Groupmuse

Get ready to be surprised

What we love in New York is discovering hidden gems, finding oneself in exceptional places and being surprised. Recently we had the chance to attend a cello concert in a chocolate factory lost in the far shore of Brooklyn with a beer and chocolate tasting. Magical moment! Or listening to a string quartet in a remote artists’ studio on the beach 50 minutes from Manhattan. Total change of scene! How? By way of Groupmuse. Groupmuse is a classical music collective which invites itself in exceptional…

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Mana

You said Jersey City?

There is a huge cultural space right next to Manhattan that you probably never heard of. Intrigued ? Welcome to Mana Contemporary – perhaps one of the art world’s best-kept secrets. So yes, you’ll have to cross the Hudson River and venture over to Jersey City but we guarantee the discovery is worth the detour. This former tobacco warehouse and factory occupying 6 floors and stretching over 450,000 square feet was converted into a contemporary art center. A gigantic space. At a time of deep cuts in arts funding for museums, Mana is a refreshing…

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Syndicated

All-in-one movie date

Movie buffs and gastronomes do not always mix well together. A movie screening indeed often ends in a sugar high after the usual orgy of buttered popcorn and an overdose of candy bars. What if you could have a proper meal during your screening? Just to reconcile the Seventh Art adepts and food-lovers. Syndicated is among the (too) rare cinemas offering an all-in-one movie date: screening and dinner in the same evening. Find your seat, get cozy while looking at the menu and order food…

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SoFar Sounds

Concert in a living room

8pm, somewhere in Soho. A small crowd is gathering in front of an old industrial building. Where are they heading? To a concert. Who’s playing? They don’t know. NY cultivates the art of secrecy like no other city. Glorious legacy of Prohibition, it is the kingdom of the speakeasy, hidden bars, and confidential rendez-vous. Good news because we LOVE secrets. And even more to share them with you. So let us tell you about the underground concerts organized by Sofar Sounds: concerts every night all…

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Michele Mariaud Gallery

A gallery unlike any other

Visiting an art gallery too often resembles a visit to the museum. You come to admire the works, not to buy them. Why? Because the established galleries, the famous ones, can easily be intimidating: large white spaces, no talking, no touching, prices on demand only (and often exorbitant). Interested in experiencing something different? You will have to ring at 153 Lafayette Street in Soho and climb to the 4th floor. You enter Michele Mariaud’s apartment and step into the intimacy of a large loft converted…

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Metrograph

Vintage screening

Notice to all movie-lovers: if, like us, you feel helpless witnessing the slow disappearance of independent movie theaters in New York, asphyxiated by the multiplexes and the distribution mastodons, we have some good news to share. A beautifully bespoke two-screen theater discreetly opened a few months ago in the Lower East Side: it’s called Metrograph. Metrograph is a true ode to the Seventh Art. Vintage atmosphere and old school flair in this neighborhood cinema where you can see the projection booth from the screening room through…

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the Noguchi Museum

The forgotten museum

You know your classics: the Met, the MoMA, the Guggenheim. You might even pride yourself on knowing the Frick Collection and already having visited the new Met Breuer annex. But did you know that New York counts more than a hundred museums, most of which you’ve never heard of? We scoured all of New York’s cultural scene to unearth one of its sleeping beauties for you. Like most jaded New Yorkers, we’ve grown weary of spending more time queuing for the exhibition than in the…

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Martin Creed - Park Avenue Armory

99 Luftballons

You’re not the only one going on vacation – art is also taking the summer off. Art season is over and most New York galleries are straight up closed in August. So before switching to holiday mode and roasting under the sun, we suggest seeing one last exhibition. It’s playful, completely quirky, somewhat provocative. Push open the heavy wooden doors of the Park Avenue Armory, this superb cultural institution in the posh Upper East Side. There is a long-awaited retrospective of the artist Martin Creed. If his name doesn’t ring a…

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CRASH tour

A cultural treasure hunt

If, for you, a museum visit boils down to a dull audio guide and monotone comments about art pieces, we have someone to introduce you to: David Behringer, 38, art savant, genuinely crazy, virtuoso guide who wants to dust off the guided tour’s routine. Every month, David organizes a very private and special tour occurring in galleries or major art museums (without authorization, so we can’t tell you which ones). Being in the loop is already a prowess. It’s one of those tips that only…

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Rooftop Cinema Club

Movies & champagne on a roof

Summer is just around the corner! This year, like every other year, the Seventh Art deserts the dark rooms blasting AC in order to take place outdoors in NY parks around the city. You know the big names by now, useless to present the free screenings on Bryan Park’s lawn, the Summerstage programming in Central Park or the view of the big screen and the Manhattan skyline from the Brooklyn Bridge Park. And, as every year, it’s a happy chaos. You have to get there…

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