What to do in NYC


For 2016 please check out our Pinterest Page--Tons of Ideas re NYC, Fashion, People, Sounds, Etc.

******Please check out our "My New York" board on pinterest--https://www.pinterest.com/palmasoho/my-new-york/






Friday nights at the Metropolitan Museum--YES!!!--http://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/met-fridays?utm_source=MetFridays&utm_medium=email&utm_campaig

Time to visit this exhibit at the Metropolitan--"The Plains Indians, Artists of Earth and Sky--http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2015/plains-indians-artists-of-earth-and-sky

Yes, guilty as charged, we are obsessed when it comes to fashion exhibitions, with the museum at FIT--another very beautifully curated show about Halston and YSL and the connection of the 70's to today's "trends"--click to know more--http://www.fitnyc.edu/23220.asp




The Brooklyn Museum continues to have great events, exhibitions and seminars, opening soon is Kehinde Wiley's exhibition, click here for more info=http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/kehinde_wiley_new_republic/


The exhibits at FIT are always great, see this one until April--http://www.fitnyc.edu/336.asp  on "FAKING IT" (in clothing design that is)



The Brooklyn Museum has been having interesting exhibits, this is an artist that was born with down syndrome, was deaf and did not speak, but for the last seventeen years of her life was introduced to an art studio and produced work that is now on exhibit at the museum=http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/judith_scott/



Just as we do in every city we visit, WE WANDER!  And that's what, even as New Yorkers, we tend to do around the Holidays.  Time Out and New York Magazine are also a great guide for exciting things happening and to see around our wonderful city.  ENJOY!


GOT ICE SKATE FEVER?--Head over to Bryant Park, more info, click here=http://wintervillage.org/visit/hours

And if you want to have an ice skating fling in Brooklyn, Lakeside in Prospect Park is a great option--http://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/iceskating/2

The Best Advice, to do any of our suggestions WITH FRIENDS!!!


The Brooklyn Museum exhibits the art of Swoon--http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/swoon/

Apologies, this exhibit has ended.

Also at the Brooklyn Museum--"Killer Heels" Exhibit=http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/heels/#


FIT Museum always has the most amazing exhibits, this one will make you very happy you are a woman now!  It's titled "Exposed:  A History of Lingerie" Enjoy!!!    http://www.fitnyc.edu/22239.asp

Lots happening in one of our favorite places in NYC, Bryant Park, check out the website for all sorts of exciting events.  http://www.bryantpark.org/  Bryant Park is ALWAYS a great spot to unwind in the city.


Since our Beautiful Brooklyn was featured in Vogue this year, we are now "the boro to be seen in"--so hop on a train, a bus, uber or walk to this little bit of Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bridge Park)--that is easy to fall in love with.  There is also buzz about Vinegar Hill the neighborhood on the park's boarder.  http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/park



Vinegar Hill=http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/vinegar-hill-in-brooklyn

Every year we mention The Highline, a magnificent labor of love by many people who had a vision and managed to give New Yorkers as well as all people that are able to visit our city a delightful slice of our beautiful city, please try to walk through at least once a season. 


For all of us, a visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum--https://www.911memorial.org/

Since the summer is over-- now is a great time to take salsa classes, you'll be glad you did when summer 2015 roles around and the fabulous salsa dances on Hudson River Park resume.-- Sunset Salsa with Talia will be waiting for you to dance or watch or get inspired=http://www.hudsonriverpark.org/events/series/sunset-salsa-with-talia


The Metropolitan Museum Exhibit "Death Becomes Her", a century of mourning attire, October 21, 2014 to February 1, 2015--http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2014/death-becomes-her

Fall, a great time to visit The Bronx Zoo--http://new.bronxzoo.com/

Rachel Feinstein at Madison Square Park--love this spot in New York, a favorite with residents, dogs and tourists.  Rachel has art for us to check out.  More info=http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-rachel-feinstein


Jeff Koons' "Split Rocker" at Rockefeller Center


If you happen to be in the Hamptons, don't forget to check out The Parrish Museum=http://parrishart.org/

Photo by Matthu Placek


TOO LATE!---"Til June 15th at the Dorian Grey Gallery in the East Village--Mexican Muralists, don't miss it!  http://www.doriangreygallery.com/current.html


TOO LATE!---Kara Walker at the old Domino Sugar Factory until July 6th--http://creativetime.org/projects/karawalker/

Mark your calendar for 2015!--Brooklyn, Dumbo, Designers?  Sounds great?  Check this great event next weekend from May 9th to 11th--http://www.bklyndesigns.com/





We have returned to our childhood beach--Coney Island--recently, it's the same fascinating place as it was back then, only we have a different perspective.  And now, The Museum of the City of New York is having an exhibit of Aaron Roses's photos of this Brooklyn landmark taken in the 1960's, should be very interesting, and then pick a bay and visit the beach of your choice, you will not be disappointed. From May 9th to August 3, 2014.  But if you miss this exhibit, you still have Coney Island to stroll whenever you feel to--the people watching is the best!



From March-July 2014, stroll down Park Avenue from 52nd to 57th Streets and then 66th Street and experience "Park Avenue Paper Chase", an installation of 7 sculptures by Alice Aycock.  http://www.aaycock.com/parkave.html


The Costume Institute's new Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum opens with Charles James:  Beyond Fashion on view

May 8-August 10, 2014   http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2014/charles-james-beyond-fashion/images


TOO LATE!---Degenerate Art?  What is this?  Find out at the exhibition being shown at Neue Galerie which is located close to The Metropolitan Museum.  After Charles James at the Met, stroll over to this space, have a bite at their cafe and check this out until June 30--  https://www.neuegalerie.org/content/degenerate-art-attack-modern-art-nazi-germany-1937



QUILTS?  No not interested, never say NEVER!  We stumbled on this exhibition at The New York Historical Society.  It's not just about quilts, it touches on textiles in the Civil War era.  An article in The New York Times by Edward Rothstein will definitely captivate your interest.  If you are intrigued by our history please make an effort.  It is on display until August 24th.  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/06/arts/design/homefront-and-battlefield-looks-at-civil-war-quilts.html?_r=0  Oh and one more bit of info that is interesting, the quilt called "The Reconciliation Quilt" is by Lucinda Ward Honstain of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.







The Jewish Museaum presents "Primary Structures," devoted to the movement that became known as Minimalism taking a global view of the era.  Click on the link if you would like more information=http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/other-primary-structures#Sinusoide%20or%20Structure



Bill Cunningham, the absolute first "street scene photographer", released a book titled "Facades" documenting his eight year long project of posing his friend Editta Sherman in period clothing in front of buildings in Manhattan from the same era.  The photographs are featured in an exhibition at the New York Historical Society, check out the info by clicking the link=https://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/bill-cunningham-facades



If you missed it, don't forget to mark your calendars for next year!  The Mermaid Parade=Coney Island=June 21, 2014, check listings to make sure date is correct.  http://www.coneyisland.com/programs/mermaid-parade


  We recently (surprisingly) have been attracted to some of the tours offered around NYC, this one is a tour of Dumbo and Vinegar Hill, more information just click here--https://secure3.convio.net/masnyc/site/Ecommerce/1520189301?VIEW_PRODUCT=true&product_id=3287&store_id=1221



This was amazing, hope you did not miss it!  The absolutely amazing Gaultier exhibit at The Brooklyn Museum, even if you are not a fashion follower, you will be mesmerized by this show, please do not miss it!-It will be open until February 23rd.--http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/jean_paul_gaultier/index.php


When in the East Village you will not be able to miss 41 Cooper Square by "starchitect"--Thom Mayne of Morphosis, interested in more info, click here--


February is Black History Month and finally someone is doing an exhibit featuring black fashion designers including three of our favorites--Byron Lars, Tracy Reese and Stephen Burrows.  Please click the link, the show is on from February 7th to April 26th at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery=https://www.pratt.edu/about_pratt/exhibitions/pratt_manhattan_gallery/




Shirin Neshat's exhibit at the Rauschenberg Foundation in NYC--more info, click here=http://www.rauschenbergfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=146&Itemid=123




Isaac Julien's exhibit at Moma--http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1417



A stroll through Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn in early Spring?  More info from these two links--
http://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/tag/green-wood-cemetery/  and http://www.green-wood.com/  (Great Reviews)


Robert Capa photography exhibit at The International Center of Photography --just across from one of our favorite places in NYC--Bryant Park--click here for information about the show--http://www.icp.org/museum/exhibitions/upcoming


The perfect time to visit Bryant Park?  NOW!   http://www.bryantpark.org/




Xi Bing's Pair of Spectacular Birds arrive in New York on March 1, 2014, interested?--just click here--http://www.stjohndivine.org/programs/art/upcoming-exhibitions




If you are a Julie Taymor fan (as we are) you will want to see her production of "The Magic Flute" at the Metropolitan Opera--http://www.metoperafamily.org/opera/magicflute-mozart-tickets.aspx



Balthus at the Metropolitan Museum of Art--http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2013/balthus

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier at the Brooklyn Museum--Information?--click here--http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/jean_paul_gaultier/#



Robert Indiana at The Whitney--http://whitney.org/Collection/RobertIndiana




Another interesting exhibit at the Fashion Institue of Technology--"From the Closet to the Catwalk"--September 13-Jan. 4.  Click the link for more information.




The Jewish Museum--Marc Chagall, information? click here---http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/chagall-love-war-exile





Apologies, this installation is no longer!  But google Orly if you would like to see what she is up to now!

What's This????  If you are in the vicinity of Madison Square Park, please stop by, Orly Genger is an artist to experience.




You can tell this is one of our favorite places to take a walk in New York by the amount of times we have mentioned the wonderful Highline.  This time we added our favorite restaurant for lunch.


And after--we love this restaurant especially for lunch--http://www.figandolive.com/menu/meatpacking/



Sorry you missed it!--Don't forget to check this out in SUMMER 2014!!!

We have been missing this event every year but vow not to miss it this year, definitely do not forget to check this out this summer.  If you love to dance or if you just love to watch dance and listen to great music, this annual outdoor dance party is a must--http://www.midsummernightswing.org


Another "NYC What To Do" we recommend, organized bike riding tours of the city, great fun--http://getupandride.com/


Jane's Carousel At Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo, and if you are having second thoughts about taking the ride to Brooklyn, DON'T--you will love what the city has done to this beautiful stretch of water front, the enormous amount of activities and events available this summer and also we hear there is a public swimming pool coming soon as well but check out the carousel and the park--http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/events/recreation/janes-carousel



Check the new exhibition devoted to Stephen Burrows at The Museum of the City of New York. 







This trendy girl is part of a new exhibition at th Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Quite a few of our friends and customers have seen it and loved it.  Let us know if you have a chance to see it and what you thought.




Also at the Met--May 9- August 14--HOPE YOU WERE ABLE TO SEE IT!

Punk:  Chaos to Couture

Visit punk's impact on fashion from its birth in the 70's until today--http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2013/punk

And only if you can handle it, go up to the rooftop at the Metropolitan Museum, if you would like to preview the exhibit just click here--http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/210014990?exhibitionId=&oid=&vid=dbd81942-80ba-4


This artist is a favorite, if you missed this exhibition, we will keep you posted on future events.

Another amazing exhibit at The Brooklyn Museum--Until August 4, 2013--we strongly recommend it, if you have ever seen El Anatsui's work you will understand why we love this artist and if you have never seen his work, it's time to give yourself a gift.   http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/el_anatsui/#


Mark your calendars in bright red!  The exhibit--"SHOE OBSESSION" will open at the Museum at FIT!!!  Beginning February 8th, until April 13th.  Sorry if you missed Shoe Obsession, but this museum's exhibits are never disappointing--check the link for an updated listing--http://fitnyc.edu/336.asp


Our friends Robin and Gerry turned us on to this amazing jazz club overlooking Central Park.  It's a small, intimate space where you can enjoy jazz the way they did in the 20's and 30's.  Close up and personal.  And the service and food is just as fabulous as the music.  Definitely put this on your "What To Do In NYC" list!   http://jalc.org/multimedia/webcasts/dizzys?reset=1




Are you curious or do you have any interest in what NYC felt like in 1993?  The New Museum on the Bowery will open an interesting exhibit featuring artist's works during that year.  A few featured works will be by Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman and John Currin.

Check it out and let us know what you think, it begins February 13th.   http://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/nyc-1993-experimental-jet-set-trash-and-no-star-1









Chelsea Gallery Hopping

Romare Bearden is having a show at Aca Galleries, we recommend getting to know this artist if you haven't had the opportunity to do so yet--http://www.acagalleries.com/exhibitions/current/romare-bearden-urban-rhythms/




Beside ice skating at Bryant Park, they are having special music events to skate to on Wednesday nights in January, check out the schedule and sounds at--http://citipondatbryantpark.com/







Another "To Do" Suggestion--The Pratt Icon Exhibit--http://125.pratt.edu/gallery



Our gift suggestion of the week--buy a pretty card and write in it "be ready for a special afternoon into evening on (date and time)--my treat"--There are two floors at the Brooklyn Museum that have fabulous exhibits Mickalene Thomas is one not to be missed.  After this, take your "giftee" over to Fort Greene for dinner at Stonehome Wine Bar & Restaurant (make a reservation first)--you will love this bistro to pieces, ask for Rose and Bill and tell them we sent you!





Have you been meaning to get back into ice skating?  Well you can take a spin in one of our favorite spots in the city, Bryant Park.  It's such a wonderful treat during the holidays.  Ice to skate on, little shops to browse in, the sites to absorb and Bryant Park Grill to munch in.  Enjoy!--http://www.bryantpark.org/things-to-do/pond.html



Once again at one of our favorite museums in NYC, The Museum of Art and Design located on Columbus Circle--a very interesting exhibit, check it out--http://madmuseum.org/exhibition/doris-dukes-shangri-la


SAVE THE DATE--We will be having a trunk show on October 20th in Chelsea--Please stop by!!!

Thank you to all of our customers who attended, we had a fabulous time!!!



Unfortuanately, Hurricane Sandy put a damper on this very exciting event, we will try to update as soon as there is news.

***Milik the baby walrus update=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/new-york-aquariums-baby-w_n_2051348.html

Very exciting news for Coney Island and the Brooklyn Aquarium!!!   A BABY WALRUS IS COMING TO VISIT...





For all of us who have a passion for fashion and it's history, please check out this documentary on Diana Vreeland.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP3wsNdANhM   


First Saturdays at The Brooklyn Museum --this month on October 6th, try not to miss this!  




Fall is the perfect time to volunteer and the perfect place to start is New York Cares--if you're feeling to give back, just check out their website--http://www.newyorkcares.org/?gclid=CPTVwY6ovbICFclM4Aode2UAPA


Mickalene Thomas' exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum from September 28-January 20--




Yayoi Kusama, the exhibition at the Whitney--you have probably heard the buzz about this artist, have you had a chance to check her work out?  http://whitney.org/Exhibitions/YayoiKusama

LABOR DAY WEEKEND ONLY--If you love salsa as well as all latin dance and if you are in the vicinity of the New York Hilton, treat yourself to this incredible experience, just click on the link--http://www.nycsalsacongress.com/instructors.html







XLOL--(an eXtreme LOL)--Were you lucky enough to find tickets for one of the funniest people on earth?  We have jerry envy.




Another favorite, The Museum of Art & Design located on Columbus Circle.  Always interesting exhibitions, we love that they are never overwhelming, but always amazing.  After you visit the museum, in the same building on an upper floor is another favorite, the restaurant--"Robert".  The views are fabulous, the service is wonderful and the food delicious.  But make a reservation and definitely request a table overlooking Central Park.




Andy Warhol, a most interesting exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, beginning September 18th, try not to miss it.http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2012/regarding-warhol



Not only in NYC, David Byrne and St. Vincent on tour, this we are looking forward to, sounds very interesting, let us know if you decide to check it out what you thought--http://www.concertticketcenter.com/ResultsEvent.aspx?event=David+Byrne&pid=287&gclid=CIH1m_WLlbICFUhN4AodU2cA2g

Summer 2012


One of our favorite artists, Romare Bearden, at The Studio Musem in Harlem--a celebration of his life with artists who have been infuluenced by him, please try to visit "The Bearden Project"--http://studiomuseum.org



Speigelworld:  Empire--have you ever checked this out, two x-BFF's turned us on to this, excellent entertainment--bit of burlesque, a sprinkle of circus and a petite dose of cabaret--mega fun!!!--http://spiegelworld.com

Hurry, this show ends early in September!




Yes, it's time for First Saturday again at the Brooklyn Museum--August 4th this month!--Scroll down a bit for the link--


I know you probably have no interest in being in the company of spiders BUT, they are a very fascinating bunch.  The American Museum of Natural History has an exhibit called "Spiders Alive" that might actually make you love them, or at least like what they are about.  It's quite interesting---http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/spiders-alive


Are you into "Babe Watching"--please take a walk down Park Avenue between 52nd and 60th Streets (until Nov.15), these fabulous ladies will put a smile on your face for days--they are by the artist Niki de Saint Phalle.



Quotes we think are interesting, if you have other suggestions, email us at--yolanda@palmasoho.com

"A person who values privileges above principles will soon lose both."...Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Collaboration is the new competition"...Rachel Shechtman

"I try to concentrate on all the great things I have going on in my life"...Jennifer Lopez

"We do not respond with anger because we believe DIALOGUE is the best method for resolving problems"--A Sister of Mercy who voiced her opinions regarding the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church



Save the Date!  July 12th 2012, Thursday at The Brooklyn Museum!  Our dance studio, Balmir, is having a salsa performance by it's team of incredible dancers and they will also be giving an hour salsa lesson for all of us aspiring to be someday as incredible. http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/calendar/event/5476

Love the beach, love dolphin and whale watching?--Well then, check this site out--http://www.newyorkbeachferry.com


While in Dumbo, Brooklyn or if you are walking over the bridge, check out Tom Fruin's Watertower--http://www.tomfruin.com

We have been missing this event every year but vow not to miss it this year, definitely do not forget to check this out this summer.  If you love to dance or if you just love to watch dance and listen to great music, this annual outdoor dance party is a must--http://www.midsummernightswing.org

Check out the site for specific events but don't miss out on the River to River Festival all around Lower Manhattan, all performances  are FREE!--http://www.rivertoriverfestival.org      (begins on June 17th and doesn't end until July 15th)

First Saturday (August 4th) at The Brooklyn Museum, have you been?  Music, performance, mega people watching and more, check it out--http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/visit/first_saturdays

The rooftop of The Metropolitan Museum as well as the costume exhibit--http://metmuseum.org

Jane's Carousel At Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo, also we hear there is a public swimming pool coming soon as well but check out the carousel and the park--http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/events/recreation/janes-carousel

Jane's Carousel At Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo, also we hear there is a public swimming pool coming soon as well but check out the carousel and the park--http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/events/recreation/janes-carousel



Coney Island Mermaid Parade--a must--June 23, mark your calendar, this is a treat plus if you grew up in Brooklyn and you beached it at Pier ?, great memories!--http://www.coneyisland.com/mermaid.shtml


May 2012

If you haven't had a chance to see Cindy Sherman at MOMA there is still time!--scroll down to March

The Metropolitan Museum!!!--costume exhibit!!!

Depending on your mood (be prepared for a very heavy visual that you will definitely need a drink afterwards) visit the International Center of Photography.  Very conveniently located on 6th Avenue and 43rd Street.  Multiple shows going on, very, very interesting and quite moving.  We think the location, being across the street from one of our favorite spots in NYC--Bryant Park--is amazing.  After the show, just walk over to Bryant Park and "chill".  http://www.icp.org

Another suggestion after chilling in Bryant Park is to walk over to the W Hotel on 47th and Broadway, go up to the 7th floor where there is a fabulous lounge that at this time is showcasing a collection of photos taken using Instagram.  http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1234

April 2012

Just walk the city!  We have lived here all of our lives and still make amazing discoveries by just walking.  The weather has been perfect.

Highline, Highline, Highline--a top ten "walking" experience in NYC

After of day of walking--try this--

Friday nights at 7pm--we recommend SOB's--salsa lesson, great salsa band and the food is fabulous, get a bunch of friends and have a blast dancing the night away.  Also love the crowd here, all they want to do is DANCE!  http://sobs.com

March 2012

*Saturday, March 3...5-11pm--Brooklyn Museum "First Saturday"  http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/visit/first_saturdays.php

*Volunteer--There are loads of opportunities in NYC if you have a need "to give back".  A member of our staff has volunteered to man the NEDA (National Eating Disorders Hotline) one day a week and it has given him an enormous feeling of fulfillment.  Veterans, animal rescue, mentoring a child, all good, if you have any ideas to share, please email us and we will list your suggestions.

*David LaChapelle, artist at Fred Torres Collaborations, 527 West 29th Street thru April 6  http://www.fredtorres.com

*The Museum At F.I.T.--1960's Fashion plus 2 other shows  http://fitnyc.edu/museum

*The Whitney Bienniel until May 27th  http://whitney.org

*Morgan Library "In The Company of Animals"  http://themorgan.org

*Listen to:   "My Tribe" by The Black Eyed Peas---love, love this --an anthem with soul

                   "Out Of My Head" by The Black Eyed Peas--love, love, love this as well

*Museum of Arts and Design on Columbus Circle (always a great afternoon)  http://ma