From historic residential buildings to modern art: the five boroughs of the world metropolis are literally bursting with first-class cultural attractions. Here we introduce you to the most influential institutions from the individual districts.
MoMA PS1 in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens is the premier address for contemporary art. In addition to constantly updated installations and works by innovative artists, lectures, performances, and music programs are also offered here.
The Noguchi Museum presents culture as an indoor and outdoor experience. The museum, which shows the works of acclaimed Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi, organizes guided tours and also has a tranquil sculpture garden perfect for relaxing.
The Noguchi Museum in the Long Island City
The King Manor Museum in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens takes you back to the early days of the United States. The slavery opponent Rufus King, who was one of the drafters and signatories of the American constitution, once lived here.
The huge Brooklyn Museum – one of the largest museums in the city – is not only impressive from the outside. Behind the venerable facade, over 1.5 million works of art from several millennia and the most diverse world cultures can be viewed.
The magnificent facade of the Brooklyn Museum
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is right next door. A walk between the colorful flower arrangements is worthwhile in every season. The botanical garden is particularly atmospheric during the cherry blossom season in spring.
Culture of a different kind awaits you in the 150-year-old Brooklyn Academy of Music, whose program of events includes a wide variety of avant-garde plays, dance and music performances, literary events, and lectures.
Fans of the writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe can visit the cottage in the Bronx, where the author spent his later years and wrote classics such as “Das Fass Amontillado” or “Annabel Lee”.
The lavishly appointed Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, whose history dates back to 1654, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the official landmarks of New York City. The manor house and coach house can be visited.
Pond facility in the New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden is one of the largest botanical gardens in the United States and is popular with locals and visitors alike. In addition to the picturesque walks and the countless flowers – from roses to water lilies – a visit to the greenhouse is also worthwhile.
Historic buildings at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden
There are several unique historical sites on Staten Island. Alice Austen House houses a photo collection by the famous photographer and her original wooden camera from the 19th century. On-site you will learn more about the life and work of this pioneer, who was one of the first female professional photographers ever.
The Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor features exhibits on natural history, regional art, and local history.
And in the Historic Richmond Town museum complex, one of Staten Island’s cultural treasures, you can see thousands of exhibits and more than 30 buildings, some of which date from the 17th century.
Manhattan is known worldwide for its renowned art institutions. The imposing Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum was designed by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright and presents, among other things, formative works by the Impressionists, Surrealists, and Minimalists.
The entrance to the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration
Also very popular is the New Museum in the trendy Lower East Side of Manhattan, which shows contemporary art on seven unusual floors.
Before you leave New York, be sure to pay a visit to the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. Millions of immigrants set foot on the soil of the New World for the first time here between 1918 and 1924. From here it is only a short hop to the legendary Statue of Liberty.
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