The five boroughs are home to hundreds of parks, museums and galleries, and the warmer months of the year are a great time to explore them. This summer will bring a number of exciting concerts and exhibitions to New York City. Here are some can’t-miss cultural events you can recommend to your clients.
Huma Bhabha: We Come in Peace
The Met Fifth Avenue’s stunning fifth-floor rooftop garden will feature an exhibition from Pakistani artist Huma Bhabha, who’s known for creating human figures from found materials. The outdoor gallery is also the perfect spot for your clients to take in Central Park and skyline views.
Through October 28
SummerStage, a series of outdoor concerts in public parks throughout the five boroughs, is a long-standing New York City tradition. Standout shows this year include those from Big Daddy Kane, Liam Gallagher, Broken Social Scene, Ginuwine and Kool & the Gang.
Through September 27, parks citywide
Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai’i
The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx is hosting a special exhibition that pairs still-life paintings by noted American artist Georgia O’Keeffe with the Hawaiian plants and flowers—bougainvillea, frangipani, heliconia, hibiscus and more tropical favorites—that inspired them. The show integrates art, horticulture and historical interpretation as it presents the Hawai’i that O’Keeffe saw during her visit to the islands in 1939.
Through October 28
Iran: Women Only
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, which sits along the borough’s scenic Grand Concourse, will display photos that put the spotlight on Iranian women. Photojournalist Randy H. Goodman, best known for her remarkable coverage of the occupation of the US embassy in Tehran in 1979, returned to Iran in 2015 to reconnect with the people she photographed earlier in her career, including two women involved in the embassy takeover.
June 6–September 23
Celebrating Bill Cunningham
Legendary New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham chronicled fashion both on the runway and off and was the subject of Bill Cunningham New York, a much-loved documentary film that explores decades spent documenting the City’s street style. This exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, located near Central Park, features not only his photographs but also memorabilia and personal correspondence that give new context to his work.
June 8–September 9
Escape in New York: Outdoor Films on Governors Island
Governors Island, a hilly car-free destination in New York Harbor that can be reached from Lower Manhattan by ferry, is the setting for the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s new outdoor film festival. The quirky lineup includes comedy classics like Desperately Seeking Susan and Ghostbusters as well as John Carpenter’s cult classic Escape from New York.
June 8–September 14
Warm Up 2018
One of the gems of the Long Island City art scene, MoMA PS1 is also home to Warm Up, a popular annual summer outdoor music series that is now in its 21st year. Three artists (Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of Dream the Combine and Clayton Binkley of Arup) collaborated on this year’s outdoor space, which is constructed anew in the museum’s courtyard each summer after a juried competition. “Hide & Seek,” this year’s winning design, is a kinetic environment that will feature nine intersecting elements.
June 30–September 1 (Saturdays)
Set to open in June, this unique exhibition at the charming Staten Island Museum features costumes and behind-the-scenes clips and stories from the TV series Impractical Jokers, starring Joe Gatto, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn and Sal Vulcano. Visitors can explore the four comedians’ journey from Staten Island’s Monsignor Farrell High School to performing together at Madison Square Garden.
July 13, 2018–March 17, 2019