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Museums: First Lady Michelle Obama ushered in the new Whitney Museum of American Art set in the heart of NYC's Meatpacking District at Gansevoort St., gateway to the High Line. Instagram was filled with photos of the museum's new, light-filled home and the galleries are glorious.Selections from the Museum's collection, ranging from 1912 to the mid-1960s, trace the development of American modernism through the 1950s and into the 1960s, when the bold new painterly forms of Abstract Expressionism dominated. Among the artists featured are Alexander Calder, Helen Frankenthaler, Edward Hopper, Lee Krasner, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Jackson Pollock. The Piano architecture matches the Whitney's reputation for innovation. A large museum that will require multiple visits. 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014; 212-570-3600 TRAINS: A, C, E, and L at 14th Street.

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Museums: "Ideal location for sampling the new dining spots in the uber-hip Meatpacking District. Pay-What-You-Wish tickets are available at the admissions desk on Fridays, 7-9:30 pm."

Best for Museums Because: The Whitney houses the foremost collection of American art from the 20th and 21st centuries, what's not to love?

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