The Official Site of New York City Vacation Packages (NYCVP)                 Expert Travel Advice since 1983     facebook   twitter   blog
HOME  |  911 Memorial Tours  |  Statue of Liberty Tours  |  Buy Sightseeing  |  Price a Vacation  |  Theater  |  NYC Restaurants  |  NYC Map  |  Contact Us


      


Hotel Check-in Date


Nights      Rooms
Adults   Children


Book a Hotel in NYC
NYC Calendar of Events
Free Museums in NYC - Free NYC Attractions
Visiting NYC in Winter
NYC Holiday Lighting Ceremonies
NYC Holiday Markets
Visiting NYC in Spring
Earth Day in New York City
Free Summer Concerts
Free Summer Movies 2014
Shakespeare in the Park
Broadway in Bryant Park
Harlem Week
Halloween Events in NYC
NYC Dining & Restaurants
NYC Transportation
NYC Map
NYC Weather
NYCVP Brochure
NYC History
NYCVP Newsletter
Up to $50 per person in FREE Bonus Features Included
(not included with Atlantic City hotels)

FREE ADMISSION
to your choice of

- Empire State Building Observatory
- Museum of the City of New York
- The South Street Seaport Museum
- NY Water Taxi Statue
of Liberty Flex Pass
AND
FREE ADMISSION
to your choice of

- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- American Museum of
Natural History
- Top of the Rock Observation Deck

All taxes on included features
Shopping discounts
24-hour Emergency Travel Assistance

NYC Destination Specialists
available to make your ...

NYC Vacation Planning
EASY!


New York City Events Calendar

Buy tickets to the IMAX Movie "Mysteries of the Unseen World" at the American Museum of Natural History

What are the best things to do in NYC? In our New York City events calendar we've put together a list of NYC museums exhibits, free things to do in NYC, entertainment and sports - all the best NYC events. With so many fun things to do in NYC, you'll never want to leave!

Winter highlights in NYC include unparalleled exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, Freedom Comprehensive Tour - Ground Zero 911 Memorial & Statue of Liberty, and so many more great NYC events! 

Submitting Events to the New York City Calendar

If you would like to submit an event to the NYCVP calendar of events, please send an email to information@nyctrip.com (please use the same format as the events listed on this page). Please allow 7-10 days for approved submissions to appear on our NYC calendar.

The Best Things to Do in NYC -- New York City Events Calendar

Dark Universe - Space Show at the Museum of Natural HistoryDark Universe Space Show at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Ongoing
As scientists unravel the complexities of the cosmos, key findings are revealing amazing new frontiers for exploration. Come along on a journey about what we already know -- and about the mysteries we have yet to solve -- in Dark Universe, a new Space Show in the Hayden Planetarium.
Go beyond the night sky and into deep space to find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy. You'll hurtle through Jupiter's atmosphere, peer at the web of dark matter holding galaxies together, and watch the colorful remains of the universe's beginnings unfold.
Experience Dark Universe to celebrate the pivotal moments that have brought us unprecedented knowledge of the universe and our place in it -- and glimpse the exciting future of cosmic exploration.
Buy Tickets to Dark Universe at the American Museum of Natural History
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street

NYC Freedom Comprehensive Tour - 9/11Freedom Comprehensive Tour - Ground Zero 911 Memorial & Statue of Liberty
Date: Daily at 9am
This tour combines a walking tour around the site of the former World Trade Center Twin Towers - Ground Zero - and a tour of historic Lower Manhattan.
The walking tour ends at Battery Park where you'll board the ferry to the Statue of Liberty.
Location: Tours depart from in front of the 53rd Street Gourmet Deli, 53rd Street between 6th & 7th Avenues
Buy tickets to the Freedom Comprehensive Tour - Ground Zero 911 Memorial & Statue of Liberty
Date: November-April 2014
Ice skating in New York City is the ultimate winter experience! Whether you're skating at the world-famous Rockefeller Center or Central Park's Wollman Rink, Bryant Park or Chelsea Piers, or just watching as thousands of locals and tourists take a spin on the ice, you will be part of a beloved winter tradition. There is ice skating in all boroughs of New York City - Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and The Bronx!
Location:
Throughout New York City

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): Artist/NovelistArtist/Novelist at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Date: Through March 31, 2014
This exhibition presents a selection of experiments with novels from throughout the past hundred years. Early in the 20th century, modern artists illustrated canonical novels, while others conceived works of their own. In subsequent decades, artists and writers continued to integrate texts and images. In the 1960s and 1970s, a period of bold experimentation with books as an art form, practitioners engaged with conceptual, formal, and political aspects of the novel. In the 1980s, the novel became a site of critical interrogation through appropriations, 'altered books,' and parodies. New fusions of image and text appeared in the graphic novels and photobooks of the 1990s. Today, artists continue to reinvent the novel, exploring the implications of digital texts, reimagining the traditional book, and playing with literary conventions.
Enjoy a Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Vacation Package in NYC

Buy tickets to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

Macy's Flower Show 2014: The Secret Garden
Date: March 23-April 6, 2014
Detailed information coming soon!
Location: Macy's Herald Square

NYC Events, Yankee StadiumYankees Baseball Games 2014
Date: April 1-September, 2014
Buy tickets to select NY Yankees games, including transportation to and from the new Yankees Stadium. Or enjoy a NY Yankees Baseball Vacation
Location: Yankees Stadium, Bronx NY


Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC -American West in BronzeThe American West in Bronze, 1850–1925 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through April 13, 2014
At the turn of the twentieth century, artistic representations of American Indians, cowboys and cavalry, pioneers and prospectors, and animals of the plains and the mountains served as visual metaphors for the Old West and, as such, were collected eagerly by an urban-based clientele. Through some sixty-five bronze sculptures by twenty-eight artists, this exhibition will explore the aesthetic and cultural impulses behind the creation of statuettes with American western themes so popular with audiences then and now. In addition to representative sculptures by such archetypal artists as Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, the exhibition will explore the work of sculptors who infrequently pursued western subjects—such as James Earle Fraser and Paul Manship—yet profoundly informed widespread appreciation of the American bronze statuette. The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925 will offer a fresh and balanced look at the multifaceted roles played by these sculptors in creating three-dimensional interpretations of western life, whether those interpretations are based on historical fact, mythologized fiction, or, most often, something in between.
Buy Tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC - Metropolitan Vanities: History of the Dressing TableMetropolitan Vanities: The History of the Dressing Table at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through April 13, 2014
The exhibition will focus on the history of the dressing table, or vanity, exploring the antecedents presaging the modern vanity—beginning with ancient Egyptian decorative boxes used to hold cosmetic ephemera and Asian cosmetic carriers. The dressing table as we know it today originated in Europe in the late seventeenth century, specifically in England and France where high society patrons began commissioning luxurious specialized furniture from craftsmen and furniture makers. Few types of furniture have revealed more about changing social customs, leisure pursuits, and popular taste of the past several centuries than the dressing table.
Buy Tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

American Museum of Natural History - IMAX movie - Mysteries of the Unseen WorldMysteries of the Unseen World IMAX Movie at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Ongoing; Mysteries of the Unseen World will be shown in 3D digital and 2D film. (2D film showings: 10:30am; 11:30am; 1:30pm; and 3:30pm. 3D digital showings: 12:30pm; 2:30pm; and 4:30pm.)
See It in 3D! Mysteries of the Unseen World will transport audiences to places on this planet that they have never been before, to see things that are beyond their normal vision, yet literally right in front of their eyes.
The film will reveal phenomena that can’t be seen with the naked eye, taking audiences into earthly worlds secreted away in different dimensions of time and scale.
High-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology are just a few of the advancements in science that now allow us to see a whole new universe of things, events, creatures, and processes we never even knew existed and now give us new “super powers” to see beyond what is in front of us.
Visually stunning and rooted in cutting-edge research, Mysteries of the Unseen World will leave audiences in complete thrall as they begin to understand the enormity of the world they can’t see, a world that exists in the air they breathe, on their own bodies, and in all of the events that occur around them minute-by-minute, and nanosecond-by-nanosecond. And with this understanding comes a new appreciation of the wonder and possibilities of science.
Buy Tickets to Mysteries of the Unseen World at the American Museum of Natural History
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street

The Orchid Show at the NY Botanical GardenThe Orchid Show at the NY Botanical Garden
Date: March 1-April 21, 2014
Mesmerizing and seductive, The Orchid Show is a yearly celebration of the orchid in all its amazing forms.
The 11th annual exhibition celebrates this storied flower in all its amazing forms with thousands of brilliantly colored orchids. The largest exhibition of its kind in the United States also offers insight into caring for orchids, music from around the world, and a gorgeous setting for evening cocktails.
Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Tens of thousands of blooms--blue and purple vandas, green and yellow cymbidiums, delicate pink and white moth orchids, and more--stand out amid stately palms and exotic tropical leaves.
Location: 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY - Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Tribeca Film Festival, New York CityNew York CIty Tribeca Film Festival
Date: April 16-27, 2014
Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center, New York City to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture.
The Festival’s mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. Tribeca Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors.
Location: Throughout downtown Manhattan
More information about the Tribeca Film Festival

New Yok International Auto Show at Javits CenterNew York International Auto Show
Date: April 18-27, 2014
2014 marks the 114th anniversary of the New York International Auto Show, North America's first and largest attended auto show. Featuring 1,000 vehicles plus the latest in tech, safety and innovation in nearly 900,000 sq ft. It is one of the hottest tickets in town.
Location: Jacob Javits Convention Center - 11th Avenue between 34th and 40th Streets

More information about the New York International Auto Show

Cherry Blossoms Hanami at Brooklyn Botanical GardenCherry Blossom Season (Hanami) at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Date: April 2014
Hanami at BBG follows the Japanese tradition of enjoying each moment of the cherry blossom season. BBG's many species of cherry trees bloom at different times, culminating in a magnificent display on Cherry Esplanade.
Location: Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - 900 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
More information about the Cherry Blossom Season (Hanami) at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): Ileana SonnabendIleana Sonnebend: Ambassador for the New at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Date: Through April 21, 2014
During a career spanning half a century, Ileana Sonnabend (1914–2007) helped shape the course of postwar art in Europe and North America. A gallerist and noted collector, Sonnabend discovered and championed many of the most significant artists of her time. Among the important works she owned is Robert Rauschenberg's Combine Canyon (1959), which the Sonnabend family donated to The Museum of Modern Art in 2012. In celebration of this extraordinary gift, Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New explores Sonnabend’s legendary eye through selected works of art that she presented in her eponymous galleries in Paris and New York.
Enjoy a Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Vacation Package in NYC

Buy tickets to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

Earth Day Events in New York City
Earth Day 2014 Events in New York City

Date: April 22-24, 2014
On April 22, 1970, in response to widespread environmental degradation, Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin, called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day. Over 20 million people participated that year, and Earth Day is now observed each year on April 22 by more than 500 million people and national governments in 175 countries. The events in Union Square begin with out CO2 E Drive and green-vehicle runway show, which highlight a wide range of vehicles including vehicles from Toyota, Honda, Mazda, and the City of New York's own green fleet. The green-vehicle runway show is followed by a green-vehicle exhibition, live performances, dozens of exhibits, and family-friendly activities.
Our two-day Earth Day events at Grand Central will include exhibits by various partner organizations, providing information on how you can green your lifestyle with sustainable activities, products, and services.
Location: Union Square and Grand Central's Vanderbilt Hall

New York City Green Festival at Pier 94
NYC Green Festival
Date: April 26-27, 2014, 10am-6pm
New York City Green Festival launches its third year April 26-27 at a new venue, Pier 94! At Green Festival®, there is something for everyone interested in living a more sustainable and healthier life. Experience the widest selection of products and services to work green, play green and live green – from food, fashion and health, to energy, construction and design. Enjoy vegan and vegetarian cooking demos, educational activities for kids and families, panels featuring inspirational speakers, and live music and entertainment. Shop in our unique marketplace of more than 300 eco-friendly businesses - everything from all-natural body care products and organic clothing to Fair Trade gifts, beautiful home renovations made from renewable resources, plus vegan and vegetarian offerings based on organic, non-GMO or local, artisanal foods.
For the past 13 years, Green Festival has been committed to helping people in America find solutions to make our families and communities healthier – socially, economically and environmentally. Join us at the largest and longest-running sustainability event in the country, and celebrate Earth Month with the best in green living.
Location: Pier 94, 711 12th Avenue (55th Street and the West Side Highway)

Sakya Matsuri Festival - Brooklyn Botanic GardenSakura Matsura Festival at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Date: April 26-27, 2014, 10am-6pm
Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival at BBG, offers over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The festival marks the end of Hanami, the Japanese cultural tradition of enjoying each moment of the cherry blossom season.
Location: Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - 900 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

More information about Sakura Matsura Festival at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC - Antonio CanovaAntonio Canova: The Seven Last Works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through April 27, 2014
Antonio Canova (1757–1822), the greatest of all Neoclassical sculptors, remains famous above all for the elegant nude mythological subjects that he carved exquisitely in marble. He also worked in a deeply serious, deceptively simple style. This less familiar Canova is revealed in an extraordinary series of full-scale plaster models illustrating episodes from the Old and New Testaments. Such models, used to review his compositions before they were transferred into stone, were a distinctive feature of his sculptural practice. These Biblical scenes were made in connection with a project for thirty-two low reliefs that were to adorn the Tempio Canoviano, the church he built for his home town Possagno, which later became the artist's mausoleum. He completed only seven models before his death.
Six of the reliefs come from the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, and one from the Gipsoteca in Possagno. Newly restored, they will be lent for the first time to the United States. Drawing inspiration from ancient sculpture and early Renaissance masters, the models are striking for the marked linearity of the figures, arranged in brilliantly syncopated compositions. They constitute Canova's last, profoundly moving masterworks.
Buy Tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Shorewalkers NYC - The Great SaunterThe Great Saunter
Date: May 3, 2013
Experience New York City like you never have before! The Shorewalkers will hold the 28th annual Great Saunter—a 32-mile walk around Manhattan's rim. The pace is steady, but not fast. Most of the route is fairly flat. We keep to the waterside as much as possible. There is no rain date; we will go rain or shine. The Great Saunter is a World Famous Civic Event that attracts tourists and walkers from New York, as well as other states, and countries. It is truly an international event in an international city! The Great Saunter has received support from New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, and the Manhattan Borough President.
Location: Meet at Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl St.  off Broad St.
More information about The Great Saunter in New York City

New York City 5 Boro Bike Ride5 Boro Bike Ride in NYC
Date: May 4, 2014
Held annually the first Sunday in May, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour presented by REI is America’s largest cycling event. The Tour is co-produced by Bike New York and the New York City Department of Transportation. The event provides participants the unique and fun experience to bike through all five boroughs – a 40 mile, car-free ride for 32,000 cyclists.
More information about the 5 Boro Bike Ride in NYC

Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC - Charles MarvilleCharles Marville: Photographer of Paris at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through May 4, 2014
Widely acknowledged as one of the most talented photographers of the nineteenth century, Charles Marville (French, 1813–1879) was commissioned by the city of Paris to document both the picturesque, medieval streets of old Paris and the broad boulevards and grand public structures that Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann built in their place for Emperor Napoleon III. This exhibition presents a selection of around one hundred of his photographs.
Marville achieved moderate success as an illustrator of books and magazines early in his career. It was not until 1850 that he shifted course and took up photography—a medium that had been introduced just eleven years earlier. His poetic urban views, detailed architectural studies, and picturesque landscapes quickly garnered praise. Although he made photographs throughout France, Germany, and Italy, it was his native city—especially its monuments, churches, bridges, and gardens—that provided the artist with his greatest and most enduring source of inspiration.
Buy Tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location:

Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC - The Refusal of Time: William KentridgeWilliam Kentridge: The Refusal of Time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through May 11, 2014
A new joint acquisition by the Met and SFMOMA, William Kentridge's five-channel video installation The Refusal of Time (2012) is a thirty-minute meditation on time and space, the complex legacies of colonialism and industry, and the artist's own intellectual life. Kentridge was born in 1955 in Johannesburg, where he still lives and works. After drama school, Kentridge was active in theater and television production in the 1970s and 1980s. By the 1990s—coinciding with the abolishment of apartheid in South Africa—Kentridge's live theater work and the stop-motion animated films he developed from charcoal drawings found an increasingly international audience.
Buy Tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
 Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Ninth Avenue Food Festival NYC41st Annual Ninth Avenue International Food Festival
Date: May 17-18, 2014, 12-5pm
The Ninth Avenue International Food Festival, blends international cuisine, art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods. Adjacent to Times Square, America’s number one tourist destination. The Festival is New York’s oldest and largest continuous Food Festival, drawing over 200,000 visitors over the corse of the two day festival weekend. From open to close, visitors can browse the offerings of 15 City Blocks of gourmet food and beverages. Asian to Cajun and everything edible, along with fine art and crafts and an entire city block of family friendly children’s games and entertainment.
No entrance fee.
Rain or Shine!
Location: 9th Avenue from 42nd to 57th Street
More information about the 41st Annual Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

New York AIDS WAlk 2013New York AIDS Walk 2014
Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014
AIDS Walk New York is a powerful and inspiring day in Central Park and on the streets of New York City. On May 18, 2014, we will honor those who continue to fight, embrace new allies, remember loved ones lost, and work to realize a future without AIDS.
Location: Central Park
More information about the 2013 New York AIDS Walk

Radiant Light at the Metropolitan Museum of ArtRadiant Light: Stained Glass from Canterbury Cathedral at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date:
Through May 18, 2014
This exhibition of stained glass from England's historic Canterbury Cathedral features six Romanesque-period windows that have never left the cathedral precincts since their creation in 1178–80.
Founded in 597, Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest Christian structures in England. It was an important pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages—as witnessed by Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, a literary masterpiece from the fourtheenth century—and is also the cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion worldwide. Recent repairs to the stonework of the magnificent historic structure necessitated the removal of several delicate stained-glass windows of unparalleled beauty. While the restoration of the walls has been undertaken, the stained glass has also been conserved.
Buy Tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

2014 Whitney Biennial
Date: Through May 25, 2014
The 2014 Whitney Biennial will take a bold new form as three curators from outside the Museum—Stuart Comer (Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at MoMA), Anthony Elms (Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia), and Michelle Grabner (artist and Professor in the Painting and Drawing Department at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago)—each oversee one floor, representing a range of geographic vantages and curatorial methodologies.
Donna De Salvo, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs at the Whitney, noted: "The 2014 Biennial brings together the findings of three curators with very distinct points of view. There is little overlap in the artists they have selected and yet there is common ground. This can be seen in their choice of artists working in interdisciplinary ways, artists working collectively, and artists from a variety of generations. Together, the 103 participants offer one of the broadest and most diverse takes on art in the United States that the Whitney has offered in many years."
This Biennial will be the last to take place in the Whitney Museum of American Art's building at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street before the Museum moves downtown to its new building in the spring of 2015.
Location: Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street

American Museum of Natural History: Butterly Conservatory
Date: Through May 26, 2014
This exhibition, an annual favorite, features up to 500 live, free-flying tropical butterflies from the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The butterflies are housed in a vivarium that approximates their natural habitat, includes live flowering plants that serve as nectar sources, and features controlled artificial light, temperature, and humidity. Featured species include iridescent blue morpho butterflies, striking scarlet swallowtails, and large owl butterflies. Text panels located immediately outside the vivarium offer information about the evolution and life cycle of butterflies, including explanations of mimicry, diversity, and butterflies’ important role in conservation
Enjoy a Museum of Natural History Vacation Package
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street

New York Historical Society: Audubon's Aviary: Part II of The Complete FlockAudobon's Aviary: Part II of the Complete Flock at the New-York Historical Society
Date: March 21, 2014 - May 26, 2014
Part II of the highly successful tripartite series Audubon's Aviary: The Complete Flock will continue showcasing masterpieces from the New-York Historical Society collection of John James Audubon's preparatory watercolors for the sumptuous double-elephant-folio print edition of The Birds of America (1827–38), engraved by Robert Havell Jr. Part II of The Complete Flock will feature the watercolor models for Havell plates 176–305 (fascicles 36–61), including many of the water birds from his southern travels and the Labrador Expedition. 
Location: New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Street
Buy tickets to the New-York Historical Society
The Passions of Jean Baptiste Carpeaux at the Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: March 10-May 26, 2014
About 160 works, including sculptures, paintings, and drawings, will be organized around the major projects that Carpeaux undertook during his brief and stormy career. His genius for portraiture will shine particularly, and there will be groupings of drawings and models to trace the evolution of such masterpieces in marble as the Musée d'Orsay's Prince Impérial with the Dog Nero and the Metropolitan Museum's own Ugolino and His Sons.
Buy Tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

NYC Museums: American Museum of Natural History: Picturing Science
Date: Through May 31, 2014
More than 20 sets of large-format images showcase the wide range of research being conducted at the Museum as well as how various optical tools are used in scientific studies. Whether Museum scientists are studying parasites, people, or planets in other solarsystems, cutting-edge imaging technologies such as infrared photography, scanning electron microscopes, and CT scanners now make it possible to examine details that were previously unobservable. This exhibition, curated by Mark Siddall, curator in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology, features more than 20 sets of large-format images that showcase the wide range of research being conducted at the Museum as well as how various optical tools are used in scientific studies. 
Enjoy a Museum of Natural History Vacation Package
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA):Frank Lloyd Wright and the CityFrank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Disposal at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Date: Through June 1, 2014
Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal celebrates the recent joint acquisition of Frank Lloyd Wright's extensive archive by MoMA and Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. Through an initial selection of drawings, films, and large-scale architectural models, the exhibition examines the tension in Wright’s thinking about the growing American city in the 1920s and 1930s, when he worked simultaneously on radical new forms for the skyscraper and on a comprehensive plan for the urbanization of the American landscape titled 'Broadacre City.' Visitors encounter the spectacular 12-foot-by-12-foot model of this plan, which merges one of the earliest schemes for a highway flyover with an expansive, agrarian domain. Promoted and updated throughout Wright’s life, the model toured the country for several years in the 1930s, beginning with a display at Rockefeller Center. This dispersed vision is paired with Wright's innovative structural experiments for building the vertical city. Projects, from the early San Francisco Call Building (1912), to Manhattan’s St. Mark's-in-the-Bouwerie Towers (1927–31), to a polemical mile-high skyscraper, engage questions of urban density and seek to bring light and landscape to the tall building. Highlighting Wright’s complex relationship to the city, the material reveals Wright as a compelling theorist of both its horizontal and vertical aspects. His work, in this way, is not only of historic importance but of remarkable relevance to current debates on urban concentration.
Enjoy a Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Vacation Package in NYC

Buy tickets to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

NYC Governors Ball Music FestivalGovernors Ball Music Festival
Date: June 6-8, 2014
The Governor’s Ball Music Festival is a 3-day festival featuring some of the biggest and best live acts in electronic, dance, hip hop, and indie music. Featuring Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, and so  many more amazing artists!
Location: Randall's Island Park

NYC Calendar Big Apple Barbecue Block PartyNYC 11th Annual Big Apple Barbecue
Date: June 7-8, 2014, 11am-6pm
The BIG BARBECUE BLOCK PARTY is one of the country's premiere festivals, attracting people from near and far to celebrate America's authentic culinary and musical traditions. Event admission is free for this weekend long event that boasts award-winning barbecue and Southern-inspired fare from the country's top pitmasters, live performances from emerging and established musical artists, and daily seminars that include cooking demonstrations from top chefs. Proceeds from the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party support the Madison Square Park Conservancy, the organization responsible for the beauty, ongoing maintenance, and programming of this historic park.
Location: Madison Square Park, Madison Avenue Between 23rd and 26th Street
More information about Ne York City's 11th Annual Big Apple Barbecue
Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYCNYC National Puerto Rican Day Parade
Date: Sunday, June 8, 2014, begins at 11am
The parade marches along Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street and has grown to become the largest demonstration of ethnic pride in the nation. Since 1957, the parade has been a cultural icon and a permanent fixture of the Puerto Rican diaspora. Over 80,000 people participate in the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City each year. Over two million people attend the Puerto Rican Day Parade and many more watch it on television.
The Theme for this year parade is “Celebrating the natural beauty of Puerto Rico,” in an effort to educate the community of how to preserve the natural beauty of our island.
Location: Fifth Avenue from 44th to 79th Street
More information about the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC

Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC - Tibet and India Buddhist Traditions and Transformations Tibet and India: Buddhist Traditions and Transformations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through June 8, 2014
This exhibition singles out two periods when the Buddhist Tibetan tradition drew from outside influences to develop new vocabularies of form. In the eleventh and twelfth centuries, after a period of political and religious disruption, contact with the great monasteries of North India led to considerable exchange. Looking from the Indian perspective, the exhibition examines how esoteric imagery, texts, and Vajrayana ritual practices contributed to reshaping the complex religious landscape of Tibet. Today, contemporary Tibetan artists are again addressing and incorporating ideas central to the current global reality, in an effort to recontextualize long-standing core Buddhist ideals. The exhibition will include five loans and eighteen objects drawn from department holdings. Buy Tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): Isaac JulienMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA): Gauguin: MetamorphosesGaughin: Metamorphoses at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Date: March 8-June 8, 2014
This exhibition focuses on Paul Gauguin’s rare and extraordinary prints and transfer drawings, and their relationship to his better-known paintings and his sculptures in wood and ceramic. Comprising approximately 150 works, including some 120 works on paper and a critical selection of some 30 related paintings and sculptures, it is the first exhibition to take an in-depth look at this overall body of work.
Created in several discreet bursts of activity from 1889 until his death in 1903, these remarkable works on paper reflect Gauguin’s experiments with a range of mediums, from radically “primitive” woodcuts that extend from the sculptural gouging of his carved wood reliefs, to jewel-like watercolor monotypes and large, mysterious transfer drawings. Gauguin’s creative process often involved repeating and recombining key motifs from one image to another, allowing them to evolve and metamorphose over time and across mediums. Printmaking, which by definition involves transferring and multiplying images, provided him with many new and fertile possibilities for transposing his imagery. Gauguin embraced the subtly textured surfaces, nuanced colors, and accidental markings that resulted from the unusual processes that he devised, for they projected a darkly mysterious and dreamlike vision of life in the South Pacific, where he spent most of the final 12 years of his life.
Enjoy a Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Vacation Package in NYC

Buy tickets to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Location:Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC - Cleopatra's Needle in Central ParkCleopatra's Needle at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through June 8, 2014
This exhibition celebrates the Central Park Conservancy's upcoming conservation on the obelisk of Thutmose III, popularly known as "Cleopatra's Needle." Relying primarily on the Metropolitan's own collection, enhanced with several important loans from local museums and private lenders, it explores the meaning of obelisks in ancient Egyptian divine and funerary cults and considers how these massive monuments were created and erected. An equally important part of the presentation shows the significance of this ancient architectural form in western culture and how a longstanding fascination with obelisks ultimately led to the erection of the one in Central Park. This portion of the exhibition is illustrated through a selection of paintings, prints, textiles, and other objects from the departments of European Paintings, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Drawings and Prints, and the American Wing.
Buy Tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Museum Mile Festival NYC36th Annual New York City Museum Mile Festival
Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 6-9pm
One day a year, for the past 36 years, ten of the country’s finest museums —all ones that call Fifth Avenue home— collectively open their doors from 6pm – 9pm for free to New Yorkers and visitors for a mile-long block party and visual art celebration. This traffic-free, music- and art-filled celebration fills the street and sidewalks of Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th street, the mile now officially designated as Museum Mile. Over 50,000 visitors attend the festival annually.
Location: Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th Streets
More information about the Museum Mile Festival
Buy tickets in advance to your favorite New York City museums and attractions

Date: March 7, 2014 - June 15, 2014
In 1968, photographer Bill Cunningham embarked on an eight-year project to document the architectural riches and fashion history of New York City. Scouring the city's thrift stores, auction houses, and street fairs for vintage clothing, and scouting sites on his bicycle, Cunningham generated a photographic essay entitled Façades, which paired models in period costumes with historic settings. 
Location: New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Street 
Buy tickets to the New-York Historical Society
Coney Island Mermaid Parade31st Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Date: June 21, 2014, 1pm
The Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade in the nation. A celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside, it showcases over 1,500 creative individuals from all over the five boroughs, opening the summer with incredible art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride. The parade highlights Coney Island Pageantry based on a century of many Coney parades, celebrates the artistic vision of the masses, and ensures that the summer season is a success by bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the amusement area in a single day.
Founded in 1983 by Coney Island USA, the not-for-profit arts organization that also produces the Coney island Circus Sideshow, the Mermaid Parade pays homage to Coney Island's forgotten Mardi Gras which lasted from 1903 to 1954, and draws from a host of other sources resulting in a wonderful and wacky event that is unique to Coney Island. The Mermaid Parade specifically was founded with three goals: it brings mythology to life for local residents who live on streets named Mermaid and Neptune ; it creates self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as “entertainment”; and it lets artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public.
Location: The Parade will start on West 21st and Surf Avenue. It will roll East to West 10th Street, the marchers and push pull floats will go to the Boardwalk and march to Steeplechase Plaza, where the Parade will disband.
More information about the 31st Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Museum of Modern Art: There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage's 4:33There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage 4'33" at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Date: Through June 22, 2014
On a warm summer evening in August 1952 pianist David Tudor approached a piano on stage at the Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock, New York. Stopwatch in hand, Tudor sat before the piano and, without striking a note, premiered John Cage's composition 4'33". Commonly known as Cage's "silent" piece, 4'33" comprises three movements during which a performer—or performers—are instructed to produce no intentional sounds for four minutes and 33 seconds. This radical gesture upended the conventional structure of music, shifting attention from the performer to the audience, and allowing for endless possibilities of ambient sounds to fill the space.
Enjoy a Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Vacation Package in NYC

Buy tickets to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): Robert HeineckenRobert Heinecken at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Date: March 15-June 22, 2014
Robert Heinecken (1931–2006) was a pioneer in the postwar Los Angeles art scene. Describing himself as a “para-photographer,” because his work stood “beside” or “beyond” traditional ideas associated with photography, Heinecken worked across multiple mediums, including photography, sculpture, video, printmaking, and collage. Culling images from newspapers, magazines, pornography, and television, he recontextualized them through collage and assemblage, double-sided photograms, darkroom experimentation, and rephotography. Although Heinecken was rarely behind the lens of a camera, his photo-based works question the nature of photography and radically redefine the perception of it as an artistic medium. His works explore themes of commercialism, Americana, kitsch, sex, the body, and gender. In doing so, they also expose his obsession with popular culture and its effects on society, and with the relationship between the original and the copy.
Enjoy a Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Vacation Package in NYC

Buy tickets to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

Carpets of the East in Paintings of the West at the Metropolitan Museum of ArtCarpets of the East in Paintings from the West at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: March 11–June 29, 2014
Since biblical times, the idea of having an expensive textile underfoot has been associated with wealth, power, and sanctity. Only wealthy patrons could afford fine carpets, which were traded as luxury goods from the Islamic lands to Europe and other parts of the world. As early as the fourteenth century, images of carpets woven in the East began to appear in European paintings. Initially, these precious textiles were depicted solely in religious scenes—under the foot of the Virgin or as an altar covering, for example. Later, carpets appeared in fashionable still lifes, portraits, and genre scenes to reflect high social and economic status. Italian artists were the first to depict oriental carpets, favoring rugs from Anatolia; by the end of the sixteenth century, the interest shifted to northern Europe.
Buy Tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): Breathe with MeMoMA Studio: Breathe With Me at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Date: May 16-June 29, 2014
Open hours: Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 1–5pm, Fridays 1-8pm
Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988, MoMA Studio: Breathe with Me is an interactive space that explores the intersections between art, therapeutic practice, and the ways in which we relate to objects and people through physical encounters. Taking the work of Lygia Clark as a reference point, the Studio presents a series of drop-in programs, participatory experiences, and artist-led workshops that reveal the profound resonance Clark’s work has had on contemporary artists. Collaborating artists include Allison Smith, Ricardo Basbaum, Michel Groisman, and others.

Enjoy a Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Vacation Package in NYC

Buy tickets to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

Good Morning American Summer Concert Series2014 "GMA" Concert Series on "Good Morning America"
Date: May 24-August 30, 2014, every Friday, 7-9am
"Good Morning America's" sizzling 2014 Summer Concert Series returns for the fifth year to the Rumsey Playfield in New York City's Central Park, where music’s biggest names will perform live every Friday. GMA's Concert Series lineup is filled with an exciting and eclectic mix of all the hottest and biggest names in music today. All concerts are free and open to the public and will take place live during "Good Morning America," Fridays from 7-9am Eastern Time. Viewers interested in joining "GMA" in Central Park are encouraged to arrive at Rumsey Playfield via the 72nd street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6am when the park opens to the public.
Location: Central Park, Rumsey Playfield - 69th Street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6am
More about the "GMA" Concert Series on "Good Morning America" and other free summer concerts in New York City

Toyota Concert Series on NBC's The Today Show in New York City2014 Toyota Concert Series on TODAY Show
Date: May 24-August 30, 2014, every Friday, 7-9am
Fans and visitors are encouraged to join us on the plaza for the live performances, every Friday morning. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside TODAY's window-on-the-world studio. Fans should arrive by 6am for best viewing.

Location: 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza
More information about the Toyota Concert Series on TODAY and other FREE concerts in NYC

2014 Shakespeare in the Park, Central Park Shakespeare in the Park
Date: June 3 – August 17, 2014
Enjoy Shakespeare in the Park, New York City's FREE beloved summertime tradition at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. 2014 Shakespeare in the Park performances include Much Ado About Nothing and King Lear.
Location: Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Central Park entrances closest to the theater are at 81st Street and Central Park West or 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.
More information about Shakespeare in the Park

Celebrate Brooklyn Concert Series in Prospect ParkCelebrate Brooklyn - Free Concerts in Brooklyn's Prospect Park
Date: June 4-August 2014
Celebrate Brooklyn! is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals. Launched in 1979 as a catalyst for a Brooklyn performing arts scene and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect, Celebrate Brooklyn! was an early anchor in the park's revitalization and has become one of the city's foremost summer cultural attractions. Opening night concert and gala featuring Janelle Monae.
Celebrate Brooklyn benefit concerts include: Jack Johnson (6/10), The National (6/17 & 6/18), Neutral Milk Hotel (7/22 & 7/23), Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (7/26)
Location: Prospect Bark Bandshell, 9th Street and Prospect Park West
More information about Celebrate Brooklyn and other free summer concerts in NYC

Date: June-July 14, 2014
Over 150 events in 30 days at 28 sites. Transformative, investigative art in unexpected places across Lower Manhattan.
With support from many public and private partners since 2002, The River To River® Festival has become an essential component of Lower Manhattan’s vital and vibrant cultural life.
Each summer, the Festival activates more than 25 indoor and outdoor locations in the neighborhood with an unparalleled collection of music, dance, theater, visual art, film, and participatory experiences by renowned and breakout artists from New York City and beyond. For more than 100,000 attendees from around the region and overseas, River To River Festival provides an intense and rewarding way to experience Lower Manhattan’s waterfronts, parks, plaza, and other hidden treasures.
The River To River Festival offers a singular artistic experience for audiences of all ages and backgrounds – and every event is free!
Location: Throughout Lower Manhattan
More about the River to River Festival and other free summer concerts in New York City

Intrepid Summer Movies, New York City6th Annual Intrepid Summer Movie Series
Date: TBD - May-August, 2014, Fridays. Doors open at 7:30pm, film begins at sunset, weather permitting
Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets. Guests are encouraged to bring  their own food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, however no outside alcohol is permitted.
Space is limited. Seating is on a first come first serve basis, and there is no admission after 8:30pm.
Location: Intrepid Sea, Air, Space Museum: One Intrepid Square, 12th Avenue & 46th Street, New York, NY 10036
More about the Intrepid Summer Movie Series and other free summer movies in New York City

Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC - Chinese Hardstone CarvingsColors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through July 6, 2014
Stone carving is one of the oldest arts in China, its beginnings dating back to remote antiquity. Although jade, the mineral nephrite, was held in the highest esteem, all stones that could achieve a luster after polishing, be it agate, turquoise, malachite, chalcedony, quartz, jasper, or lapis lazuli, were also appreciated. Stone carving experienced an efflorescence during the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), when an abundant supply of raw materials, exceptionally accomplished craftsmen, and, in particular, keen imperial patronage contributed to the creation of numerous superb works.
The stone carvings of the Qing period can be grouped in three categories: personal adornments such as rings, bracelets, and pendants; articles for daily use (mainly in the scholar's studio) such as brush holders, water pots, and seals; and display pieces such as copies of antiques, miniature mountains, and animal and human figures, the latter being the largest of the group. The carvings can also be classified by their decorative style: archaic or classical, meaning their shapes were derived from ancient ritual vessels; "Western," which bore the influence of contemporary Mughal art from northern India; and new or modern, meaning novel shapes and designs created during the Qing dynasty.
Buy Tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Date: March 14, 2014 - July 20, 2014
This exhibition covers the pioneering history of the African American basketball teams that existed in New York City and elsewhere from the early 1900s through 1950, the year the National Basketball Association became racially integrated. Just after the game of basketball was invented in 1891, teams were often called “fives” in reference to their five starting players. Teams made up entirely of African American players were referred to as “colored fives,” “Negro fives,” or black fives—the period became known as the Black Fives Era.
Dozens of all-black teams emerged during the Black Fives Era, in New York City, Washington, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlantic City, Cleveland, and other cities where a substantial African American population lived. The Black Fives Era came to an end in the late 1940s with the growth in stature of black college basketball programs combined with the gradual racial integration of previously whites-only collegiate basketball conferences and professional basketball leagues. The overarching significance of the Black Fives Era is that it is as much about the forward progress of black culture as a whole as it is about the history of basketball. This history is relevant today not only as a realization of our collective basketball roots but also as a search for identity.
Location: New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Street 

Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century at the Metropolitan Museum of ArtLost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: April 14–July 27, 2014
This is the first international loan exhibition to explore the sculptural art produced in the earliest kingdoms of Southeast Asia. From the first millennium onward, powerful kingdoms emerged in the region, embracing much of Indic culture to give political and religious expression to their identities. Early Hinduism (Brahmanism) and Buddhism arrived early, first witnessed by Sanskrit inscriptions, and shortly thereafter by a proliferation of large-scale religious imagery.
Some 160 sculptures are featured in the exhibition, principally associated with the identifiable cultures of Pyu, Funan, Zhenla, Champa, Dvaravati, Kedah, and Srivijaya. These are the "lost kingdoms," whose identities and sometimes very existence only emerged from the historical shadows in the twentieth century, as a result of pioneering epigraphic and archaeologial research, much of it recent. The artistic achievements and cultural parameters of these early kingdoms bring new understanding to the beginning of state formation in Southeast Asia and broadly define the modern political map of the region today. The surviving corpus of early religious art from these kingdoms is our principal window onto these cultures.
Buy Tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC - Design Motifs in Byzantine ArtDesign Motifs in Byzantine Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through August 3, 2014
Many of the textiles found in Egypt, the southernmost province of the Byzantine Empire, are woven in linen and wool and decorated with a great variety of motifs. Meant to be worn and to decorate domestic and religious spaces, the works on view in this exhibition feature designs that generally refer to abundance and prosperity. Many of the motifs—among them birds, beasts, and humans; personifications of the seasons; members of the retinue of the wine god Dionysos; and vine scrolls—originated in classical and pharaonic art, with Christian crosses added in the Byzantine era. Often called Coptic textiles and once thought to have been exclusively Egyptian, these textiles are now recognized as exemplars of motifs popular throughout the Byzantine world. Similar motifs appear on works in other media, including silver, ivory, ceramics, and mosaics, as the photographs accompanying the exhibition demonstrate.
Buy Tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): Alibis: Sigmar PolkeAlibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Date: April 19-August 3, 2014
The Museum of Modern Art presents the first comprehensive retrospective of Sigmar Polke (German, 1941–2010), encompassing Polke's work across all mediums, including painting, photography, film, drawing, prints, and sculpture. Widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of the postwar generation, Polke possessed an irreverent wit that, coupled with his exceptional grasp of the properties of his materials, pushed him to experiment freely with the conventions of art and art history. Constantly searching, Polke studiously avoided any one signature style or medium; his method exemplified the definition of alibi, “in or at another place,” which also suggests a deflection of blame. This exhibition places Polke’s enormous skepticism of all social, political, and artistic traditions against German history and the country’s transformation in the postwar period. Four gallery spaces on MoMA’s second floor are dedicated to the exhibition, which comprises approximately 300 works and constitutes one of the largest exhibitions ever organized at the Museum.
Enjoy a Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Vacation Package in NYC

Buy tickets to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

Goya and the Altamira Family at the Metropolitan Museum of ArtGoya and the Altamira Family at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: April 22–August 3, 2014
This exhibition features Goya's four portraits of members of the Altamira family, including the so-called Boy in Red, one of the Metropolitan Museum's most beloved Old Master paintings. Also on view will be a fifth Altamira portrait, by Agustín Esteve. This will be the first time these family portraits—now dispersed in public and private collections in Spain and the United States—will be seen together as a group.
Buy Tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

The Power of Poison at the American Museum of Natural HistoryThe Power of Poison at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Through August 10, 2014
Cleopatra was said to prefer the bite of an asp, while the powerful Borgia family dispatched their enemies with arsenic in Renaissance Italy. For centuries, humans have marveled at the secrets of poisons and sought to harness their toxic powers - and this exhibition will explore both the biological basics of poison and the ways in which people have confronted its perils and potential.
Approaching poison from several different perspectives - as a dynamic defense system used by animals locked in evolutionary arms races with predators; as a compelling thread that runs through familiar legends, myths, and fables; as a series of mysteries visitors encounter and solve, including what suddenly poisoned Captain James Cook and two naturalists aboard his ship, the Resolution, while it was anchored off the shores of New Caledonia in the autumn of 1774; as a promising source for powerful medical treatments - Poison brings into sharp focus this captivating topic.
Enjoy a Museum of Natural History Vacation Package
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street
New York Historical Society - Triumphal Return of Taddeo Gaddi's Maesta ConservedThe Triumphal Return of Taddeo Gaddi's Maesta Conserved at the New-York Historical Society
Date: April 11, 2014 - August 10, 2014
After a two-year absence for conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the New-York Historical Society's Virgin and Child Enthroned with Ten Saints: Maesta returns. Painted ca. 1334 by Taddeo Gaddi, the major disciple of Giotto, the jewel-like panel will take pride of place in a small focus exhibition highlighting its conservation treatment. Thomas Jefferson Bryan, an early connoisseur of Italian "primitives," i.e., painters before Raphael, bequeathed the Gaddi panel to New-York Historical in 1867, along with his entire collection. As New York City's first museum, New-York Historical wrote an early chapter in preserving the culture of the City, and Bryan played a pioneering role in its collecting history, amassing works by both European and American artists. Fittingly, Gaddi's painting will be displayed with a several other fourteenth- and early-fifteenth-century Italian panels from the Bryan Collection.
Location: New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Street
Buy tickets to the New-York Historical Society

Charles James: Beyond Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of ArtCharles James: Beyond Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: May 8–August 10, 2014
The inaugural exhibition of the newly renovated Costume Institute will examine the career of the legendary twentieth-century Anglo-American couturier Charles James (1906–1978). Charles James: Beyond Fashion will explore James's design process, focusing on his use of sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns and innovative tailoring that continue to influence designers today. Approximately one hundred of James's most notable designs will be presented in two locations—The New Costume Institute as well as special exhibition galleries on the Museum's first floor.
Buy Tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Museum of Modern Art: Ramallah/New YorkRamallah/New York at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Date: Through August 15, 2014
In conjunction with Documentary Fortnight, Emily Jacir’s two-channel video work Ramallah/New York (2004–05), which is part of MoMA’s collection, will be installed in The Ronald S. and Jo Carole Lauder Building lobby. Informed by the artist’s experience of living in Ramallah and New York between 1999 and 2004, the work juxtaposes images of everyday interior spaces (e.g., travel agencies, hair salons, delis) in both cities to examine the transcendence of place beyond official borders.
Enjoy a Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Vacation Package in NYC

Buy tickets to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC - Robert A. Ellison Jr French CeramicsMaking Pottery Art: The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of French Ceramics (ca. 1880-1910) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through August 18, 2014
Technically experimental and aesthetically ambitious, the vases made by French potters in the years around 1900 pushed the boundaries of the ceramic medium. The recently acquired Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of European Art Pottery includes pieces by the master ceramists Ernest Chaplet, Auguste Delaherche, and Jean Carriès, works of imposing size, beautiful in shape, and dazzling in their glazes. These works will be shown with others that inspired them, ranging from Asian ceramics to German stoneware.
Buy Tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): Lygia Clark - The Abandonment of ArtLygia Clarke: The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Date: May 10-August 24, 2014
The Museum of Modern Art presents a major retrospective devoted to the art of Lygia Clark (Brazilian, 1920–1988), the first comprehensive exhibition in North America of her work. Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988 comprises nearly 300 works made between the late 1940s and her death in 1988. Drawn from public and private collections, including MoMA’s own, this survey is organized around three key themes: abstraction, Neo-Concretism, and the “abandonment” of art. Each of these axes anchors a significant concept or a constellation of works that mark a definitive step in Clark’s career. While Clark’s legacy in Brazil is profound, this exhibition draws international attention to her work. By bringing together all parts of her radical production, the exhibition seeks to reintroduce her into current discourses of abstraction, participation, and a therapeutic art practice.
Enjoy a Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Vacation Package in NYC

Buy tickets to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

Museum of the City of New York: City as CanvasCity as Canvas: New York Graffiti from the Martin Wong Collection at the Museum of the City of New York
Date: Through August 24, 2014
City as Canvas provides a visual account of graffiti and street art in New York City during the 1970s and 80s, showcasing works from the pioneering collection of Martin Wong (1946–1999). Wong, a noted East Village artist in the 1980s and friend to many graffiti writers, amassed a collection of hundreds of works on paper and canvas, which he donated to the City Museum in 1994. This exhibition, which  showcases these works for the first time, traces the origins of this urban self-expression and the era of "outlaw" street art, which became a worldwide cultural phenomenon. It features examples of paintings and sketch book work by artists including Keith Haring, Lee Quinones, Lady Pink, Futura 2000, among many others.
Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
Buy Tickets to this exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York
Museum of Modern Art: MoMA Art Lab: MovementMoMA Art Lab: Movement at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Date: Through August 31, 2014
Discover different kinds of movement in art—from artworks that suggest motion, to objects that actually move, to the gestures artists make when creating art. In this MoMA Art Lab, you can play with balance while making a mobile, create a stop-motion animation, experiment with performance art, and engage in other hands-on activities.
Saturday–Thursday, 10:30am–4:30pm
Friday, 10:30am–6:30pm
Enjoy a Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Vacation Package in NYC
Buy tickets to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): Lygia Clark - Jasper Johns Untitled 2013Jasper Johns: Regrets at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Date: Through September 1, 2014
Jasper Johns emerged as a leading voice in American art in the late-1950s with paintings of iconic motifs such as flags, targets, and numbers. He has since developed a body of work of extraordinary narrative complexity and technical virtuosity. This exhibition premieres his most recent series of paintings, drawings, and prints, created over the last year and a half.
In June 2012, Johns encountered a photograph of the painter Lucian Freud reproduced in a Christie’s auction catalogue. Inspired not only by the photographic image, but also by the physical qualities of the object itself, Johns took this motif through a succession of cross-medium permutations. He also incorporated into his art for the first time the text of a rubber stamp he had made several years ago, to allow him to efficiently decline the myriad requests and invitations that come his way: “Regrets/Jasper Johns.” But the stamp’s text also calls to mind the more familiar connotations of regret, such as loss, disappointment, and remorse, invoking an enigmatic sense of melancholy.

Enjoy a Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Vacation Package in NYC

Buy tickets to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): Designing Modern Women, 1890s–1990sDesigning Modern Women, 1880s-1990s at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Date: Through October 1, 2014
Modern design of the 20th century was profoundly shaped and enhanced by the creativity of women—as muses of modernity and shapers of new ways of living, and as designers, patrons, performers, and educators. This installation, drawn entirely from MoMA's collection, celebrates the diversity and vitality of individual artists’ engagement in the modern world, from Loïe Fuller’s pulsating turn-of-the-century performances to Paula Scher’s deconstructivist graphics of the 1990s. Highlights include the first display of a newly conserved kitchen by Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier (1952) from the Unité d’Habitation housing project; furniture and designs by Lilly Reich, Eileen Gray, Eva Zeisel, Ray Eames, Lella Vignelli, and Denise Scott Brown; textiles by Anni Albers and Eszter Haraszty; ceramics by Lucy Rie; a display of 1960s psychedelic concert posters by graphic designer Bonnie Maclean; and a never-before-seen selection of posters and graphic material from the punk era, featuring women designers, photographers, or performers. The gallery’s “graphics corner” first explores the changing role and visual imagery of The New Woman through a selection of posters created between 1890 and 1938; in April 2014 the focus will shift to Women at War, an examination of the iconography and varied roles of women in times of conflict, commemorating the centennial of the outbreak of World War I.
Enjoy a Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Vacation Package in NYC

Buy tickets to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC - The Nelson A. Rockefeller VisionThe Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision: In Pursuit of the Best in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through October 5, 2014
The Metropolitan's holdings of art from sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas are today regarded as canonical. They constitute such an integral part of the institution that few realize their inclusion is the result of the vision and sustained efforts of a uniquely influential figure in both American political life and the New York art scene: Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908–1979). The scion of one of the nation's most significant philanthropic families, Rockefeller served as vice president from 1974 to 1977 under Gerald R. Ford and was elected to four consecutive terms as governor of the State of New York between 1959 and 1973.
Buy Tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): Man Ray Laboratory of the FutureA World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Date: Through October 5, 2014
Bringing together photographs, films, videos, and works in other mediums, A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio examines the ways in which photographers and artists using photography have worked and experimented within the four walls of the studio space, from photography’s inception to today. Featuring both new acquisitions and works from the Museum’s collection that have not been on view in recent years, A World of Its Own includes approximately 180 works, by approximately 90 artists, such as Berenice Abbott, Uta Barth, Zeke Berman, Karl Blossfeldt, Constantin Brancusi, Geta Bratescu, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Jan Groover, Barbara Kasten, Man Ray, Bruce Nauman, Paul Outerbridge, Irving Penn, Adrian Piper, Edward Steichen, William Wegman, and Edward Weston.
Enjoy a Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Vacation Package in NYC

Buy tickets to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

American Museum of Natural History: Natural Histories Exhibit
Date: Through October 12, 2014
Inspired by the book Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library, this exhibition includes 50 stunning images reproduced from more than 20 rare and beautifully illustrated scientific works, dating from the 16th to the early 20th century.
If a bizarre new species were discovered, would you want to see it? Fortunately, you could: on TV, on the Internet, in newspapers, and in magazines. But before modern technology, curiosity was not so easily satisfied. As European explorers came into contact with fascinating animals, plants, land formations and human cultures, their descriptions made the public back home yearn for a glimpse. Illustrated books, like those featured in the exhibition, provided a window. 
Reproductions of illustrations include works by celebrated artists Albrecht Durer, Joseph Wolf, Moses Harris, John Woodhouse Audubon, and Maria Sibylla Merian.
Enjoy a Museum of Natural History Vacation Package
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street

The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy: British Art and Design from the Metropolitan's Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe Pre-Raphaelite Legacy: British Art and Design from the Metropolitan's Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: May 20–October 26, 2014
Young and impassioned, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood sought to revitalize mid-nineteenth-century British painting with the sincerity and vivid intensity they admired in medieval and early Renaissance art. Although the Brotherhood was short-lived, its influence was profound. This exhibition will highlight the second wave of the Pre-Raphaelite movement as it unfolded from the 1860s through the 1890s, focusing on the key figures Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Some thirty works from across the Museum's collections—including paintings, drawings, furniture, textiles, prints, and illustrated books, many of them rarely on view and united for the first time—will demonstrate the enduring impact of Pre-Raphaelite ideals as they were adapted by different artists and developed across a range of media. At a time of renewed appreciation for art of the Victorian age, the installation will direct fresh attention toward the Metropolitan's little-known holdings in this important area.
Buy Tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): Christopher Williams: The Production Line of HappinessChristopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Date: August 2-November 2, 2014
Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness, a major survey of one of the most influential artists working in the photographic medium, confirms Christopher Williams's (American, b. 1956) status as one of the most thoughtful and thought-provoking artists of his generation, one whose interests in his generational elders is mirrored by the impact he is currently having on younger artists. In a career spanning over 30 years, Williams has explored the realms of photojournalism, picture archives, mass media, and commercial imaging, producing a concise oeuvre of photographs that carries an outsized impact on artists and cultural historians today. Deeply invested in the history of photography as a medium of art and intellectual inquiry, he is committed to furthering a critique of late capitalist society, in which images typically function as agents of consumer spectacle. Williams is currently professor of photography at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, a position previously held by Thomas Ruff, Jeff Wall (fleetingly), and—for 20 illustrious years—Bernd Becher.
Enjoy a Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Vacation Package in NYC

Buy tickets to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC - Brush Writing in the Arts of JapanBrush Writing in the Arts of Japan at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through November 3, 2014
"Calligraphy reveals the person." —Ancient East Asian proverb
In the East Asian tradition, handwriting was thought to reflect one's personality, but not in the sense of Western graphology, or handwriting analysis. Rather, through the copying of revered models and through creative innovation, a distinctive handwriting style conveyed one's literary education, cultural refinement, and carefully nurtured aesthetic sensibilities.
The art of brush writing in East Asia both encompasses and transcends the Western aesthetic concept of "calligraphy," a word derived from Greek that literally means "beautiful handwriting." Japan inherited from China a fascination with the artistic potential of inscribing characters with flexible animal-hair brushes while developing its own distinctive system for rendering poetry and prose written in the vernacular.
Buy Tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Early American Guitars at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through December 7, 2014
Christian Frederick Martin, founder of the great American guitar firm C. F. Martin & Co., was the son of a cabinetmaker in Markneukirchen, Saxony. Martin learned to build instruments from the famed Johann Georg Stauffer in Vienna. Due to the restrictive guilds in Markneukirchen, Martin moved to the United States in 1833, settling first in New York City and later moving to Nazareth, Pennsylvania. In the United States, Martin encountered the Spanish-style guitar and incorporated elements from that tradition into his own Viennese style of instrument construction. The result was a new form of the guitar, a style that would become important as a basis for other American makers of the instrument. This exhibition will include approximately thirty-five instruments from the Martin Museum in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and several private collections.
Buy Tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Activist New York at the Museum of the City of New York Activist New York Exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York
Date: Ongoing 
Activist New York explores the drama of social activism in New York City from the 17th century right up to the present. In a town renowned for its in-your-face persona, citizens of the city have banded together on issues as diverse as historic preservation, civil rights, wages, sexual orientation, and religious freedom. Using artifacts, photographs, audio and visual presentations, as well as interactive components that seek to tell the entire story of activism in the five boroughs, Activist New York presents the passions and conflicts that underlie the city's history of agitation.  
Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St. 
Buy Tickets to this exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York
Museum of the City of New York - Gilded New York Gilded New York at the Museum of the City of New York
Date:
Ongoing
Inaugurating the Museum’s Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city’s visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design. The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century. The dazzling works in the exhibition will illuminate an era when members of the new American aristocracy often displayed their wealth in storied balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and hotels. It was a time when New York became the nation’s corporate headquarters and a popular Ladies’ Mile of luxury retail establishments and cultural institutions helped launch the city to global prominence.
Location:
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St. 
Buy Tickets to this exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York

Highlighted New York Events by Month

January 

February 
March
New York International Auto Show


August

September
Big Apple Circus

November

December
2014   New York City Vacations, Inc. All rights reserved.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:    877-NYC-Trip (877-692-8747)