Neighborhood: East Village
Address: 32 Second Ave.
The unassuming brick building on the corner of Second and 2nd houses what some would deem a church of cinema, a reverential two screen hideaway for the most independent, transgressive, innovative and retrospective screenings New York has ever seen. With a completely unpredictable lineup and an unpretentious interior, AFA is also dedicated to the preservation of the works of the obscure, classic and hard to find cinema oddities and experiments of some of the most talented and challenging filmmakers of our time. Anthology is a crucial part of NYC's exhibition scene. One that hopefully never goes away but, for sure, could never be replaced. -Jonathan Lees