New Attractions in New York City

The city that never sleeps is awash in innovative architecture and sights to see.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Entrance Building

This 52-acre botanic garden, with its famous flowering cherry trees, is one of the treasures of the city’s largest borough. But it lacked a grand entryway until this year, when a curvy new building by the architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi opened on the garden’s Washington Avenue side (behind the venerable Brooklyn Museum). The building includes a fabulous new gift shop and perhaps the city’s most beautiful event space, as well as rooftop perches for viewing the garden. 1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn; 718-623-7200;

Next Up: Just a few blocks away in Prospect Park, a new skating center, by Barnes Foundation architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, is nearing completion.