Aesthete getaways

NYC isn't the only place to see great art-escape the five boroughs for eye candy that's easy on your wallet.



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  • Roboworld at Carnegie Science Center

  • Warhol Museum

  • Warhol Museum

  • Parador Inn

  • Parador Inn

Roboworld at Carnegie Science Center

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By plane: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1 hour 30 minutes from NYC)

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Begin your immersion in the Steel City's burgeoning art scene by touring some of its most famous cultural institutions. First stop: the Carnegie Science Center (1 Allegheny Ave; 412-237-3400,; $9.95--$22.95), where you'll find Roboworld, a large-scale permanent exhibit that examines the role machines play in the lives of humans; it's not just about seeing C-3PO bumble his way through the Star Wars movies (though you can get your picture taken with the uptight android here).

Andy Warhol Museum

At The Andy Warhol Museum (117 Sandusky St; 412-237-8300,; $8--$15), peep more than 500 works by the Pop artist (and Pittsburgh native), including iconic pieces like Silver Clouds, an installation featuring helium-filled silver balloons that drift and bob around a room. Once you've crossed those biggies off your list, head for some of the smaller spots downtown, like Wood Street Galleries (601 Wood St; 412-471-5605,; free), which showcases the work of new-media artists. "They're so far ahead of their time," says Veronica Corpuz, public-relations director at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. "They're edgier, and new masters in technology." Wood Street's latest show, "Claudia Hart: Empire" (through June 20), incorporates computer animation, videos and music. Meanwhile, pop-culture fanatics can get their fix of comic and cartoon art at the six-month-old Toonseum (945 Liberty Ave; 412-232-0199,; $3--$4). Anime geeks can check out more than 70 animation cels and production artifacts from the cult Japanese film Akira, until July 18. There's even a creative vibe going on at the husband-and-wife-owned Gypsy Caf (1333 Bingham St; 412-381-4977,, which, in addition to serving Mediterranean and Eastern European fare like dill-almond pesto salmon ($18), hosts events such as the Pittsburgh outpost of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School.

Parador Inn

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The Caribbean-themed Parador Inn (939 Western Ave; 412-231-4800, offers an egalitarian deal: Each of its eight guest rooms is priced at just $150 per night, whether it's the 328-square-foot African Tulip room (outfitted with paintings of parrots and an antique vanity) or the 869-square-foot Lady Palm suite, which has its own separate living room and a private bathroom.

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