Grand Rapids named one of New York Times' '52 Places to Visit in 2016' (but no, not Detroit)

click to enlarge Grand Rapids named one of New York Times' '52 Places to Visit in 2016' (but no, not Detroit)
Courtesy of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Increasingly, Detroit has found itself as the star of travel and trend pieces by publications like The New York Times and the Washington Post.

That's we were a bit surprised to see NYT drop the Motor City comeback story in a recent listicle about the 52 places worldwide worth visiting this year. Instead, the Gray Lady has chosen our neighbor to the west, Grand Rapids — ranking it No. 20 on a list that includes global destinations like Barcelona, Abu Dhabi, and St. Louis

This is what they said about what Grand Rapids has to offer:

The early 20th-century furniture companies Herman Miller and Steelcase established a creative community in central Michigan’s Grand Rapids, one now flourishing thanks to a confluence of urban revival and arts funding. The 138,000-square-foot food hall Grand Rapids Downtown Market, built using repurposed materials from the dilapidated buildings it replaced, earned LEED-gold certification in 2014, and enticed a branch of Detroit-famed Slows Bar-B-Q to open last summer alongside bakers and other food-focused start-ups. For three weeks each fall, the city’s contemporary art competition ArtPrize attracts more than 1,500 works and awards $500,000 in prizes. Artists from Auguste Rodin to Ai Weiwei stake the 158-acre Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, which recently added a Japanese garden with works by Anish Kapoor and Jenny Holzer. Don’t leave thirsty; over 40 craft breweries line the city’s ale trail.

Well, here's all we'll say about that: We agree about the beer. ArtPrize might be overrated. And we find it amusing that NYT still can't stop gushing about Slows Bar-B-Q.

About The Author

Lee DeVito

Leyland “Lee” DeVito is the editor in chief of Detroit Metro Times since 2016. His writing has also been published in CREEM, VICE, In These Times, and New City. He once asked porn star Stormy Daniels to spank him with an issue of Metro Times. She obliged.

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