• Holiday Happenings

    Holiday Happenings

    It’s not only gift-shopping that draws tourists and day-trippers to New York, but the enchantment of seasonal events in a city that already sparkles year-round. Music, theater and dance performances, lighting ceremonies, and special activities at cultural institutions mark the December holiday season that encompasses the diverse traditions of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. Performances of The Nutcracker, Handel’s Messiah, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the lighting of the world’s largest menorah at Grand Army Plaza and a Kwanzaa celebration at the American Museum of Natural History are just some of the activities that are traditions ...

  • Stonewall: 40th Anniversary

    Stonewall: 40th Anniversary

    On the evening of June 28, 1969, patrons at the Stonewall bar in Greenwich Village resisted police during a raid. Without planning to, these patrons and others who fought back ignited a powerful social and political movement in the U.S. and abroad. Cultural groups are marking the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion with exhibitions, talks, concerts and public celebrations. Stonewall marked the beginning of the modern gay rights movement, which would have a significant impact on the arts. New York City's official visitors Web site features Rainbow Pilgrimage pages that point users to lesbian and gay landmarks and Pride ...

  • Harbor Day & Heritage Weekend

    Harbor Day & Heritage Weekend

    Four hundred years ago, Henry Hudson and the Dutch ship the Halve Maen (Half Moon) arrived at what is now New York Harbor. To mark this historic occasion, the year-long Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial celebrates Harbor Day on Sunday, September 13 and statewide Heritage Weekend events on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13.Harbor Day highlights New York City’s revitalized waterfront and continuing friendship with the Dutch. The festivities span six major waterside parks—the Battery, Battery Park City, Hudson River Park, Governors Island, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Snug Harbor—that are all accessible by free rental bikes and water taxi rides.The first annual ...

  • Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial

    Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial

    Libraries, museums and orchestras are honoring the the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth with special events. Bicentennials always draw attention to historic figures, but Lincoln has also been discussed this year in relation to the country's new president. Many media commentators compared President Barack Obama to Abraham Lincoln, a famous president who sought to unite a divided country.   The savior of the Union and our country’s 16th president was born on February 12, 1809. Lincoln was an avid reader during his humble upbringing on an Indiana farm, seeking out titles such as Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography, Robinson Crusoe, and The ...

  • Creating a Nation in New York

    Creating a Nation in New York

    New York City has much history related to the founding of the United States and several sites with strong ties to the country's founders. The city was  both a battleground of the Revolutionary War and the nation's first capital (1789-1790). The Battle of Brooklyn was fought on today's Green-Wood Cemetery, which not only serves as a resting place but also conducts public tours that share the grounds' history. In Harlem, visitors can tour Morris-Jumel Mansion, General George Washington's headquarters. Hamilton Grange, the summer home of the first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, can be seen in Harlem's St. Nicholas ...

  • September 26: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

    September 26: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

    In its fifth year, Museum Day takes place across the country and includes many cultural institutions besides the Smithsonian institutions. More than 30 museums and cultural groups in New York City offer free admission on September 26. To gain free entrance, present a Museum Day admission voucher, which is good for two people and will be collected upon entry.For a full list of participating groups in all of New York State, click here.

  • Journey to India

    Journey to India

    India is the seat of one of the world’s oldest cultures—the Indus Valley civilization dates back at least 5,000 years—and with a population of one billion, modern India is the world’s largest democracy. A substantial population of the city traces its roots to the subcontinent, which includes Pakistan and Bangladesh as well as the modern state of India.

  • Alexandre’s Guide to New York City

    Alexandre’s Guide to New York City

    The director of El Museo del Barrio, Julian Zugazagoitia, interviewed his son Alexandre, for the 2008 spring issue of NYCkidsARTS. See Alexandre's fun list of cultural organizations around the city for other kids, parents and teachers to enjoy.Julian Zugazagoitia: Alexandre, I know you enjoy doing “cultural” things in the City, could you tell us what do you like doing and why. Alexandre Zugazagoitia:  I like building houses at the Center for Architecture because it’s fun and you get to pick your own materials. I also like playing at El Museo del Barrio. Last time we made clay and I built ...

  • Latin America in New York

    Latin America in New York

    By Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas As a foundation executive for the past 20 years I have had an unbelievable exposure to the arts and culture that make New York City the vibrant and international destination it continues to be.  Coming to this country as a young immigrant from Cuba, I embraced all that the city has to offer in both traditional and nontraditional arts. There is something going on 24 hours a day throughout the five boroughs that stimulates the mind and the spirit. New York City is home to immigrants from all over the world and one-quarter of its 8 million ...

  • Journey to Africa

    Journey to Africa

    A land mass of nearly 12 million square miles and more than 900 million inhabitants, Africa is as diverse as it is vast.  From the pyramids of Egypt to the cosmopolitan cities of South Africa and from the sands of the Sahara to the snows of Mount Kilimanjaro, the continent boasts a variety of peerless landscapes and is rich in natural resources.  The reach of Africa’s artistic legacy is far-ranging, too, as indigenous rhythms and steps have influenced many music and dance styles—including blues, jazz, swing, gospel, reggae, calypso, rumba, meringue and samba—that the Americans call their own. The most ...

  • Copy of Alexandre’s Guide to New York City

    Copy of Alexandre’s Guide to New York City

    The director of El Museo del Barrio, Julian Zugazagoitia, interviewed his son Alexandre, for the 2008 spring issue of NYCkidsARTS. See Alexandre's fun list of cultural organizations around the city for other kids, parents and teachers to enjoy.

  • Native New York

    Native New York

    By John HaworthNovember is Native American Heritage Month. With the largest urban Native American population (approximately 90,000 people) in the country, New York City certainly is “Indian Country."  The National Museum of the American Indian, the American Indian Community House and  American Indian Artists (AMERINDA) are three organizations whose focus is in the field of Native American arts and culture. What makes New York City an extraordinary Native Place, however, is the diversity of museums and other cultural organizations that present Native American exhibitions and programs. Several of New York’s finest museums – from El Museo del Barrio to the ...

  • Journey to China

    Journey to China

    New York is a great place to begin exploring Chinese art, culture and history. The city is full of museums, cultural centers and performing arts venues that showcase contemporary or traditional Chinese art, artifacts, dance, theater or music.

  • New York: City of Immigrants

    New York: City of Immigrants

    When it comes to immigrants, New York City is number one. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, more than one third of New York City's eight million residents were born outside of the United States, making the Big Apple home to the largest foreign-born population in the country.

  • Give the Gift of Culture

    Give the Gift of Culture

    Give the gift of culture at one of hundreds of cultural institutions this holiday season. Below is a selection of special offers that are available. Last-minute shoppers can visit the Memberships, Discounts, Subscriptions, Gift Shops and Donations sections for a full list of organizations on NYC ARTS that offer holiday gift-giving opportunities.

  • Walk and Learn

    Walk and Learn

    Sometimes the best way to learn is by doing.By taking to the streets with a knowledgeable guide, New Yorkers can learn about architecture, science, literature and the city’s own rich history.

  • Journey to Japan

    Journey to Japan

    New York City’s fascination with Japanese culture goes back to the 19th century. A number of museums boast substantial permanent collections that showcase Japanese art and a host of groups offer special events and changing exhibitions. In 2004, leading Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi gave the city a major work through his design of the new Museum of Modern Art.

  • Nuts for the Nutcracker

    Nuts for the Nutcracker

    The original Nutcracker, Marius Petipa's ballet based on Alexander Dumas Pere's revised vision of E.T.A. Hoffman's L'Histoire d'un Casse Noisette (The Story of a Hazelnut-cracker) with music by Tchaikovsky, first premiered on December 17, 1892 at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since then, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the dancing rodents led by a mouse soldier, the young heroine Clara and Tchaikovsky's score have become a holiday favorite, drawing hundreds of thousands of people to the ballet, many of whom might never have gone otherwise. The popular ballet has even spawned spin-offs, including The Hard Nut (Mark Morris), The ...

  • Historic Houses in New York History

    Historic Houses in New York History

    From a 1772 Dutch farmhouse in Queens to the tiny Bronx cottage where Edgar Allan Poe wrote some of his best-known poems, New York has a plethora of homes of historic significance. The Historic House Trust, in partnership with the New York City Parks Department, preserves and promotes the 20 historic houses and other structures located inside city parks, all owned by the City of New York. It also offers educational resources for students and online lesson plans for teachers, as well as information about the historic structures on its Web site. For more information about specific exhibits, educational programs ...