Devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney has exhibited and purchased work by the likes of Jaspar Johns, Cy Twombly, and many more. Its full range of 20th-century and contemporary American art is extensive and has a special focus on works by living artists.
9/11 Memorial & Museum
Located exactly where the World Trade Centre stood, this must-visit museum serves as the US’s key institution for examining the implications of 9/11, documenting the impact of the event and honouring those who lost their lives. Make sure to set aside a good few hours to really do this place justice.
The Museum of Modern Art in Midtown is one of the most influential museums in the art world with over 200,000 works. Sharing the most thought-provoking contemporary and modern art, MoMA is expanding to become a place where people can gather and share ideas and inspiration.
Sunday at The Met
Gain insight and explore The Met in more detail on a weekend afternoon with this program of specific themes. Combining lectures, demonstrations, performances, discussion and films, these sessions open up the museum and invite visitors to develop a deeper understanding of the art inside.
You’ll need some time here – this vast space holds 1.5 million works of art. This museum has clear values when it comes to presenting art and giving visitors are valuable experience. There are public programme for adults, teens and kids, celebrations of artists from all backgrounds, and visual narratives that aim to include and reflect back.
New York Historical Society
This museum and library was established in 1804 as New York’s first museum. The founders wanted to preserve eyewitness accounts of historical moments and the collection features a broad range of records, documents and photographs.
A live music venue, arts space and nightclub under one roof in Brooklyn, Elsewhere is a converted warehouse that offers multiple performance spaces, a rooftop, a gallery, a café and an outdoor courtyard, as well as a seasonal art program called Landscape.
For a cool, industrial music venue, head to Brooklyn Steel, part of The Bowery Presents group. It’s spacious with a hidden balcony bar if you want to be away from the main crowd.
The Brooklyn Academy of Arts is a performing arts venue for progressive and avant-garde acts, and adventurous audiences to match. Expect world-renowned theatre, dance, music, film and opera.
The Bowery Ballroom
Located in Manhattan, this venuewas built just before the Wall Street crash and stood vacant for many years. Now it’s an intimate concert hall for just 575 people.
Midnight Movies at IFC
On Friday and Saturdays at midnight, the IFC (a state-of-the-art cinema) hosts cult scary movies. Spend your evening with zombies, aliens and vampires if you dare. In the day you can find a range of independent films on offer if your nerves can’t handle the fright nights.
Secret concerts scattered around the city are featured on Sofar Sounds’ website. Transforming everyday spaces such as shops and even living rooms, artists and audiences are united at these intimate events.