The Best City for Art and Artists: New York City, New York

Cue ‘New York, New York’ by Frank Sinatra!

Ah, the Big Apple––where people’s dreams come true. Not only is New York City known for having a Chinese restaurant on every corner, but the town drips with one-of-a-kind art that will leave you dazzled.

No matter what type of art––architecture, digital, photography or graffiti––you’ll find a little bit of everything while walking the streets of New York.After all, many rising artists make the move to NYC in hopes of getting their “big break.” Blaze Best, the assistant designer for popular menswear designer Todd Snyder, knew moving to New York City would inspire him and help make a name for himself in the world of fashion.
“I’m not necessarily inspired by the city itself, but rather the people in New York City,” said Best. “Everyone’s work ethic here, especially in the design field, is extremely motivating. There’s always going to be someone hustling harder than you, so it makes you want to work hard and achieve more.”
If Best could spend a whole day at any NYC museum, it would be the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a.k.a the Met. If you have a passion for fashion, then you might want to put this iconic museum on your bucket list!
“I remember the first time I walked in there, I spent eight hours looking through everything and I didn’t even finish,” said Best. “You can’t beat the Met’s fashion exhibits––last year’s Heavenly Bodies exhibit was genius, and this year’s Camp theme is something completely out of this world.”
New York City is always looking for new ways to feature distinctive artists, which is why you may discover pop-up art exhibits on several streets. One that’s recently attracted several tourists and residents is called Beyond the Streets, which features graffiti and street art. Not only are these exhibits entertaining to walk through, but hey––who doesn’t love a good Instagram moment?
If museums aren’t your cup of tea––have no fear! Central Park is loaded with art and artists. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a free show from a trumpet player or get the chance to let your inner-child shine with a bubble show.
“Central Park is a nice escape from the busy streets,” said Best. “You see so many different faces. And I always feel inspired when I’m just lying in the grass taking in the city.”
Some might describe the city as loud; others might say it’s fast-paced. But Best would describe the city as “eclectic.” The diverse city currently sits at a population of 8.55 million and takes the cake for the largest city in the U.S., according to World Population Review.
Many have only seen NYC through their TV screens and think they’ve experienced it by binge-watching ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ or 100 episodes of ‘Friends,’ but walking the physical streets is an “out of body experience,” Blaze said.
“New York City has those other major cities like Chicago or Los Angeles beat,” said Blaze. “If you’re an artist who wants to find out what it’s like working in the high-paced industry, then New York is the place to be.”
It may sound cliché, but Best insists: “If you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere.”