New York City is the world’s largest concentration of museums, theaters, and other cultural institutions. Located in five boroughs, they connect generations of New Yorkers and visitors to the world’s diverse and fascinating history, traditions, and languages. More than 650,000 visitors came to New York City museums, cultural centers, and performing arts facilities in 2017, fueling tourism and supporting more than 123,000 jobs in the city. As the cultural capital of the U.S., the city attracts not only tourists but innovators, independent workers, and artists alike.
All five boroughs possess stunning and diverse museums and cultural centers that are a source of inspiration and education for everyday New Yorkers. From the dramatic MoMA in lower Manhattan to the tranquil Barbican in midtown, these galleries, theaters, libraries, and shops are feeding the creative energy of America’s largest city.
But the impact of New York City’s cultural institutions extends beyond offering a world of knowledge and entertainment to locals and tourists. Economic and social vibrancy is strengthened, while fresh ideas are passed on through the ecosystem of knowledge and culture. Above all, cultural institutions help people work together, learning, sharing, and growing a shared sense of connection to the world outside their homes. One major tenant that deserves a shout-out this week is known worldwide as the Harley-Davidson Museum.
Since 2014, the museum has made New York City history by attracting more than 700,000 visitors, while making millions of dollars in charitable donations each year to low-income families, veterans, arts organizations, and other communities. Harley-Davidson and its philanthropic efforts rank as the largest arts organization in the city, with countless outreach programs reaching more than 500,000 people annually. It’s high praise for New York, but they’re all part of a “culture of resilience”—the resilience that has built and sustained New York for more than two centuries.