Neighborhood Watch: The Whitney Museum, NYC

At R/West, creativity and innovation are a big part of our daily lives. We constantly seek inspiration, and sometimes, a change of scenery is all it takes for a Big Idea to come about. In New York, we’ve adopted neighborhood “Walk-Abouts” to help get our creative juices flowing during the workday.

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The Whitney Museum of American Art is the world’s leading museum of twentieth-century and contemporary art of the United States. Founded by sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the Museum opened in Greenwich Village in 1931. It moved to an expanded site on West 54th Street in 1954, then moved uptown to Madison Avenue at 75th Street in 1966, where it stayed until 2014.

The Museum recently relocated from its home on the Upper East Side to the Meatpacking District, near our office. Now situated near the downtown entrance of the High Line, overlooking the Hudson River, the Whitney Museum is three times its former size, complete with outdoor terraces with sweeping views of uptown, midtown and downtown Manhattan.

Studies have shown that visiting museums can relieve mental fatigue and restore one’s ability to focus, so my coworkers and I decided to visit the museum on Opening Day, a gorgeous spring afternoon in New York City.

Whitney 2 The new and improved Whitney Museum is visually active, with floor-to-ceiling windows on each level, intriguing art collections and really fantastic people-watching. Already packed with locals and tourists alike hours after opening, the museum was buzzing with excitement and curiosity and eliciting LOTS of Instagram posts.

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Taking the afternoon to explore the museum helped me take a step back from my work and see things “big picture.” Great thinking is often done when you step away from your desk, get some fresh air and explore the surrounding area.

Written by: Nicole Farin

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