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Recently Opened

A visit to Broadway is a must-do on any New York City itinerary. Recently opened shows include: All My Sons (April 4–June 23); INK (April 2); Tootsie (March 29); Beetlejuice (March 28); Hadestown (March 22); Burn This (March 15); Kiss Me, Kate (February 14); True West (December 27); To Kill A Mockingbird (November 1); King Kong (October 5); Pretty Woman: The Musical (July 20)

Off-Broadway is a world-class destination in its own right, offering an ideal evening of entertainment for curious travelers. Recently opened shows include: A Strange Loop (May 24-July 7, 2019); Nomad Motel (Atlantic Theater; May 22-June 23,2019); The Mountains Look Different (May 20-July 14, 2019); Little Women (Primary Stages at Cherry Lane; May 15-June 19,2019) Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic Theater, May 10-July 14,2019); Something Clean (Roundabout Theater; May 04-June 20,2019); Plough and the Stars (Irish Repertory Theatre; April 30-June22, 2019); Safeword (Jaone Cullum Theater; April 11-July 7, 2019); Shadow of a Gunman (Irish Repertory Theatre; January 31, 2019-June 22,2019)

*Indicates Tony Award Nominee for Best Musical, Best Revival of a Musical, Best Play or Best Revival of a Play for the 2018 awards.
** Indicates Tony Award Winner for the above categories, previous years.

Camp: Notes on Fashion at the Met Fifth Avenue
Upper East Side, Manhattan

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute's Spring 2019 exhibition is Camp: Notes on Fashion, on view now through September 8, 2019. Based on Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on Camp” which asserts that LGBTQ community members are predominantly vanguards of this theatrical, playful, exaggerated and at times aristocratic aesthetic. The exhibit explores the origins of Camp through approximately 175 objects, including womenswear and menswear, as well as sculptures, paintings and drawings dating from the 17th century to the present (metmuseum.org).

Inaugural Season at The Shed
Hudson Yards, Manhattan

The first season of arts commissions at The Shed began April 5, with a five-night concert series entitled Soundtrack to America, celebrating the influence of African American music, conceived and directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen. Notable exhibits remaining for the first season include Dragon Spring and Phoenix Rise (June 22- July 27), Maze (July 24 – August 17), and Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates (October 9 – January 19-2020).

Apollo 11: Media, the Moon and Beyond – Intrepid Museum
Midtown, Manhattan

On July 20, 1969 the first moon walk took place. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of this giant leap for mankind, the Intrepid Museum launched a new installation May 1st, inclusive of archived news media displayed through vintage televisions. The installation is also future-focused, with a portion dedicated to potential 21st century achievements. A calendar of accompanying events is available. (intrepidmuseum.org)

Art After Stonewall at Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
Lower Manhattan

Timed with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and WorldPride, the first major exhibition to highlight the impact of the LGBTQ civil rights movement on the art world is on display through July 21, 2019. Over 150 works of art and related materials from LGBTQ artists including Nan Goldin, Holly Hughes, Robert Mapplethorpe, Tim Miller, Catherine Opie and Andy Warhol are on view, paired with that of artists who interacted with queer subculture (leslielohman.org).

2019 Whitney Biennial Whitney Museum of American Art
Meatpacking District, Manhattan

Introduced in 1932 by founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the Biennial is the longest-running continuous exhibition in the country and examines contemporary American art. Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley curated the 2019 iteration through September 22. Both women champion emerging artists while adding context and relevance to history through their work (whitney.org)

Stonewall 50 at New-York Historical Society
Upper West Side, Manhattan

Through September 22, 2019, New-York Historical Society is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and gay liberation movement with two new exhibits. Letting Loose and Fighting Back: LGBTQ Nightlife Before and After Stonewall explores the history of LGBTQ bars, clubs and nightlife in NYC during the second half of the 20th century. By the Force of Our Presence: Highlights from the Lesbian Herstory Archives examines lesbian lives both pre- and post-Stonewall. Additionally, a special graphic installation, Say It Loud, Out and Proud: Fifty Years of Pride, features imagery from five decades of NYC Pride marches (nyhistory.org).

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything at the Jewish Museum
Upper East Side, Manhattan

The first exhibition entirely devoted to influential Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen debuted in NYC April 12, organized by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC). Cohen was known for penning melancholy, reflective songs including “Hallelujah,” “Suzanne,” and “Bird on a Wire,” among others. The exhibition includes a video projection of Cohen’s drawings and a multimedia gallery spotlighting covers of his songs by acclaimed musicians. Commissioned works by a variety of international artists who drew inspiration from Cohen’s style and themes is on view through September 8. (stories.thejewishmuseum.org).

Auschwitz: Not Long Ago. Not Far Away at Museum of Jewish Heritage
Lower Manhattan

On May 8 (the 74th anniversary of World War II allied forces’ Victory in Europe Day), North America’s most comprehensive exhibit on Auschwitz to date, produced in partnership with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland, will debut at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. In more than 700 artifacts and 400 photographs across 20 galleries, the rise of Nazi ideology and transformation of Oświęcim, Poland, into the deadliest concentration camp—where more than a million were exterminated—will be explored through January 3, 2020. (mjhnyc.org.)

Play it Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll at the Met
Midtown, Manhattan

The first major museum exhibition to examine the instruments of rock and roll debuted April 8. Co-organized with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the exhibit is paired with a digital primer with artist interviews and background to peruse in advance of attending the exhibit, a first for the museum. More than 130 instruments spanning seven decades of artistry are on display, sourced from 80 featured artists. Vintage posters, costumes, and performance videos convey the visual style and impact of the genre, which can be defined by ‘loud’ as an attitude, in addition to a volume. (metmuseum.org)

Collier Schorr: Stonewall At 50 - Alice Austen House
Rosebank/Shore Acres, Staten Island

The Alice Austen House reopened May 22 with redesigned permanent gallery exhibitions and re-oriented spaces to ground visitors in the concept of ‘home’. Aligned with the reopening, a three-month, contemporary exhibition is now on view. It comprises 15 intergenerational portraits of LGBTQ+ activists, including those who were present at the catalytic 1969 Stonewall Uprising, and those who have taken up their fight for equality since that time. Featuring the works of LGBTQ photographer Collier Schorr, selected works capture her postmodern aesthetic that conveyed skepticism of social norms tied to the less-than-fluid concept of identity in her time. (aliceausten.org)

In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson. An Intimate Portrait of a Baseball Legend at the Museum of the City of New York
Upper East Side, Manhattan
In 1947 Jackie Robinson joined NYC’s own Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first African American to play in the Major Leagues, breaking the long-standing color barrier. In honor of what would be his 100th birthday, the Museum of the City of New York is celebrating Robinson’s life and legacy with never-seen-before photos, rare family footage and published media that display the public’s perception of this groundbreaking athlete in the moment – through September 15. (mcny.org)

Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now at the Guggenheim
Upper East Side, Manhattan

Through January 5, 2020, a two-phase exhibition of the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe will conceptually align with NYC’s global celebration of diversity tied to WorldPride 2019. Phase one will highlight works in the Guggenheim’s collection including photographs of male and female nudes, explicit depictions of the S&M underground, mixed-media constructions, portraits of artists and celebrities and homoerotic images, among others. Phase two will capture his impact on the field of contemporary portraiture by spotlighting artists who draw inspiration from his oeuvre (guggenheim.org).

Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial ‘Nature’
Upper East Side, Manhattan

Co-organized with Cube design museum in The Netherlands, the sixth Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, which debuted in May, presents design as an essential tool in combatting climate related issues through examples of how it is being used to combat the related issues facing humanity. The call to action is on display now through January 20, 2020. (cooperhewitt.org)

City of Workers, City of Struggle at the Museum of the City of New York
Upper East Side, Manhattan

Open from May 1, 2019 through January 5, 2020, City of Workers, City of Struggle explores the history of working people’s movements in New York City. Rare documents, artifacts and footage on display cover the social, political and economic histories of diverse workers and movements, as well as the future of labor in the City (mcny.org).

Pip’s Island
Time Square, Manhattan

After a successful limited engagement in 2016, the immersive, family friendly theatrical experience once again leads children through a live video game style adventure at their permanent flagship location on west 42nd street. With the help of live performers, puppets, interactive set-pieces and animated characters, children are tasked with completing an hour long “heroes journey” to save the day, (pipsisland.com).

T. rex: The Ultimate Predator at the American Museum of Natural History
Upper West Side, Manhattan

As of this spring, the world’s most famous prehistoric predator has its own solo exhibit. From a vulnerable hatchling that rarely made it past age one to one of the most feared carnivores in history, this gallery will introduce visitors to the evolution of the Tyrannosaurus family. A new collection of fossils, virtual reality experiences and life-sized models are on display through August 9, 2020. (amnh.org)

Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art at the American Folk Art Museum
Upper West Side, Manhattan

Folk art has flourished in the heart of New York City since the 18th century. Through July 28, 2019, 100 works by self-taught artists will be on display to tell the story about New York City as the center of America’s financial and commercial world from two perspectives: “The Art of Business” and “The Business of Art”. (folkartmuseum.org)

El Museo del Barrio’s El Teatro
East Harlem, Manhattan

El Teatro, the historic 564-seat theater located at the Museum reopened in February in connection with the museums 50th anniversary celebrations this year, after a restoration to modify the design and improve the theater experience. El Museo del Barrio’s exhibition galleries also just reopened in September 2018, after a renovation implemented to improve and accommodate different works of art (elmuseo.org).

American Kennel Club's Museum of the Dog
Murray Hill, Manhattan
This January, 30 years after relocating to Missouri, a museum boasting one of the largest collections of canine-related art in the world returned to New York City. Upon opening at headquarters for the American Kennel Club, showcases over 700 original paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, sculptures, bronzes and porcelain figurines of man’s best friend (museumofthedog.org).

Guggenheim Museum 60th Anniversary Celebration
Upper East Side, Manhattan
The Frank Lloyd Wright–designed building is celebrating 60 years as an architectural icon with a bevy of commemorative events and offerings leading up to anniversary day in October. The schedule of celebrations, offered seven days of the week for the first time in the museum’s history, explore the history of the building and the connection between architecture and art in various ways throughout 2019. (guggenheim.org)

A City for Corduroy: Don Freeman’s New York at the Museum of the City of New York
East Harlem, Manhattan

Open through June 23, this exhibit examines the entirety of Don Freeman’s works centered on New York City including his beloved children’s classic The Adventures of Corduroy (published in 1968.) Lesser known works Pet of the Met and Hattie the Backstage Bat will be on view along with drawings, paintings and prints that depict the City and everyday New Yorkers in the 1930s (mcny.org).

Birdland Theater
Midtown, Manhattan

In July 2018, the Birdland Jazz Club—a cradle of talent and musical inspiration in NYC for nearly 70 years since opening in 1949—debuted a brand-new performance space on its lower level. The intimate 100-seat theater boasts cabaret, jazz, dance, burlesque, comedy and Broadway star performances (birdland.nyc).


Broadway shows include: Moulin Rouge! The Musical (June 28); Sea Wall / A Life (* Starring Jake Gyllenhaal August 8); Tea At Five (*Starring Faye Dunaway as Katharine Hepburn, Summer) ; Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (October 12 2019); Jagged Little Pill (Music and Lyrics by Alanis Morissette, November 3); West Side Story (December 1); My Name is Lucy Barton (January 6, 2020) The Notebook (in Development, with music by Ingrid Michaelson).

Off-Broadway performances coming soon include: Confederates (Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater; May 12-June 14,2020); Rock of Ages (Mint Theatre; June 19-September 29, 2019) Bat out of Hell - The Musical (New York City Center; July 30-September 22, 2019); Lizzie (Irene Diamond Stage, August 05-September 29); The Wrong Man (MCC; October 7-27, 2019); All the Natalie Portmans (MCC; February 24-March 15, 2020)

Rembrandt to Picasso: Five Centuries of European Works on Paper at the Brooklyn Museum
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Museum has collected European works on paper for more than 100 years. This show, highlighted by several pieces on view for the first time, will include preliminary studies, intimate portraits, vivid landscapes and more. On display from June 21 through October 13, the exhibition will showcase art by William Blake, Rosa Bonheur, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Francisco Goya, Vincent van Gogh, Édouard Manet and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (brooklynmuseum.org).

Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold Story at Guggenheim Museum
Upper East Side, Manhattan

This thematic exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work will take a retrospective look at poignant times in the artist’s career through the lens of his ever-evolving identity, as well as the role of cultural activism in New York City in the 1980s. Through paintings done by himself and others of his generation, the exhibit will present Basquiat’s exploration of the black identity and the various cultural circumstances that were enveloped by that study from June 21–November 6, 2019. (guggenheim.org)

PRIDE: Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond by Fred W. McDarrah – Museum of the City of New York
East Harlem, Manhattan

Beginning June 6, visitors can view NYC through the lens of a photographer who created an encyclopedic archive of culture and politics for The Village Voice. He conveyed the Beats of the 1950s, the counterculture of the ’60s, the Stonewall Uprising and major political events of the early 1970s. The exhibition features images of cultural icons such as Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan, with attention to gay liberation, anti–Vietnam War marches and the women’s movement, through November. (mcny.org)

Brazilian Modern: The Living Art Of Roberto Burle Marx – New York Botanical Garden
Bedford Park, The Bronx

From June 8 through September 29, visitors will experience the largest botanical exhibition ever in this new, garden-wide exhibition. Inspired by late Brazilian landscape artist and conservationist Burle Marx, highlights include: native plants of Brazil, bold landscape features that signify Marx, music and dance events celebrating the sights and sounds of Brazil and more. To avoid the crowds, Brazil Modern After Hours will feature live music and caipirinhas on select evenings from 6–8 p.m. (nybg.org)

Leonardo da Vinci's St. Jerome at the Met Fifth Avenue
Upper East Side, Manhattan

Beginning July 15, the Met will present Leonardo da Vinci’s painting Saint Jerome Praying in the Wilderness, on special loan from the Vatican Museums. This monumental masterpiece—on display through October 6—represents Jerome (A.D. 347–420), a major saint and theologian of the Christian Church, and provides viewers with an extraordinary glimpse into Leonardo’s creative process (metmuseum.org).

Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion – Brooklyn Museum
Crown Heights/Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

The first New York retrospective of the couturier in forty years will open July 20. Mainly sourced from his archive, the exhibition components delve into both fashion and Cardin’s contributions to furniture and design. His impact on innovative, futuristic couture across the 60s, 70s and 80s will be showcased in more than 170 objects from his atelier. (brooklynmuseum.org)

Fotografiska New York
Flatiron District, Manhattan

Fotografiska, the Stockholm-based, internationally renowned meeting place for the world’s best photography, will open its first U.S. location in New York City this September. The six-floor, 45,000 square-foot Fotografiska New York will be home to a multi-concept venue, featuring three floors of galleries, an esteemed hospitality partner, a highly curated retail offering, and a versatile event space, in a historic building and registered landmark constructed in the 1890s (fotografiska.com).

BAM Strong Opening in October 2019
Forte Green, Brooklyn

BAM Strong, an array of expanded BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) spaces and new features, is scheduled to open in October 2019 at the start of the 2019 Next Wave Festival. The project will unite the current BAM spaces along Fulton Street and allow for building improvements, greater accessibility, and institutional expansion (bam.org).

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
Bedford Park, The Bronx

On November 29, 2017, a ceremonial groundbreaking launched a $15.4 million addition and renovation to the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, the premier concert hall in the Bronx. The largest venue of its kind in the Bronx, with 2,310 seats in the concert hall, the center will benefit from approximately 5,600 square feet of added space, an expanded box office, new back and front of house, an elevator and other ADA compliant additions, set to open in late 2019 (lehmancenter.org).

LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theater
Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Restoration of the historic Paramount Theater—overseen by BSE Global on behalf of Long Island University—is underway as of July 2018. Legendary artists including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis performed at this iconic 20th-century music venue until it shuttered as a concert hall in 1962, prior to becoming an arena for LIU sports. Upon competition by the end of 2019, the restored theater will be an ideal event space for music, comedy, sports and private programs—complemented by food and beverage vendors on-site—accommodating up to 3,000 seated guests (liu.edu).

Jackie Robinson Museum
Lower Manhattan

The year 2019 marks the centennial of Jackie Robinson’s birth. Coming soon, the Jackie Robinson Museum—upon reaching its fundraising goals—would celebrate Jackie Robinson’s contributions to the civil rights movement from 1947, when he broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier. The new cultural organization would include an 18,500-square-foot Pantheon; a 75-seat theater; two flexible galleries to host traveling exhibits; a classroom; retail space and more, and would endeavor to promote dialogue surrounding social issues as Robinson did in his lifetime (jackierobinson.org).

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council – Arts Center at Governors Island
Governors Island

In September, the LMCC Arts Center will open, after a renovation of the building, as the first home for artists and art enthusiasts on Governors Island. In addition to holding studio space for development, inaugural exhibitions will include ‘Michael Wang: Extinct In New York’ and Yto Barrada with a reflection on her hometown and additional waterfront destinations, with a theme of insularity. Visitors to the island can anticipate yearly programming and events, artist residencies and more. (lmcc.net)

Marie-Joseé and Henry Kravis Studio - The Museum of Modern Art
Midtown, Manhattan

On October 21, the Marie-Joseé and Henry Kravis Studio will be unveiled, aligned with the reopening of The Museum of Modern Art. The studio is being billed as ‘the world’s first dedicated space for performance, process, and time-based art to be centrally integrated within the galleries of a major international Museum.’ Programming for the inaugural season includes but is not limited to: two series ‘Studio Now’ and ‘Studio Sound’; commissions by Adam Linder and Shahryar Nashat; a residency by Okwui Okpokwasili; a multimedia work by Haegue Yang and more. (press.moma.org)

J. Pierpont Morgan Library – The Morgan Library & Museum
Murray Hill, Manhattan

After an interior renovation in 2010, an exterior restoration is underway at the J. Pierpont Morgan Library. Designed by McKim, Mead & White at a cost of $12.5 Million, the project marks the first preservation of the landmark library’s Neoclassical exterior in its 112-year history. By December, masonry deterioration, roof conditions, fence and metalwork corrosion and sculpture conservation will have been addressed. By fall 2020, the restoration and reimagination of the grounds will also be complete. An exhibition chronicling the history of the Library will accompany the final unveiling. The library will remain open to visitors throughout the restoration process. (themorgan.org)

Louis Armstrong House Education Center
Corona, Queens

The 14,000 square-foot education center is slated to open in 2019-20 with a gallery, research collections, 68-seat jazz club and store (louisarmstronghouse.org).

Triennial of Asia: a Festival of Art, Ideas, and Innovation - Asia Society Museum
The first Triennial of Asia, a festival of art, ideas and innovation, will debut in spring 2020. The inaugural event is themed We Do Not Dream Alone, and will feature a multi-venue exhibition, policy discussions, forums and performances. Boon Hui Tan, Asia Society Museum director will co-curate the exhibition with Michelle Yun, Asia Society Museum senior curator of modern and contemporary art (asiasociety.org).

Chelsea, Manhattan

The Dia Art Foundation is currently in the midst of a massive expansion of it’s Chelsea location, which, upon completion in the fall of 2020, merge this Dia location’s three buildings on West 22nd Street will into a single 32,500 sqft art venue. The new venue joins the dynamic cultural institutions constellation of permanent sites and installations in New York, the American West, and Germany (diaart.org)

Irish Art Center New Space
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan

IAC’s decade-long institutional transformation will culminate next year when a state-of-the-art and multidisciplinary center is debuts in 2020 with renovations to the current facility and the addition of a brand new building. (Irishartcenter.org)

New York Public Library Midtown Manhattan Branch Renovations
Midtown, Manhattan

After closing in 2017 for a $200 million revamp. The New York Public Library’s Midtown Manhattan Branch is set to open next year with a totally re-envisioned interior, new programming and a public rooftop terrace just across Fifth Avenue from the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. (nypl.org)

Bronx Children’s Museum
South Bronx

The museum, which will provide more educational programs and exhibits to children and families than ever when it opens in 2020, broke ground in 2017 on a 12,800-square-foot space at the historic Bronx Terminal Market Powerhouse at Mill Pond Park. Kids’ Powerhouse Discovery Center will serve nearly 75,000 children each year and will feature interactive exhibits exploring the richness of the Bronx in arts, culture, community, natural resources, greening and energy. While construction takes place, the current facilities remain open. (bronxchildrensmuseum.org).

American Museum of Natural History
Upper West Side, Manhattan

The American Museum of Natural History is currently undergoing a $300 million expansion and is scheduled for completion in 2020. The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation will add 135,000 square feet of exhibit and lab space to the museum, with an innovative exterior design inspired by how materials are deposited over time (amnh.org).

Apollo Performing Arts Center
Harlem, Manhattan

The Apollo Theater is undergoing its first physical expansion in its nearly 85-year history. The Apollo Performing Arts Center is set for completion in fall 2020. Two new theaters and office space at the Victoria Theater Redevelopment Project will house the Classical Theatre of Harlem, Harlem Arts Alliance, and Jazzmobile, enhancing advocacy for African-American, Africandiasporic, and Harlem-based artists and culture. (apollotheater.org)

Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center
Lower Manhattan

In 2021, a 90,000-square-foot performing arts center will open at the World Trade Center, with Barbra Streisand as chairman. Constructed with translucent marble and glass, the venue will glow at night with internal light from performances inside its three tractable theaters, which can be combined to hold up to 1,200 guests. The flexible space will be a cultural hub for dance, music and other arts, as well as feature a lobby restaurant and bar space (theperelman.org).

Frick Collection Expansion
Upper East Side, Manhattan

In the summer of 2018, the museum successfully gained approval for an expansion of the 1914 Gilded Age mansion that houses its exhibitions and public programs. Planned improvements include a renovated lobby, new second level above the reception hall, new education center, a café and expanded museum shop. The expansion and enhancement, breaking ground in 2020 with completion expected in 2022, will provide unprecedented access to the original home of Henry Clay Frick and allow the museum to more prominently display the collection that has more than doubled since it originally opened in 1935. (frickfuture.org)

Metropolitan Museum of Art Renovation of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas Galleries
Upper East Side, Manhattan

Fifty years after the department devoted to the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas was founded, the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing it’s housed in will be completely renovated. The 40,000 square feet of gallery space on the south side of the museum will be overhauled and reimagined to better display the three major world traditions represented in the department's collection. Architect Kulapat Yantrasast is tasked with the $70 million project that will begin in late 2020 for competition in 2023. (metmuseum.org)