Art and Design in New York City

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About Art and Design in New York City

A crucible for creativity, New York has been home to a remarkable array of artistic output in all media since the 19th century, when the song-and-dance duos of Vaudeville soft-shoed the path to Broadway. From the Harlem Renaissance of the '30s to the Beat poets of the '50s and the Brooklyn novelists of today, writers too have found eight million stories (at least) in the naked city. World-class museums like the Met, MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum, P.S. 1 and the Guggenheim and smaller galleries in Chelsea, Dumbo, Long Island City and Williamsburg showcase famous classics, well-established contemporary artists and virtual unknowns. Film, dance, music, architecture, street art—sample it all here.

Local Customs

New Yorkers walk fast. The general rule is if you are not speedwalking (even if it's to Sunday Brunch), you are not a New Yorker. Stay out of the way and you will steer clear of the expletives that are ingrained in the way New Yorkers talk. Don't take it personally though, to these guys, it's just a way of saying please and thank you.

Although New York is small in square miles and is among the most well connected cities on the planet, it's inhabitants are fiercely loyal to their neighborhoods: what borough you belong to defines who you are.

New Yorkers are unfazed: spontaneous fist fights in the street or Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie eating at Pastis, none of it deserves a second look.

History

New York began as a Dutch colony, better known at the time as New Amsterdam, famous for it's trade and commerce. By the late 1600s, the English took over and renamed the colony New York and it played a major part in clashes between the colonists and the British Army. It soon became one of the world's major ports and the 19th century rail and waves of immigrants, of Ellis Island fame, transformed the city with new work and development. To this day, New York is a hub for people from all over the world and is knows for it's cultural diversity and economic prowess.

Politics & Economy

New York City is a blue city through and through. Interestingly, some of New York's most famous mayor's (Giuliani and Bloomberg) are not affiliated with the town's beloved Democratic Party. It's also the place where being the Mayor means you are a major player in the US political scene.

New York City is considered one of the centers of the financial universe (the other being London), this town is synonymous with the New York Stock Exchange. Other big industries in New York include journalism, publishing, advertising, fashion and design. And of course, one can not overlook real estate; this is a city that has the most expensive price per square foot in the country.

Famous People

Sarah Jessica Parker, Alec Baldwin, Lady Gaga, Whoopi Goldberg, Jay-Z, Al Pacino, Franklin Roosevelt, Woody Allen, Rudy Giuliani

Events

NYC Marathon, Halloween Parade, Puerto Rican Day Parade, Gay Pride, Westminster Dog Show, The Armory Show, Tribeca Film Festival, Subway Series, Fleet Week, Summer Stage, US Open, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Best Museums

The Met, The Guggenheim, The Whitney, MOMA, The New Museum, American Museum of Natural History,

Holidays & Festivals

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 4th of July Fireworks, San Gennaro Festival, St. Patrick's Day Parade, Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting




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