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Best Literature & Music in New York

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The Center for Book Arts

The Center for Book Arts was established in 1974 with the aim of conserving the traditional craft of book-making and promoting it as an art form. This center houses a huge collection of more than 2000 books ranging across various genres by national and international authors.The center also hosts exhibition, workshops and lectures that can benefit those interested in this art. Since the fall of 2012 they began courses to train students in the art of book-making inculcating skills such as book binding, letterpress, paper treatment and calligraphy. Drop in at the center and peruse this novel craft.

New York, NY, United States
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Morgan Library & Museum

The building housing the Morgan Library & Museum and research facility was constructed by J.P. Morgan Sr., who was one of the richest men in the country. It opened to the public in 1924. A national landmark, the exhibition room showcases rare manuscripts and books - a grand variety of works by musicians, writers, artists and more, including Bach, Hemingway and Rembrandt. Differing programs are offered year round, plus there’s a small cafe, garden court, dining room and extensive gift shop.

New York, NY, United States
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Rose Museum

Located on the second floor of the legendary Carnegie Hall is the Rose Museum. The museum, opened in 1991, houses exhibits and displays about the history of the legendary Carnegie Hall. Exhibits include memorabilia like old programs, photographs, video, posters and more. If you're interested in the fascinating history of these hallowed halls, take a trip to the second floor and check out the Rose Museum.

New York, NY, United States
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

With a permanent collection numbering over two million individual works of art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or simply the Met, is not only a New York City landmark, it is the United States' largest art museum and the fifth-most visited museum of any kind in the world. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, the museum encompasses more than 1.5 million square feet (139,355 square meters) of exhibition space. European paintings on display include those by world-renown masters like Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Titian, and Vermeer. The vast collection has been split between several galleries, arranged by geographic origin and other thematic schemes. The Egyptian art gallery is especially enticing, as are the Met's repositories of Asian, African and Medieval art. Others include Islamic, Roman, and Greek art, the Arms and Armory section, the Costume Institute, and European Decorative arts. When weather permits, contemporary sculptures are displayed at the open-air roof garden. Apart from being a treasure trove for art lovers, The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers a fun-filled and educational experience for all ages.

New York, NY, United States
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The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Harlem in New York is popular for fostering the growth of Jazz music. The National Jazz Museum in Harlem contributes to this culture by housing a phenomenal collection of CDs, DVDs and books. It is the proud owner of the Savory Collection which includes recordings, radio broadcasts and performances by the earliest and most popular jazz artists, especially Bennie Goodman, Coleman Hawkins and Louis Armstrong. Visitors can also peruse splendid photographs of performers in action that adorn the walls of the museum.

New York, NY, United States
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Louis Armstrong House Museum

Located in the Corona neighborhood of Queens, this national and city landmark was the home of New Orleans jazz icon Louis Armstrong during the latter half of his life. Today, the house also operates as a museum, where much of the house and its furnishings remain just the way Armstrong and his wife, Lucille, left it. The museum is shown only through guided tours, which last 40 minutes and begin every hour. The tour takes visitors through the house, while also playing audio clips from Armstrong's life, such as him practicing his trumpet or eating a meal, among other things. After the 40-minute tour, visitors are welcome to explore the exhibit area and a Japanese garden.

Corona, NY, United States
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