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Fri, Jun 18, 2021 – Tue, Sep 28, 2021
“Wall Power! Spectacular Quilts from the American Folk Art Collection.” As an art form, quilts have deep roots in American life and experience. For more than three centuries, artists, primarily women, have created highly individualized expressions in this medium that are both yielding and unforgiving, challenging the maker to test the limits imposed by cutting and piecing bits of fabric. Each work on view is a graphically striking example that embodies a sense of “wall power,” …
Sat, Apr 17, 2021 – Sun, Oct 03, 2021
Since the mid-1970s, Dawoud Bey (b. 1953) has worked to expand upon what photography can and should be. Insisting that it is an ethical practice requiring collaboration with his subjects, he creates poignant meditations on visibility, power, and race. Bey chronicles communities and histories that have been largely underrepresented or even unseen, and his work lends renewed urgency to an enduring conversation about what it means to represent America with a camera. Spanning from his earliest street portraits …
Thu, Jul 15, 2021 – Sun, Sep 26, 2021
Vito Schnabel Gallery is pleased to present “Spencer Lewis: Susan Mary,” the gallery’s first exhibition dedicated to the Los Angeles-based artist. On view from July 7 through September 26, 2021, “Susan Mary” will feature the presentation of four new paintings by the artist in the intimate setting of the Vito Schnabel Gallery’s Clarkson Street space in New York, beginning June 22. Born in Hartford, CT in 1979, Spencer Lewis is recognized for his works on cardboard and …
Sat, Jun 12, 2021 – Sun, Oct 31, 2021
Onyedika Chuke is an artist and archivist who, since 2011, has been focused on “The Forever Museum Archive,” an ongoing project that brings together a disquieting collection of sculptures, text and images that serve as reference points through which to trace the systems of power that shape contemporary society. LMCC and Pioneer Works now present the most recent iteration of this project, “The Forever Museum Archive_Circa 6000BCE.” This large-scale installation, a culmination of research conducted by …
Fri, Apr 23, 2021 – Sun, Aug 15, 2021
Showcasing the vibrant and humorous work of the prolific artist, “Bruce McCall’s New York” presents colorful visions of a fantastical version of New York City—where pterodactyls fly down Central Park West, King Kongs wait to audition for the role of a lifetime, rooftop farms reach far up into the sky, and ubiquitous orange parking tickets are part of the fall foliage. On view in the Pam and Scott Schafler Gallery at the New-York Historical Society and …
So many things to see and do, to eat and drink in NYC.
Here are 10 of my NYC faves:
20 Best Summer Rainy Day Activities in NYC – newyorkfamily.com
The 25 best cheap eats in NYC – time out ny
How to Eat in New York City on a Budget – nomadicmatt.com
If you are looking for some of the best info on food and drink, restaurants and eating in New York City, then you want to head to New York magazine’s Grub Street.
Right now you want to check out: The Return of Restaurants
“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.”
Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, Photographs by Dina Litovsky
Here are 3 more of my faves:
Experience Arthur Avenue Alfresco
Zero Otto Nove / 2357 Arthur Ave., Belmont
Zero Otto Nove has been a mainstay of the Bronx’s Little Italy since it opened in 2008. But Open Streets’ weekend transformation of Arthur Avenue into the car-free Piazza di Belmont has brought a fresh and breezy feel to this first-rate southern Italian trattoria. Previously, restaurants along the strip rarely set up for outdoor dining, confining the festivities to the often-curtained dining rooms. Now and hopefully forever, the celebratory and communal open-air atmosphere brings the action (and all the neighborhood characters) outdoors, where diners partake in lively people-watching while enjoying dishes like citrusy seafood salad, butternut-squash pizza, and mafalde cooked in tinfoil.—Terri Ciccone
Rediscover the Joy of Big Round Tables
Hwa Yuan / 42 East Broadway
There are many good reasons to revisit Manhattan’s Chinatown these days. But if you’re in the mood for a quick Peking-duck banquet or a taste of Shorty Tang’s famous dry-sautéed crispy beef in a crowded, near-celebratory post-pandemic atmosphere, this East Broadway destination is the place to be. When we dropped in on a Friday evening not long ago, the streets outside were still eerily empty, and so were the dining booths set up on the sidewalk. But inside the brightly lit two-floor restaurant, parties of revelers from uptown, across the river, and around the neighborhood filled the round tables. For those acclimated to dining in the great indoors, we guarantee a bite of Peking duck (or crispy beef) never tasted so good.—A.P.41
Nosh Bagels and Lox Off Madison Square
Mark’s Off Madison / 41 Madison Ave.
At Mark’s, which opened in November, the Queens-born chef Mark Strausman (Freds at Barneys, Coco Pazzo, Campagna) delves into the Jewish and Italian dishes that have come to define his 30-year career: lush eggplant parm, rich pappardelle with brisket ragù, and a killer chicken soup named after his grandmother Estelle. In nice weather, the outdoor terrace, with its view of Madison Square Park, gets fairly packed with a tony mix of locals and Strausman groupies from his Freds days. On weekends, starting at 9 a.m., the place doubles as a Jewish bakery whose bagels and bialys and black-and-white cookies put most of the competition to shame. —R.C.S.
Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
all 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.