These Are America’s 20 Most Cultured Cities 2015
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These Are America’s 20 Most Cultured Cities 2015

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World-class museums, edgy puppet theaters and out-of-the-way bookstores: Travel + Leisure readers ranked America’s biggest cities by their cultural street cred.

1. New York City

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The winning city covers the arts so well—from the Met to MoMa, Lincoln Center and Broadway—that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. To soak up the culture like a local, remember that there’s more to NYC than just Manhattan. Brooklyn offers the one-stop cultural shopping—music, theater, dance and film—at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (or BAM), as well as the Brooklyn Museum, which this summer will have an exhibit of Brooklyn-born Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work, some of which has never been seen in the U.S. Or head up to the Bronx, where you can explore the New York Botanical Garden and this summer’s “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life.” New York also ranked at No. 3 for its absorbing bookstores, like The Strand near Union Square or the theater-lovers’ Drama Book Shop, on West 40th Street, where you can buy rare and out-of-print scripts and watch in-store readings.

These Are America’s 20 Most Cultured Cities 2015

1. New York City

The winning city covers the arts so well—from the Met to MoMa, Lincoln Center and Broadway—that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. To soak up the culture like a local, remember that there’s more to NYC than just Manhattan. Brooklyn offers the one-stop cultural shopping—music, theater, dance and film—at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (or BAM), as well as the Brooklyn Museum, which this summer will have an exhibit of Brooklyn-born Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work, some of which has never been seen in the U.S. Or head up to the Bronx, where you can explore the New York Botanical Garden and this summer’s “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life.” New York also ranked at No. 3 for its absorbing bookstores, like The Strand near Union Square or the theater-lovers’ Drama Book Shop, on West 40th Street, where you can buy rare and out-of-print scripts and watch in-store readings.

Courtesy of The New York Botanical Garden
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