Though it's been decades since paradigm-changing artists Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns stomped down this Lower East Side skid row, the Bowery's creative energy is as vibrant as ever. To savor the area's unique mix of grit and glamour, start your walking tour at the New Museum. This striking Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa–designed exhibition space epitomizes the bold, forward-looking spirit of the new Bowery, in all its subversive-cool glory. And through December 30, "Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969–1989" examines its artistic heritage.
Pictured: The New Museum and the buzzing Bowery -- Courtesy of the New Museum New York, Photo by Iwan Baan