Van Gogh’s Home in NYC
Located at 299 South Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Pier 36 is a state-of-the-art 75,000-square-foot events venue with unmatched views of the Brooklyn skyline. Steps from the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges, Pier 36 has hosted the Billboard Women in Music Awards, the Google Partner Summit, the NBA Award Show and countless other fashion shows, art fairs, trade shows and live music performances. This former shipping facility may not be moving in cargo off the East River anymore but it certainly continues to usher in the best in culture and entertainment for New Yorkers and tourists from around the world. Pier 36 is wheelchair accessible and provides ample on-site parking. It is also easy to get to from the F Train at East Broadway or the Madison/Clinton stop on the M22 bus.
Gogh Make a Day of It
Looking for things to do (or sips and bites) around Pier 36 to complete your day downtown? Look no further!
Right next door you’ll find Mussel Beach (1) at Pier 35. This eco-park esplanade replicates native East River vegetation from hundreds of years ago and offers panoramic views of the Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn skyline. Besides all the photo ops and green space, don’t forget to take a turn on the giant swings.
If it’s more culture – and history of New York City – you want, take a walk up to 103 Orchard Street and The Lower East Side Tenement Museum (2) – just make sure you book a tour or make a reservation in advance. The Tenement Museum offers neighborhood walking tours, tours of historically restored tenement buildings, and virtual and (increasingly more) in-person events. Their gift shop is also stellar and full of special NY-Centric finds.
Speaking of NYC history, Essex Market (3) – 88 Essex Street, at the corner of Delancey – is New York’s most historic public market. Can’t agree on what to get? The Essex Market food hall has you covered. From bagels to Mediterranean, Peruvian to cupcakes (plus books, flowers and a barbershop to boot!) this new location of the 100-plus-year-old market has something for everyone.
Just in case you do decide to go for an old stand-by though, Scarr’s Pizza (4) at 22 Orchard Street, is arguably one of the city’s best New York style slices. Real New Yorkers know you fold a slice before you eat it – that’s what makes it a perfect one-handed meal when you’re on the go! But if you feel like taking a load off, Scarr’s also has plenty of tasty vegan salads, natural wines and a hip and vibrant scene. Make sure to pony up an extra $1 for Mike’s Hot Honey on your pie. Delicious.
But! If cheese isn’t really your thing, and you’re feeling a little hangry nonetheless, make it a Jajaja (5) kind of day. The vegan Mexican restaurant at 162 East Broadway is small though, so grab a reservation via Yelp. If you’re in the mood for more than just the legendary nachos, Jajaja also has a wide selection of tequila and mezcal.And for further libations – Iggy’s Keltic Lounge (6) – 132 Ludlow Street – may not have absinthe, but it’s the perfect neighborhood dive for relaxing, listening to some choice tunes and rehashing your time spent immersed in art, culture and the Lower East Side.
Things to To
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Van Gogh Paintings in the Area
Metropolitan Museum of Art (17 Van Gogh paintings on view, galleries 822 and 825)
1000 Fifth Ave. (at 82nd St.)
New York, NY 10028
Hours: Thursday–Monday, 10am–5pm
Museum of Modern Art (2 Van Gogh paintings on view, including Starry Night, 5th floor, Gallery 501)
11 West 53rd St.
New York, NY 10019
Hours: Sunday-Friday, 10:30am–5:30pm and Saturday, 10:30am–pm
1. Icon Parking, 250 South Street
2. Select Garages, 71 Monroe Street
3. iPark, 59-63 Allen Street
4. Park-it Management, 24 Columbia Street
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