New York is home to some of the best museums in the world—the Met, MoMA, Whitney and Brooklyn Museum, just to name a few—and those sanctuaries of art hold thousands upon thousands of paintings. It’s easy to get overwhelmed thinking about all that culture, so we asked 34 experts (artists, critics, journalists, curators, and gallery dealers) to whittle the list down to the best 100 paintings in the city. This week’s print issue features the top 24 with explanations from photographer David LaChapelle, MoMA Painting and sculpture curator Laura Hoptman, and our very own Time Out New York art editor Howard Halle.
Maybe you can use that new art knowledge when you hit up the galleries with an old flame, because also in this week’s issue, we talk to New Yorkers who are giving their exes another shot at love. Despite (or maybe because of) the online-dating craze some people are choosing to revisit those relationships that didn’t quite work, and we learn why we also should (or shouldn’t) give our past-loves a ring.
Plus: The eight best and most unconventional pizza pies in town, Village Vanguard is celebrating its 80th anniversary, Danny Meyer’s first stand-alone bar, the city's best beauty and skin-care destinations, classic documentary Grey Gardens is coming to Film Forum and New York's top ten heroes of punk.—Tolly Wright