Tucked inside the historic Payne Whitney mansion, Albertine is the only bookshop in New York devoted solely to books in French and English with more than 14,000 contemporary and classic titles from 30 French-speaking countries. A permanent venue for free events and debates
Albertine Bookshop, 972 Fifth Avenue (at 79th Street) NYC (212-461-3670)
An unparalleled, artist-led, non-profit venue, a place for exploration and discovery. A place where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners alike.
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NYC (866-811-4111)
The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University
A branch of the Office of the President, University Programs and Events strives to enrich University life through innovative programming and community-focused events.
Columbia University, Italian Academy, 116th Street and Broadway,NYC (212-854-2306)
Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center
The Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center provides a world of programs – from archery to canoeing and story time to local animal feedings. 479-452-3993
The National Audubon Society’s first education center, with 285 acres and 7 miles of walking trails and includes the Kimberlin Nature Education Center classrooms, the Kiernan Hall Nature Art Gallery, and the Nature Store.
Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT (203-869-5272).
Bush-Holley House Museum
Located on the historic Cos Cob Harbor, home of Connecticut's first art colony, this 19th-century boarding house is where artists rented rooms and where the first Impressionist art colony in the United States was established.
Bush-Holley House Museum, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT. (203-869-6899) OPEN: Wednesday - Sunday 12:00pm. - 4pm.
The Barnum Museum
Please note: The historic portion of the Museum building is closed during restoration and rehabilitation of the landmark structure. The Museum offices and exhibit gallery are now located in the People's United Bank Gallery (the modern wing at the rear of the historic building). Follow signs pointing to the entrance from the plaza. The doors are open only during gallery and program hours.
Barnum Museum, New Haven, 820 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT. (203-331-1104) Open for viewing and tours, Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The exhibit is in the People's United Bank Gallery behind the historic Museum building.
American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark
Featuring exhibits on the history and contemporary issues of workers, the workplace, and the labor movement.
American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark, 83 Norwood St., Haledon, New Jersey (973-595-7953) OPEN: Wednesday - Saturday from 1:00PM - 4:00PM, all other times by appointment. Closed major holidays; open Labor Day.
Montclair History Center
The Montclair History Center (MHC), a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization, promotes preservation, study and appreciation of local history.
Montclair History Center, 108/110 Orange Road & 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ. (973-744-1796).
Located in the Twin Oakes mansion in historic Morristown, the Morris Museum boasts a permanent collection of more than 40,000 objects ranging from rocks and minerals to model trains, as well as one of the country’s largest collections of mechanical musical instruments and automata.
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown. NJ (973-971-3700} CLICK for SCHEDULE of PERFORMANCES
Museum of Early Trades and Crafts
Through exhibitions and demonstrations, visitors will gain a deep understanding of the culture and lives of 18th and 19th century settlers.
Museum of Early Trades, 9 Main St., Madison, New Jersey 07940.(973-377-2982)
William Paterson University
William Paterson's 370-acre wooded and landscaped campus is dotted with more than 38 buildings, many sculptures and even a waterfall. Educating and providing cultural events for the people of the region since 1855.
William Paterson University, 00 Pompton Road
Wayne, New Jersey 07470 (973-720-2000)
92nd Street Y
Presenting the entertainers known the world over. You’ll discover the best minds and the brightest stars. From art to business to politics this is where tomorrow’s most important issues are discussed, and today’s most intriguing conversations begin.
92nd Street Y, 92nd Street at Lexington Avenue, NYC. (212-415-5500) CLICK for schedule
America's leading institution for awareness and under-standing between Americans and the peoples of Asia and the Pacific; from Japan to Iran, and from Central Asia to New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands.
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, at 70th Street, NYC. (212-288-6400) OPEN Tues-Sun 11:00am.-6:00pm. Fridays until 9:00pm.
$10 adults • $7 seniors (62+) • $5 students with ID • Free to members and children under 16 - Free admission on Fridays, 6 - 9pm.
Bank Street Bookstore
An online inventory automatically reflects the in-store inventory of more than 30,000 titles we have in stock, and you can be sure that every book has been handpicked by our booksellers. In addition, we will be adding an ever-growing inventory of our non-book items to the online store. Come and bring your kids to browse the latest children's books and often even meet the authors of the latest and best of the new books.
Bank Street Bookstore, Broadway and 107th Street, NYC. (212-678-1654)
Baruch Center for Performing Arts
Presenting theater, concerts, and lectures year-round as well as home to the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and the Alexander String Quartet.
Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave (entrance between Lexington and 3rd) NYC Take the R or 6 Train to 23rd Street
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Baryshnikov Arts Center
A creative laboratory, meeting place, and performance space for a vibrant community of artists from around the world. BAC is also dedicated to building audiences for the arts by presenting contemporary, innovative work at low or no cost to to the public.
Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jerome Robbins Theater, 450 W. 37th Street, NYC (212-868-4111) CLICK for Performance Schedule
Central Park Walking Tours
The Central Park Walking Tours direct park visitors to some of the most remarkable features of Central Park. They provide background information and historical insight into the conception and construction of the park as well as pointing out some of its most photogenic sites.
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China Institute presents exhibitions and programs about traditional and contemporary Chinese arts and culture.
China Institute, 100 Washington Street (Entrance at 40 Rector) at the corner of RECTOR AND WASHINGTON STREETS, New York, NY 10065. 212-744-8181
El Museo del Barrio
El Museo del Barrio welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic and cultural landscape of the Caribbean and Latin America. CLICK for Schedule
El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave. at 104th St., NYC (212-831-7272
Family Art Projects @ Wave Hill
Generations of families do some of their most thrilling growing up in the gardens of Wave Hill, a place to play, to draw, to write, to listen and open your senses to the richness of life itself. Join us every weekend in the Sally and Gilbert Kerlin Learning Center in Wave Hill House, Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10AM to 1PM, for a naturally creative Family Art Project.
Wave Hill, West 249th Street and Independence Ave, NYC (718-549-3200)
Gallery Talks & Workshops @ The Cloisters
Lectures and programs for adults are presented at 12:00 & 2:00pm. on Saturdays and the 1st Sunday of each month. Free with Museum admission. No advance reservations are necessary.
* Gallery workshops for children aged 4 to 12 and their families are held at 1:00pm. on the first Saturday of the month.
The Cloisters, Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, NYC. (212-650-2280)
Garden Walks and Birding @ Wave Hill
A 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Celebrating the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.
Wave Hill, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue (main entrance) NYC ( 718-549-3200)
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Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center
The Center comprises dual complexes of spacious studios featuring high ceilings and streams of natural light. With the dramatic loss of rehearsal facilities over the past decade, the Center is committed to serving the nonprofit dance field by offering high quality, affordable space & innovative programming.
Gibney Dance Center, 280 Broadway, Entrance at 53A Chambers St., NYC (646-837-6809) CLICK for show schedules
Harlem Stage on the campus of The City College of New York
A one-of-a-kind, 200 seat venue, where artists and audiences share an intimate experience at this historic landmark.
Harlem Stage Gatehouse (a three theater complex) located on the campus of The City College of New York, 150 Convent Avenue between West 133rd and 135th Street on Convent Avenue. NYC. (212-281-9240)
Hudson River Park
More than 165 special entertainment events and summer programs will be offered across Hudson River Park’s 550 acres of lush parkland and marine sanctuary—in the water, across nine of our public piers, and under the stars. Festivities last from June through September in New York’s Park for Play.
Inwood Hill Park
On the northern tip of Manhattan, a twenty-minute walk from the subway, are the historic Indian Caves of Inwood Hill Park. In a single year, 150 bird species have been spotted in Inwood Hill Park. This is the park where Peter Minuit bought Manhattan for $14.00 (there's even a rock commemorating it)
Inwood Hill, Fort Tryon Park, NYC. (212-927-9568)
The leading U.S. organization committed to deepening mutual understanding between the United States and Japan in a global context. Now in its second century, the Society serves audiences across the United States and abroad through innovative programs in arts and culture, public policy, business, language and education.
Japan Society, 33 East 47th Street, NYC (212-832-1155)
Juggling in Bryant Park
Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.
Bryant Park, between 5th and 6th Avenues and between 40th and 42nd Streets behind the NY Public Library, NYC.
Mannes Concert Hall
CLICK for listing of free Concerts, Shows and Lectures @ The Concert Hall - no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-seated.
Mannes College, The New School
55 West 13th Street, NYC (212-580-0210 x4817)
Merkin Concert Hall
One of the premier destinations for new and adventurous musical programs in a newly renovated space in the Lincoln Center Area. Presenting the artistic visions and talents of celebrated performers and composers.
Merkin Concert Hall, at Kaufman Center, 129 W. 67th Street, NYC. (212-501-3330)
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University
The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University is located on the New York City campus in lower Manhattan, facing City Hall.
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts The box office and theatre entrance are located on Spruce Street, near the corner of Gold Street, NYC (212-346-1715)
This grand colonial mansion, built around 1765 as a summer retreat for British Colonel Roger Morris and his wife, Mary Philipse, is Manhattan's oldest remaining residential structure. Morris-Jumel Mansion,located at Roger Morris Park,
65 Jumel Terrace, 160th St & Edgecombe Ave. NYC. (212-923-8008).
NY Live Arts
Located in the heart of Chelsea in New York City, New York Live Arts is an internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry offering audiences access to art and artists notable for their conceptual rigor, formal experimentation and active engagement with the social, political and cultural currents of our times.
New York Live Arts, 219 W 19th Street, NYC (212-691-6500) CLICK for show information
Onassis Cultural Center
The Onassis Cultural Center explores Hellenic culture through a rich and diverse program of free exhibitions, events and online engagement. Located in Olympic Tower in Midtown Manhattan, the newly renovated creative space offers experiences that inspire and support the interaction between artists and audiences in all cultural fields from visual art, literature, music, dance, theater, film and the humanities.
The Onassis Cultural Center NY,
645 Fifth Ave. (at 51st St.) 212-486-4448 CLICK for additional information
A national poetry library and literary center that invites poets and the public to step into the living tradition of poetry. Our poetry resources and literary events document the wealth and diversity of modern poetry, and stimulate public dialogue on issues of poetry in culture.
Poets House, 10 River Terrace (at Murray Street) NYC (212-431-7920) OPEN Tuesday through Friday, 11:00am-7:00pm, Saturday, 11:00am-6:00pm
Queens Museum of Art
The New York City Building was built to house the New York City Pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair, where it housed displays about municipal agencies. In 1994, Rafael Viñoly significantly redesigned the existing space, creating some of the most dramatic exhibition galleries in New York.
Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, NYC. (718-592-9700).
Located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, directly under the iconic towers of the New York State Pavilion, easily accessible by car, bus and subway and all major highways that traverse Queens and minutes away from Long Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Westchester. And the best part - Parking is always FREE.
Queens Theatre in the Park, 11 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows Park, Corona, Queens, NYC. (718-760-0064) CLICK for schedule
Celebrates the City's rich architectural heritage while exploring the history of New York City's buildings and viewing the museum’s unique collection of photographs and 3D models.
The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place, NYC (212-945-6324)
South Street Seaport
The Seaport district is being revitalized, protecting vital infrastructure and maintaining its history and sense of place. All of the buildings within the district will be preserved and reused for public enjoyment, with the treasured Tin Building lifted out of the floodplain and restored as a world-class food market. And the Seaport Museum will be reinvented into a dynamic facility with public access to visiting ships.
South Street Seaport, Fulton & South Streets. NYC. (212-748-8600)
The home of performing arts, literary, and film programs bringing artists and audiences together in an atmosphere of exploration and intimacy on New York's Upper West Side.
Symphony Space, Broadway @ 95th Street, NYC. (212-864-5400)
Talks and Lectures at The Frick
Docents of The Frick Collection present ten-minute introductory talks Wednesdays through Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. An additional talk is offered at 2:00 p.m. on topics related to the house and the Collection. Docent Talks are free with museum admission and do not require reservations.
The Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street, NYC. (212-288-0700) CLICK for Highlights
The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall located at 66 West 12th Street. NYC is home to THE NEW SCHOOL events.
The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall located at 66 West 12th Street. NYC CLICK for Schedule of EVENTS
The Metropolitan Museum's branch museum dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, located on four acres overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park. The Cloisters museum and gardens offers gallery talks, guided tours, family workshops, and special events for visitors of all ages.
The Cloisters, 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, NYC. (212-923-3700)
The New-York Historical Society
The heart of the New-York Historical Society public programs is the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series. And on select Friday evenings New-York Historical presents the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series.
The New-York Historical Society, 450 West 37th Street, NYC (212-594-6100)
Tours and Lectures @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Talks in the galleries are free with Museum admission and do not require tickets or reservations unless otherwise noted. CLICK for more information.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street), NYC. (212-535-7710)
Westbeth Performance Space and Gallery
Located in the far West Village of New York City regularly offer works by our resident artists, invited guest artists, as well as other arts organizations. Westbeth is also home to the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, The New School for Drama, Brecht Forum and a host of others which feature cultural programming and events.
Westbeth Performance Space and Gallery, 55 Bethune Street, NYC (212-989-4650)
Alley Pond Environmental Center
Over 635 acres of woodlands, meadows fresh and salt water marshes encompass this northeast Queens park. Offering animal, science and nature programs for children, adults and families all year long. The Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd. Douglaston, Long Island, NY. (718-229-4000)
Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
An outdoor performing arts center and museum located approximately 90 minutes from New York City at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair. The 15,000 seat outdoor performing arts venue and The Museum are set within nearly 2,000 bucolic acres. The Pavilion seats 4,500 under cover with another 10,000 on a natural sloping lawn.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Road, Bethel, NY (845-583-2051)
More than 300 Years of Upper Hudson Valley history are reflected in the cluster of architecturally significant Dutch colonial structures and 19th century barns including a Victorian Horse Barn, a Dutch Barn and a 13-sided hay barn.
Bronck Museum, 90 County Route 42, Coxsackie, NY. 9518-731-6490.
Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries
Displaying major works of art from the 1960's to the present in nearly 250,000-square-feet of museum space on thirty-one acres on the banks of the Hudson River. The museum is a 5 minute walk from the MetroNorth train station in Beacon, 60 miles (80 minutes travel time) north of New York City.
Dia:Beacon Riggio Galleries - 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY. (845-440-0100) HOURS: April–October Thursday–Monday 11 am–6 pm
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Both a local gem and national treasure. It is one of only a handful of historic farms in the country once owned by a Founding Father, and open to the public
John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay St. Katonah, NY (914-232-5651).
REGION: Westchester County, Hudson Valley NY.
Merestead, Mt. Kisco
An exquisite 130-acre country estate tucked away in the hills overlooking the picturesque Byram Lake Reservoir and surrounding valley. Merestead features a 28-room Georgian mansion with beautiful gardens built during the early 20th century.
Merestead, 455 Old Byram Lake Road, Mt. Kisco, NY (914- 666-4258) open daily 8 am. to dusk.
Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Rye
One of the top places to bird in Westchester County with a large concentration of waterfowl including Great Blue Herons,loons, grebes, Long-tailed Ducks, Common Goldeneyes. Scoters and Northern Gannet. The sanctuary has yielded many rarities including Snow Bunting, Snowy Owl, Barrows Goldeneye, Red-necked Grebe, Eared Grebe. Edith Read Sanctuary, adjoining Playland Amusement Park off U.S. Route 1 in Rye., NY (914-967-8720)
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson
Situated on the east bank of the Hudson River about 90 miles north of New York City and 220 miles southwest of Boston. It is surrounded by several beautiful Hudson Valley estates, the Vanderbilt Estate, and the Roosevelt Home and Museum, all of which are open to the public.
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, 60 Manor Avenue, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Weinberg Nature Center, Scarsdale
Scarsdale's only Nature Center with a meadow, fruit orchard, woodlots, swamp, and an apiary for bees, the Nature Center is perfect for family outings. Stroll the trails or hike the 8-mile trail that connects the Center to Pinebrook Ball Park. The Trailside Nature Museum offers nature-related exhibits, and The Native American Village where you can explore the life and culture of the Lenape and Iroquois Tribes through exhibits that focus on how Indians lived with nature.
Weinberg Nature Center, 455 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale, NY (914-722-1289) *Mondays - Closed to public until further notice