The NYC Neighborhood Culture Itinerary

Whether you’re craving culinary treats, exercise, art or a show, we’ve got your dose of cultural events to pack your daily planner.

Midtown

František Kupka. Localization of Graphic Motifs II. 1912–13. Oil on canvas
Image Credit: MoMa

The Museum of Modern Art opens their Inventing Abstraction 1910-25 exhibition, celebrating the centennial of the artwork genre. The exhibit houses the most influential works in the early history of abstraction. Whether you’re a Kandinsky, Kupka, Picabia, Duchamp or Mondrian fan, you’ll be moved by the pieces. In a rush? Dash up to the sixth floor and go right to The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch gallery.

In the mood for quick bite afterwards? Head to local restaurant, Maison to experience the coastal flavors of Brittany. From croissants and espresso to mussels and oysters, your French cravings will be satiated in a casual yet chic setting. Bon appétit!

 

Upper East Side

Jasper Johns (b. 1930), Flags, 1967–68. Lithograph
Image Credit: The Whitney Museum

After your Central Park stroll, stop by the Whitney and check out the latest exhibition, Sinister Pop. The exhibit explores the work of masters including Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol.

Ready for lunch or dinner? Dine at the Whitney’s new restaurant Untitled, restaurateur Danny Meyer’s second art world hot spot. Yes, he does sound familiar. He runs the Museum of Modern Art’s Modern and Bar Room. We’re loving the Kale Salad, Carrots, Pumpkin Seeds & Coriander Yogurt Dressing, pickle plate and matzoh ball soup.

 

Tribeca

Photo Credit: Taschen

After spinning at SoulCycle, dine with the gals at Union Square Cafe. The oysters are always fresh and the Yellowfin Tuna Burger is top notch. After hours of catch up, take a stroll down to SoHo and pop by TASCHEN to grab the latest design and art books. Whether you or a friend is in need of some cultural inspiration, TASCHEN never disappoints. We’re obsessing over Fashion Designers A-Z, Stella McCartney Edition.

 

Central Park

Photo Credit: Alvin Ailey

Instead of the standard Nutcracker show this year, opt for tickets to Alvin Ailey’s much anticipated Another Night. Choreographed by Kyle Abraham, one of the most talented men in the industry, Abraham created a contemporary jazz piece inspired by Dizzy Gillespie’s “A Night in Tunisia”. As dancers float across the stage in rainbows of flowing color, the music shifts from thunderous drumming to sound of the sultry sax. Catch this show before it hits the road. We promise you’ll be entertained.

Wind down after the performance at The Plaza Hotel’s The Oak Bar. The ambiance is second to none; a perfect place to end the evening. And from tea and coffee to wedge salad and martinis, you can’t go wrong.