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New Museum

Make sure you don’t miss this highlight of the Lower East Side’s thriving contemporary art scene, which has an interior as remarkable as its iconic exterior.

Include the New Museum on a tour of the Lower East Side’s many fascinating galleries. This bold contemporary art museum dominates the surrounding cityscape. Wander its various exhibition areas and see paintings, sculptures and installations by cutting-edge artists from all over the world.

As its name suggests, the New Museum prides itself on offering highly current work, often created by emerging artists. However, the museum itself has actually been established as a must-see for art lovers for some time now. Stand outside and you will soon see why it drew so much attention for its architecture when it opened in 2007. Look up and you could easily worry that the building is going to fall on you. The eight floors of the gleaming white building are each slightly out of line with the others, giving the effect of an unbalanced tower of blocks. At night, lights shine out from between the joints of some of the levels, making the place look even more striking.

Walk through the doors and see how the characteristic look of the building is carried through to the interior space. Hear a talk in the basement auditorium, which is sometimes described as a “white box.” Here, the walls, floor, celling and even the chairs are gleaming white. Head up to the galleries to see work by the likes of Carol Rama, Kaari Upson and Elaine Cameron-Weir.

When you’ve finished at the New Museum, explore the many other great sights the area has to offer. On a Saturday, head to Hester Street Fair to pick up vintage clothes and tasty food. Check out one of the other galleries in the area. Find Salon 94 Bowery just a few steps away, or visit the nearby Sargent’s Daughters. Both regularly receive great reviews for their diverse and frequently changing exhibitions.

Visit the New Museum any day except Monday, when it is closed. Check the program for evening events, which are held on Thursdays. You do need to pay to access the exhibitions, but if you don’t want to go in, it is still worth visiting just to see the striking building.


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PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel

PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel

215 Chrystie St, New York
4.0
of 5, from 66 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bowery, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of New Museum and New York University. New York Stock Exchange and Federal Reserve Bank of New York are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$139
The Bowery House

The Bowery House

220 Bowery, New York
3.1
of 5, from 214 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bowery, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of New Museum and New York University. Brooklyn Bridge and New York Stock Exchange are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$179
Off Soho Suites Hotel

Off Soho Suites Hotel

11 Rivington St, New York
3.8
of 5, from 208 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

This New York aparthotel is 2 blocks from Manhattan's Chinatown, Little Italy, and SoHo; the East Village is one mile away.

Direct Loft at 8 Rivington Street

Direct Loft at 8 Rivington Street

8 Rivington Street Between Bowery And Ch, New York
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Bowery, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of New Museum and New York University. New York Stock Exchange and Brooklyn Bridge are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$161
Gatsby Hotel – an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Gatsby Hotel – an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

135 E Houston St, New York
3.7
of 5, from 30 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Chinatown, Little Italy, the East Village, the Lower East Side, and SoHo's chic shops are within 6 blocks of this downtown Manhattan boutique hotel. New York University is a half-mile away.

$234
The Nolitan

The Nolitan

30 Kenmare St, New York
4.5
of 5, from 174 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Nolita, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of New Museum and New York University. New York Stock Exchange and Brooklyn Bridge are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$148
The Ridge Hotel

The Ridge Hotel

151 East Houston Street, New York
4.2
of 5, from 133 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Bowery, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of New Museum and New York University. New York Stock Exchange and Brooklyn Bridge are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$175
The Sohotel

The Sohotel

341 Broome St, New York
3.7
of 5, from 235 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Nolita, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of New Museum and New York University. New York Stock Exchange and Brooklyn Bridge are also within 2 mi (3 km).