Art, Events, Museums

Gamaliel Rodríguez, Collapsed Soul, 2020–21. Ink and acrylic on canvas, 84 × 112 in. (213.3 × 284.5 cm). © 2021 Gamaliel Rodríguez. Courtesy of the artist and Nathalie Karg Gallery NYC. Photograph by Gamaliel Rodríguez

An exhibition opening at the Whitney Museum of American Art this month is the first survey of contemporary Puerto Rican art presented in a major United States museum in almost 50 years. Titled “no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria,” the exhibit is made up of work from 20 intergenerational artists who explore the years since Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017 and respond to the political, social, and environmental factors connected to the disaster.

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Midtown, Museums

Museum of Broadway opens in Times Square this week

By Aaron Ginsburg, Mon, November 14, 2022

All photos courtesy of Monique Carboni

The first-ever permanent museum dedicated to the rich history of Broadway theater is opening in Times Square on Tuesday. Located at 145 West 45th Street, the Museum of Broadway will guide guests through an immersive visual history of Broadway, delving into moments throughout The Great White Way’s history and displaying a variety of costumes, props, rare photos, videos, and more.

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Bronx, Design, Museums

All renderings courtesy of Marvel

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York City’s only free contemporary art museum revealed a new design and revamped brand identity. Located at the corner of Grand Concourse and 165th Street in the Bronx, the Bronx Museum of the Arts will receive a new multi-story entrance and lobby design in its South Wing created by architectural firm Marvel using $26 million in city funding. It is the first time the museum has undergone such a significant transformation, which will wrap up by 2025.

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Architecture, Construction Update, Design, Museums, Upper West Side 

The Kenneth C. Griffin Exploration Atrium; Photo: Timothy Schenck/©AMNH

Not only does the American Museum of Natural History’s new center make the museum’s founding dream of building one continuous campus across four city blocks a reality, but it also brings a new architectural gem to New York City. Designed by Jeanne Gang’s Studio Gang, the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation is a dramatic, curving structure, inspired by caves and canyons formed by natural forces. The museum released new photos and provided a media tour of the Gilder Center this week, highlighting its progress on the Upper West Side ahead of the official opening in February.

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Features, Museums, NYC Guides, Restaurants

NYC’s coziest spots to escape the cold weather

By Aaron Ginsburg, Fri, October 21, 2022

Photo courtesy of Black Mountain Wine House

Winter is (almost) here, and New Yorkers are preparing both physically and mentally to hunker down for the cold and dark months that are soon to come. But regardless of how terrible the winter weather can be, New Yorkers still want to go out and do things. Ahead, here are some of the city’s coziest places to spend the cold months ahead, from rustic bars with fireplaces to the Koneko cat cafe.

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Events, Museums

10 NYC museums are offering free admission this Saturday

By Aaron Ginsburg, Fri, September 16, 2022

© John Halpern Courtesy of the Museum of Jewish Heritage

The Smithsonian Magazine’s 18th annual Museum Day is taking place on Saturday, September 17, with 10 New York City museums participating in this year’s celebration. As part of the special day, hundreds of museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free admission to any guest with a Museum Day ticket.

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Brooklyn, History, Museums, Transportation

Travel back in time on vintage NYC subway trains this month

By Aaron Ginsburg, Fri, September 9, 2022

Photo courtesy of Ron Yee

Here’s a rare opportunity to ride on some of New York City’s oldest subway trains spanning over a century of the city’s transportation history. The New York Transit Museum’s Parade of Trains returns this month, offering transit buffs a chance to travel on four historic trains from the museum’s collection of vintage fleets. The rides will run continuously from Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach B and Q express train platforms from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 17 and September 18. Admission is free with subway fare.

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Events, Harlem, Manhattan, Museums

Mary Mattingly, Biosphere, 2015. Courtesy of Mary Mattingly, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de la Habana

A new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York dives into the “powerful connections” between New Yorkers and food. Called Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate, the indoor-outdoor show features the work of more than 20 artists that explores the city’s food systems and the challenges that come with it. Food in New York opens on September 16.

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Art, Events, Meatpacking District, Museums

Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” (1942); Public Domain

A new exhibition that explores the work of artist Edward Hopper and his relationship with New York City will open at the Whitney Museum this fall. Hopper, who called Greenwich Village home from 1913 until his death in 1967, uniquely captured an evolving city at a time of historic development and population growth. On view at the museum starting in October, Edward Hopper’s New York will feature more than 200 paintings, watercolors, prints, and drawings by Hopper, along with additional archival materials like photographs and notebooks.

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Harlem, History, Museums

Image of the Schomburg Center via Wiki Commons

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced the state will commit $8 million for upgrades to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. The investment will go toward the refurbishment of the building’s facade, replacement of the roof and windows, and the installation of much-needed safety and energy-efficient features. The state’s announcement comes during Harlem Week, a weeklong celebration of the neighborhood’s history and culture.

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