This charming neighbourhood on the Upper East Side is characterised by its rich architecture and central location to many landmarks. If you’re spending the summer here in New York City’s Carnegie Hill, read on for some of our favourite things to do.
One of the more striking sights of Carnegie Hill is the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, a collection of artwork drawing over 1 million visitors every year. The distinctive form is the work of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, a spiral of exhibits and inspiration around a grandiose skylight. Housed inside the museum are the works of Cezanne, Braque, Leger, Metzinger, Modigliani and Picasso. Besides Non-Objective and Abstract Cubism, the interests of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum also include a wide range of newer innovative work, featuring rotating and travelling exhibits. Among the museum’s guests and varied forms of expression, come be inspired on this part of the Upper East Side at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a grandiose display of artwork and antiquity, one of the world’s largest art galleries by area. Here, artwork from ancient history through to the present is collected from virtually every region and period of the world. Roman sculptures, Chola Statues, Benin Ivory masks, Figurines from Assyria and Arab Calligraphy are all for the public to see. Aside from the rich collections of artwork and expression from virtually anywhere and any time, the Metropolitan honours its virtue of education and serving the public. In addition to tours, seminars, talks, performances and workshops occur regularly, providing more personal and deeper learning experiences.
With Carnegie Hill’s fortunate proximity to a large number of museums, every June, these museums coordinate to provide the public with a day of open and free learning. At the Museum Mile Festival, Museums in the area provide free admission, drawing crowds that have totalled over a million over these years. In addition to the Museums, a festive atmosphere also comes to this busy area, with street vendors, sellers of wares, art activities, musicians and street performers all coming to the area. For a community experience that combines the inspiration of the Upper East Side’s stores of knowledge and the fun atmosphere of a street festival, attend the Museum Mile Festival.
A pleasant tradition on the neighbouring Great Lawn just west of Carnegie Hill is the Concerts in the Park series, held by the talented New York Philharmonic. Listen to some of New York’s most talented musicians play Dvorak, Puccini, Massenet and Dukas on the open Great Lawn. Bring a towel and sit with the crowd, or take the opportunity beforehand to wander around the many emerald trails and shaded paths around this end of Central Park. This is just one of a five-part series that brings the music of the New York Philharmonic to each borough, so if you really enjoy the experience, you can always book tickets in the next park on tour.
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