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Die-Hard New Yorkers Will Love Experiencing the City's History Before Dinner at an Old-School Spot

  • Art
  • Drinks
  • Food
  • Sightseeing

If you and yours truly do love New York, you must visit the New York At Its Core exhibit in the Museum of the City of New York. The exhibit ambitiously re-tells 400 years of New York's history, starting from when it was just a Dutch village. The historical tale winds toward today, when New York now stands as the "capital of the world." There is also a futuristic interactive space where you can explore five central challenges and opportunities that New York will face in the coming generations. You will have plenty to do at this exhibit—there are almost 450 objects and images to look through, plus video installations.

After you've had your fill on historical learning, head to Lexington Social—a short walk away—for drinks and Mediterranean-leaning small plates. The marble bar, dark blue walls, and aluminum-guild ceiling feel like old-school New York—exactly what you'll be craving after diving deep into its fascinating history.

New York At Its Core

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 5th Ave, Manhattan

The Lexington Social

1634 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan

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