Graffiti, Immigrants & Archaeological Treasures: Art & Culture of the Bowery

New York City

  • The view from The Crown rooftop bar above Hotel 50 Bowery. Photo: Hotel 50 Bowery.
  • The stacked boxes of the New Museum. Photo: New Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Outside the Sky Room at the top of the New Museum. Photo: New Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Inside the MoMA Design Store. Photo: MoMA Design Store.
  • The streets of SoHo are more colorful thanks to the MoMA Design Store. Photo: Curbing the Catwalk.
  • The bright displays of handicrafts and clothing inside MOCA. Photo: Museum of Chinese in America.
  • The "general store" in MOCA, filled with specialty goods, medicines, teas, and other items. Photo: Museum of Chinese in America.
  • The MOCA displays on the 2nd floor of Hotel 50 Bowery. Photo: Hotel 50 Bowery.

2 hours
2.0 mi
Guided by Ask Adam
Adam Perabo


The Bowery is a neighborhood of melting cultures: immigrant, working-class origins meet radical artists and gentrifying hipsters. The Jewish quarters blend into Puerto Rican, Dominican and Chinese. The LES is the neighborhood of CBGB, Joey Ramone, Cy Twombly and Mark Rothko. Come on a walk of my four favorite art, design, cultural and historic institutions of the Bowery. You'll find a new understanding of the diversity and character packed into this little district.

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About Your Guide

Concierge at Hotel 50 Bowery. Lover of New York, classic hats, street art and sticky rice. @askadamnyc

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Guide Points

  1. New Museum

    This is one of my favorite art museums in the city. As its name implies, the New Museum features cutting edge contemporary art, whether it …

  2. MoMA Design Store / HAY at MoMA

    The MoMA Design Store is NYC's best gift shop. The actual MoMA museum is uptown, but this retail outpost in Soho is a museum in its own rig…

  3. Museum Of Chinese In America

    Regardless of your interests or ethnicity, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) should not be missed. The curators have done an exceptio…

  4. The Collection at Hotel 50 Bowery

    We find ourselves at Hotel 50 Bowery. Head to the 2nd floor for a rare example of a museum within a hotel.

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