spaces and New York, Frederick Law Olmsted’s Central Park is likely the first to come to mind, but NYC is home to a number of spectacular gardens. The New York Botanical Garden is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016, and is home to 125 acres in the Bronx, with more than a million live plants and a breathtaking Victorian glasshouse conservatory.

Some other terrific options are Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, also more than 100 years old and walking distance from the Brooklyn Museum, where you can explore world cultures from the ancient Egyptians’ to the Native Americans’.

The Performing Arts
No matter what time of year you plan to visit, there are plenty of performing arts offerings. The frenetic energy of Times Square is the hub for Manhattan’s Broadway and off-Broadway selection of musicals and plays; same-day discounted tickets can be purchased for a selection of performances at the TKTS booths, and these purchases support the nonprofit Theater Development Fund.

If dance is your passion, check into the schedules of the American Ballet Theatre, where Misty Copeland is a principal; George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins’ New York City Ballet; and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.



Eschew the big chain hotels and opt for a hotel that embraces the quirky artistic nature of the Big Apple. Courtesy The Quin

The Quin is located at 57th Street and Sixth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, close to Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art. The hotel features original artworks, and the lobby includes a 15-foot video art wall. The Quin Arts program includes an artist-in-residence initiative and a series of salons at which visitors can interact with the artists featured in the hotel. The hotel’s current focus is on global street art, including the work of Colorado-based Amanda Marie. from $336.60/night

The James, on Grand Street in SoHo, has brought together the New Museum, House of SpeakEasy, Lower East Side Film Festival and Drawing Center for its Cultural Collection, which includes inside access to the event series, curated reading materials and free outdoor film screenings. from $426/night