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Top 10 Exciting New Cultural Additions To NYC

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Updated: 27 October 2017
New York City culture is always rich, but ever-changing. This season is no different, as we transition from winter to spring, New York is revitalized and we’re lucky enough to see a long list of new things to experience. From food to art and a whole lot in between, we profile ten exciting new cultural additions to NYC this season.

Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World

Opening on April 18th, 2016 and running through July 17th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this exhibition examines the ‘ancient world’ forged by Alexander the Great. With the expansion of his empire through conquest and trade, art and culture were completely transformed. Showcasing approximately 264 artworks, from terra cotta ceramics to gold jewelry and gems from the ancient city of Pergamon, Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World is on loan for the first time in the United States.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 800 662 3397

Sakura Matsuri 2016

It’s that time of year again. Pay homage to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for the 35th annual cherry blossom festival. This stunning Japanese festival brings various botanical and cultural traditions to life in this two-day celebration. There will be over 60 events and performances in honor of sakura matsuri, from contemporary J-rock and J-pop to traditional taiko drummery and tea ceremonies. And, of course, prepare to be utterly amazed by the stars of the show: delicate and spectacular Japanese cherry blossoms in their prime. The event will take place on Saturday, April 30th to Sunday, May 1st.

Brooklyn Botanical 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 623 7200

Fowler and Wells

Famous restaurateur Tom Colicchio is all set to open his highly-anticipated restaurant, Fowler and Wells, which will be located in the new Beekman Hotel. This beautiful hotel is built inside a landmark office building from the late 19th century. Colicchio, who named the restaurant after two phrenologists who worked in the building, is jam-packing his dishes with New York City history, reviving old-world favorites such as Lobster Thermidor. Diners will take in their historic surroundings whilst they enjoy their expertly crafted meals. Both Fowler and Wells and the Beekman Hotel are due to open in late spring 2016.

Fowler and Wells, 5 Beekman Street, New York, NY, USA


Alongside Fowler and Wells, Augustine will also open in the luxury Beekman Hotel, run by acclaimed Chef Keith McNally. This French bistro will feature classic dishes like escargot, alongside exquisite burgers and mushroom tarts. McNally fans will be pleased to know that he will be bringing two chefs from his famous Cherche Midi with him. Augustine will open in late spring 2016.

 Augustine, 5 Beekman Street, New York, NY, USA 


Made Nice
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Soft serve ice cream is funneled into paper cups, making for a mini sundae | © Made Nice

Made Nice

The creators of the famed Eleven Madison Park are now set to open their first ‘fast-casual’ restaurant. Chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara have discussed opening a fast food joint for quite some time, and New Yorkers will rejoice to hear that they finally made the move. Made Nice will offer dishes that range from $10 to $15.

Made Nice, 8 West 28th Street, New York, NY, USA

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Mon - Fri:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day, Dessert

Le Coucou

Culturally savvy restaurateur Stephen Starr will open his new restaurant, Le Coucou, in May. He’s partnering up with critically-acclaimed American chef Daniel Rose, who is best known for his work at Spring in Paris. Le Coucou will be located at 11 Howard Hotel in SoHo and will feature classic French dishes.

Le Coucou, 11 Howard Street New York, NY, USA

Rachel Harrison: Perth Amboy

Rachel Harrison, the visual artist best known for her assemblage work and sculptures, has a new exhibition at MoMA that opened on March 19th. The collection features 21 photographs, individual sculpture assemblages, and an open-ended labyrinth. The name of her exhibition was inspired by Perth Amboy, a town in New Jersey where an apparition of the Virgin Mary was spotted on the window of a two-story house. The collection will be on display through September 5th, 2015.

Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 708 9400

The Met Breuer

The Met Breuer

On March 18th, the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art opened its brand new space to the public. The Met Breuer is an expansion of this New York City institution, allotting even more space to their modern and contemporary art collections. The Met Breuer will host a variety of new exhibitions, performances, and residencies, allowing visitors to explore incredible 20th and 21st-century art in the former location of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The Met Breuer, 945 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 731 1675

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Tue - Thu:
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:30 pm

East Meets West

Located in the heart of Chelsea, Agora Gallery connects up-and-coming talent with the New York City public. Their upcoming exhibition, titled East Meets West, will showcase a selected collection of photographic works, oil paintings, and mixed media, all of which focus on natural materials from Asia.

Agora Gallery 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 226 4151

Pommes Frites

Pommes Frites fans rejoice. The acclaimed Belgian restaurant will be opening a new location in Greenwich Village after their former East Village location was destroyed in an explosion. While they are experiencing delays, they are ‘optimistic’ about a late April 2016 opening. Diners can expect more seating, and gluten-free fries that are crispier than ever. We highly recommend delving straight into the sun-dried tomato mayo or the parmesan peppercorn sauce.

Pommes Frites, 128 Macdougal Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 674 1234


By Rachelle Eason