What’s New? New York City Arts, Culture, And Shopping!

NEW YORK CITY, 18 July 2023 — New York City Tourism + Conventions, the official destination marketing organization and convention and visitors bureau for the five boroughs, is pleased to present new museums, exhibitions, and retails for visitors to have more fun!

Anniversaries, Expansions & Openings

Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation at the American Museum of Natural History | Upper West Side, Manhattan | NEW! 

Guests can enjoy a new exhibition and active scientific and educational institution at the Gilder Center, featuring learning spaces with state-of-the-art technology and access to the museum’s world-class collections. Additionally, students will have access to the museum’s resources, offering new learning opportunities and advanced public science education and scientific literacy.  

Hispanic Society of America | Washington Heights, Manhattan | NEW! 

The Hispanic Society Museum & Library reopened the doors of its Main Building after six years of renovations and infrastructural improvements. Since 1904, the museum has been the home to over 750,000 objects including rare books and masterpieces from Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries.

50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop | Citywide | 2023/2024 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip-hop music, founded in the Bronx on August 11, 1973, when Clive Campbell–better known as DJ Kool Herc–spun records at his sister’s birthday party. Throughout the year, the City will celebrate with a lineup of soon-to-be announced events celebrating hip-hop.

Armstrong Corona Campus | Corona, Queens | Summer 2023

After undergoing a physical and programmatic expansion, the Armstrong Corona Campus, formerly known as the Louis Armstrong House, will debut a new cultural center with an interactive exhibit, archival collections, a 75-seat performance venue and store, all dedicated to celebrating and preserving the life and legacy of the legendary jazz musician Louis Armstrong.

Museum of Broadway | Times Square, Manhattan | NEW!

The new museum in Times Square has dazzled Midtown Manhattan with a deeper look into the details of NYC’s Theater District transition from Lower Manhattan to Midtown, how a show is made and its theatrical eras.

Hall des Lumières | Lower Manhattan | NEW! 

The first permanent center for custom-designed immersive art experiences in the City recently celebrated its opening with the inaugural exhibition, Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion, a journey through the golden and revolutionary art of the acclaimed Viennese painter.

100th Anniversary of Museum of the City of New York | East Harlem, Manhattan | 2023 

The Museum of the City New York celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The museum has amassed a collection of over 750,000 objects including photographs, prints, costumes, paintings and more to celebrate, document and interpret the City’s past, present and soon-to-be-announced future. 


Yayoi Kusama: I Spend Each Day Embracing Flowers at David Zwirner Gallery | Chelsea, Manhattan | Through July 21, 2023

In one of her largest gallery exhibitions to date, celebrated contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama will host an exhibition at David Zwirner featuring new paintings, sculptures, flowers, and an Infinity Mirrored Room.

Oceanic, Portal at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art | Soho, Manhattan | Through August 13, 2023

The Oceanic Portal exhibit at the Leslie-Lohman Museum showcases a diverse collection of artworks exploring the intersections of queerness and the ocean. Through various mediums and perspectives, the exhibit invites viewers to contemplate the fluidity, liberation and transformative power represented by the vastness of the ocean and its connection to LGBTQ+ identities. 

Under Cover: J.C. Leyendecker and American Masculinity at New-York Historical Society Museum & Library | Upper West Side, Manhattan | Through August 13, 2023 

Under Cover: Leyendecker and American Masculinity explores the work of J.C. Leyendecker, a prominent American illustrator, and his influence on shaping ideals of masculinity in the early 20th century. Through a collection of his iconic magazine covers, the exhibit examines Leyendecker’s depictions of stylish, confident and athletic men, highlighting their impact on shaping cultural perceptions of masculinity during that time. 

Collections of Culture: 50 Years of Hip Hop Inside Libraries, Museums and Archives at Queens Public Library | Flushing, Queens | Through August 21, 2023 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, the Queens Public Library has embarked on a yearlong celebration hosting an array of in-person and lived-streamed programs.  

Van Gogh’s Cypresses at The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Upper East Side, Manhattan | Through August 27, 2023 

Vincent van Gogh’s most famous artworks, Wheat Field with Cypresses and The Starry Night, take center stage at The Met Fifth Avenue for the museum’s Van Gogh’s Cypresses exhibition, the first exhibition to focus on the trees immortalized by one of the most beloved artists of our time.  

Sarah Sze: Timelapse at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | Upper East Side, Manhattan | Through September 10, 2023  

For this solo exhibition, Sarah Sze created a series of site-specific installations that weave a trail of discovery through multiple spaces of the Guggenheim’s iconic Frank Lloyd Wright building. 

Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate at Museum of the City of New York | East Harlem, Manhattan | Through September 17, 2023 

This exhibition highlights the City’s raucous and diverse food culture all while examining the various challenges of NYC’s food systems. From sustainability to equitable access to food, the exhibition explores the ways artists and designers are creating solutions to address the global and local challenges we face when it comes to the food system.  

Vulnerable Landscapes at Staten Island Museum | Randall Manor, Staten Island | Through December 30, 2023 

Vulnerable Landscapes highlights the Staten Island shorelines at the forefront of climate change in NYC. The site-specific exhibition examines the past while navigating the route forward.

Darrel Ellis: Regeneration at The Bronx Museum of the Arts | South Bronx | May 24–September 10, 2023 

Co-organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art, Darrel Ellis: Regeneration offers the first comprehensive, scholarly survey of pioneering artist Darrel Ellis. The exhibition will highlight Ellis’s body of work that combines painting, printmaking, photography and drawing before his untimely passing in 1992. 

This Is New York: 100 Years of the City in Art and Pop Culture at Museum of the City of New York | East Harlem, Manhattan | NEW!  

The This Is New York: 100 Years of the City in Art and Pop Culture exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York will explore how the City has served as a muse for storytelling over the past century. Through a variety of mediums such as film, music, literature and visual arts, the exhibit presents a diverse and engaging portrayal of NYC. The exhibition is organized around different settings within the City, highlighting its streets, parks, restaurants and neighborhoods, and showcasing both the significant transformations and timeless themes that have influenced the narratives surrounding New York.

Gardens & Works by Ebony G. Patterson at New York Botanical Garden | The Bronx | May 27–September 17, 2023 

On May 27, the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) will launch an exhibition highlighting the work of celebrated contemporary artist Ebony G. Patterson. Known for her lavishly detailed mixed media installations, Patterson will bring her signature style to NYBG in a major site-specific exhibition featuring breathtaking and provocative displays of art and nature. 

New Photography 2023: Kelani Abass, Akinbode Akinbiyi, Yagazie Emezi, Amanda Iheme, Abraham Oghobase, Karl Ohiri, Logo Oluwamuyiw at Museum of Modern Art | Midtown Manhattan | May 28–September 16, 2023 

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is celebrating the gallery presentation return of its beloved series, New Photography for the first time since 2018. The new exhibition will explore the photographic work of seven artists united by their critical use of photography and their ties to the artistic scene in Lagos, Nigeria. This is also the museum’s first group exhibition in its history engaging in the work of living West African photographers. 

Harry Potter: The Exhibition | Herald Square, Manhattan | NEW! 

Fans can celebrate Harry Potter and the entire Wizarding World with the most comprehensive touring exhibit in world. Featuring favorite moments, props, costumes, characters, and locations, the exhibition delights visitors with powerful storytelling married with interactive technology to explore iconic film scenes, creatures and characters from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films as well as the Tony Award–winning Broadway production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. 


Alaïa | Soho, Manhattan | February 2023 

After a 32-year absence, Alaïa made a comeback to New York City with a new store on Mercer Street, located near its original boutique. The space features a collection of artwork and furniture celebrating the American art and design scene. 

Gucci | Meatpacking District, Manhattan | March 2023 

A new 9,000-square-foot Gucci store has opened its doors, featuring a wide range of fashion items for men and women, as well as luggage and beauty products. The interior of the store is designed with 1970s-inspired decor, including modular furniture, mirrored surfaces and jade-green carpeting. 

Lladró | Meatpacking District, Manhattan | March 2023 

Tied to its 70th anniversary, Lladró opened a new retail space in New York City, highlighting the brand’s most innovative collections. 

Charlotte Russe and Mandee at Empire Outlets | St. George, Staten Island | March 2023 

The popular affordable women’s fashion brands, Charlotte Russe and Mandee, have debuted at Staten Island’s shopping destination, Empire Outlets. Both brands offer a diverse selection of on-trend apparel, accessories and footwear for younger and mature shoppers alike.

Tiffany & Co. Landmark Store | Midtown Manhattan | April 2023 

Tiffany & Co. opened its highly anticipated renovated flagship on Fifth Avenue on April 28. Dubbed “The Landmark,” the retail destination combines the brand’s rich history alongside innovative design, spanning 10 floors and featuring an array of experiences such as The Blue Box Café by Daniel Boulud. The store serves as a testament to Tiffany’s iconic presence in the heart of Manhattan and offers customers an unforgettable journey through the world of luxury and style. 

Brooklyn Made Store | Sunset Park, Brooklyn | May 2023 

Brooklyn Made is a new retail store located in Industry City selling a variety of Brooklyn-themed merchandise, including art, apparel, beauty products, houseware, jewelry and packaged foods. The store aims to promote small businesses, particularly those owned by BIPOC makers, designers and entrepreneurs, and features products from 55 selected vendors. 

Aimé Leon Dore | Soho, Manhattan | May 2023 

New York–based fashion brand Aimé Leon Dore reopened its flagship store in Soho following a renovation that boasts an expanded retail space, a stylish café, as well as a new rooftop terrace which doubles as a unique and scenic space for shoppers and a venue to hold intimate events. 

Century 21 | Lower Manhattan | May 2023 

The beloved department store, Century 21, has made its comeback in Lower Manhattan. The store has undergone an exciting transformation, boasting a vibrant new design, a curated selection of trendy brands and an array of delightful shopping experiences. Visitors can explore the revamped space, indulge in the offerings of the food hall and discover a dedicated wellness section, all while immersing themselves in the iconic Century 21 shopping experience once again. 

Primark | Elmhurst, Queens | 2023 

Primark, the popular affordable Irish fashion company, is set to open its fourth location in New York City at the Queens Center Mall this year. This opening follows Primark’s recent expansion in the New York metro area, with stores located on Jamaica Avenue in Queens and City Point in Brooklyn. 

New York City’s economic recovery continued in 2022 with over 56 million travelers arriving in the City—a 72.5% increase over 2021. This activity marks the return of 85% of the City’s record 2019 visitation levels. The City remains on track to welcome 63.3 million visitors in 2023.