NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization and convention and visitors bureau for the five boroughs of New York City, is encouraging local and regional visitors to take an “NYC-cation,” September 11–13, to enjoy arts and culture around the City as more museums and cultural institutions reopen and join the public art already on display across the five boroughs.

Visitors are encouraged to wear masks, practice social distancing and frequently wash/sanitize hands, as indicated in NYC & Company’s Stay Well NYC Pledge.

Below is a brief selection of arts and cultural institutions that have recently opened:

The Bronx:

  • New York–based artist Sanford Biggers’ exhibition Codeswitch at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, which opened yesterday, September 9, dives into African American culture and unlocks messages hidden in plain sight through his work in over 50 quilt-based pieces.
  • Walk over to Joyce Kilmer Park to see the Heinrich Heine Fountain, which depicts one of the poet’s famous poems “Die Lorelei,” based on a German mythical figure, Lorelei, who was transformed into a siren.  
  • Grab a bite to eat on the patio deck at Suyo Gastrofusion or at Hungry Bird, to close out the day.




  • The King Manor Museum is now open. Visit the historic home of Rufus King, who signed the US Constitution, fought in the American Revolution and was a dedicated antislavery advocate. The home is well-preserved so visitors can travel back in time and learn about a family that fought for equality and social justice in the 19th century.
  • Jamaica, Queens, is home to diverse and authentic cuisines. For some of the best Guyanese and Caribbean dishes in the borough, stop by Sybil’s Bakery and Restaurant.

Staten Island:

  • Reopening this week, the Alice Austen House Museum honors Alice Austen who captured more than 7,000 photographs of NYC and its immigrants. Some of Austen’s most acclaimed photographs broke boundaries by documenting intimate relationships between Victorian women. Currently on display is Powerful and Dangerous: The Words and Images of Audre Lorde, an exhibition that explores how Lorde’s words echo the sentiments of today’s social justice movements.
  • The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art also reopened this week and showcases the rich culture and art of Tibet and the Himalayan region. A selection of Marchais’ rare collection of sacred artifacts is currently on display.
  • While in Staten Island, grab a bite at Joe & Pat’s, one of the most famous pizzerias in all five boroughs for thin-crust pizza and vodka sauce.


  • Looking for more of an intimate tour of a NYC gallery? Art Smart Tours offers private guided tours of many of the City’s most iconic galleries, including the Chelsea Art Gallery.

The “NYC-cations” initiative supports All In NYC: Staycation Guides, which is part of NYC & Company’s All In NYC local revitalization effort.

About NYC & Company:
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