SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK
Taken over by Mark DiSuvero in 1986, this is one of the few locations in the city specifically designated for artists to create outdoor works. The splendid Queens space looks out over the Manhattan skyline and is open 365 days a year.
THE NOGUCHI MUSEUM
This museum is devoted entirely to the works of the acclaimed sculptor and artist, Isamu Noguchi. The space has a solid, industrial feel to it, as it originally was a former printmaking plant and gas station. Noguchi’s work with stone is what many expect to see here, but there are also drawings, designs, and works with metal.
GANTRY PLAZA STATE PARK
This amazing state park has one of the best views in New York City. It also holds the largest green space in Long Island City. At the park there are walking paths, places to lounge on prefabricated furniture, grassy areas including manicured gardens, picnic tables, a fishing pier, handball and basketball courts, and a playground. In the summer time, the concert series “Live at the Gantries” takes place, offering free concerts right on the water.
This 19th century schoolhouse holds some of the most current art available in NYC; it is one of the oldest (and largest) nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the US, founded in 1971. Various kinds of new and experimental art in all media are displayed throughout the space, and MOMA PS1 considers itself more of an exhibition space, rather than a “collecting institution.” As indicated by its name, PS1 is affiliated with the Museum of Modern Art. Additionally, throughout the summer season, MOMA PS1 presents its Warm Up outdoor music series which continues its tradition of introducing audiences to the best in experimental live music, sound, and DJs—both local and international—across a range of genres.
KAUFMAN ASTORIA STUDIOS
A brand new arts district and the first of its kind in Queens, features the 94-year old Kaufman Astoria Studios, the Museum of the Moving Image, Queens Council on the Arts, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts and the United Artists Kaufman Astoria movie theater. Events will be held throughout the year.
Since opening the first studio in what was the former flour silo room of the landmark Silvercup Bakery in 1983, Silvercup Studios quickly established itself as the largest independent, full-service film and television production facility in the northeastern United States. The complex comprises a total of 13 shooting stages on its Main Lot (Roof and Loft spaces are also available) located at 42-22 22nd Street in Long Island City. Both facilities offer on-site production offices, extensive set, prop and wardrobe storage areas and are conveniently located within minutes of midtown Manhattan in close proximity to both the Queens Midtown Tunnel and the Queensboro (59th Street) Bridge.
PAPER FACTORY HOTEL
The Paper Factory Hotel has defined the ultimate New York City boutique hotel experience. In the heart of Long Island City’s urban scene, at the crossroads of the charming Kaufman Art’s District and trendy Astoria, The Paper Factory Hotel is an ideal choice for the seasoned business traveler as well as the lifestyle-driven tourist eager to access the vibrant city. This one-of-a-kind hotel caters to the value-minded, yet stylishly distinguished guest. The Paper Factory Hotel’s impeccably chic décor and thoughtful service, all punctuated with a touch of savoir vivre, embodies all that is Long Island City: cultured, eclectic, and undeniably fashionable. This is the New York of modern yore, a mecca for the world’s trendsetters in fashion, film, food, and art.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT & ACCESSIBILITY
To 36 Street Subway Stop:Grand Central – 18 minutes
Penn Station – 22 minutes
To 39 Avenue Subway Stop:Grand Central – 12 minutes
Penn Station – 21 minutes
Times Square – 19 minutes
Union Square – 25 minutes
Times Square – 15 minutes
Union Square – 23 minutes