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Autumn's Art Scene (And More)
With crisp weather here, visitors are heading indoors to see some notable art exhibits, as well as new Broadway shows. Chef Concierge Regena Falling of Park Hyatt New York (153 W. 57th St., 646.774.1234) offers up her top picks.
Q: What have guests been asking about the most lately?
A: My guests are very interested in up-and-coming Broadway shows. Several shows open this month, including The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Disgraced, starring Josh Radnor and Gretchen Mol.
Q: What kind of experiences are they looking for?
A: Our guests have a penchant for the exclusive: private tours, curator tours and personal shopping. Park Hyatt New York has in-depth partnerships with various venues so that we can provide personalized experiences.
Q: Any particular neighborhoods?
A: Some love the Upper East Side for upscale shopping, while others prefer local food finds on the Lower East Side. Brooklyn is also very popular with our guests: the Brooklyn Bridge, Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Q: What are some must-visit museum exhibitions in October?
A: MoMA opens an exhibit of Henri Matisse’s world-renowned cut-outs. Not to be outdone, The Metropolitan Museum of Art unveils an in-depth exhibit on Cubism, including works by Georges Braque, Fernand Léger and Pablo Picasso. I also suggest visiting the New Museum, which debuts the first major U.S. solo exhibit of Chris Ofili.
Q: Are there any galleries you recommend?
A: CANADA and Nicelle Beauchene galleries are favorites and can be found near Bowery and Broome Street. Kate Werble Gallery is amazing and nestled in SoHo. A great area for galleries is, of course, Chelsea. The Agora, Gagosian and Matthew Marks galleries are among the best.
Q: Are there any neighborhoods that are up-and-coming on the NYC art scene?
A: Bushwick, Brooklyn, is a great spot to see up-and-coming artists. Some October showings of note include: Armature Art Space, Inc.’s SHOWTIME: Underground Arts, which showcases art made in and about the subway and other public transit; In Every Direction: Robert Lansden at Robert Henry Contemporary; and Fresh Window’s Nightlight by Miya Ando and Marc Egger. TSA New York currently has a Rachael Gorchov exhibition and features the show, Exchange Rates.
Q: What are some must-attend events in October?
A: The Columbus Day Parade; the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, with more than 120 events all over the city as well as DUMBO, Brooklyn; and The New Yorker Festival 2014, a weekend celebration that brings together writers, thinkers, artists and other luminaries.