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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DOWNTOWN

Experience The Times of Bill Cunningham

Fulton & Front Streets

Celebrate the incredible work of legendary street photographer and fashion historian Bill Cunningham in an immersive exhibit. Part of New York City’s cultural fabric, Cunningham photographed both everyday people and famed personalities like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Anna Wintour, and Andy Warhol on the streets of Manhattan, as well as at fashion shows and society events,…

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit New York

299 South Street

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…

SuperReal

25 Broadway

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…

Arcadia Earth

718 Broadway at West 6th Street

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…

BROOKLYN

Beat The Bomb

255 Water Street

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…

Putting Green

River Street & North 1st Street

Play an 18-hole golf course on the Williamsburg waterfront showcasing problems and solutions for climate change issues facing our planet.

Each of the 18 holes has been designed by a community partner, including artists and designers, community and school groups, environmental advocacy organizations and public agencies. The designs focus on a broad range of climate…

MIDTOWN

Museum of Illusions

77 Eighth Avenue @ 14th Street

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.

 

Cosmic Camp

110 5th Ave Gramercy/Flatiron
Drive rovers, traverse through lava fields, blast asteroids, get the top score, and most importantly…HAVE INTERGALACTIC FUN! Your mission is to answer the call of Cosmic Camp, our first adventure-themed (experience. 🚀

Jump across lava fields, drive rovers, participate in intergalactic trivia,…

Geometric Properties

75 9th Avenue at West 15th Street

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 our source of inspiration.

Inside Chelsea…

Rockefeller Center Shops

45 Rockefeller Plaza

THE LEGO STORE (11 am – 6 pm)

Take photos with taxis, subway stations, the Statue of Liberty and other NYC icons built out of LEGOS and the recently relocated LEGO Store (630 Fifth Avenue at 51st Street). Engage in play hands-on, minds-on play. make mosaics, create a custom Minifigure, look for hidden treasures in the enormous Tree of Discovery and  Shop for exclusive sets, hard-to-find bricks and elements that you can select by hand at the rainbow Pick A Brick wall.

Go on a 20-minute interactive, immersive journey into the LEGO Brick Lab with innovative technology that brings walls, floors and ceilings to life with light, sound and music. Build a creation with an exclusive set of bricks, scan and watch it become a living part of the Brick Lab ($15, includes brick set, reserve online).

FAO SCHWARZ (10am – 9pm)

Salute the live toy soldier as you enter this iconic three-story toy store with high-end toys, life-sized stuffed animals, giant Transformers, lots of demos and crazy candy. Dance on the giant piano made famous in the movie Big.

AMERICAN GIRL (11am – 7pm)
Explore immersive environments for historical and contemporary high-end dolls including a 1970s pod chair, 1980s arcade and a surfboard on waves. Shop tons of dolls and accessories, design you own doll or visit the salon for girl & doll hair styling, manicures & ear piercings.

NINTENDO (11am- 6pm)
Explore two-levels of everything Nintendo. Say hi to life-size Mario, Luigi and Bowser, see the newest Switch games, shop games, accessories, apparel, and other items featuring everyone’s favorite Nintendo characters and see historical items including original systems and game boys and cute figurines.

Art CAMP

10 Columbus Circle

Experiential toy store Camp’s new location features interactive and immersive art experiences. Color, craft & play with Slime, Splatter Paint, Spin Art, Ceramics, Tie Dye and more. Ticket holders enter on the 3rd floor and apply the value of your ticket to any art-themed experiences or merchandise.

Also play and shop on the 2nd floor…

American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

101 Park Ave at West 41st Street

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…

Spyscape

928 Eighth Ave at 55th Street

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…

Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen

234 West 42nd Street

Enter an immersive maze featuring more than 100 of theater’s most beautiful and complex garments.  See up close the detail and craftsmanship typically only seen far away on stage or screen. Costume makers and experts will be on-site demonstrating their techniques and skills and interacting with guests, and multimedia elements will provide a rare opportunity…

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.

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.

Stall & Dean

Chelsea

Journey through American sports history with The Museum of American Manufacturing. Coinciding with the global celebration of the Summer Olympics, the exhibit takes viewers through an American manufacturing time machine, with a unique display of various sports memorabilia and artifacts created by Stall & Dean throughout the years.

One-of-a-kind artifacts include…

Claudia Wieser: Rehearsal

DUMBO, Downtown & Heights

Explore five large-scale geometric sculptures, each different in size, shape, and pattern. Painted, photographic, and mirrored details combine to create vibrant compositions that highlight the dynamism of the city and its people.

Ranging between seven and 13 feet in height, the sculptures are clad in more than 1,500 clay tiles that were hand-painted by the…

Kaws, Channel Gardens & Art in Focus

Midtown-40s

Build sand castles and lounge on colorful chairs at a mini beach/sandbox in the Channel Gardens of iconic Rockefeller Center. 

Look for Hilary Pecis vibrant still life paintings and three-dimensional mixed media installations throughout the plaza.

East Village/LES/Noho 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…

Broadway Blooms: Jon Isherwood on Broadway

Harlem

Eight marble sculptures in the form of flowers celebrates the return to life of the city after a long and difficult winter and spring. Find an array of colors and forms on eight locations on the green malls at the center of Broadway from 64th Street to 157th Street,

By Jon Isherwood, organized in partnership…

Jim Rennert: in New York

Midtown-50s

Look for 10 of Jim Rennert’s colossal bronze figures throughout midtown Manhattan, plus see mid-sized bronze sculptures, drawings, and studies for his monumental sculptures in the colossal bronze sculpture.

Positioned throughout the bustling city streets, one figure pauses to look at his watch, considering the importance of timing, while another raises his hand to signal…

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. Climb inside a giant Heart, Peace Sign and Smiley Face.

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…

Green-Wood

Sunset Park

This historic cemetery (founded in 1838) is a lovely place to wander, with 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, plus gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline and extraordinary 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums.

* Honor famous permanent residents such as Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort…

Queens Botanical Garden

Queens: Corona/Flushing

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 large scale prints on ‘Invasive Species’ by Sam Scoggins in the Visitor & Administration Building and a a beautiful mural ‘Wonder Garden’ outside the Education Building.

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 climate change, including planting 1,000 trees and shrubs in collaboration with Natural Areas Conservancy, are planned throughout the run of the exhibition.

Industry City

Sunset Park

The public art & high design at this innovative hub has cool art and photo-ops throughout, including multiple members of NYC’s annual colorful cow parade.

* 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

High Line Nine

Chelsea

Explore a collection of sky-lit galleries with a rotating cross-section of culture. Watch resident artists create (behind glass) and see finished work in a variety of mediums.

Sand Celebration at The Bungalow

Fidi

Admire the tallest sand castle in New York City created by world-renowned, professional sand sculptor Matt Long (though August 14). Pick up paper and crayons at the BFPL concierge to draw the sandcastle.

Through September 26, enjoy light bites, specialty cocktails, and bocce ball from a waterfront retreat outside Brookfield Place. Lounge chairs and vintage…

Puppets of New York: Downtown at The Clemente

Lower East Side

See the work of twelve important “downtown” artists who are committed to exploring the theatrical possibilities of puppet theater

Presented in conjunction with Puppets of New York, a major puppetry exhibition at MCNY, and the International Puppet Fringe Festival.

Matthew Stone: A Portrait of The Artist in the Metaverse

Noho/Nolita

Colorful paintings  of figures on linen are complemented by giant LED screens “playing” the same figures and draped fabrics in fluid motion and thirty portraits are available as linens paired with free NFTs (or NFTs paired with free linens) in the exhibit featuring pioneering work with digital technology by Matthew Stone.

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