Cultural New York

Jane Pritchard August 24, 2012 1

The last time my father came to visit me from Upstate New York, he stumbled upon the Dominican Pride Parade in the city.

“New York City does not belong to America,” he said in his familiar voice.

My father is conservative, so I was prepared for a subtly xenophobic rant about how foreigners are taking over America, but to my surprise, he seemed genuinely excited about the diversity. Was he daring to embrace the changing face of New York City?

“This town belongs to the world. There are so many cultures and people of so many backgrounds,” he said. “I wish I grabbed a Dominican flag!”

It was one of the first times I ever heard my father embrace diversity as something to celebrate. It made me proud.

One subway car can carry people from a dozen different countries. If you open your ears, chances are you will hear one foreign language being spoken on any given train. Navigating the courtesies of different cultures can be tricky, but ultimately rewarding.

With its cultural centers, ethnic cuisine, and ethnic neighborhoods, New York City is the perfect place to spend time learning about the diverse traditions of other cultures.

Here is a list to guide you through some of the City’s greatest cultural attractions.


The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

338 Lighthouse Ave, Staten Island, NY


Museum of Chinese in America

215 Centre Street, New York, NY


The Anne Frank Center of US

44 Park Place, New York, NY


National Museum of the American Indian

1 Bowling Green, Brooklyn, NY


The Jewish Museum

1109 Fifth Ave, New York, NY


“African Innovations” at the Brooklyn Museum

200 E. Pkwy, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY


Scandinavia House

58 Park Avenue, New York, NY


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcom X Blvd, Harlem, NY


El Museo del Barrio

1230 Fifth Ave, East Harlem, NY


Austrian Cultural Forum

11 E 52nd Street, New York, NY


Japan Society

333 E 47th Street, New York, NY


French Insitute Alliance Française

22 E 60th Street, New York, NY


The Ukranian Museum

222 E 6th Street, New York, NY


Asia Society

725 Park Ave, New York, NY


Hispanic Society of America

613 West 155th Street, New York, NY


Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning

161-04 Jamaica Ave, Queens, NY


American Irish Historical Society

991 Fifth Ave, New York, NY


Caribbean Cultural Center

408 W 58th Street New York, NY


The Czech Center

E 73rd New York, NY


Greek Cultural Center

26-50 30th Street, Astoria, NY


Hungarian House

213 E 82nd Street New York, NY


Irish Arts Center

553 W 51st Street, New York, NY


John D. Calandra Italian-American Institute

25 W 43rd Street, New York, NY

Korea Society

950 3rd Avenue, New York, NY


Polish and Slavic Center

176 Java Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY


Tibet House

22 W 15th Street, New York, NY


American Scottish Foundation

575 Madison Ave, New York, NY


American Turkish Society

305 E 47th Street, New York, NY


And don’t forget to check out restaurants and shops in the cultural neighborhoods around NYC, including:


Chinatown—Boarded by Broome Street, Allen Street, Worth Street, and Lafayette Street on the Lower East Side


Greek—Astoria, Queens


Little Brazil—West 46th Street btwn. Fifth Ave and Avenue of the Americas


Spanish Harlem—East of Fifth Avenue above 96th Street


West and Central Harlem (African-American)—West of Fifth Avenue above 123rd Street


Little Italy—Boarded by Broome Street, Canal Street, Elizabeth Street, and Baxter Street


Koreatown—Btwn. 31st and 36th Streets and Fifth and Six Avenue


Little Manila (Filipino)—Along Roosevelt Avenue between 63rd and 71st Streets, Queens


Little India—Along Lexington Avenue between 26th-31st Streets


Little Poland—Along Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn