8. The Kitchen, Chelsea

Jeff Weiss & Richard C. Martinez, And That’s How the Rent Gets Paid, performance at The Kitchen, New York, 2016. Photo © Paula Court, courtesy of The Kitchen.

Located on 512 West 19th Street in ChelseaThe Kitchen is one of the city’s oldest nonprofit spaces, beginning first in 1971 as an artist collective and later establishing itself as an environment built for artists to experiment and share their work. Its programs include music, art, dance, performance, theater, film, video, literary events, and lecture series as well as in-school programs and workshops designed to educate children and expose them to the arts.

The Kitchen supports artists from a diverse range of disciplines and ultimately helps to launch their careers to large-scale prominence. According to its website, the space was also one of the very first American institutions to embrace the emerging fields of video and performance.