May 25, 2015

At New York City Museums: A Selection of Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

UPDATED May 28, 2015. Visiting New York City would be incomplete without a museum visit. Below please find a list of continuing exhibitions at major New York City museums as well as the dates of upcoming openings. The list is not comprehensive so please check with individual venues (links included). Upcoming exhibitions are noted in bold type. This list will be updated to reflect changes in the exhibition calendar. 

top, l to r: Whitney Museum of American Art; American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Guggenheim Museum; Morgan Library and Museum; American Museum of Natural History.
bottom row: MoMA, interior; Jewish Museum; New-York Historical Society; Cooper-Hewitt; Frick Collection.
Photos and montage by Walking Off the Big Apple.

New York City Museum Exhibitions

American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Ave. at 66th Street:

When the Curtain Never Comes Down
Through July 5, 2015

American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West and 79th St.):

Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease
Through July 12, 2015
Tiny Giants (IMAX)
now open
Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters
Through August 9, 2015

Asia Society Museum (725 Park Avenue at 70th Street):

DE/CONSTRUCTING CHINA: Selections from the Asia Society Museum Collection
June 9 - July 19, 2015

May 17, 2015

Passages: Inside the PATH West Concourse at One World Trade Center, and Beyond

For a taste of New York City in the near future, I recommend a walk through the new West Concourse of the PATH station at One World Trade Center.

The concourse constitutes one of the first open sections of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, a multi-use complex built by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and designed by Santiago Calatrava. The most prominent above-ground features of the hub are its big combed white wings, poised at angles upward as if to take flight. The white ribbed wings are hard to miss from nearby streets in Lower Manhattan.

Enter the PATH station on Vesey Street near the bustling intersection where Greenwich Street and West Broadway converge. On the right, the shimmering One World Trade Center soars into the sky overhead. Upon entering the PATH station, turn right and walk west. Look for the entrance to the West Concourse on the far right side. Follow directions and keep walking.

None of this walk has anything to do with trains or a quick trip to New Jersey. But it will lead in unexpected directions.

May 8, 2015

East Side to West Side: A Spring Walk in New York's Central Park

A funny conversation to have with either a West Side resident of Manhattan or an East Sider is how little they visit the other territory. Ask a West Sider about life east of Lexington Avenue or an East Sider about what happens on Columbus Avenue and then watch the puzzled look come over their face. It's understandable. For those of us who live here, we tend to stay within the neighborhood, whether for shopping or dining or entertainment. Venturing to the other side usually means a doctor's appointment, and it's a hassle figuring out how to get there.

Chilling on Cedar Hill on the east side of Central Park between 76th and 79th Streets

This is by way of saying that Central Park is the great convener, providing the common ground for the two storied sides of the island to mull about together.