Shopping near the Empire State Building

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“Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988”

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

This fascinating exhibition surveys the work of Brazilian avant-garde artist Lygia Clark (1920–1988), a central figure in Brazil’s short-lived Neo-Concrete movement of the late 1950s and early ’60s. The Neo-Concrete artists borrowed from European nonobjective painters such as Piet Mondrian

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Sun Aug 24
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"Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010"

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

Sigmar Polke (1941–2010), a giant of postwar painting and the originator, with Gerhard Richter, of Capitalist Realism, Pop Art’s darker German variant, is at last getting the retrospective he deserves. Polke’s signature non-signature style and exploration of unconventional materials and

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Sun Aug 3
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Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

The 1913 Beaux Arts train station is the city’s most spectacular point of arrival. The station played an important role in the nation’s historic preservation movement, after a series of legal battles that culminated in the 1978 Supreme Court decision affirming NYC’s landmark laws. One notable

  1. 42nd St to 44th St, between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves
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Transformers: Age of Extinction

  • Rated as: 3/5

Michael Bay, a filmmaker whose style is better known than that of any other working artist on the planet, tried to make a real movie in 2013: the underrated Pain & Gain, a Miami crime comedy with actual performances and a nastier satirical bite than even The Wolf of Wall Street. He got mocked for

  1. Wed Jul 23 - Mon Jul 28

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

  • Rated as: 4/5

Let’s face it, high-minded ideas are all well and good, but can they compete with a chimp on horseback firing an Uzi? Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) was as thoughtful as modern sci-fi gets, ditching the 1960s-born franchise’s gritty dystopian roots for a smart story of scientific

  1. Wed Jul 23 - Mon Jul 28

Aureole

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

You have to be awfully secure to give a young upstart the spotlight in your own flagship kitchen. Charlie Palmer, auteur chef turned hospitality entrepreneur—with a dozen restaurants, branded hotels and a catering gig on a luxury cruise line—last year tapped rising talent Christopher Lee to run

  1. 135 W 42nd St , between Broadway and Sixth Ave, 10021
  2. Prix fixe: $84. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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The Monkey Bar

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

When you're flush with cash and cachet in certain prominent fields---at the head of DreamWorks, the Yankees or even The New Yorker---it's expected you'll poach talent from everyone else. So why aren't there restaurants, like movie studios, sports teams and magazines, that are staffed top to bottom

  1. 60 E 54th St, between Madison and Park Aves, 10022
  2. Average main course: $30. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Salvation Taco

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

You couldn’t be blamed for low expectations if you wandered into Salvation Taco, the new stylized taqueria located in the budget Pod 39 Hotel. During prime loosen-your-tie-and-slip-off-your-pumps evening hours, the Murray Hill crowd can be as obnoxious as a roving band of SantaCon reindeer. And

  1. 145 E 39th St, between Lexington and Third Aves, 10016
  2. Average taco: $6. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Wish I Was Here

  • Rated as: 2/5

No matter where Zach Braff gets his money from—Kickstarter, Hollywood or the piggy bank—he still only knows how to make one kind of movie: cutesy, faux ironic, desperately emo and aggressively indie. In the case of 2004’s Garden State, early to the trend, he got away with it. But his shtick

  1. Wed Jul 23 - Mon Jul 28
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