The 5Points Aerosol Art Centre is an outdoor exhibition space where graffiti artists from around the world paint colourful pieces on the walls of a 5 storey factory building. There are fine views from the 7 train as it make the tight turn on the elevated track heading for Manhattan from Court Square Station.
Artists need to apply for permission to paint, and submit samples of their work. Works may stay on display from a day to years.
Hunters Point is the neighborhood most people mean when they say Long Island City. One subway stop from Midtown, this working-class and industrial neighborhood is transforming into a premier residential enclave with the housing prices to match. The piers have old neon signs, beautiful new landscaping, updated piers, and lots of comfy benches to sit on. We are the most impressed with the views of NYC. There is plenty of on street parking and clean public bathrooms.
We love the Hands-on Interactive Exhibits such as: Behind the Screen, make stop-motion animations, add sound effects and music to famous movie scenes, and star in a personalized flipbook—as you learn about how moving images are made, marketed, and shown.
I enjoyed seeing the Seinfeld set from Monk's Diner; yes I did get to sit in the diner and take photographs. The old theatre was pretty impressive as were the walls full of autographed photographs.
The Classic Video Arcade Games were at the end of the Museum where we played thirteen classic arcade games, including Frogger, Space Invaders, Asteroids, Tron, and Ms. Pac-Man. Four tokens are $1.
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An outdoor site where NYC artists can exhibit large scale works. The each exhibit in park is clearly labeled with a title and information about the artist. There was no admission; this was free and opened from 10AM daily until sunset.
This is an open air museum with a garden; we shouldn't have gone early in the spring! The garden looked barren & the sculptures were under tarps. The museum was very open; with some galleries indoors/outside - it was cold! We have to come back when the museum is in bloom.
The museum was created by Isamu Noguchi (9104 to 1988). His ashes are in the garden! It opened in 1985. The museum presents a comprehensive collection of Noguchi's clay, stone, metal, and wood words in a unique space. The sculptures are identified by a card in each room; as the artist wants us to create our own thoughts. Dance sets, light sculptures, public projects were presented. Thirteen galleries are in a unique factory building that circles a garden. Our guide was knowledgeable and allowed a lot of time for questions and comments.
There was a small cafe that contained a lot of teas and snacks that weren't too extrodinary. The gift shop contained some books, a tee shirt, post cards and paper lantersn.
Yes, this is a NYC public school that was transformed into a modern art gallery; it even has the smell of an old school. It was founded in 1971 and is a non-profit contemporary art institution. The exhibition space displays modern experimental art inside and outside. They are a catalyst and advocate for new ideas and trends actively pursing emerging artists. The changing exhibits transorm the school into site specific space. We loved the swimming pool installation in the main entrance and the transformation of the old coal stove into a movie house.
There was plenty of on street safe parking. The museum has a cafe and small bookstore that was packed to the ceiling. The old school bathrooms were memorable.
This graffiti laden building can be seen from the #7 train either going to or leaving from manhattan which contain artists on the 5 floors of the building. Once or twice a year these artists open their studios to the general public.
Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, Queens that has some of the more interesting contemporary exhibits around. In the summer weekends, they have a dj playing some of the best music around with a dance floor.
Even though MOMA has moved back into the city. Long Island City is not a cultural wasteland as some people seem to think. There are actually a couple of neat things to do there. Check out the different galleries and museums in the area such as Socrates Sculpture Park, Museum of the Moving Image, Noguchi Museum or the PS 1 Contemporary Art Center.
We walked across the street to the graffiti park. The artists were busy with cans of spray paint covering an old industrial building.