Like most New Yorkers, I think I know everything about my city. But after a few visits to the Museum of City of New York, your ego will be put back in its proper place. Hosting exhibits that range from blockbuster shows on the grid design of Manhattan to under-the-radar gems like the exhibit they did on the Palaces For The People a few years back, there’s always something new to learn at this institution. The newest permanent exhibit is a blockbuster called New York at its Core. It follows the incredible 400-year story of the city framed through four major themes: diversity, density, money, and creativity.
They also host a fantastic series of public programs (some that cost a small fee) that include walking tours, lectures, and discussion by historians and authors. The best part? Every time I walk down the steps after another visit, I’m inspired to hit the streets and start exploring again. Start right across the street at the Conservatory Garden. So much city, so little time.