Must-See Upper East Side
by nycgo.com staff , 02/25/2014
Fragonard Room at The Frick. Photo: Michael Bodycomb
Art abounds on the Upper East Side beyond Museum Mile. The Met Breuer, opening March 2016, is housed in the former Whitney Museum of American Art space—the Whitney moved to the Meatpacking District in 2015. The Metropolitan Museum’s newest location has taken over Marcel Breuer’s 1960s building to display new collections of 20th- and 21st-century modern and contemporary art. The Frick Collection, a 1914 limestone mansion turned gallery, is home to works by such masters as Monet, Renoir and Vermeer. More focused but no less spectacular are the Neue Galerie, which pays homage to German and Austrian art from the early 20th century, and the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute, where works by contemporary and classic Spanish artists and designers hang side by side.