Best After-Hours Museum New York 2009 - Guggenheim
We can't recall the last time we attended the Guggenheim during normal business hours, but we have reveled in many of the museum's after-hours soirees, flask in jacket pocket. It's not that their collections, as of late, haven't been stimulating—it's just that we rather enjoy interpreting Thannhauser and Kandinsky while bumping tunes blare through the white-spiraled wormhole of Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece. The Gugg has been hosting the First Fridays' party series since '05, and lately, the musical roster has included artists like Little Death (Moby's band), the Juan MacLean, and the Rapture. "It Came From Brooklyn" is the museum's latest nightly venture, aspiring to attract an elite social assembly of bookish types from the other, cooler borough—and it's working, big-time. The roll-out featured the Walkmen, High Places, Paul Banks, Eugene Mirman, and readings by Colson Whitehead and Rivka Galchen. Now if the Guggenheim could only offer a shuttle service from the Upper East Side to BK, we'd be all set.