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Art is Alive in NYC's Outer Boroughs

New York’s outer boroughs have a pulsating museum life of their own.

The city’s museum culture is thriving in the outer boroughs. Here are some highlights:

The trendiest of neighborhoods in 2016 is Brooklyn, and that sense of cool extends to the Brooklyn Museum, where a thrilling exhibition, called “Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present,” offers some 230 works—from salted paper prints to up-to-the-minute digital images—that capture the universal appeal of sports. The people behind the lens range from familiar sports photographers to the infamous (Nazi propaganda filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl) and the unexpected (Andy Warhol). 

Slightly north of Brooklyn is Queens and the Queens Museum, home to the stunning "Panorama of the City of New York," a 9,335-square-foot model of all five boroughs created for the 1964 World’s Fair, complete with tiny replicas of the city’s landmarks. The museum doubled the size of its galleries in 2013 and a breathtaking glass facade faces Grand Central Parkway. 

A hop across the East River takes you to The Bronx Museum of the Arts. Through Oct. 23,  the museum is presenting “Art AIDS America,” an exhibition that examines the potent influence of the AIDS crisis on American art and culture since 1981. The exhibition features more than 125 works in a wide range of media dating from 1981 to the present day, by artists including Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe and Martin Wong. On Oct. 12, the Bronx Museum unveils the second of two parts of “The Neighbors, Sanctuary: Andrea Bowers and Home: Andrea Aragón,” essentially a timely dialogue about immigration between Bowers, an American artist, and Guatemalan photographer Aragón, addressing issues surrounding cultural uprooting. 

Finally, the southernmost borough has an impressive set of museums of its own, the most notable being the Staten Island Museum. Currently, the museum is exhibiting “Home Games,” an immense collection of the borough’s sports artifacts and memorabilia. It also has a fascinating Natural Hall of Science and an illuminating presentation of the first 100 years of the Staten Island Ferry. 

For visitors to the city, there’s a reason we have all those ferries and bridges connecting Manhattan to the other boroughs. There’s a whole world of culture out there.


Exhibits then Eats

Beso, Staten Island, New York
Beso in Staten Island (Courtesy Beso)

BROOKLYN MUSEUM

BKM Café and Bowl At the museum itself, BKM offers entrées and sandwiches along with outdoor seating. 

• The Islands For those with a taste for Jamaican and Caribbean cuisine,right near the museum. 803 Washington Ave., New York, NY; 718.398.3575 

Bar Corvo Pasta, butcher’s steak and a pleasant courtyard, all a short walk from the museum. 

QUEENS MUSEUM

Park Side Restaurant Top Italian, a half-mile from the museum. 

• Los Tres Potrillos This is a prime spot for authentic Mexican. 111-16 Roosevelt Ave., New York, NY; 718.505.1533

BRONX MUSEUM

NYY Steak For a high-end steak experience, it’s hard to beat this eatery at Yankee Stadium.  

Molino Rojo This small eatery, a half-mile from the museum, is the place for authentic Spanish food.  

STATEN ISLAND MUSEUM

Beso If you’re a fan of tapas and margaritas, this family-friendly place, a block from the museum, is a perfect fit. 

Ruddy & Dean Around the corner from the museum, this eatery draws raves for its steaks.