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

Museum of Illusions

Chelsea

Walk on walls, put your head on a platter and play with size and perspective in over a dozen interactive illusions. A small museum that can be explored in less than an hour. Blows most young minds. Special $62 family ticket covers 2 adults & 2 children. Free kids under 2.  

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit New York

Lower East Side

Step inside of Van Gogh painting projected onto the walls, floors and ceilings.

* Wander through three consecutive rooms that display the same moving images of famous works that highlight brushstrokes, detail, and color, illuminating the mind of the genius, accompanied by experimental electronic music. Explore more than 300,000 cubic feet of animated projections, tiered…

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…

Arcadia Earth

West Village

Explore a large scale, multi-sensorial journey through underwater worlds, fantasy lands, and inspirational art installations. Powered by augmented reality, virtual reality, projection mapping, and interactive environments, learn how small lifestyle changes can have a massive impact on the future of our planet.

For every ticket sold, Arcadia Earth will plant one tree and donate to…

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…

La Pizza & La Pasta a Colori

Fidi

Experience the world of food and color at Eataly’s immersive restaurant space designed in collaboration with the Color Factory. Under a kaleidoscopic canopy, explore a diverse array of tints and tastes, from the rich golden hue of farm-fresh eggs to the emerald green of fresh DOP basil and beyond.  Ceiling installation “Somewhere Out There”…

Edge

Midtown-30s

Look 100 stories down from the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere with with 360-degree views of the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and beyond. Lean out over the city on angled glass walls and relax in a large lounge with food and drinks available for purchase.

ONX Studio Showcase

Midtown-50s

Experience the New York City premiere of extended reality works by some of today’s leading practitioners. Programs include:

Kordae Henry and Jeremy Hartley’s IF NOT NOW, a live motion capture featuring a Flex dancer who is rendered into an Afro-Futurist robotic form and cut into a video (June 9th – 12th).

Metamorphic, a social VR…

Studio BFPL: AFFIRMATION STATION

Midtown-30s

Jo on a 20- minute experiential journey towards positive thinking. Be carried by a score composed by Jamire Williams, layered with comforting positive affirmations narrated by his wife, Asia Williams and sonic contributions by their 3-year-old daughter Ziya Williams. Socially distanced guests are encouraged to internally repeat the affirmations to themselves. The words we use…

Harry Potter New York

Flatiron/Gramercy

Shop for the largest collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts products in the world from pocket money items to rare collectibles.
Find exclusive lines, magical photo opportunities and lots more over three floors and over 20,000 sq. ft.

* No advance reservations needed; scan a QR code outside the store (availble 1 hour…

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. Weekly all-day camps also available.

Make Music New York

NYC

Watch – or join –  free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, sidewalks, parks and plazas to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers.  Everyone is invited to sing along and enjoy the…

Legoland Discovery Center: Trolls World Tour

Lower Westchester

This Lego extravaganza located in a nice outdoor mall features two rides, LEGO car racing, LEGO models of NYC landmarks, Star War lands, a NINAJO climbing area, a 4D cinema, karaoke and more.

* Through June, embrace your inner pop diva or rockstar at LEGO® Trolls World Tour, a glittery, rainbow-infused party that explores six…

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)…

SuperReal

Fidi

Play with giant balloons in an immersive multimedia art experience set in the grand neo-Renaissance Cunard building. Dream-like 360-degree video, lights and music evoke clouds, thunderstorms, gardens, tropical discotheques, the 1920s and so much more. The sequence loops every 45-minutes; we could have stayed there all day (lounge on giant bean bags scattered throughout the…

American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

Midtown-40s

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. Interactive expereinces include Discover Your Look-Alike – take an image of yourself and, through visual recognition software, see which dog breed looks most like you.

Current exhibit Top Dogs takes a…

The Floral Escape

Queens

Stroll through a series of immersive, multi-sensory floral filled installations. Grab “The Best Seat in the House” as you sit amongst a bed of blooms, put your “Petal to the Metal” in a floral filled taxi, or snap a selfie under our beautiful floral arches for the ultimate “Garden Vibes.”

Also explore 47-acres of the…

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 & crawl through an obstacle course with 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…

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

Uptown GRANDSCALE Mural Project

Harlem

Over 100 artists update the 2019 project that transformed green construction fences fencing located adjacent to the 125th Street Metro-North station into a canvas for murals that support and uplift the community. A larger canvas this year includes the former Pathmark supermarket spanning most of the block on 125th between Third and Lexington avenues.

Reclining Liberty

Harlem

Touch, climb and sit atop a 25-foot-long sculpture of a lounging Statue of Liberty, inspired by the giant reclining Buddhas found in Asia. An oxidized copper-like patina mimics the real Lady Liberty. On a grassy field just up from Morningside Park’s entrance.

Peace & Love at Hatch Creative Studio

Chelsea

Look for butterflies among daisies and a floral peace sign in front of a design studio’s brownstone.

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, Spectrum & The Garden of the Unseen

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 lots of butterflies.

Also look for Spectrum,…

Believe

Upper East Side-90s+

Be inspired by colorful crochet made by the El Barrio Crochet Collective.

Sanford Biggers & Life Forces

Midtown-40s

A 25-foot-tall cast bronze sculpture ‘The Oracle’ at the entrance to the Channel Gardens serves as the centerpiece of conceptual artist Sanford Biggers’ epic art installation featuring a varied slate of works across Rockefeller Center. Look for elements of an ancient depiction of Zeus with an “Africoid mask-bust figure.”

Flags with blue waves reminiscent of…

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 double-vision Mickey Mouse (Houston…

Prospect Park, My Oasis in Brooklyn & Juneteenth Way

Prospect Park/Park Slope

On the construction fencing at Lefferts Historic House, which is under restoration, see “Prospect Park, My Oasis in Brooklyn,” a site-specific installation of works by photographer Jamel Shabazz, who for the past 41 years has documented the people and places that truly make the park Brooklyn’s Backyard. Presented by Prospect Park Alliance in partnership with…

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Mural

East Village

See a colorful three-story-tall celebrating RBG’s life and achievements by New York-based street artist “Elle.” Look for the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge among symbols representing this born-in-Brooklyn hero.

RE:GROWTH, A Celebration of Art, Riverside Park, and the New York Spirit

Morningside

Explore a park-wide art exhibition featuring unique works of art that use color and unexpected materials to explore the concept of re-growth – literal, metaphorical, poetic, and philosophical. 13 site-specific installations span several miles from 68th and 145th Streets in Riverside Park celebrate the resiliency and resolve of all New Yorkers.

Also look for panoramic…

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)

Art on the Ave: Awakening

West Village

Look for thought-provoking art installations by local artists invacant storefront
windows. The walk around the Village will include an interactive art experience, community events and an opportunity to support local businesses, bringing a sense of confidence and excitement back to the local neighborhood and economy.

his year’s theme is “Awakening,” amplifying underrepresented voices, and can…

David Hammons: Day’s End

Chelsea

Experience David Hammon’s monumental sculpture in Hudson River Park along the southern edge of Gansevoort Peninsula from numerous vantage points along the Hudson and from the Whitney Museum.

An open structure precisely follows the outlines, dimensions, and location of a 1975 artwork of the same name by Gordon Matta-Clark, offering an extraordinary place to…

Gilded Lady Mural

Flatiron/Gramercy

The myriad of details in this colorful 97 by 40-foot mural by famed street artist Tristan Eaton on the side of a residential building on Fifth Avenue in reference the rich history of the NoMad neighborhood from the Gilded Age onward. The woman’s face is based on early 20th-century model, chorus girl and catalyst for…

The GREEN – Pride – We Belong Here

Upper West Side-Lincoln Center

Frolic on grass-like recyclable, biobased SYNLawn material covering the iconic Lincoln Center Plaza. Relax in grassy chairs, browse and borrow from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, snack on dumplings and gelato and enjoy pop-up performances (plus get free advance tickets to Restart Stages outdoor performances).

The steps facing Columbus are…

WTC Street Murals

Fidi

Street artists from around the world vibrantly transformed the streets surrounding 3 World Trade Center with fun, colorful murals, bringing love and joy to a place of mourning.

Peace, Love & Happiness

Seaport

Cheerful sculptures by Scott Gerber, artist and founder of Tube Dude have been moved to the edge of the East River, framing dramatic views. The Heart is a perfect Valentine photo-op, accompanied by the giant Peace Sign and Smiley Face.

Nearby, climb on the geometric, rainbow colored Ziggy by Hou De Sousa and see…

Melvin Edwards: Brighter Days

Fidi

See six monumental sculptures created over the span of 50 years by Melvin Edwards, whose work reimagines monumental civic sculpture by uniting abstract forms with personal symbols to address issues of race, labor, and the African Diaspora.

Look for some form of chain in each of the giant geometric forms.  Depending on…

Unisphere/Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Queens: Corona/Flushing

The iconic Unisphere from the 1964 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 at Wheel Fun Rentals the northern edge of Meadow Lake.

Find inclusive playgrounds, historic walks, scenic…

Pride at Brookfield Place, Anne Vieux: { float } & Tatiana Arocha

Fidi

Snap a pic at two rainbow installations at Brookfield Place, Radiance (in the Winter Garden) and Chroma (on the Waterfront Terrace)

When you post your photo on social media, follow & tag @BFPLNY, $1 will be donated in support of New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.

Try to figure out what’s…

Planeta Abuelx

Queens: LIC

Walk around Guadalupe Maravilla’s fascinating sculptures nestled in a gorgeous waterfront park. Accumulations of totemic forms, recycled and found materials, botanicals, Mesoamerican symbolism, and functional sound components draw on ancestral, Indigenous, and ritual practices of healing.

Public programs for ‘Planeta Abuelx’ include sound baths, workshops, and performances.

Industry City

Sunset Park

The public art & high design at this innovative hub has cool art and photo-ops throughout.

* Find tons of great international food options & with lots of 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,…

OFF THE WALL at Hudson Yards

Midtown-30s

See and interact with site-specific large-scale art (including the Vessel) throughout the Hudson Yards mall and plaza. Activate pieces by 13 different artists that relate back to the site’s past, present or future.

Lots of great food options including Mercado Little Spain and a new Ladurée stand (near more sweets at Dylan’s…

Maya Lin: Ghost Forest

Flatiron/Gramercy

Walk through forty-nine haunting Atlantic white cedar trees evoking the outsized impact of a looming environmental calamity in Maya Lin’s installation in Madison Square Park

Listen to Lin’s Ghost Forest Soundscape from your phone to hear native species of animals once common to Manhattan. A series of public programs focused on nature-based solutions to…

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Bronze Statue

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.