The Upper East Side is quintessential rich New York, replete with liveried doormen helping locals carry bag upon bag after shopping on Madison Avenue. It’s also home to many of the city’s venerable museums, like the Met Breuer.
Unlike the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Fifth Avenue location – a landmark 1875 Beaux-Arts building – the Breuer building is one of the finest examples of Brutalist architecture in New York. Designed by Bauhaus-trained architect Marcel Breuer in the 1960s, it’s regarded as one of New York’s most notable buildings. With its handcrafted staircases, burnished bronze accents, textured concrete and smooth granite, it’s little wonder The New York Tiles called it “harsh, but handsome” when it opened in 1966.
Special tip: Even if you don’t have time to see all the exhibits, step into the building’s entrance to check out the lobby. If you stay, head up to the Phaidon pop-up bookshop on the fifth floor. For now, it’s Phaidon’s only brick and mortar shop in Manhattan.