New York City is always changing, which makes it the perfect destination for both first-time visitors and travelers who think they have seen it all. From the all-new Museum of Broadway in Times Square to Staten Island’s first artisanal food hall, there’s a lot to look forward to in 2020. Here are just some of the highlights.
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American Museum of Natural History
This revered institution has broken ground on a $383 million expansion that will see the addition of the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, featuring new exhibition and learning spaces. The museum will remain open during construction.
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Apollo Performing Arts Center
Next fall Harlem’s storied Apollo Theater will debut its much-anticipated Apollo Performing Arts Center within the Victoria Theater Redevelopment Project at 233 West 125th Street. The venture will add two new theaters to the mixed-use housing and retail complex, enabling the Apollo to grow not only its regular programming but its community and educational programs as well.
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It’s easy for NYC visitors to access Empire Outlets, Staten Island’s new outlet mall, since it’s located just steps from the ferry landing in St. George. The development—home to stores like Jockey and Nordstrom Rack—is set to welcome new eateries like an outpost of Greenwich Village’s beloved falafel joint Mamoun’s; MRKTPL, a food hall from the creative team behind Manhattan’s Gansevoort Market and Brooklyn’s North 3rd Street Market; and a branch of Danny Meyer’s fast-casual Shake Shack.
Stockholm-based photography collective Fotografiska will open a 45,000-square-foot (4,181-square-meter) New York City branch at 281 Park Avenue South in 2020. Fotografiska NYC’s inaugural exhibition will feature work from Tawny Chatmon, Adi Nes, Helene Schmitz, Anastasia Taylor-Lind and Ellen von Unwerth.
Courtesy, Luna Park
An expansion at Coney Island’s Luna Park will bring a new open-air eatery, arcade games, a log-flume ride with 12 boats and several ropes courses and zip lines to the much-loved Brooklyn amusement district in 2020.
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The Met Fifth Avenue
The storied Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper East Side is pushing the boat out to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2020. Making The Met, 1870–2020, a commemorative exhibition of more than 250 of the museum’s most inspiring and provocative works of art, is set to open March 30 and run through August 2. Next year will also see the debut of the Annie Laurie Aitken and Josephine Mercy Heathcote Galleries, stocked with almost 700 works of British decorative arts and design from the museum’s permanent collection.
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Museum of Broadway
A pop-up museum honoring the City’s theater scene will open in Times Square this spring. The Museum of Broadway will be a fully immersive experience where visitors can learn about the history of the Great White Way and gain a behind-the-scenes perspective on how theatrical productions are staged.
Kusama with Pumpkin, 2010 (c) YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/ Singapore/ Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York
New York Botanical Garden
The Bronx’s 250-acre (1-million-square-meter) New York Botanical Garden will host a special exhibition from Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who is celebrated for her engagement with the natural world. Kusama’s trademark mirrored environments and oversized polka-dotted forms of flowers, fruits and vegetables will be on display throughout the garden, along with several works commissioned specifically for the show, which is set to open May 9, 2020 and run through November 1.