Things To Do in NYC: Little Island and The MoMA

By: Elisheva Hirsch  |  September 20, 2021

By Elisheva Hirsch, Art and Culture Editor

Getting to live in New York City, the home of such rich art and culture, is an incredible opportunity that YU students should take advantage of. This column will highlight a few NYC activities every edition, so check it out the next time a class is canceled or you have some free time. And if you do end up visiting any of these great spots, be sure to take a photo and tag @observeryu on Instagram!

What: Little Island

This brand new NYC park opened on May 21. It’s essentially a manmade little island that appears to rise out of the water right off the shore of the Hudson River. With beautiful landscaping and paths, river overlooks, a playground, and an amphitheater, Little Island has been a massive success since its opening. There are upcoming festivals to be held in the park, and the amphitheater hosts multiple weekly free dance, drama, and music performances, so be sure to check the website before you plan a visit. 

Where: On the West Side, off the Hudson River Park by West 13th and 14th streets

Price: From 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day, admission to the park is unticketed. After 12 p.m., however, you need to book a free timed entry ticket online.

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What: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

The MoMA is one of the most famous (and fun!) art museums in New York City. It boasts an enormous collection of modern and contemporary art. These include Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” (there’s nothing like seeing it in person), Monet’s “Water Lilies,” works from Jackson Pollock and Picasso, as well as many others. In addition to their established collection, they always have various changing exhibitions that are worth keeping an eye on for a particular subject, art form, or artist that catches your eye.

Where: 11 West 53th Street, Manhattan

When: Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the MoMA is only open to members and their guests. Museum entry is by timed ticket only, which can be purchased online.

Price: $14 with a full time student ID (includes admission to all galleries and special exhibits)

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