While you’re in the City, get out! Get out to the streets, to the museums, the restaurants, stores…to Broadway and special events, like the famed Kips Bay Designer Show house that happens this month. There’s an incomparable world of excitement, inspiration, ideas, and information out there and it’s virtually free for the taking. Here’s a short-list of must-sees to get your creative juices flowing.
AT THE MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art): Two highlight exhibitions not to be missed: “The Steins Collect” (Gertrude, Leo, and Michael Stein and their buddies, Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, Degas, Renoir, and the rest of that crowd); and “Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations,” packing tout New York into the Costume Institute.
You can also see the history of American decorative arts from the 18th to the early 20th Century in the newly reopened and splendid American Wing. 1000 Fifth Ave @ 82nd.
AT MoMA (Museum of Modern Art): Walk through the evolution of art as we know it today, from 1880 to 2012, in MoMA’s Painting & Sculpture galleries.
Special exhibitions include Cindy Sherman Photographs, 170 of them, all starring the artist herself, and Ellsworth Kelly’s Sculpture for a Large Wall (and how! It’s 65.5-ft. long). 11 W. 53rd St.
AT PS1, MoMA’s edgy offspring in Long Island City, Queens: Happening-now art by the likes of Lara Favaretto, who famously sculpted 20 historical figures in a Venice swamp. 12-25 Jackson Ave. @ 46th Ave.
AT the NOGUCHI MUSEUM: Everything cool by Isamu, including his Akari Light Sculptures and iconic cocktail table (for sale in the shop). Worth the schlep to Long Island City, 9-01 33rd Rd. @ Vernon Blvd.
KIPS BAY DECORATOR SHOW HOUSE: Lucky you: it’s here while you are, and on the West Side for the first-time ever so it’s a straight subway shot up to the sleek new Aldyn Residences overlooking the Hudson River. See drop-dead rooms crammed with innovations by the crème of New York decorators. 60 Riverside Boulevard (not Riverside Drive).
BROADWAY BOUND? Check out TKTS Discount Booth first. The bundle you can save on same-day shows justifies the waiting on line, as New Yorkers say. Broadway @ 47th.
FOODIES’ ALERT: Jeet yet? If not, a few suggestions about what’s new or nostalgic on New York’s dynamic dining scene. Bobo oozes charm in the West Village, all antiques, candlelight, good food, and – hear this – quiet: you can actually talk over dinner (101 W. l0th @ 7th Ave.) Further downtown Bouley is chef David’s newest venture (see the master at work in the kitchen). Big bucks but bragging rights come with dinner.
163 Duane St. Stars sparkle all over Ciano, country-Italian newcomer to the hot-hot Flat Iron district. 45 E. 22nd. Chez Josephine is run by two of the Baker boys, Jean-Claude and Jarry, who celebrate their famous mom’s fabled esprit (with/ without bananas) through-out this theatre-district favorite. Think retro French cuisine and jazz at the lively piano bar. 414 W. 42nd St.