New York City doesn’t have as much Brutalism as London (a shame), but at least we have the Breuer building. The only thing I like more than an excellent museum is one that’s a work of art in and of itself. If there was ever a museum to fit that description, it’s the Met Breuer.
Let’s forget for a second that it’s an outpost of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the top five in the world. Marcel Breuer, a student of the Bauhaus, designed the building, which opened in 1966. “Harsh, but handsome” is how the New York Times described it five decades ago. They were right. Wrapped in concrete, granite, and terrazzo, the Brutalist structure is like no other in the city.
Now, back to what’s inside. The Met Breuer is the modern and contemporary branch of the main Met Museum on Fifth Avenue. It only has a handful of exhibitions at a time, making it less time consuming than its bigger counterpart.
That leaves more time to relax in Flora Bar, the Breuer building’s hidden gem. In the 1960s, it was a sunken sculpture garden. Today, it’s the museum’s cafe and bar, which happens to be one of the best in the city.