Need to flee the concrete jungle for a day? Glimpse our Art Editor’s gallery guide to day trips just outside Manhattan. Fresh air and great art—all you need is a few friends and a Metrocard. 


By Harry Feldman



1 Museum Rd

New Windsor, NY

Wednesday – Sunday: 10 AM – 5:30 PM

Saturday and Sunday: 10 AM – 8:00 PM Memorial Day to Labor Day,

or until 5:30 PM during off season

Indoor galleries close at 5:30 PM

Adults $15, Students $8


Getting there: 

Duration: An hour and a half each way

Bus: Shortline bus, $46 (includes admission) 


Perfect for: a full day in the country 


The grounds of Storm King are worth the trip alone, situated on 500 acres of wildflower-speckled rolling hills and spectacular bucolic vistas. The Center is a summer must-do for any art lover, featuring a collection of over 100 works of influential sculpture by masters of the past century. The antithesis of a white-cube gallery, sculptures are staged to function best within the landscape, affording the works a space and setting that no museum near the city would ever be able to offer.


Whats on?

Lynda Benglis, “Water Sources”

Benglis has been pushing the limits of both conventional and nonconventional sculpture mediums since the 1960s. With a 2011 retrospective at the New Museum, the sculptor has recently been receiving the attention she deserves. The show is focused on abstract fountains, an interest of Benglis’ since the Eighties and inspired by her childhood growing up near natural bodies of water.

Luke Stettner, Outlooks”

Born in 1979, Stettner represents a new generation of sculpture amongst the mediums legends, and is in wonderful company at Storm King. Inspired by fallen trees on the Center’s grounds, Stettner created a biochar, a wood-based charcoal for his site-specific installation. The artist excavated trenches in a pattern which echoes archeological digs and primitive architectural plans.



38-27 30th St

Long Island City, NY

Thursday through Monday, 12 – 5 PM

Admission is free


Getting there: 

Duration: Under 30 minutes

Subway: Take either the N or Q to 39th Ave (Beebe Ave).


Perfect for: an afternoon away (but close enough to home)


Housed in a converted parachute harness factory, Whitney Museum-trustee Emily Fisher Landau affords New York a glimpse into a lifetime collecting art. Open to the public since 2003, the foundation has stayed relatively under-the-radar considering that it has been known to show post-war masterworks from the likes of Ruscha, Twombly, Johns and Judd. The space presents exhibitions sourcing directly from Landau’s vast archive, staging both ambitiously curated shows while acknowledging certain themes prevalent throughout the entirety of the collection.  

Whats on?

“Altered Appearances” traces the trend of manipulation in fine art photography throughout the past thirty years. Highlights include super-sized cinematic works from Gregory Crewdson, as well as collections of works from Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Matthew Barney and Richard Prince. Don’t miss Twombly’s Domitilla(1991) on the second floor—the series of photos is an interesting break for an artist who is primarily known for his paintings and drawings. 



126 Sculptors Way

Hamilton, NJ

Tuesday – Thursday, 10 AM – 6 PM

Friday – Saturday, 10 AM – 9 PM

Sunday, 10 AM – 6 PM

Adults $15, Students $10

Getting there: 

Duration: about 1 hour each way

Train: NJ Transit to Hamilton Station, plus a quick Uber (around $40 round-trip)

Travel Note:

Look up NJ transit schedules - to save 30+ minutes each way, try to take a train with less stops. It will save you a half an hour each way. Train tickets do not need to be bought in advance.


Perfect for: going somewhere your friends have never heard of


Whats on?

With eight individual shows, you will definitely have plenty to see. Grounds for Sculpture shows lesser-known artists than its New York counterparts: don't let this deter you. With captivating sculpture (most of which is from the past ten years) you’ll be sure to find some new favorites on your visit. Be sure to check out Jae Ko’s monochromatic paper reliefs too see the most beautiful and ethereal use of Kraft-brand paper ever. 


Insider Tip

Grab a fireside dinner at Rat’s Restaurant, a whimsical fantasy-themed eaterydesigned to embody a Claude Monet scene. Run by Steven Starr, the man behind NYCs Morimoto and Buddakan, the food is sure to please any sophisticated urbanite’s palate—far from the city as you may be.