New York is known for gigantic pizza slices, extravagant shops on Fifth Avenue and streetwear fashion to die for. But what is most exciting are the secret pop up shops and exhibits curated just for you.

The following experiences are scattered throughout New York City and upcoming venues and can be found through newsletter subscriptions, social media travel accounts and more.


Available Until: Nov. 8, 2019

Location: 1 York St., New York, NY

Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Closed on Wednesdays)

Price: $22 (Student Discount Valid With ID)

The Pixinity pop up is an art installation created by Tianyu Qiu, an artist and designer who was inspired to create Pixinity for families and friends around New York to enjoy. The foundation of the art exhibit is an immersive experience that allows visitors to embrace and play with technology in ways they never have before. The exhibit features rooms inspired by the culture of games in modern society.

Qiu’s motivation behind creating these larger-than-life innovations sprouted from his relationship with an autistic family member. The artist expressed how they are able to communicate more efficiently through technological tools like computers. Pixinity successfully depicts a realm where people can connect beyond words. Not only does Pixinity offer a fun and Instagrammable experience, but half of the proceeds contribute to Autism Speaks in efforts to promote community outreach.

The foam pit room is one of the most popular rooms of the exhibit.

Arcadia Earth

Available Until: Jan. 2019

Location: 718 Broadway, New York, NY

Hours: 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. (Closed on Wednesdays)

Price: $27 (Student Discount Valid With ID)

Arcadia Earth is also an immersive art exhibit which focuses on the world’s current ecological crisis. In such a state of peril, several artists came together to contribute to the museum and increase awareness. Simple day-to-day tasks can make all the difference in solving issues such as climate change, pollution and ethical agricultural practices. Arcadia Earth challenges visitors to educate themselves while enjoying the creations surrounding them.

Valentino Vettori, an industrial designer, opened the museum with the hope of showing others there is something everyone can do to heal the planet. The collaborators of the art installation are Poramit Thantapalit, Cindy Roe, Tamara Kostianovsky, META, Chika, Etty Yaniv and Basia Goszczynska. Each artist practices sustainability by utilizing reusable materials, but the artists do not stop there.

Arcadia Earth is a special exhibit due to its inclusion of augmented reality to enhance visitors’ experience. The virtual reality aspect feeds all of the senses and allows visitors to pass on the mission of taking care of the planet better. The organization is partnered with Oceanic Global, who allocates the proceeds earned from the museum to planting trees.

The PokéBar

Available: Oct. 25, 2019

Location: TBD

Hours: 12:00 p.m.

Price: $35

The franchise has moved from beloved animations on screen to addictive mobile games and now to the city of New York as a pop up shop. Yes, folks, Halloween is coming early this year round.

The Pokémon-inspired affair will consist of food, music, games and drinks to all who are quick enough to reserve their spots. Allegedly, the games will resemble the pre-existing video games sold. Visitors will have to prepare for a face-off but beyond the screen.

The tickets for the event will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Although the venue has not been disclosed (It is just that exclusive), you may want to book your tickets before it’s too late.

There will be prizes including, but not limited to, best dressed.

Of course, there is always more to discover. Pop up exhibitions appear all the time, but only if you pay close attention. Keep your eyes peeled!

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