New York City is one of the world's best destinations for food, entertainment, tourism, sightseeing, museums, and, most importantly of all to many people, shopping. There are various great shopping districts all around the Big Apple, with SoHo generally regarded as one of the very best. Located in Lower Manhattan. SoHo is very easy to access from most parts of New York City and has a wealth of wonderful shops. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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More Ideas: Frick Collection
Born as an accountant’s passion project and expanded into a gargantuan repository of art and historical artifacts, the Frick Collection opened 16 years after its founder’s death in 1919. Located in his own mansion, a structure that was once was the Lenox Library, the collection is Henry Clay Frick’s legacy in museum format. Run by a board of trustees and funded through charitable donations and an endowment by the founder himself, the Frick Collection, primarily a museum that sees families, students, and artists by the thousands per day, also hosts the Frick Art Reference Library and two gardens. The museum, the library, and the gardens are dedicated to New York and the world as a permanently public collection of art.
Henry Clay Frick’s obsession with art led him to collect hundreds of paintings, sculptures, and decorative furnishings, all for exhibition in the collection. Even after his death, the collection continues to expand; since Frick’s death in 1919, the Trustees for the Frick Collection have acquired over 50 additional paintings through purchases and donations. The Frick Collection today comprises 16 permanent collections of art scattered through the art museum without regard for place or time period, in rejection of the exhibit format and following Frick’s preferred method of displaying his art.
Since the collection does not organize its works at all, it uses individual labeling to identify each work of art for its visitors. In the past, when more space was needed to store and display the art, the museum simply added more rooms, eliminating the need for reorganization. The pieces also rotate between storage and display periodically. For the dedicated art connoisseur, locating masterworks by Vermeer and Fragonard among the rooms of the collection can be a reward in and of itself. Although the permanent collection is in a permanent state of disarray, the collection has hosted temporary exhibitions of Frick’s collection and visiting collections in the Portico Gallery, which cycle in and out based on availability and scheduling. Past visiting exhibitions have included works by Van Gogh, Renoir, and Picasso.
FRICK ART REFERENCE LIBRARY
Founded in 1920 by Helen Frick, Henry Clay Frick’s daughter, the library holds extensive auction and exhibition catalogs and has hosted several art conservation and restoration efforts during its long history. Most notably, it was used as the headquarters for the Committee on the Protection of Cultural Treasures in War Areas during World War II. In a monumental effort to protect monuments and art from becoming collateral damage in the Allied push in Germany, the library closed its doors for the first time for the committee’s work. Their efforts saved many cultural treasures from the war, and the library’s records are still used to this day in provenance research, studies dedicated art ownership history, and in the effort to reunite long-lost works of art to their rightful owners. A library card is required to use the library’s resources, but visitors may enter and tour the library at their leisure.
THE FIFTH AVENUE GARDEN
Visible from the Fragonard Room and the Portico Gallery, the raised Fifth Avenue garden is fully integrated into the aesthetic of the museum, cultivated and filled with greenery and architecture that accentuate the beauty of the galleries within. The Fifth Avenue garden is not open to the general public, but once a year visitors to the annual Garden Party fundraiser event have a special opportunity to enjoy the garden’s lawns, trees, and roses.
The Garden Court at the heart of the museum is a symmetrical renovation made after the collection’s opening. Its Ionic columns and plant beds are the model for the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The Garden Court hosts the Gallery Talks, a lecture available with the purchase of admission and which can accommodate small parties of people.
EVENTS AND EDUCATION
The Music Room of the Frick Collection hosts several concerts per year, and places emphasis on hosting classical and chamber music by small ensembles. Tickets can be purchased online or onsite, and acts cycle in on a roughly monthly basis. Concerts are usually held at around five in the afternoon.
Along with Gallery Talks, Docent Talks are also available with the price of admission; the 10-minute talk is an abbreviated tour of the rooms, artwork, and history of the Frick Collection. Lectures, seminars, and symposiums on visiting art collections are also held at the museum, and the museum keeps detailed records on the history of such events on their website. Art dialogues and conversations about art are usually free and often scheduled throughout the day and after hours, but reservations are required.
For those who want a single day working among the masters, the Wednesday Atelier opens the museum galleries to artists of all skill levels to make still life works of the museum and master copies of the paintings on display. All supplies and admission for a day at the collection are included with the price of the event, and artists may stay in certain galleries after hours to complete their own works of art.
1 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021, Phone: 212-288-0700
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More Ideas: Bronx Zoo
In 1899, according to their directive to advance wildlife conservation and promote the study of zoology, the Wildlife Conservation Society built the Bronx Zoo in Bronx Park. Located south of New York’s Botanical Gardens, the Bronx Zoo boasts a diverse animal collection and historic, first-of-its-kind naturalistic exhibits, which feature the Bronx River flowing through many of its habitats. Two types of exhibits are available at the zoo, free and premium. The general admission ticket grants access to the free exhibits, while the premium exhibits come at additional cost and must be purchased separately.
FREE EXHIBITS: ASTOR COURT, THE BISON RANGE, AFRICAN PLAINS, AND MORE
Located at the entrance of the park, Astor Court is nestled between the Fountain Circle, the aviary, and the Zoo Center. The sea lion exhibit, a long-time favorite of the Bronx Zoo since they were acquired as one of the first species in the zoo in 1899, are the centerpiece of Astor Court. Shows and feedings take place at the pool regularly, and for those looking for more feedings to add to their schedule, the Russell B. Aitken Sea Bird Aviary features penguin feedings as well.
The Zoo Center, a castle and one of the oldest fixtures in the zoo, was once home to their elephant exhibit in 1908, but has since held hippopotamus, camels, tapirs, and various rhinoceros and monitor lizard species.
A haven for the national mammal, the Bison Range has been a mainstay of the Bronx Zoo since its opening. In 1905, the zoo’s first director worked with Theodore Roosevelt to establish a plan to conserve the then nearly extinct American bison. Today, descendants of the first herd created by the conservation effort still roam the Bison Range, located in the northeast corner of the zoo. The Bronx Zoo’s bison herd is one of the few large herds kept in zoos in America.
Established in 1941, the African Plains exhibit transports zoo visitors to the savannah to see lions, zebras, and wild dogs roam. Engineered to connect the visitor to the exhibits in a naturalistic setting, the exhibit was one of the first to use a series of deep moats to separate the animals from the visitors, leaving the large predators to wander the rocks, water, and trees in their surroundings, completely cage-free.
Other free exhibits include the World of Birds and the World of Lizards, exhibits dedicated to their chosen animal, the Himalayan Highlands with their signature snow leopards, the Big Bears exhibit, the Baboon Reserve, and the award-winning Tiger Mountain.
PREMIUM EXHIBITS: THE CHILDREN’S ZOO, JUNGLEWORLD AND THE WILD ASIA MONORAIL, AND OTHER ATTRACTIONS
The Children’s Zoo, located just past the Zoo Center, opened in 1941 and has since undergone several renovations. Featuring a farmyard petting zoo with goats, sheep, and donkeys, the Children’s Zoo invites younger guests to interact with animals, fostering a relationship with wildlife for years to come. The Children’s Zoo also features more exotic animals such as anteaters, sloths, prairie dogs, and alpacas.
Like the African Plains exhibit, Jungle World and the Wild Asia Monorail, both located at the west end of the zoo, advance the Bronx Zoo’s goal: To create a more naturalistic environment that both the animals and visitors can enjoy. In Jungle World, the indoor portion of the exhibit, the animals are enclosed by the landscaping, eliminating the need for bars or physical enclosures. Galleries and exhibits scattered around the structure emphasize the importance of conservation and the disappearing forests of the world. The Wild Asia Monorail ride is a tour of the enclosure-free Asian wildlife section of the zoo, a development along the Bronx River that simulates the natural habitat of the animals’ native Asian environments.
The Butterfly Garden is a photo opportunity-friendly butterfly conservatory near the heart of the zoo. A large plastic and aluminum structure, this translucent building scatters displays on the life cycle of the monarch butterfly around its mazelike interior and invites guests to explore and discover the dozens of butterfly species hovering around their heads and in nectar trays.
Home to over 20 lowland gorillas, the Congo Gorilla Forest offers visitors a chance to walk through their rainforest exhibit to get a personal look at the complex personalities that comprise a gorilla troop. The forest is also home to several other varieties of wildlife that roam the rainforest, simian and otherwise.
Other exhibits that do not feature live animals but still draw a large visitor base are the Bug Carousel next to the West Shuttle Station and the 4-D Theatre, which shows fully immersive 3-D movies with practical effects. The shows feature the characters from popular animated movies such as Ice Age and Rio.
2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10460, Phone: 718-220-5100
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More Ideas: El Museo
El Museo is situated within the Museum Mile in the Carnegie Hill neighborhood of New York City. Featuring the art of Puerto Rican, Caribbean, and Latin American artists, El Museo offers a complete cultural experience to its visitors.
El Museo has grown immensely from its start in the classroom of a New York public school. Established by artist and teacher, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, El Museo reflects his belief that a majority of museums excluded art created by Latinos. Ortiz was aided by an alliance of artists, activists, and teachers. Together, they created an institution that celebrated Latino culture and served as a resource to the community for years to come.
The museum has a large collection of cultural artifacts that is currently growing. With this vast base of knowledge, El Museo continues to serve their community and encourage Latino artists.
El Museo has since amassed over 6,500 artifacts and pieces of art in its permanent collection. Originally centered on the work of Puerto Rican artists, this collection has expanded to include Caribbean, Latino, and Latin American art, as well.
The permanent collection is separated into four categories.
Modern and Contemporary Art: This area features paintings, photographs, and mixed-media art forms, including video. Drawn mainly from 1950 to the present, this section of the museum includes over 1500 works of art by Latino artists living in New York City.
Graphics: Featuring over 4,000 works, this selection includes fine prints from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries from Puerto Rican, Nuyorican, Mexican, and Chicano artists.
Taíno/Pre-Columbian: This area of the museum includes archeological objects from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Additionally, contemporary art, such as photographs, that have been influenced by the Taíno style appear in this section. This part of the collection includes of 460 works of art.
Popular Traditions: This final area of the museum, which includes more than 500 works, explores ceremonial art from the Santeria, Candomble, and Orisha traditions. Objects from Dia de los Muertos celebrations, as well as Mexican and Guatemalan masks, complete this part of the collection.
El Museo is also building their permanent collection to include more Post-War, Modernist, and Taíno art.
One of El Museo’s cornerstones is their belief in supporting education, which means that much of their programming is geared towards educational opportunities.
Schools within New York City are eligible for a partnership with El Museo. Each cycle lasts approximately 10-12 weeks. The program includes museum visits and establishes a close-knit partnership between teachers, artists, and administrators. The goal of this partnership is to ensure that students can navigate their identities and cultures through art.
The museum also offers the El Museo Teens program. Designed to inspire New York City teens (ages 14-19) to explore culture and develop critical thinking, this free program takes place after school and allows students to work on special projects with the help of museum staff.
Guides and resources, as well as professional development opportunities, are available to teachers on El Museo’s website.
El Museo holds several special events throughout the year for supporters of the museum.
Every fall, El Museo hosts their annual Dia de los Muertos Benefit, based on the Mexican holiday of the same name. Music, entertainment, drinks, and dining are provided to interested guests, and all ticket proceeds go toward supporting the museum’s arts education and public programming. Tickets must be purchased in advance and attendees must be over 21 years of age.
In January, the museum celebrates Three Kings Day with the community. Participants and volunteers walk in the Three Kings Day Parade, and the museum also offers educational opportunities to visiting groups during this time. Participants and volunteers are prompted to register early on El Museo’s website.
El Museo also hosts an annual gala. In attendance are special figures from the spheres of fashion, entertainment, business, politics, and art, and all proceeds support El Museo’s education programs.
Dining and Shopping
For shopping, visitors can head to La Tienda. There, they can find a hand-selected array of gifts, books, and artisanal objects created by Latin American and Caribbean artists. La Tienda is sure to have just the right item to remind visitors of their time at El Museo.
The museum also offers a unique dining experience at Side Park Café. Visitors can choose from Mexican and Latin American fare, served up in a casual environment.
1230 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029, Phone: 212-831-7272
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