- Museum of Mathematics
11 E. 26th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-542-0566
If the mention of algebra or geometry puts your kids in power-save mode, they’re not associating math with laser beams, memory games, and riding a square-wheeled tricycle. That’s the beauty of former hedge-fund analyst Glen Whitney’s MoMath: 19,000 square feet of interactive, often awe-inspiring exhibits driven by—you guessed it—mathematical concepts. The 30-plus stations let kids design 3-D images in a Colosseum-inspired computer studio, scatter across a digital floor that lights the shortest distance between each person, and glide a Plexiglas cart over acorn-shaped rubber balls (matching diameters make for a surprisingly smooth ride). Consider the toppled-over ticket machine (admission is $9 to $15) a hint to check all preconceptions at the door.
From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).