National Museum of the American Indian – New York

One Bowling Green
New York, NY 

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Daily 10 am – 5 pm

FREE

National Museum of the American Indian–New York

All ages can learn about the culture and contributions of Native Americans at the engaging, free admission New York branch of this DC museum.

🌽 Solve puzzles, perform experiments, play state-of-the-art computer simulations and find out how corn is like a dog in the interactive, family-friendly imagiNATIONS Activity Center (10 am–4:30 pm, Tuesday–Sunday).

🦬 Pick up a fantastic family guide and find featured items among the galleries including wood and stone carvings, exquisite clothing, feather bonnets and lots of animal representations plus works by contemporary Indigenous artists.

🪶 Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, the spectacular, permanent exhibition of some 700 works of Native art from throughout North, Central, and South America demonstrates the breadth of the museum’s renowned collection and highlights the historic importance of many of these iconic objects. Admire a magnificent KayapĂł krok-krok-ti, a macaw-and-heron-feather ceremonial headdress, an ApsĂĄalooke (Crow) robe illustrated with warriors’ exploits; a detailed Mayan limestone bas relief depicting a ball player; an elaborately beaded Inuit tuilli, or woman’s inner parka, made for the mother of a newborn baby; a Mapuche kultrung, or hand drum, depicting the cosmos; a carved and painted chief’s headdress, depicting a killer whale with a raven emerging from its back, an early Anishinaabe man’s outfit complete with headdress, leggings, shirt, sash, and jewelry and other important items from different regions along with works by contemporary Naive artists.

👽 Follow an epic battle between Marvel characters and aliens invading the streets of New York City in site-specific Jeffrey Veregge: Of Gods and Heroes.

🏙 In immersive Native New York, explore 12 places in New York and the Native nations that call the region home, from Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) ironworkers who helped build Manhattan’s iconic skyscrapers to Lenape (Delaware) teens visiting their ancestral home. Learn about pre–Revolutionary War exchanges through contemporary events stretching from Long Island to Niagara Falls in engaging displays.

💰 Located in the grand Alexander Hamilton US Custom House, with its own commerce-based art.

🛍 Shop for authentic Native American merchandise including apparel, art, literature, jewelry, food, and more for all ages. Housed in what what was originally the Cashier’s Office of the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House; look for original details like antique metal dividers for the cashier’s cages, intricate crown molding, grand chandeliers, and the original vault used by the cashiers.

🍽 Dine on excellent thin-crust square pizza at nearby Adrienne’s Pizza Bar.

🌳 Visit new destination playground Battery Playscape and the enchanting Seaglass Carousel.

Kobra Street Art Gandhi & Mother Teresa Mural

Humanitarians Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi Brazilian are depicted facing each other in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.

Kobra Street Art Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein is a NY-loving graffitist in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.

imagiNATIONS Activity Center

Solve puzzles, perform experiments, play state-of-the-art computer simulations and find out how corn is like a dog in this interactive, family-friendly space. Explore scientific principles behind Native innovations and technologies that are so ingenious, many remain a part of our daily lives.

Krispy Kreme Times Square Flagship

Get hot, fresh addictively delicious doughnuts 24/7 at Krispy Kreme’s Times Square Flagship store. The 4,500 square-foot shop features a doughnut-making theater, a Glazed Waterfall with digital projection, a giant conveyor belt that runs throughout the store and and a doughnut themed seating area. Choose from a variety of flavors, including an exclusive Big Apple Doughnut, filled with a Red Delicious flavored cream and dipped in a sweet, shiny red shimmer mirror glaze.

Strawberry Fields

Visit a unique memorial to the British rock musician and peace activist John Lennon, across from the ornate Dakota building where he lived. His wife, artist Yoko Ono, invited countries from all over the world to  contribute plants as well as stones to create an international garden of peace with small meadows lined with trees and shrubs plus a path that winds through a small, wooded area.

Look for flowers and musicians paying tribute at an Imagine mosaic, donated by the city of Naples, Italy and a plaque inset into a rock outcrop acknowledging the countries that made contributions.

Other memorials to musicians in Central Park include statues of Duke Ellington, Victor Herbert, and Beethoven.

 

Levain Bakery

Everything is baked on-site throughout the day at this legendary bakery, from an array of rustic breads to the world-famous, super-gooey, six-ounce cookies in five flavors: Two Chip Chocolate Chip, Walnut Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip & Oatmeal Raisin (plus a gluten-free chocolate chip option).

Other options include sour cream coffee cake, brioches, whole wheat walnut raisin rolls are also yummy (and a little healthier).

Outposts also in Harlem, the UES, NoHo and Williamsburg.

Daily 7 am – 9 pm

Eataly NYC Downtown

The 40,000 square feet  outpost of Italian marketplace Eataly is focused on bread, but you can also find delizioso pizza, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, pasta, rotisserie chicken, chocolate, gelato and (post-pandemic) weekend kids cooking classes.

Choose from five restaurants, nine take-away counters (including gelato), two caffès, and one wine bar. Shop more than 10,000 high-quality imported Italian and local seasonal products spread over the f , including  salt, extra virgin olive oil, dried pasta, fresh truffles, aged balsamic vinegar and a mix-and-math Venchi chocolate bar.

Watch fresh pasta shapes, gooey mozzarella cheese and other products being made.

Look for more than 500 signs that tell the story of different products, from ancient tradition to modern place in Italian cuisine, plus a cool pasta shape map of Italy. Shop for kid-friendly kitchenware and books.

Conservatory Gardens

Enter the magnificent 1894 Vanderbilt Gate to Central Park’s only formal garden, a six-acre oasis within an oasis with European charm.

Climb onto the wisteria pergola in the Italianate Center Garden overlooking a yew hedges-bordered large lawn and 12-foot jet fountain. To the north, the French-style garden offers spectacular seasonal displays of tulips and Korean chrysanthemums and a fountain featuring the Three Dancing Maidens sculpture.

In intimate English-style South Garden, Mary and Dickon from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved children’s book The Secret Garden stand at the end of a small waterlily pool, bordered by trees, shrubs, and perennial and annual flower beds.

Friendly gardeners are often planting and happy to chat with young nature lovers.

Cafe Gitane

This bright, friendly French-Moroccan is known for its tasty avocado toast and couscous but we always get the all-day waffles. Table-service, expect waits during peak hours.

Angelina Paris NYC

Travel to Belle Epoque France at an outpost of  an iconic Parisian tea room and dessert cafÊ founded in 1903.

Get pastries, macarons, the iconic Angelina hot chocolate and the signature Mont-Blanc (meringue, light whipped cream, chestnut cream vermicelli) to go, or sit in the gorgeous dining room for brunch (served all day), afternoon tea, sweet treats and savory brasserie classics: Niçoise salad, Croque-Monsieur, onion soup, or the Angelina Croissant filled with scrambled eggs and cheese, ham, or smoked salmon. Light and modern seasonal dishes, from seasonal vegetable soup to a vegan quinoa salad, include gluten-free and vegetarian options, but the hot chocolate, served in a dramatic presentation, is worth the indulgence.

Keep the Parisian vibes going at Bryant Park across the street.

Monday-Friday 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday-Sunday 9 am – 7 pm
Kitchen closes thirty minutes before close

Alice’s Tea Cup

Enjoy scones in rotating flavors as magical as the decor, sandwiches, salads and treats with optional fairy wings and glitter at a whimsical tea house inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Choose from hundreds of teas served in charming mismatching pots and cups.

Gets crowded on weekends; reservations recommended. Go early to beat the crowds (or take the scones to go for a Central Park picnic).

Also in the East 60s.


Wednesday–Sunday 11 am – 6 pm

Serendipity 3

Get the famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, a creamy secret blend of 14 exotic cocoas, and other decadent, over-sized desserts at this legendary restaurant and store with whimsical antique-store-meets-ice-cream-parlor decor. Heraty burgers, foot long hot dogs, mac ‘n’ cheese variations, salads and sandwiches are also available. A favorite of actors, artists and tourists for the last 67-years.

Minimum food or drink purchase of $16.95 per person so bring an appetite – portions are huge.

Daily 11 am – 11 pm