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NYC’s Best Art Galleries & Exhibits

April 29, 2011 3:44 PM

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(credit: NYC Transit Museum)

(credit: NYC Transit Museum)

The best art galleries and museum exhibits to see in NYC this weekend. By Alyson Schwartz.

Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York

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(credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
212.535.7710
metmuseum.org

Since 1930, a group of Italian Americans in the Metropolitan area have been known for their craftsmanship of stringed instruments. On display is a wonderful collection of these artists and running in conjunction with this exhibit is a special performance series.

Nearby Eats:

Rooftop Garden Cafe and Martini Bar
(Located on the museum rooftop)

The Diary – Three Centuries of Private Lives

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(credit: The Morgan Library)

The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street
212.685.0008
themorgan.org/home.asp

While handwritten diaries seem to have become a thing of the past, what is documented in both blank books and blogs seems to be very similar. Get a glimpse into diaries whose intent might have been for them to read by others, rather than just kept to themselves. On view are over 70 books penned by many including Charlotte Bronte, Bob Dylan and Tennessee Williams.

Nearby Eats:

Silverleaf Tavern
43 E. 38th Street
212.973.2550
silverleaftavern.com/

The Coney Island Museum

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(credit: Coney Island Museum)

208 Surf Avenue (near West 12th Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11224
coneyisland.com

Before you ride the rides and enjoy the breeze from the ocean, learn the history of the amusement parks and the rest of the area. Experience some of the drama and entertainment that originally occurred along the boardwalk.

Nearby Eats:

Nathan’s Famous Frankfurters
1310 Surf Avenue,
Brooklyn,NY 11224
718.946.2705
nathansfamous.com

Inspiring Spaces: 25 Years of MTA Arts for Transit

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(credit: NYC Transit Museum)

The New York Transit Museum
Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201
718.694.1600
mta.info/mta/museum/

Besides from vintage subway cars, buses and turnstiles, explore the art that has graced the walls of Subway stations and cars across the city for the last 25 years.

Nearby Eats:

Juniors Cheesecake
386 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718.852.5257
juniorscheesecake.com/

Alyson Schwartz is the author of the blog Ribbons of Thought, which features musings
on topics from fashion to NYC living including fun activities, food and unique finds.

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