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Indulge in an afternoon of browsing our gallery for news, critical reviews, and breaking stories about the arts, design, and culture. With coverage of events and multimedia expositions, the exhibits at the Museum of Arts and Design, MoMA, the Met, and New York City’s finest institutions are at your fingertips.

The Quin’s Art & Culture gallery features articles on New York City’s most exciting exhibitions and installations.

Battle-hardened and ever eccentric, Edvard Munch and Vincent Van Gogh live on in the work they have left behind, while the beau monde Henri Matisse meticulously crafted amongst the company of Leo and Gertrude Stein thrives well into the twenty-first century. Insightfully featured here, these collections are among the most hotly anticipated shows in exhibition this season.

Additionally, the Quin - a New York hotel celebrates the historic glamour of New York City with its cultural archive.

Experience the greatest city in the world from within as we gracefully mingle through notable insider events and enjoy a birds-eye view from up above the crowds at New York City’s most famous happenings, including the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center and the not-to-be-missed New Year’s Eve celebration.

From the South Street Seaport to Morningside Heights, our editors set their sights on sites of interest, extraordinary exhibits, and unforgettable experiences.

Immerse yourself in rich New York City arts and culture while staying at the Quin. 

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Steinway Hall: The Legend Next Door

Achieving perfection through patience and practice

Steinway, by epitomizing perfection through patience, is a true anomaly in this era of instant gratification. Using techniques that have been passed down for generations and fine-tuned over the company’s 160-year history, Steinway takes nearly a year to make each of its world-class grand pianos. It is this measured and methodical practice that kick-started Steinway’s rapid ascension to the top of the piano industry.

New York City Attractions: The American Museum of Natural History

Who doesn’t like dinosaurs? As you walk into the American Museum of Natural History, one of the most famous New York City museums, you are greeted by just one of the many impressive dinosaur displays – and that’s just the beginning!

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New York City Things To Do: Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum is one of the most popular New York attractions and things to do in NYC located close to the Quin - a Central Park hotel

The white, twisting, circular construction of the Guggenheim Museum on the Upper East Side is another example of a building that is as much of a New York attraction as is whatever art it’s exhibiting.

NYC Attractions: Park Avenue Armory

Located in the heart of the Upper East Side, the Park Avenue Armory was built by the Seventh Regiment of the National Guard in 1861 but now serves as a cultural hotspot.

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New York City Attractions: The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum is one of the most popular New York City attractions and things to do in NYC located close to the Quin - a Central Park hotel

Who would have thought that a trip to the library would be one of the most exciting NYC things to do? Unlike the famous New York Public Library, the Morgan Library & Museum is one of those New York City attractions that is a bit off the “beaten path” of popular tourist destinations.

New York City Attractions: The Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art – known to most New Yorkers as simply “The Whitney” – is an easy and fun addition to your list of what to do in NYC.  Different from other New York museums in its focus on 20th and 21st Century pieces, you won’t find any Rembrandt or Rousseau at the Whitney.

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The Museum of Arts and Design: One of the most unique NYC museums near the Quin, your New York City hotel

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The Museum of Arts and Design is unique in that it exhibits handmade objects created by contemporary designers.  Focusing on the creativity of design, the Museum of Arts and Design moved to its current home at 2 Columbus Circle in 2008.

NYC Things To Do: Visit the American Folk Art Museum

With an aim to present American folk-artists and self-taught artists, the American Folk Art Museum is one of the more quirky and fun NYC things to do. Located at 2 Lincoln Square – adjacent to the famous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts – this top NYC thing to do, is easily accessed from the Quin, your New York City hotel.

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NYC Attractions: Marian Goodman Gallery

Marian Goodman Gallery is one of the most popular NYC attractions and New York City things to do located close to the Quin - an NYC hotel

Any visitor wondering what to do in NYC should consider touring New York City’s impressive selection of art galleries - it's one of the top New York City things to do.  One of NYC’s most highly respected dealers of art is Marian Goodman, and anyone interested in contemporary art should be sure to add Marian Goodman Gallery to your itinerary of NYC attractions to visit.

NYC Attractions: Gagosian Gallery

Whether you are a contemporary art lover, a casual museum seeker, or an avid art collector, the Gagosian Gallery should make it on to your list of NYC things to do and 'cant' miss' NYC attractions. Just minutes from the Quin, your Central Park hotel, Gagosian Gallery boasts a claim to fame and prestige in the art world—and no trip to New York is complete without seeing some of the vibrant and diverse art this city has to offer.

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Art installation at The Two Percent - a gallery in New York City

Best Way to Get Inspired: A Tour with The Two Percent

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Ahhhh. So many galleries, so little time. That's why I look to David at The Two Percent for a guided tour of the best art galleries in New York City one of the most popular New York things to do. David Behringer is an art savant. A creative sage. A scholar of virtuosity.

Eric Zener at Gallery Henoch

Opening April 26th, photorealist artist, Eric Zener, returns to New York for a residency at the Quin hotel and a solo exhibition at Gallery Henoch. Best known for figure paintings of subjects immersed in water, Zener’s work celebrates memory, solitude, transformation and moments of suspension. Preceding the opening of Zener's show at Gallery Henoch, the Quin is proud to host the painter for an exclusive Artist Salon and reception at the Wayfarer on the evening of April 24th at 9:00 PM. For tickets, please contact Quin Arts curator, D.K. Johnston.


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Fall Five | New York City Galleries

From contemporary to old-school, these standout galleries have captured our hearts (and eyes). Check out our curated collection of noteworthy institutions across New York City. 

Save the Date | New Year's Eve Ball Drop

Ring in the new year with this quintessential NYC NYE experience. With endless festivities in honor of the famed ball drop, there’s fun to be had and toasts to be made at multiple locations across the city. See the real deal in action or gaze from afar in the warmth of surrounding venues overlooking the action. Contact your QA for details on exclusive NYE experiences citywide.

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Experience the World through the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Though situated in Manhattan, the Metropolitan Museum offers a truly global perspective. The institution has long been committed to faithfully recreating or installing architecture from far-flung locales inside its walls. These exotic spaces effectively transport visitors to another time and place, and many of them are hidden deep in the recesses of the Museum's maze-like floor plan. Over the course of two hours, Lauren A.

Save the Date | The Armory Show

The Armory Show is one of the most substantial yearly art events in New York, bringing artists, galleries collectors, critics, and curators together from across the globe. Located on Piers 92 & 94 in central Manhattan, the sought-after event takes place every March and presents the most significant pieces of the 20th and 21st centuries. To celebrate the upcoming show this March, The Museum of Modern Art will host The Armory Party in recognition of The Armory Show and Armory Arts Week.

Attendees browsing the exhibits at The Armory Show - an NYC event.
Exterior of the Whitney Museum - an NYC attraction

The Whitney Museum of American Art

“At a time when art is as good as gold,” according to The New York Times, The Whitney has relocated to one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in all of Manhattan, the Meatpacking District. Founded by an artist (Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney) to provide a home for American art, the museum now has one of the most expansive and unsurpassed collections of modern and contemporary works.

The Seaglass Carousel at the Battery Conservancy

The SeaGlass story began early this century, when The Battery Conservancy was designing the park’s interior. The southern end of the park needed more light. The design team came up with the idea of an aquatic carousel to conjure The Battery’s history as the first home of the New York Aquarium.

The New York Aquarium, located in what is now Castle Clinton, was one of the nation’s earliest public aquariums, opening in 1896. This aquarium welcomed 2.5 million visitors annually until it closed in 1941.

The stunning SeaGlass Carousel at The Battery Conservancy
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TriBeCa Art Factory

Culture, collaboration, and cocktails. It’s all happening at Tribeca Art Factory, a series of Friday night art exhibitions featuring some of the most exciting emerging artists in New York City.  You never know what may happen on any given Friday night, as art enthusiasts not only come to see art but also provide input on the masterpiece that is being created. As you roam the room perusing works, there are light bites and cocktails available and a DJ is always spinning, providing hip-beats to set the ambience for the evening.

Pure Evil

Charles Uzzell Edwards, known as Pure Evil, is one of the leading British artists of the thriving international street art scene, exhibiting worldwide and recently launching the Pure Evil Gallery in London. For his solo show at the Quin, Pure Evil created a series of screen-prints on paper and canvas, including hand-finished prints.

View photos from the Artist Salon here.

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