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7 of the Best Museum Deals in NYC

New York City boasts some of the best museums in the world. From fine arts to history to science to pop culture, there are more than 80 museums across the five boroughs (including 23 in Manhattan) to pique your interest. While admissions prices vary, many venues offer free days/hours or suggested pay-as-you-wish prices in order to make their exhibitions more accessible to those on a budget. Here are 7 must-see museums in the city with great deals to match:


1.The Museum of Natural HistoryUpper West Side

Founded in 1869, the Museum of Natural History is an amazing place to spend an afternoon. Featuring permanent exhibitions of dinosaurs, ocean life, forests and the evolution of man, as well as limited-time special exhibitions such as The Butterfly Conservatory and Backyard Wilderness, the Museum of Natural History “is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections that serve as a field guide to the entire planet.” The museum offers a pay-as-you-wish policy, allowing visitors to spectate on their own budget.

2. The New York Historical Society, Upper West Side

As New York’s oldest museum, the New York Historical Society is another must-see for history buffs. Exhibits focus on both New York and general American history, featuring collections ranging from paintings by Rembrandt to relics from George Washington’s bed at Valley Forge to artifacts from the Civil War and World War I. Plan on visiting on a Friday night as the museum offers free admission from 6-8 pm.

3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Upper East Side

With over 5,000 years of international art on display, the Met is among the most well known museums in the world. It features a dizzying array of rare artifacts from ancient Egyptian tombs, Native American clothing, Arms and Armor, Medieval Art, Musical Instruments, Costumes, and more. The Met offers a pay-as-you-wish policy for New York residents as well as students enrolled in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut schools.

4. The Guggenheim, Upper East Side

Like the Met, the Guggenheim specializes in fine art. Focusing more on modern and contemporary pieces, the Guggenheim offers its spectators beautiful paintings, sculptures and media that challenge your thoughts and beliefs. See works from Constantin Brancusi, Robert Mapplethorpe, R.H. Quaytman, and more. The museum offers a pay-as-you-wish policy from 5-8 pm every Saturday, cash only.

5. The Museum of Modern Art, Midtown

The MoMA is an iconic museum on the Upper West Side, featuring some of the best modern and contemporary art in the world from over 26,000 artists, including Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, and more. With its mission of promoting “diverse cultural, artistic, social, and political positions,” the museum is a great opportunity to see some incredible pieces of art. Plan on visiting Friday from 4-8 pm, when admission is free.

6. The Frick Collection, Upper East Side

Once the mansion of wealthy Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Frick, the Frick Collection on East 70th Street is known for its distinguished Old Master Paintings and outstanding examples of European sculpture and decorative arts. Since it opened in 1935, the museum has grown beyond Frick’s original collection to include special exhibitions on European Art and lectures from all over the world. Free admission from 6-9 pm on the first Friday of each month.

7. The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chelsea

The Fashion Institute of Technology’s Museum is ideal for those interested in both the history and future of clothing design. The museum’s permanent collection of 50,000 garments and 30,000 textiles includes clothing, accessories, textiles, sample books and photographs. The Museum at FIT is a division of the college, which is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Free admission.

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IKEA Moves to Upper East Side

Towards the end of 2018, IKEA issued a statement saying that they were planning on opening a new storefront on the edge of Lenox Hill, on the corner of 3rd Ave and East 59th street. The move will help the Swedish company’s presence in the New York Metro Area, as they already have stores in Brooklyn, Long Island, Paramus, and Elizabeth across the Hudson River.

The most noteworthy trait of IKEA’s opening is that the store is actually a “Planning Studio”. This means that you won’t actually be able to buy any furniture from the store and take it home with you, but rather see how it looks and then have your order delivered to your house. According to IKEA representatives, the design of the store is to meet the demands of consumers in today’s market, especially in a setting like Manhattan.

With more renovations on the way throughout 2019, definitely keep an eye on what IKEA will do next in New York City. For more information on their move, click here.

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Amazon Moves Out of Queens

“Alexa – Cancel My Order”

In a shock to many on Thursday afternoon, the consumer titan Amazon announced that they would not go forward with moving half of their HQ2 to Long Island City in Queens. The decision reverses their previous announcement back in November of 2018. Amazon is still looking to proceed to build the other half of their HQ2 in northern Virginia.

The choice to not move to the New York borough was heavily influenced by local protestors and politicians, as they felt that the international company had dodged proper legal procedures. Though roughly 70% of New Yorkers supported the move, along with Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the resistance by residents in Queens was too much for Amazon.

Amazon has stated that they wish to continue to do business in New York City, hoping to build their presence across its boroughs.

“We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion — we love New York, its incomparable dynamism, people, and culture — and particularly the community of Long Island City, where we have gotten to know so many optimistic, forward-leaning community leaders, small business owners, and residents. There are currently over 5,000 Amazon employees in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island, and we plan to continue growing these teams.”

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5 Best Places to Watch the Super Bowl in New York City

Even in New York City, Super Bowl Sunday is capable of shutting everything down for a few hours. It’s the perfect time to relax with friends, have a few drinks, and eat some food you’ll probably regret later on. This being said, it can be hard to find the best place in the city to go watch the Patriots play in the big game for the millionth time. Here are 5 places to go watch the game this Sunday:

1. Empellon al Pastor

Over by East Village, Empellon al Pastor is a solid way to start off our list. For $50, you’ll be able to order an unlimited amount of margaritas, house beer, wine and wings for a whole 90 minutes of the game. Not a bad option for most people.

2. Haven Rooftop 

Located on W 47th Street, Haven Rooftop is another prime place for Sunday’s big game. For $55, you’ll have a guaranteed seat to watch the Pats and the Rams play, plus one appetizer and pitcher of beer for two people. Doors will open at 5.

3. Vandal

Hosted by former New York Giants Super Bowl champion, Victor Cruz, Vandal is the perfect spot to go if you’re in the Lower Manhattan area. For a reasonable price, you and your friends will be able to purchase a table in the restaurant, allowing you to order anything off their drink and dinner menu. Not to mention you’ll be able to watch everything on their big screens Doors open at 5.

4. Virgil’s Real BBQ

Right by Times Square, Virgil’s Real BBQ is probably one of the best spots in the city if you’re looking for the best game day food for Sunday afternoon. For just $60, you’ll get a large platter of terrific barbeque food, including ribs, brisket, and wings, in addition to a bucket of Miller Lite. You’ll also be able to buy pitchers of Coors Light for only $15. Not a bad way to spend Super Bowl Sunday.

5. Villa Cemita

Over on Avenue A, just north of the Lower East Side, Villa Cemita is a great spot to watch the game with your friends. For $40, you’ll have access to a premium open bar, game day essentials like nachos and wings, and football themed party favors to take home with. Plus, you’ll be able to see every second of the game on their multiple HD televisions. Doors open at 6:30.