BEST 4: DANCE
Lincoln Center (see BEST 4: CLASSICAL MUSIC) is home to the New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet, and also showcases the world's top dancers.
City Center (131 W. 55th St., btwn Sixth & Seventh Aves.; 212-581-1212) is vital to the dance world both locally and internationally, and is home to several major companies.
The Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Ave., at 17th St.; 212-242-0800) in Chelsea is the place for innovative ethnic and modern dance.
The Kitchen (512 W. 19th St., btwn Tenth & Eleventh Aves.; 212-255-5793) is a major performance space, hosting dance, "epic performance" and video presentations.
BEST 4: ART GALLERIES
Known for a megastar flock of international contemporary artists that includes Jeff Wall and Steve McQueen, Marian Goodman (24 W. 57th St., btwn Fifth & Sixth Aves.; 212-977-7160) is one of the city's most revered dealers ...
... as is Matthew Marks (523 W. 24th St., btwn Tenth & Eleventh Aves.; 212-243-0200), who boasts Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly and Nan Goldin as members of his assembly.
Gallerist of art superstars past (including Laszlo Moholy-Nagy) and present (including Wolfgang Tillmans), Andrea Rosen (525 W. 24th St., btwn Tenth & Eleventh Aves.; 212-627-6000) also has her eyes keenly peeled to the future.
Hot emerging artists are the forte at Daniel Reich Gallery (537A W. 23rd St., btwn Tenth & Eleventh Aves.; 212-924-4949), everyone's pick for "the one to watch."
BEST 4: FILM
One of the city's two best current-run art film slates can be found at Landmark Sunshine (143 E. Houston St., btwn Forsyth & Eldridge Sts.; 212-330-8182); the other's at the IFC Center on Waverly Place.
Showing a heady hodgepodge of independent and foreign films as well as special series, Two Boots Pioneer Theater (155 E. 3rd St., btwn Aves. A & B; 212-591-0434) is, says Salon, "doing the movie gods' work on earth."
Film Forum (209 W. Houston St., btwn Sixth Ave. & Varick St.; 212-727-8110) is a fantastic non-profit revival and first-run independent cinematheque.
Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Ave., at 2nd St.; 212-505-5181) programs screenings of selected directors' films, and also hosts the annual New York Underground Film Festival.
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