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There’s no time like the summer to get outside and explore New York City. In the city that never sleeps it’s nearly impossible to keep up on New York’s ever changing scene, so we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite new and upcoming attractions across the five boroughs that you have got to try during your next stay in the Big Apple.
“Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk” at The Queens Museum
Open now through September 16, this two-part exhibit celebrating rock-and-roll legends the Ramones is sure to spark an interest in any music lover. The exhibition, presented through The Queens Museum and the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, commemorates the 40th anniversary of the release of the Ramones’ 1976 self-titled debut album. The exhibit showcases the bands’ musical achievements and explores their influence on New York City’s visual and music art scenes throughout the 70s and 80s, right here in their home city of Queens, New York. For more info visit www.queensmuseum.org.
In the BRONX:
The High Bridge, in Upper Manhattan & South Bronx
Reopened to the public in 2015 after more than a 40 year closure, the High Bridge is once again an iconic site for visitors of New York to stop and see. Spanning 2,000 feet from Upper Manhattan to the South Bronx, the High Bridge is New York City’s oldest standing bridge. Raising 102 feet above the Harlem River, this is the perfect spot for pedestrians and cyclists to revisit or visit for the first time to get a true feel and view of Manhattan. For more info visit www.nycgovparks.org.
‘Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible at The Met Breuer, on the Upper East Side
Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible considers the impact of significant works of art that were left incomplete by their maker. One of The Met Breuer’s inaugural exhibits, ‘Unfinished’ features pieces by Picasso, Jasper Johns and Luc Tuyman among the 140 works on display, now through September 4. The Met Breuer opened to the public on March 18, 2016, and acts as the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newest building, dedicated specifically to showcasing twentieth and twenty-first century art. For more info on The Met Breuer and the Unfinished exhibit, visit www.metmuseum.org.
‘New York at its Core’ at Museum of the City of New York, on the Upper East Side
Slated to open November 18, 2016, ‘New York at its Core’ will be the first-ever museum presentation of New York City’s four-century story of growth and transformation. The exhibition will cover three galleries on the Museum’s first floor, culminating with the Future of the City lab. Featuring interactive digital experiences, the exhibit will also include one-of-a-kind artifacts, historical photographs, archival films and more to showcase the diverse faces of New York. This exhibit will become permanent at the Museum of the City of New York. For more information visit www.mcny.org.
The Tour at NBC Studios, in Midtown Manhattan
Live out your secret dream of fame when you visit the newly renovated and revamped tour of NBC Studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Having only recently reopened the past October after a temporary closure to refresh the tour, the all-new experience takes visitors behind the scenes at one of the most famous buildings in the entertainment industry. Visitors get an in-depth look at the studios of NBC programs, including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Seth Meyes, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and more. To book visit www.thetouratnbcstudios.com.
‘Star Trek Starfleet Academy Experience’ at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, this new exhibit is open at Pier 86 now through October 31. The museum is the first venue of its kind in the United States to host this one-of-a-kind immersive “Trek Tech” experience. The exhibit, spanning nearly 10,000 square feet, features interactive activies and unique technology including Leap Motion, table projections, projection mapping and holograms. Visit www.intrepidmuseum.org.
One World Observatory, at the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan
Opened on May 29, 2015, the One World Observatory is a three-story observatory atop the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The observatory occupies levels 100 to 102 of One World Trade Center. To reach the 102nd floor, visitors take skypods, some of the fastest elevators in the world, and at the top can watch a film celebrating New York in the “See Forever” theater. Also at the top are an array of dining options, interactive exhibits and tour ambassadors to interpret and point out sights. Learn more at www.oneworldobservatory.com.
Gracie Mansion Tours, in the Upper East Side
Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the Mayor of New York City, opened to the public on October 25, 2015, with an Open House, and tours commencing November 10. As part of the 35 anniversary of the Gracie Mansion Conservancy, the landmark was retrofitted with 49 new pieces focusing on the late Colonial, Revolutionary and four federal periods as part of the “Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York” installation. Visit www.nyc.gov/gracie for more info.
Hello Brooklyn, departing from Pier 83 in Manhattan
Only having recently been launched this past May, the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises "Hello Brooklyn" tour specifically celebrates the Brooklyn borough and its iconic history. Tours run daily from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., showing visitors sites including the Statue of Liberty and neighborhoods like Bay Ridge, Greenpoint, Sunset Park, Red Hook and more. Visit www.circleline42.com for more information.
New York Comedy Festival spread between all five boroughs
Get your laugh on this November 1-6, 2016, as Caroline’s on Broadway partners with the New York Comedy Festival to host more than 200 comedians performing in more than 60 venues across the city’s five boroughs. Previous performers include Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David and Louis C.K. Find out who is playing this years’ event at www.nycomedyfestival.com.
‘Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History’ at the Brooklyn Museum
Bring your favorite sports fan down to Brooklyn for a peek into the world of sports past. Open now through January 8, 2017, the Brooklyn Museum is offering an inside look at memorable sports moments through the lens of various sports photographers. The exhibit, curated by photographic historian Gail Buckland, features more than 200 photographs from 1843 to present day. On display in the exhibit include captured moments from the Olympic Games, fans, professional players off the field and more Visit www.brooklynmuseum.org for more info.
In STATEN ISLAND:
The New York Wheel
It seems New York is taking a page from London’s book with the development of the New York Wheel at St. George, in Staten Island. Scheduled to open in 2017, the Wheel will be located on the northeastern side of Staten Island near the St. George Ferry Terminal. The 620-foot-tall New York Wheel will be the tallest observation wheel in the world, and the only one in New York City. The Wheel is set to accommodate up to 1,440 people per ride, hosting as many as 30,000 visitors per day and an anticipated 4 million visitors per year. Keep up on the progress of the Wheel at www.newyorkwheel.com.