Non-Touristy NYC: Art Edition

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  • Arts & Culture

  • City Travel

  • New York City

  • New York

  • Downtown

  • Architecture

  • Local Culture

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Curator’s statement

Art in NYC is so much more than an Instagram of street art, the MET Gala or the current "hot" exhibit. New York has been a hotbed of creativity and culture in so many ways, across cultures and for generations. While not everyone identifies as an artist and may lack technical skills or a formal art history education, everyone can have creativity, an eye and see different things.

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Where to stay in NYC

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The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, Upper East Side

A New York City classic hotel with elegant rooms, delightful service and the swanky Bemelman's Bar.

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The Ned

In the heart of London, this 1920s glamor-inspired property comes equipped with a rooftop pool, terraces, late-night bar and spa.

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Virgin Hotels New York City

Seamlessly blends cutting-edge style with unmatched hospitality, setting the gold standard for urban luxury in the heart of Manhattan.

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Things to do in NYC

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Classics and always worth it!

Exhibition based


Places to eat & drink in NYC

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While there are restaurants/cafes in some museums noted above, you can easily find options in the various neighborhoods.

Here's a breakdown:

  • Upper East Side: MET, Guggenheim, Frick, MCNY

  • Meatpacking: Whitney (and other spots/ galleries)

  • Gramercy/Union Sq: Fotografiska, National Arts Club, Salmagundi, Rubin, Brant

  • Lower East Side: ICP

  • Downtown Brooklyn/ Park Slope: Brooklyn Museum

  • UWS/Lincoln Center: NY Historical Society

  • Outliers (for me): HSNY, MoMA

Need to Know

Looking for more NYC travel inspo from a local? Check out my guide, Non-Touristy NYC: Active Edition.

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