Thursday, November 10, 2022

Budapest: Enjoy Coffee & Cake at 5 Famous Cafés


  Café Centrál
By Jacquelin Carnegie – (Budapest, Hungary)
Long before “café culture” flourished in Paris and Vienna, it thrived in Budapest. The custom of drinking coffee was introduced by invading Ottoman Turks in the 1500s. During Budapest’s Golden Age, between 1870 and 1910, there were some 500 coffee houses in the city.
In their heyday, Budapest’s cafés were hangouts for aspiring writers, poets, artists, and the local intelligentsia. Before the age of television and the Internet, people spent hours in their favorite café, sharing ideas, gossip, and reading the newspapers, provided for free.
New York Café
These Budapest coffee houses had sumptuous interiors with lustrous chandeliers and frescoed ceilings to rival the Sistine Chapel. But, after two world wars and the communist era in Hungary, the old famous cafes had been destroyed or closed. In recent years, many of these once-grand cafés have been restored to their original splendor:

New York Café
New York Café
New York Palace Hotel, Erzsébet körút 9-11; Tel: 01/886-6167; www.newyorkcafe.hu; Metro: M2 – Astoria; Open: 8am-midnight
Opened in 1894 on the ground floor of a stylish office complex, designed by architect Alajos Hauszmann and financed by a New York life insurance company (hence the name), the café was a favorite haunt of the writers and editors who worked in the building (now a five-star hotel). For struggling writers, the New York provided free ink and paper and offered a low-cost "writer's menu" (bread, cheese & cold cuts). During Budapest’s Golden Age, much of the city’s creative business took place here or at the Café Central.

Café Centrál
Károlyi Mihály utca 9; Tel: 01/266-2110; www.centralkavehaz.hu; Metro: M3 - Ferenciek Tere; Open: 9am-10pm or midnight
 Café Centrál
Opened in 1887, the Central was a popular meeting place for writers, poets, editors, and artists. In the 1890s, writers sitting around the café began an influential literary periodical, A Hét (Week). A few years later, another group of regulars, who divided their time between the Central and the New York, launched Nyugat (West), which became one of the most influential Hungarian literary journals in the early 20th century.

Café Gerbeaud
Vörösmarty tér 7; Tel: 01/429-9000; www.gerbeaud.hu; Metro: M1 – Vörösmarty tér; Open: 9am-9pm
Café Gerbeaud
Founded by confectioner Henrik Kugler in 1858, this is regarded as one of the most elegant and refined cafés. In 1884, its Swiss pastry chef, Emile Gerbeaud, took over the establishment, making it as famous for its cakes as its coffee.

Művész Kávéház
Andrássy út 29; Tel: 70/333-2116; www.muveszkavehaz.com; Metro: M1- Opera; Open: 9am-8pm
Around since 1898, Művész means artist and since the café is located opposite the Budapest State Opera House, over the years, it’s attracted its fair share of artists and performers.

Café Gerlóczy
Café Gerlóczy
Gerloczy u. 1; Tel: 01/501-4000; www.gerloczy.com; Metro: M1, M2, M3 – Deák Farenc tér; Open: 7am-11pm
On a leafy square, in a pretty 1892 building, the Gerlóczy has the feel of a Parisian café with its wonderful croissants and freshly-baked pastries—some consider it the best breakfast in town. Lunch & dinner offerings aren't bad either! Sometimes there's even musicians playing,adding to the atmosphere. Another unique, Gerlóczy offering: stylish rooms in its upstairs boutique hotel, so you never have to leave!
Stay at the Café Gerlóczy

Getting There
The best time to visit Budapest is between March and October. Both Delta and American offer connecting flights.

Read Before You Go: "The Great Escape” by Kati Marton: This wonderful book, about influential Hungarians, describes life in the Budapest cafés at the turn of the 20th century.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Paris: Discover 20 Secret Passages



Passage du Grand-Cerf
 Photo: MOSSOT/Wikimedia Commons

By Jacquelin Carnegie – (Paris, France)
During the 1800s in Paris, around 100 Passages Couverts--stunning, glass-covered passageways--were constructed to shield well-healed shoppers from the elements. Now, only about 20 remain. Some still house high-end stores, others are more lowbrow, shopping arcades.

Referred to as Passages or Galeries, many have been restored to their former glory with dazzling skylights and mosaic-tiled floors while others are a bit on the shabby side. Regardless, as you wander through, browsing the shops or having a coffee in one of the many bistros, remember you’re following in the footsteps of Balzac and Zola--shopping the way Parisians have done for centuries.
  
Explore the Passages Couverts
Here’s a selection worth exploring. Just keep your eyes peeled, some Passage entryways are so inconspicuous you’ll walk right by them.


Galerie Véro-Dodat Photo: Gabrielle Robillard/Wikimedia Commons
Galerie Véro-Dodat
Enter: 19 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, or 2 rue du Bouloi; 1st arrondissement; Metro: Louvre Rivoli
In 1826, two butchers with excellent taste, Véro and Dodat, built this elegant passageway. It’s neo-classical style with black-and-white, checkered marble flooring, stylish white-globe lamps, painted ceilings, and the original wooden shop fronts is a classy setting for art galleries and antique shops selling everything from vintage musical instruments to collectible toys and dolls.


Galerie Vivienne, Photo: Mbzt/Wikimedia Commons
Galerie Vivienne
Enter: 4 rue des Petits Champs, or 6 rue Vivienne, or 5 rue de la Banque; 2nd arrondissement; Metro: Bourse or Pyramides
Lined with high-fashion boutiques, antiques shops and old bookstores, this passageway is thought to be the most beautiful with a stunning mosaic floor, tall-glass arched store fronts, and potted trees. Built in 1823, it converges with the Galerie Colbert.


Galerie Colbert, Photo: Tangopaso/Wikimedia Commons
Galerie Colbert
Enter at: 6 rue des Petits-Champs, or 6 rue Vivienne; 2nd arrondissement; Metro: Bourse or Pyramides
Restored by the Bibliothèque Nationale (National Library), this stately passage, built in 1826, leads to a magnificent, glass-covered rotunda. Stand and ponder the bronze statue at its center by Charles-François Leboeuf—Eurydice, Orpheus’ beloved and doomed wife.

Passage du Grand-Cerf
Enter: 145 rue Saint-Denis, or 10 rue Dussoubs; 2nd arrondissement; 
Metro: Etienne Marcel
Built in 1835, this impressive interior is three-stories high. The skylights are framed by wrought-iron work and the wood-paneled shop fronts house boutiques for fashion designers, artisans and decorators.

Passage du Grand-Cerf, Photo: Ralf.treinen/Wikimedia Commons

Passage des Panoramas
Enter: 11 Boulevard Montmartre, or 10 rue Saint-Marc; 2nd arrondissement; Metro: Grands Boulevards
  Passage des Panoramas, Photo: MarkusMark/Wikimedia Commons
Built in 1799 and still bustling with activity, this is the oldest covered passage in Paris and the first public place lit by gaslight in 1817. Amid the stamp collectors, antique postcard boutiques, and restaurants, there are new trendy shops and establishments that have stood the test of time such as the Théâtre des Variétés opened in 1807. This passage links to several others: Galerie des Variétés, Galerie Feydeau, Galerie Montmartre & Galerie Saint Marc.

Passage Jouffroy

Passage Jouffroy, Photo: MarkusMark/Wikimedia Commons
Enter: 10-12 Boulevard Montmartre, or 9 rue de la Grange-Batelière; 2nd/9th arrondissement; Metro: Grands Boulevards
Directly across from the Passage des Panoramas, Passage Jouffroy, built in 1847, has lots of shops selling collectible movie posters, vintage postcards, antique toys, old books, and interesting curios. There’s even a quirky wax museum opened since 1882, Musée Grévin, and a hotel with budget rooms, Hôtel Chopin.


Passage Verdeau, Photo: Davitof/Wikimedia Commons
Passage Verdeau
Enter: 31bis rue du Faubourg-Montmartre, or 6 rue de la Grange-Batelière; 9th arrondissement; Metro: Le Peletier
The Passage Jouffroy leads to the Passage Verdeau, built in 1847. This passage is only a block long and has a mix of old-fashioned shops selling vintage photographs and prints, stamps, old books and postcards.

Tour the Passages Couverts
To learn more about the history, here are some touring options:
Association Passages et Galeries
Tel: 01/44-71-02-48; www.passagesetgaleries.org
Maps for 3 self-guided walks are on the Association's website. Under “Découverte Des Passages,” click “Les itinéraires.” For exact addresses and opening hours (some are closed “fermé” at night and on Sundays), click on “Informations pratiques.” The Association offers a guided tour of the passageways for groups on request (in several languages).
Try these tours, if you speak French or want some practice (private tours in English but at a much higher price):

Cultival
Tel: 01/ 73-03-60-03; www.cultival.fr
“The Covered Passages of Paris”: An hour and a half tour of several passages: Galerie Véro-Dodat, Galerie Vivienne, Galerie Colbert, Passage des Panoramas (in French).

Visites Spectacles
Tel: 01/48-58-37-12; www.visites-spectacles.com
“L’Intrigue des Passages Couverts”: A fun option is to experience a “murder mystery” from the 1870s acted out in the passages: Passage des Panoramas, Passage Jouffroy, Passage Verdeau (in French).

Friday, October 21, 2022

Hudson Valley, New York: 15+ Artsy & Cool Things To Do

Bannerman's (photo: JCarnegie)
By Jacquelin Carnegie 
All year long, not just during the beautiful fall foliage season, the area surrounding New York's magnificent Hudson River is ideal for a day trip or weekend get-away. There are several counties on both sides of the river worth discovering, but Dutchess County has some of the most diverse offerings. Explore the spectacular countryside, cultural choices, fairs & festivals, vineyards and farmers' markets. Here's a sampling to get you started:

BEACON - ART & NATURE
Any day of the week, stroll along Main Street to check out the selection of cafés and galleries. Beacon gets even livelier on weekends with its Sunday Farmer's Market, on the riverfront, the Flea Market (April-Nov) behind the post office, and Second Saturday, a citywide celebration of the arts.
Dia: Beacon (photo: Laura Asaibene)
DIA:BEACON
3 Beekman St., Beacon, NY; Tel: 845 440 0100; www.diaart.org
In a beautifully-renovated, 1920's factory building, the Dia Art Foundation’s minimalist art collection, from the 1960’s to the present, takes center stage in wide-open galleries with huge, beautiful windows and skylights. On display are works by such renowned modern artists as Dan Flavin, Richard Serra, and Louise Bourgeois. There are changing exhibitions, gallery talks, and other special events (also a café).
BANNERMAN’S CASTLE - ISLAND TOURS
Bannerman's Island; Tel: 800/979-3370; www.bannermancastle.org (May-Oct)
While in Beacon, explore a picturesque island in the Hudson River that's been off bounds for years. In 1901, Frank Bannerman, a zany Scottish-American munitions dealer, built a quasi-castle and residence for his family on Pollepel Island. Today, thanks to the Bannerman Castle Trust, you can admire the ruins. Pack a picnic and enjoy great views of the Hudson as well as the 20-minute ferry ride there & back. On some Sundays, there's also music. (Reservations required for all tours & special events. The ferry dock for Bannerman's Island is a 5-minute walk from the Beacon train station.)
Hudson River (photo: JCarnegie)
Dine: All along Main Street there are several nice cafés, try the Beacon Bread Company Bistro or Homespun Foods.
Stay: The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls (2 East Main St.) - former factory building turned into a groovy boutique hotel.
Getting There: Drive or train from New York (Grand Central), take Metro-North (Hudson line) train to Beacon. (The museum, ferry dock & Main St. are all in easy walking distance of the train station.) Be sure to check out the way-cool, yet funkier town of Newburgh, right across the river.

POUGHKEEPSIE - CULTURAL VISITS & COUNTRY WALKS
Vassar is well known as a prestigious college, but it's a bit of a secret that the lovely campus is open to the public with a fabulous theater and a museum that would please any culture lover.
Vassar
VASSAR COLLEGE:
POWERHOUSE THEATER
124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY; Tel: 845-437-5599; http://powerhouse.vassar.edu
For over 30 years, the Vassar & New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater has fostered and celebrated young playwrights, aspiring actors, directors and designers on stage for six weeks each summer. It's a delightful place to see theater and you can often see famous actors up-close-and-personal performing alongside the up-and-comers.
FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER
Tel: 845/437-5632; http://fllac.vassar.edu
This incredible collection includes fabulous Dutch Masters, Hudson River School paintings, major 20th-century works as well as sculpture and photography.
WALKWAY OVER THE HUDSON
(www.walkway.org; 61 Parker Ave., about 4 blocks north of the Poughkeepsie train station. Open: 7am-sunset)  For breathtaking views of the Hudson, stroll or hike across this abandoned railway bridge that's been transformed into a scenic walkway.
Dine: Try out places favored by the locals.
Stay: Courtyard by Marriott (2641 South Rd/Rt. 9, Poughkeepsie, NY; Tel: 845/485-6336) - friendly staff & a nice indoor pool.
Getting There: Drive or train from New York (Grand Central), take Metro-North (Hudson line) train to Poughkeepsie, then a taxi. (Empire Taxi, Tel: 845/454-4444)

HYDE PARK - HISTORIC SITES & GREAT EATS
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt devoted their lives to the betterment of all Americans. Hyde Park is where FDR grew up and spent most of his life.
ROOSEVELT-VANDERBILT NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES 
FDR's Springwood

4097 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY; Tel: 800/967-2283, www.nps.gov/hofr
FDR's HOME: It's a patriotic thrill to tour these four sites. You can also stroll the beautiful grounds with miles of hiking trails. (For more information about the guided tours, contact: National Parks Service, Tel: 845/229-5320.) Springwood - The Roosevelt family home. (The President & Mrs. Roosevelt are buried in the Rose Garden.) Val-Kill - Eleanor Roosevelt's private cottage, she came here when she wanted to relax. Top Cottage - FDR's private retreat.
FDR Presidential Library & Museum - Opened in 1941, this is America's first presidential library, built under FDR's direction. There are fascinating artifacts and changing exhibitions.
THE VANDERBILT MANSION (www.nps.gov/vama)
Val-Kill (photo: NPS/WD Urbin)
This magnificent estate was once the home of Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt. Take a guided tour of the mansion and learn about the Gilded Age. Wander around the exquisitely-landscaped gardens and grounds with stunning Hudson River views.
CIA chefs
Dine: CIA (1946 Campus Dr., Hyde Park, NY; Tel: 845/471-6608) - The Culinary Institute of America is a world-renowned cooking school with several dining options: Bocuse (French), de'Medici (Italian), American Bounty, and the causal Apple Pie Bakery Cafe. (Make reservations way in advance; all restaurants close during school breaks, so check ahead.)
Rhinebeck Crafts: Jonathan's
Stay: Courtyard by Marriott in Poughkeepsie.
Getting There: Drive or train from New York (Grand Central), take Metro-North (Hudson line) train to Poughkeepsie. Then taxi or public bus (Mon-Sat) from the Poughkeepsie train station to FDR Visitors Center.
 
RHINEBECK - ARTS, CRAFTS & BEYOND
Rhinebeck is a lovely area with wonderful fairs and festivals:
DUTCHESS COUNTY FAIR (Aug): Here's your chance to experience a real county fair with 4H Clubs, farm animals, pie contests, carnivals rides, music & more family fun.
RHINEBECK CRAFTS FESTIVAL (June): This legendary event is features some 200 top-notch craftspeople, local furniture makers, music, gourmet food & merriment.
HUDSON VALLEY WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL (Sept): A great way to sample the local Hudson Valley vintages, craft beers, and culinary offerings.
Fisher (photo: Peter Aaron)
BARD COLLEGE: FISHER CENTER
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; Tel: 845/758-7900; fishercenter.bard.edu
About 10 mins from Rhinebeck, this Frank Gehry designed entertainment center on the Bard campus offers a wide-range of events, or just take a tour of the stunning facility.
Dine: Take your pick from every type of restaurant.
Stay: The Beekman Arms  (6387 Mill St.) - Open since 1766; the Clintons stayed here during Chelsea's wedding.
Getting There: Drive or train from New York (Penn Station), take Amtrak to Rhinecliff. (Taxi into Rhinebeck but, at this point, you'll really need a car.)
 
MORE HUDSON VALLEY ACTIVITIES
DUTCHESS COUNTY FARM FRESH TOURS: Whether you want to pick apples, sample artisanal cheeses, visit local wineries and distilleries, taste New York maple syrup and hand-crafted ice cream, buy organic produce or items made from local wool, there's a place for you! Visit Fishkill Farms & McEnroe Organic Farm, Crown Maple Estate, Hudson Valley Sheep & Wool Farm, Dutch’s Spirits, Harney & Sons Fine Teas and many other charming, scenic spots. (When COVID is over, try some organized tours from EscapeMaker.)
FARMERS' MARKETS: Download a brochure about farms with fresh produce for sale and head out on your own or for some family fun!
HUDSON VALLEY RESTAURANT WEEKS (Spring & Fall): With all the fresh produce available, the area restaurants serve some incredibly-tasty, farm-to-table meals. Several also have rooms to book, so add an overnight stay to your meal!
Fishkill Farms
Making Your Trip Easier
Metro-North offers several "get-away" packages to Hudson Valley places and events.
Dutchess County Tourism has tons of info & hotel deals on their site.
These newspapers have info about local cultural events: About Town & Southern/Northern Dutchess News. Art Along the Hudson: Tips on everything that's happening art-wise in the area.
Stewart International Airport: If you'd like to visit the Hudson Valley from Europe, good news! A new budget airlines PLAY now has flights into/from Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Hudson Valley, New York: 3 Artsy Day Trips

By Jacquelin Carnegie

Hudson River, Olana (photo: JCarnegie)
Looking for something interesting to do for a day trip or weekend getaway? Here are three artsy options:

A HAVEN FOR EMERGING ARTISTS
The Wassaic Project
37 Furnace Bank Rd, Wassaic, NY;
Head to Wassaic, New York to experience a groovy, 1960s-esq, art-loving community. A group of artists, from different disciplines, have come together in this sylvan enclave to: Put on art exhibitions in Maxon Mills, an historic grain mill; Provide artists' studio space in Luther Barn, once used for animal auctions; and do artsy outreach to the local community and the like-minded public at large.
Art Exhibitions: The Wassaic Project curates exhibits by international, emerging artists showcased in the amazing Maxon Mills building.
Kelly Goff, Dumpster
Open Studios: Artists in Residence Studios in the Luther Barn are open to the public usually on the Last Saturday of the month (during COVID some "Chat with the Artists" are virtual.) Events: There are also some fun events such as a Community Block Party, an Artist Parade in May, and a Halloween Haunted House in October. Prior to COVID, and hopefully again in the future, a summer festival was held to celebrate art, music, film & dance, with on-site camping.
Wassaic: The Wassaic Project is right on Main Street in the heart of this little, woodsy hamlet. While in the area, explore other artsy aspects of Dutchess County, NY. 
Maxon Mills (photo: jwcofrin)
 
Eats: The Lantern (10 Main St) - Local joint with great pizza & micro brews on tap. 
Stay: Book nearby B&Bs or an Airbnb.
Getting There: Drive or train from New York (Grand Central), take Metro-North (Harlem line) to Wassaic (about 2 ½ hrs). Then, a ten-minute walk to The Wassaic Project or get a lift.

DISCOVER THE 
HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL
While artist Thomas Cole may not be that well known today, he launched America's first, original art movement: the Hudson River School (1825-1875). One of his students, the artist Frederic Church, went on to even greater fame and fortune. You can visit Cole's home and studio, Cedar Grove, in Catskill, NY as well as Church's home, Olana, in Hudson, NY. These historic homes--where American Art was born--are just two miles apart, across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge.
Thomas Cole, View Near Catskill Village



Church's House on a Hill
Olana State Historic Site
Olana (photo: JCarnegie)
5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY; www.olana.org
(Make Tour reservations well in advance.)

After studying with artist Thomas Cole from 1844 to 1846, Frederic Edwin Church became a sought-after Hudson River School painter. Through his landscapes of worldwide locations, Church gained national and international prominence, becoming the best-known and most successful painter of his time. In 1867, Church and his wife, Isabel, traveled to Europe and the Middle East. Upon their return, Church built their new home on a hilltop, inspired by Middle-Eastern architecture. Hence, Olana is an impressive combination of Victorian architectural elements and Middle-Eastern decorative motifs. Church worked closely with famous architect Calvert Vaux on the house, but the landscape architecture for Olana’s 250-acres was his own design. The naturalistic landscape is considered another of Church’s great artworks. Today, due to conservation efforts, it's one of the best-preserved, artist-designed landscapes in the United States.
Frederic Church, View of West Point
 
Hudson, NY: Hudson is a pretty, hip little town with tons of eateries, nice shops, and art galleries on Warren Street, plus the Hudson Hall performing arts center. In addition to visiting Olana, the Omi International Arts Center (1405 Co Rt 22, Ghent, NY) with The Fields Sculpture Park is nearby, plus other Columbia County attractions.
Eats: Nice, inexpensive places for Lunch: The Cascades (407 Warren St), Le Perche (230 Warren St); Dinner:
 Ca'Mea (333 Warren St), Wunderbar & Bistro (744 Warren St); Gourmet Take Out: Talbott & Arding (323 Warren St).
Stay: Westcott House B&B (24 North Fifth St). Or, try Airbnb. Getting There: Drive or from New York (Penn Station), take an Amtrak train to Hudson (about 2 hrs, with stunning views of the Hudson River along the way). Then, a 10-minute taxi ride.

Cole's Home: The Hudson River School of Art
Thomas Cole National Historic Site

218 Spring St., Catskill, NY; Tel: 518-943-7465; www.thomascole.org
(House open year-round; Studios, March-Nov/May-Oct; Book a Tour)

While Church's Olana is opulent, Cole's Cedar Grove is modest. Born in England, Thomas Cole came to America in 1818 when he was 17 years old. Mostly self-taught, he worked with members of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, but struggled to make a living as an artist. Finally, he received recognition for paintings he made from sketching in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills during the summer of 1825. Cole became the leader of a group of landscape artists now known as the Hudson River School. Today, Cole's home and studio, Cedar Grove, is used for art exhibits and other arts-related events. There are “Sunday Salons” (Jan-April) and guided hikes (June-Oct) along the Hudson River School Art Trail to see the landscapes Thomas Cole painted.
Catskill, NY: Not upscale like Hudson, but this little town still has its' charms. There are quaint shops and some galleries on Main Street, plus other Greene County attractions.
Eats: La Conca Doro (440 Main St) & Frank Guido’s Port of Call (7 Main St) right on the water, open seasonally. Stay: Check out various types of Catskill’s accommodations.
Olana, Dining Rm (photo: A.Wainwright)
Getting There: Drive or from New York (Penn Station), take an Amtrak train to Hudson. Then, a 10-minute taxi ride. Another option: rent a car in Hudson. Cedar Grove & Olana are about 10 minutes apart.
Editor's NoteRiver Crossings: A fantastic exhibit that featured contemporary works by world-renowned artists to celebrate Cole's & Church's legacy; still worth checking out.

Friday, September 30, 2022

ART BEAT: 6 FABULOUS ART FOUNDATIONS in New York City


The Brant Foundation, Basquiat exhibit (photo: Tom Powell Imaging; Courtesy The Brant Foundation)

By Jacquelin Carnegie
The Brant Foundation
In New York City, there are many wonderful places to see incredible art. While you may be familiar with all the great museums, there are also several, really special art foundations you might not have heard about, where the spaces they’re housed in are often as interesting as the art: 

Downtown
The Brant Foundation
421 East 6th St, (btw 1st Ave - Ave A); brantfoundation.org
(Fee or Free Admission depending on exhibit)
Successful businessman and philanthropist Peter Brant has many eclectic interests, but his main passion is contemporary art. He’s been an avid collector since his college days when his first acquisitions included two Andy Warhols and a Franz Kline! Lucky for us, Brant has put his impressive collection on display, first in Greenwich, Connecticut and now in a stunning new location in New York City. The building, a former ConEd substation, has been redesigned as an exhibit space which is as knockout as the artwork on display. [Enjoy a virtual tour of Brant’s extensive Jean-Michel Basquiat collection.] 

Judd Foundation
101 Spring St, www.juddfoundation.org; Tel: 212/219-2747
(Admission Fee; Guided tours only, book in advance) 
Judd bedroom, Dan Flavin light sculpture
(photo: James Ewing; Courtesy Judd Foundation)
You don’t have to be a fan of Donald Judd’s artwork to appreciate a visit to his former home and studio in Manhattan's SoHo district. First, the beautifully-restored, 19th-century, cast-iron building is one of the few remaining in the neighborhood. Next, Judd designed and built many of the everyday items in the home such as dining tables, chairs, desks, etc. And, the space is filled with works by some of Judd’s favorite artists such as Dan Flavin and Frank Stella. Judd bought the building in 1968; a visit provides a fascinating glimpse into the life of a successful, modern artist.

Resnick-Passlof Foundation
The Milton Resnick & Pat Passlof Foundation
87 Eldridge St; resnickpasslof.org; Tel: 646/559-2513
(Open: Thurs-Sat, 11am-6pm; Free Admission; Closed in Aug.)
Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof were Abstract Expressionist painters who lived and worked on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in a building that was once a synagogue. Since their passing, the space has been renovated into a showplace for their signature paintings as well as for exhibits of work by other Abstract Expressionist artists. When not in the midst of COVID, the Foundation also presents lectures, readings, and musical programs in this magnificent space.

Chelsea
The FLAG Art Foundation
545 West 25th St, 9th Fl, (btw 10th-11th Ave); http://flagartfoundation.org; Tel: 212/206-0220 (Open: Wed-Sat, 11am-5pm; Free Admission)
Nicolas Party: Pastel, FLAG 
(photo: Steven Probert)

Financier, philanthropist, collector, and art patron Glenn Fuhrman launched The FLAG Art Foundation as a non-profit, exhibit space to encourage the appreciation of contemporary art. The marvelous, imaginative exhibits are meant to attract a diverse audience. FLAG generally presents four to six exhibits a year of both established and emerging artists. The Foundation also invites a creative group of individuals—artists, athletes, writers, historians, fashion designers, museum directors--to guest curate these fab exhibits.

Hill Art Foundation
239 Tenth Ave, at 24th St, 3rd Fl, https://hillartfoundation.org
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Open: Wed-Sat, 11am-5pm; Free Admission)
Hill Art Foundation
For forty years, former financier J. Tomilson Hill and his wife have been passionate art collectors. The Hill Art Foundation is a lovely way for them to share their collection with the public: allowing visitors to see how they think about art as well as how they juxtapose and display pieces. While the Foundation reflects the Hills’ personal taste, it’s also about sharing—encouraging the viewer to reflect on and engage with the pieces to find new interpretations of the works on view. The galley space itself is stunning, on the 3rd & 4th floors of the Getty building designed by famed architect Peter Marino.

Brooklyn
Faurschou New York
148 Green St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn; faurschou.com
(Open: Wed-Sun, 12-6pm; Free Admission; Book time-slot online in advance)
Ai WeiWei "Two Figures"
(photo: Ed Gumuchian; Courtesy Faurschou Foundation)
Danish art dealer-turned-philanthropist Jens Faurschou has converted an industrial warehouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn into a magnificent exhibition space. The Foundation’s mission is to champion contemporary artists and foster East-West cultural exchanges, engaging Western audiences with important ideas from Asia. What’s especially striking about Faurschou’s collection is the size of the works: huge installations (some even room-sized) and many with political themes. Headquartered in Copenhagen with another exhibit space in Beijing, the goal for Faurschou New York is curating exhibitions that make you think.

Editor’s Note: Please keep in mind that during COVID, and for the foreseeable future, many places are operating on a reduced schedule & require reservations &/or tickets purchased in advance for a particular day/time-slot. Proof of vaccination & masks may be required.