As an alternative (or along with) a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, consider walking a few blocks south to the Whitney Museum in New York City. After 6 pm on Friday, the price of admission is pay-what-you-wish. On some of those nights the Whitney Live series presents new artists and reinterpretations of American classics. Be forewarned that this attractive combination often results in long lines.
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