An Art Lovers Guide to New York

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New York is a diverse city, offering something for every tourist. Since the Roaring Twenties, in particular, the city has been one of the epicenters of American culture and, as such, has produced countless pieces of art, whether it be in the form of music, theatre, or literature. 

If you’re looking to immerse yourself within American culture, New York will have you covered. Here are some of the places to go if you are a lover of art and happen to be visiting, “The City That Never Sleeps.”

Theatres

If you’re looking for world-class plays, musicals, and other forms of performance art, Broadway is perfect for you. Located in Midtown Manhattan, it has been a staple in the world of theatre since its inception in 1750. Broadway theatres have been home to so many classics, such as The Lion King, Mamma Mia! and The Phantom of the Opera. And also to more recent blockbusters such as Hamilton. The area is home to 41 theatres and a plethora of hotels and restaurants.

hamilton in NYC

Whether you are just walking by, staying on Broadway, or attending one of the many plays in the Theatre District, Midtown Manhattan truly is a theatre-lovers paradise. Also, consider some excellent pre-theatre dining in Hell’s Kitchen nearby.

dinner at danji nyc

Art Galleries and Museums

In a poll taken across America in 2019, New York was found to be the city with the highest number of Art establishments (by some distance!) and if you have ever visited The Big Apple, it really does show. The rowdy and diverse culture of the city is an artist’s dream, with plenty of art galleries around rife with inspiration. 

Chelsea, which features almost 300 hundred galleries, is the neighborhood with the most galleries in the city. Whether it be the Hauser & Wirth Gallery or the Gagosian, there is something here to cater to every aesthetic and every taste. 

Many of the art galleries are just a short detour from the Hi Line. Enjoy the peace and quiet the elevated park, which used to be a train line, while walking from Hudson Yards to the Whitney Museum of American Art and taking in some of the best art exhibits in the world.

In addition to the art galleries in Chelsea, New York City houses several museums in Central Park. Make a stop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Guggenheim on the upper East Side after leaf peeping on a stroll through Central Park this autumn.

autumn in central park

Music Venues

As a city that played a massive part in the development of so many genres of music since the start of the 20th century, from jazz to hip-hop; New York, from Harlem to The Bronx, has continued its music heritage into the present day. 

Madison Square Garden is among the gold standard of music venues worldwide, though there is so much more the city has to offer. From a wide range of street performers across Times Square to countless music halls, sounds in New York are just as diverse as its people! Some other smaller, yet notable venues include Radio City Music Hall, Beacon Theatre, Carnegie Hall. Some of these iconic venues offer tours. Check out these historic digs when dodging the blasts of winter!

Final Thoughts

Culture in New York is a melting pot of different influences from around the world, for tourists with artistic tastes looking for a metropolis displaying art on every corner, look no further than, “The Empire State.” Looking for other things to do in the city, below are a few guides with many other fun activities.

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Beth Bankhead

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