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CMA’s Top Family-Friendly Picks for Hudson Square, West SoHo, Tribeca, and West Village!

CMA is located in the heart of Hudson Square, just west of SoHo, and a stone’s throw away from a multitude of cultural spaces and outdoor parks, plazas, and cafes. Below, find our list of favorite spaces within walking distance of CMA. Let us know your favorite neighborhood spots to add to our list!

5 Minute Walk

Do you feel like stretching your legs after a visit to our museum? Head three blocks north on Hudson Street between Clarkson and West Houston Streets and gaze at two of the city’s largest murals adjacent to City-as-School. Argentinian street artist Magda Love and Brazilian muralist Eduardo Kobra worked in collaboration with City-as-School students to create murals that empower women and honor immigrants, respectively. Keep walking one block north to James J. Walker Park, known for its expansive soccer field and Christmas tree stands during the winter, and Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, which boasts a coveted outdoor pool during the summer months! Our friends at the Hudson Park Library, located adjacent to the park on Leroy Street, offer fun family activities such as Toddler Story Time and Lego Club, as well as free English classes, book discussions, and film screenings. If you’re getting hungry, family favorites Shake Shack, Dunkin Donuts, and Chipotle are just a block away on Varick Street. 

In the other direction, head south on Hudson Street to grab a pizza at neighborhood favorite Adoro Lei and top it off with a visit to Dylan’s Candy Bar located inside the Arlo Hotel

More art? Yes please! Known for exciting contemporary art exhibits, Kate Werble Gallery and Vito Schnabel Projects are located just steps away from CMA.

One block away from the museum at King Street, Choco-Story New York at Jacques Torres Chocolates is heralded as Manhattan’s first chocolate museum and offers an educational (and delicious!) hands-on experience for chocolate lovers of all ages. 

For live theater aficionados, SoHo Playhouse on Vandam Street is known for its intimate off-Broadway productions and recent staging of family favorite Angelina Ballerina.

Further afoot on Spring Street, New York City Fire Museum offers a behind-the-scenes look at firefighting tools, uniforms, and emergency vehicles housed in a circa-1904 firehouse. 

10 Minute Walk

Theater is alive and well in downtown Manhattan! Located on 6th Avenue, HERE Arts Center stages hybrid performances in dance, theater, multimedia, and puppetry. 

Walk deeper into the West Village to visit Cherry Lane Theater, New York City’s oldest continuously running off-Broadway theater and longtime home of non-traditional and experimental works. 

Finally, Film Forum is an alternative screening space for independent films, including theatrical premieres of American independent and foreign art films.

When the weather is nice, the Marsha P. Johnson Memorial Fountain at Hudson River Park offers stunning views of the Hudson River and New Jersey skyline and a fitting tribute to the gay liberation activist who called the West Village her home.

As an added bonus, popular Belgium waffle purveyors Wafels and Dinges have a seasonal outpost located just one block north along the park!

Another excellent place to satisfy your sweet tooth is Dominique Ansel Bakery, located on Spring Street between Sullivan and Thompson Streets, and the home of the world-famous cronut.

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