RECOMMENDED: The full guide to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Founded in 1897 by the Hewitt sisters, granddaughters of industrialist Peter Cooper, the only museum in the U.S. solely dedicated to design (both historic and modern) has been part of the Smithsonian since the 1960s. The museum hosts periodic interactive family programs that allow children to experiment with design.Read more
The iconic institution, which was founded in 1874, hosts all manner of events, including lectures (with boldfaced names like Eliot Spitzer and the late Nora Ephron), live music, dance performances and more. Expect special programming during Jewish holidays such as Passover and Hanukkah. Browse and sign up for classes at 92nd Street YRead more
You needn't be a budding Martha Stewart to get your creative juices flowing at this DIY haven. The five-story second Manhattan outpost (the first is on the Upper West Side) offers foolproof crafts that any age or skill level can master. Decorate your own prebaked chocolate or vanilla cake ($24–$48) with fondant shapes, edible glitter, embellishments ($1–$5) and spray coloring in a motorized rotating booth, or make a scented candle ($20–$70) and then watch it take form at the Skinny Dip, a flowing wax-cooling river. Buy a yearly membership ($36) and you can paint ceramics ($12–$120), bead jewelry ($12–$45), create scented soap ($8–$24), or make functional glassware such as trivets, vases and coasters ($22–$99) whenever you’d like (otherwise, it’s $12 for a one-day pass). Those who don’t want to get their hands dirty can have a pro apply glitter tattoos ($5) and hair feathers ($6) at a station on the first floor, or hit the retail area to pick up quirky gifts such as Seedling Design Your Own Superhero Cape kits ($40).Read more
Sharpen your sleuthing skills while soaking up an authentic haunted-house vibe at this interactive event in one of the city's oldest buildings. According to a New York Tribune article in the Mount Vernon Hotel's archives, an unidentified skeleton was discovered under the floorboards of the 1799 carriage house, which was converted into a country retreat in the early 19th century. Who was it and whodunit? Wander through candlelit period rooms searching for clues to piece together a fictional mystery inspired by the chilling report.Read more
This New York City landmark houses a series of 16 period rooms from the late 19th century, designed by such luminaries as Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Herter Brothers. The Armory has been transformed into one of the city's premier alternative spaces for showing art; the beauty of this historical setting allows for interesting visual contrast with the series of contemporary projects commissioned by the nonprofit arts organization.Read more
Venue says: Late night bites until 11pm Sun.-Wed. & 12am Thurs.– Sat. Enjoy the V&M burger w/ bourbon, seafood pasta w/ wine, or cheese & charcuterie.
Slip into a plush red-velvet armchair for quaffs from mixologist Aziza Omar (the Odeon), all named after drinkers who disobeyed the law during Prohibition: The Baby Vamp (an attractive female coed) features tequila, mescal, strawberry, lemon and Bittermens Hellfire Habanero Shrub, while the Dewdropper (a lazybones freeloader) is made with bourbon, Nocino, sweet vermouth and Brooklyn Hemispherical Black Mission fig bitters. Along with the era-themed tipples, there are classic cocktails including a scofflaw, draft beers (Palm Ale, Ommegang White) and a 31-bottle wine list curated by owner Frank Locker. Chef J. Luis Dominiguez (Duane Park Cafe) doles out seafood-heavy small plates, such as yellowfin-tuna tartare, white-wine-steamed PEI mussels and Louisiana crawfish rolls. Gilded mirrors, antique light fixtures, cherry-red walls and dark-wood tables decorate the lounge.Read more