One of the first alternative spaces in New York, Artists Space made its debut in 1972 with a mission to support contemporary artists working in the visual arts – from video, electronic media and performance to architecture and design. More than 40 years on, it remains a solid choice for those seeking crisp, provocative and experimental creativity. In late 2019 the venue moved to a new location with two floors of exhibition space.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby SoHo & Chinatown attractions

1. Columbus Park


Mah-jongg meisters, slow-motion tai-chi practitioners and old aunties gossiping over homemade dumplings: it might feel like Shanghai, but this leafy oasis…

2. Museum of Chinese in America

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In this space designed by architect Maya Lin (designer of the famed Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC) is a multifaceted museum whose engaging permanent…

3. Little Italy

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This once-strong Italian neighborhood (film director Martin Scorsese grew up on Elizabeth St) saw an exodus in the mid-20th century when many of its…

4. Eastern States Buddhist Temple

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This storefront temple smack in the middle of Chinatown's bustle is a quiet little refuge lined with hundreds of Buddhas. You can buy a souvenir or…

5. Mulberry Street

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Named for the mulberry farms that once stood here, Mulberry St is now better known as the meat in Little Italy's sauce. It's an animated strip, packed…

6. Church of the Transfiguration

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It's been serving New York's immigrant communities since 1801, and the Church of the Transfiguration doesn't stop adapting. First it was the Irish, then…

8. Italian American Museum

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This humble museum offers a random mishmash of historical objects documenting early Italian life in NYC, from Sicilian marionettes to old Italian comics…