Weather: Expect a mostly sunny day, with a high in the mid to low 60s.
Alternate-side parking: Is suspended today and tomorrow for the Jewish autumn festivals (Shemini Atzeret and Simhat Torah).
For the last four months, one of the best known art institutions in the country, the Museum of Modern Art has been closed as part of an approximately $450 million renovation.
The museum, on West 53rd Street, is bigger. They’ve added about 47,000 additional square feet.
Here is what to expect, according to Jason Farago, an art critic for The Times:
Tell me the three collection galleries I absolutely cannot miss.
Gallery 503 features the juxtaposition of Pablo Picasso with two later American artists, Louise Bourgeois and Faith Ringgold.
In Gallery 406B you’ll find Henri Matisse’s pulse-quickening “Swimming Pool,” whose fragile blue cutouts can only be shown rarely.
And in Gallery 206 you’ll find work by women from India, Romania, Colombia and South Africa, a reflection of the museum’s deepening global engagement.
I’m in a dark room with stuff hanging in midair. It sounds like I’m in the Amazon.
That’s “Rainforest V (Variation 1),” the sonic sculpture by David Tudor that is the first presentation in MoMA’s new media and performance Studio on the fourth floor. “Rainforest V” is only here until Jan. 5.
Some people are dragging giant jingle bells around the floor.
You must be in the atrium, where Haegue Yang, an artist from South Korea, is presenting “Handles,” six sculptures on wheels that are skinned with silver and bronze bells. Every day at 4 p.m., performers activate Ms. Yang’s work by rolling the sculptures, which produce an eerie, ritualistic rattle.
When can I get in?
The museum opens at 10 a.m. today. Daily hours are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (a half-hour longer than before!), and until 9 p.m. on Fridays and on the first Thursday of the month.
How do I get there?
The main entrance is on West 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. You can also enter on West 54th Street.
How much does a visit cost, and when is it free?
Tickets are still $25. Those 65 and older pay $18, students pay $14 and children under 16 get in free. Admission is free for everyone on Fridays starting at 5:30 p.m., but don’t show up right at 5:30 unless you like waiting in line.
You can always see everything on the ground floor without buying a ticket.
How much time should I expect to spend at the museum?
The new MoMA is definitely larger, with 30 percent more gallery space. If you want to see everything, budget a solid four or five hours — and you’ll still be moving fast past many works.
Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events, see the going-out guides from The Times’s culture pages.
And finally: ‘The Weekly’ on the city’s segregated schools
New York, the largest city in the country, technically has the single largest school district in the country.
But for the 1.1 million students, it can feel like two districts.
And those two are separate, and not equal.
My colleagues have reported on this problem extensively.
Now, this complicated story will be featured in the latest episode of “The Weekly,” titled, “Segregated City.” The show airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on FX; streaming is available on Hulu beginning the next day.
School segregation has plagued the city for decades.
And it continues to this day. For example, in March, 895 students were offered slots in the incoming freshman class at Stuyvesant High School, one of the city’s most highly selective schools.
Dodai Stewart, a deputy editor on The Times’s Metro desk, edited many of the stories that are the basis for the episode. “This was an entire summer of stories packed into one episode,” she said.
“It’s the integration story; It’s the segregation story,” she added. “It’s the Carranza story; It’s the de Blasio story,” she said, referring to the city schools chancellor, Richard Carranza and the mayor, Bill de Blasio.
The episode features The Times’s education reporter, Eliza Shapiro, and Nikole Hannah-Jones, a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine.
Students featured include “a girl who goes to the ‘good’ public school,” who “is just as upset about the inequality as the kid who goes to the ‘bad’ public school,” Ms. Stewart said.
Another student in the episode described what it’s like attending an underserved school. “He had self-hatred and didn’t want to be black,” Ms. Stewart said. “That broke my heart.”
It’s Monday — tune in.
Metropolitan Diary: Local, express
A Coney Island-bound F train pulled into the Jay Street-Metro Tech station. The doors opened. People got off. People got on. The doors remained open as a man’s voice came over the speaker.
“This train will be going express,” he said. “Next stop: Seventh Avenue.”
Those who needed the stations being bypassed got off to wait for the next train.
A woman’s voice came over the speaker:
“This train is not going express,” she said. “Next stop will be Bergen Street.”
The people who had gotten off to wait for a local got back on. A few passengers smiled at the mix-up in communication.
The man’s voice returned.
“This train is going express,” he said. “Express, express, express. Next stop will be Seventh Avenue.”
Exasperated, those who needed the local stops knew the drill. Off the train they went.
But wait. Here came the woman’s voice.
“Local, local, local! We’re going local.”
By now, everyone was laughing and shaking their heads.
Dear reader, we went local.
— Diane Fromharz