The most famous New York City museums are in Manhattan. You’ve heard about the Met, MoMA, and Whitney, even if you’ve never been to them. I always said it wasn’t fair to our “little” Brooklyn Museum. But then, I discovered it’s the city’s second-largest museum. It doesn’t feel that way, and that’s what I like most about it.
At the Brooklyn Museum, there are more than one million works to see. The collection has many famous names (Degas, Monet, van Gogh), but it excels in modern art. The coolest exhibit I’ve seen so far is Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion. Each display paired the designer’s futuristic creations with incredible electronic music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
My favorite space is the third-floor court. It has a new glass floor suspended over the original glass, terrazzo, and marble floor from 1893. The court, with a fictional costume exhibit, stars in the opening episode of the Netflix series Pose.
Unlike the museums in Manhattan, the crowd in Brooklyn is a local one. Thanks to institutions like the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, we no longer have to go into the city for art and culture. These spots make the outer boroughs more liveable than ever, and more worthy of a visit.