POP-UPS & PUBLIC ART

NYC's innovative, interactive pop-ups are back with reduced capacity and intensive sanitizing.

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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.  

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.

Celestial

Chelsea

Submerge yourself in the sights, sounds and sensations of PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue in an immersive digital installation.

Inside Chelsea Market, also home to fun holiday decor and many delicious food options.

Get a $5 discount by signing up for their email list.

The Winter Escape

Queens

Stroll through a series of immersive, multi-sensory floral filled installations. Pose for photo-ops in  a  Gingerbread Village, stop by smell a Candy Cane Rose Garden, frolic through pink trees are more. Hot cocoa and other treats available.

Also explore 47-acres of the longest continuously farmed site in New York State with a pumpkin patch, historic…

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…

The Greens

Seaport

Book a socially distanced, heated rooftop cabin for seasonal food and signature cocktails on a lit-up rooftop overlooking the East River.

Cabins fit 2 to 10 and have classic winter cabin décor, tables and cozy benches, virtual fireplaces, and floor-to-ceiling NYC views (request a cabin facing the river for best views) . Menu ($15-$30) features…

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…

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.

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…

PUBLIC ART

Tom Fruin’s Bombora House

Meatpacking

Walk through a large, illuminated, stained glass-like house dubbed “Bombora House,” surrounded by smaller “satellite” house-shaped sculptures. Interact with it via text, prompting a unique programmed light reaction. The latest installment of Tom Fruin’s Icon series of everyday objects reimagined and reinterpreted in steel, colored acrylic glass, and specialized lighting.

Lots of great dining options…

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…

Believe

Upper East Side-90s+

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

Art on the Ave NYC

Upper West Side-70s

Take a socially-distanced gallery walk along Columbus Ave between 68th and 77th streets that spotlights artists from New York around the theme of “The Art of Healing.” A partnership between artists, storefront owners, and local businesses.

Visit businesses displaying Art on the Ave NYC signage to get a map as well as special discounts and…

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)

Prismatica

Midtown-30s

Follow an interactive art trail of 25 giant pivoting prisms, Spin the art to fill the plazas with reflections and musical sounds, creating an ever-changing light show.

Located on Broadway between 39th and 40th Streets.

Queens Botanical Garden

Queens-Corona

Explore lovely gardens in a 39-acre oasis in one of New York City’s most bustling and diverse neighborhoods. Look for site-specific art throughout the garden including ocean conservation-focused exhibition With Every Fiber of Our Being with hand-embroidered portraits of underwater life on upcycled canvases.

Vessel

Midtown-30s

* Climb 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs — almost 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings -to incredible views of the city, the river and beyond. Not for those averse to physical exertion or heights. Elevator available only for disabled visitors.

* Same day tickets available at onsite interactive kiosks on a first come, first…

Shine Bright at Hudson Yards

Midtown-30s

See spectacular set pieces and over 2 million lights illuminating all of Hudson Yards and the Vessel along with cool public art throughout the mall and plaza.

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

Moko Moko Doki Doki & “Double Happiness”

Lower East Side

See (and touch!) Misaki Kawai’s giant pettable, combable sculptures with rudimentary emoji-like faces plus paintings with faces and text showing the rudimentary blocks of the world, “chu” (kiss), “suki” (like), “peko peko” (hungry), “pero pero” (licking), “kuru kuru” (spinning).

Also see special two-person exhibition “Double Happiness” by Caroline Larsen and Roxanne Jackson featuring psychedelic…