POP-UPS & PUBLIC ART

NYC's innovative, interactive pop-ups are back with reduced capacity and intensive sanitizing. Plus see our family-friendly museum guide.

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POP-UPS

Geometric Properties

Chelsea

Enter an immersive audio-visual installation by artist Julius Horsthuis and embark upon a cinematic journey where the sheer beauty of mathematics, nature and architecture coincide to inspire introspection and awe. Explore our recent past and Horsthuis’s ideal future, one that returns to the intersection of nature and math as…

GIANT Open Studio

Chelsea

Build STEAM projects as a family. Play and make with creative tools including Rigamajig blocks and Clixo magnetic sets. Use fabrication machines including Laser Cut, 3D Printer, Sticker Maker, Button Maker, and Embroidery Machine with guidance from instructors.

Includes a complimentary pack of activities to take home and continue making.

SHOWFIELDS

Noho/Nolita

The self-proclaimed “most interesting store in the world” features cool direct to consumer brands and rotating interactive art exhibits & brand-pop ups. Find a hidden fuzzy slide to a vibrant, dreamlike, fuzzy room created by Dominican American artist Uzumaki Cepeda as a safe spaces free from colorism, transphobia and homophobia. Hand sanitizer (in high-design dispensers)…

Beat The Bomb

Brooklyn-DUMBO, Downtown & Heights

Kids and adults play together in a 1 hour video game escape room with a signature paint bomb ending. With hazmat suits, paint, lasers and smoke machines, take on Hack Attack, Laser Maze, Echo Chamber and Floor Grid, before reaching the bomb room game Cyberbot where you must drive a bomb-disposal robot through a maze…

American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

Manhattan: Midtown

Dog-lovers can explore canine-related artwork with cutting-edge technology and interpretation, plus items from the library, archives and collection of the American Kennel Club headquarters.

Current exhibit Hollywood Dogs exhibit features original movie posters of some of the biggest canine blockbusters, from Lassie to Babe and more, plus drawings and illustrations that highlight animated and cartoon…

Color Factory

Soho

Truly interactive colorful pop-up with fun activities and sweet treats in twelve unique rooms designed by different artists and a giant blue ball pit. An all-ages adventure for babies to grown-ups. Well designed, thoughtful and less crowded than many other pop-ups with activities, not just photo-ops (though plenty of those, and we love the strategically placed…

Museum of Ice Cream

Soho

Explore a sweet pop-up with 13 interactive installations across 3 floors. Kid favorites include a three-story slide, hula hoops, a the game room with mini golf, jungle gyms and more and a rainbow sprinkle pool with a slide and platforms (note you can no longer actually go on or in the sprinkles). All very colorful…

Spyscape

Midtown-50s

Learn a variety of spy skills in an interactive museum and experience for all ages.

* Test code-making and code-breaking skills in digital Encryption Challenge, lying and lie-detection skills in a Deception Challenge, observation skills in 360° degree Surveillance Challenge and  strategy and agility in a cool laser tunnel Special Ops Challenge. Scores are recorded…

Sloomoo Institute

Soho

Explore a sensory playground centered around slime.

* Walk through a vat of slime, enter a glow-in-the-dark cove, take photos with slime-inspired art, play with a slime catapult and more.

* Make custom slime at a 150-yard-long DIY bar. Choose from a variety of bases, scents, colors & so many charms. Also take-home pre-made slime…

Bronx Night Market

Bronx

Celebrate the Bronx’s diverse culture and cuisine and try up-and-coming food concepts. Support small & local businesses including 20+ food vendors. Family and pet friendly.

Reserve a two-hour time slot online in advance.

PUBLIC ART

Reverberation

Brooklyn-DUMBO, Downtown & Heights

Use foot pedals to ring five cast bronze symphonic bell structures along the Brooklyn waterfront. Each bell has a unique pattern of drilled holes and distinct tones that match evocative titles: Reflector, Singer, Dreamer, Listener, and Mother.

Artist Davina Semo intends for these bright orange bells to sound an optimistic note. As we “ring out…

Electric Dandelions & Daisies

Seaport

Giant steel and acrylic dandelion flowers by artist Abram Santa Cruz and LA-based art collective Liquid PXL evoke an endless display of colorful fireworks.

The 10 elegant 28-foot structures are pretty flowers in the daytime, then LED animations to work their magic when the sun goes down.

Also see Daises, a sprawling exhibit of…

King Nyani

Midtown-30s

Nestle in the hand of King Nyani, a 23 ft long bronze gorilla sculpture by world-renowned public artists Gillie and Marc Schattner. Nyani will lounge in Bella Abzug Park, already a colorful, engaging place to play, near Hudson Yards for 11 months to bring awareness and raise funds for the critically endangered gorilla species through…

Welling Court Mural Project

Queens-Astoria

Walk though multiple blocks of 100+ murals by artists from around the corner and around the world, providing new arrays of visual experiences that change how people interact with their environment. Mural map available online.

The Big Button

Midtown-30s

Hundreds of wisteria vines, roses, poppies, hydrangeas and green foliage transform the Garment District NYC kiosk into a traditional red pincushion tomato with twelve floral pins made entirely of carnations in different colors honoring all the hard working Garment District workers of the past two centuries. Look for butterflies.

East Village/Lower East Side Street Art

Lower East Side

Look for lots of cool murals around this hip neighborhood, on walls, sliding metal gates and on the sidewalk. Current favorite include a I ❤️ NY mural at The Jones NYC (Great Jones Street & Bowery), a swing you can sit on among tulips at Bloomeffects (Bowery & Bleecker), a heart door at

Ziggy

Seaport

Lounge and climb on rainbow colored inventive seating options on vibrantly colored painted rebar and 27,000 feet of iridescent cord by Hou De Sousa.

Across the street from the fun Imagination Playground and the historic, cobblestoned Seaport District with cute shops and restaurants plus historic tall ships in the harbor.

Sam Moyer: Doors For Doris

Central Park

Try to open massive stone doors in a massive three-part sculpture on the southeastern edge of Central Park. Moyer’s hybrid sculpture unites imported stone with rock indigenous to the New York region with beautiful inlaid marble fragments. The title pays homage to Public Art Fund founder, Doris C. Freedman (1928-1981)

The Musical Brain

Chelsea

Nine artists approach music through different lenses—historical, political, performative, and playful—in new installations and soundscapes installed throughout the High Line.

Sit next to human shaped sculptures made with colorful musical instruments, explore what stories discarded objects tell when played and hear what happens when a railway spike becomes a bell. Daily at dusk, see…

Tulip Festival

Upper West Side-80s

Admire over 100 varieties of tulip tulips and other flowers in a charming community garden. The official festival hours are April 17–18 and April 24–25, 10am­–6pm, but visit on a weekday or early morning if you can- same tulips, fewer people.

During festival hours, 40 visitors at a time be able to enter on 89th…

Unisphere/Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Queens-Corona

The iconic Unisphere from the 1939 World’s Fair is the centerpiece of a lovely park with lots of green space, a skateboarding park, and some interesting structures to explore.

Rent bikes, 4-wheeled surreys, kayaks, pedal boats, and more from Wheel Fun Rentals at the northern edge of Meadow Lake.

For safety, all boaters…

Brookfield Place: Anne Vieux: { float } & Tatiana Arocha

Fidi

Try to figure out what’s virtual and what’s real in Brooklyn-based artist Anne Vieux’s large-scale vinyl luminous hyperreal “painting.”

Also see Colombian visual artist Tatiana Arocha’s trasnformed flora and fauna that recreates and reimagines endangered ecosystems in a monochromatic palette of black, white, and grey with occasional shimmers of gold

Lots of food options at…

Monuments Now

Queens-LIC

This outdoor exhibition on a gorgeous park overlooking the East River seeks to address the role of monuments in society and commemorate underrepresented narratives such as diasporic, Indigenous, and queer histories.

Three with a Pen: Lily Renée, Bil Spira, and Paul Peter Porges

Midtown-50s

See works by the three Jewish artists driven from their homes in Vienna after the German annexation of Austria in 1938 including comic books, New Yorker cartoons, Mad magazine spoofs, caricatures, portraiture, fashion design, advertising, and children’s books, among other formats. Biographical material and ephemera amplify the artists’ personal stories of survival and help contextualize…

Industry City

Brooklyn-Sunset Park

The public art & high design at this innovative hub has cool art and photo-ops throughout plus tons of great international food options & with lots of heated outdoor seating including a fire pit by Sahadi’s and the lovely lantern covered courtyard of Japan Village. Try Korean comfort food, avocado everything, BBQ, pizza,…

Olafur Eliasson’s ‘Your ocular relief’

Chelsea

Explore light and rainbows with Olafur Eliasson’s investigation of the cognitive and cultural conditions of perception, seeking to offer an alternative to the current pressures that shape our existence. Trippy and gorgeous.

Exhibition is by appointment only. Closed Sunday & Monday.

Lazy Oaf at Galeria Melissa

Soho

Chill in a groovy pastel recreation of the Lazy Oaf studios in London with daisy pillows and checkered mirror at a friendly shoe store Galleria Melissa in celebration of the the return Melissa x LazyOaf sandal collabs, available in adult and kid sizes in a range of colors.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Bronze Statue

Brooklyn-DUMBO, Downtown & Heights

Make a free reservation for a 20-minute slot to view a new bronze statue of late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg bronze statue be unveiled at City Point by GillieandMarcArt.

Breathing Pavilion by Ekene Ijeoma

Brooklyn-DUMBO, Downtown & Heights

Enter an illuminated outdoor sculpture for communal meditation and reprieve by Brooklyn-based artist Ekene Ijeoma and breathe in time with the changing light. Created in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racial injustice in the United States, Breathing Pavilion offers sanctuary at a time of intense hardship and loss.

On Tuesday evenings, see site-specific musical performances.

SHOWFIELDS

Noho/Nolita

The self-proclaimed “most interesting store in the world” features cool direct to consumer brands and rotating interactive art exhibits & brand-pop ups. Find a hidden fuzzy slide to a vibrant, dreamlike, fuzzy room created by Dominican American artist Uzumaki Cepeda as a safe spaces free from colorism, transphobia and homophobia. Hand sanitizer (in high-design dispensers)…

Red Grooms

Chelsea

See over 30 of of Red Grooms’vibrant paintings and “sculpto-picto-ramas.” Look for interesting details in these vibrant, these inventive and witty depictions of New York.

Claes & Coosje A Duet

Chelsea

See a garland of giant faux wildflowers in suspended animation in a celebration of the collaborative spirit that animated Claes Oldenburg and the late Coosje van Bruggen’s artistic achievements and romantic partnership. Survey seminal works in sculpture including some of the most famous landmarks in urban and civic spaces around the world and learn about…

Goodnight House

Lower East Side

Explore an immersive group exhibition of works inspired by the American children’s book classic, Goodnight Moon, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd, first published in 1947. Through contemporary reimaginings of various objects found within the book’s bedroom setting, Goodnight House explores how the (slightly subversive) book has been woven into a…

The Peace Fountain & Children’s Sculpture Garden

Harlem

See charming small bronze animal sculptures created by K-12 students from NYC and tri-state area around a 40-foot high bronze sculpture by Cathedral Artist-in-Residence Greg Wyatt. Depictions of a giant crab, nine giraffes, a double helix, Albert Einstein  the sun and satan represent the eternal conflict between good and evil.

Also look for peacocks roaming…