Cinco de Mayo is more than just one day in New York City, where you can celebrate the culture of Mexico, and its Latin neighbors, at museum exhibits, concerts and gallery displays through July. Here are some suggestions:
Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela: FREE exhibit of textiles, ceramics, textiles and furniture at the Americas Gallery, through May 16. At the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave. The building is a gem, too. Designed in 1909 by McKim, Mead & White, it was designated a New York City Landmark in 1970 and is listed in the National Register of Historical Places.
Under the Mexican Sky: Exhibit at the El Museu del Barrio explores the work of cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa, via photos and personal artifacts, and his influence on other Mexican filmmakers and artists including Diego Rivera. Through June 27. Museum website
The Music of Puente, Machito and Henriquez: at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13. Half-price tickets from $15.
Latin America Architecture 1955-1980: This exhibit at MOMA explores the creativity of Mexico, Cuba and other countries, through vintage photos, architectural drawings and more. Through July 19. Exhibit website.
Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life: The artist with the memorable unibrow is showcased at the New York Botanical Garden via paintings that demonstrate the lush plants and flowers of her native Mexico. Opens May 16th. Exhibit website.
Although NYC restaurants and bars have stopped serving their one-day-only Cinco de Mayo drink and food deals, these five Mexican restaurants are great any day of the year.