New Museum of Contemporary Art

Lonely Planet review

This recent addition to the neighborhood, the New Museum of Contemporary Art is a sight to behold: a seven-story stack of off-kilter, white, ethereal boxes, designed by Tokyo-based architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA and the New York–based firm Gensler. It was a long-awaited breath of fresh air along what was a completely gritty Bowery strip when it arrived – though since its opening, several glossy new constructions have joined it, quickly transforming this once down-and-out avenue. The thrills don’t stop when you step inside, either, as the city’s sole museum dedicated to contemporary art has brought a steady menu of edgy works in new forms, such as seemingly random, discarded materials fused together and displayed in the middle of a vast room.