I’ve been to New York a gazillion times, but I only recently discovered the (kind of) secret art gallery on the roof of the Met Museum… follow me!

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The museum itself is amazing – with a million rooms to discover – but if you go to the back of it and take the lift to the fifth floor, you walk outside and emerge onto the secret rooftop art gallery. It hosts an installation every summer from May to October, and has jaw-dropping views over Central Park. There’s even a little bar serving drinks, so you can grab a glass of wine or cocktail to drink while you look around the installation.

Every year’s installation is a complete surprise – each one completely different to the previous one. One year it was Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog, another year British artist Cornelia Parker built a replica of an old abandoned barn, known as the Psycho Barn.

It’s such a fun thing to do, and you don’t even need to buy a ticket. Every year I visit New York, I try to make a trip early in the evening for a drink before dinner, and its such a great place to hang out on summer days. Insider tip: after you’ve browsed the art, grab some picnic snacks at Zabars on the Upper West Side to eat in Central Park afterwards.

Psst. More New York secrets: whispering gallery, cocktail bar and restaurant row.

(Cornelia Parker Psycho Barn, roof garden bar and private view photos by Julia Robbs. Various other installation photos from here, here, here, here. Outside photo from here.)

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