Must-See Long Island City
by Michael Hsu, 10/02/2013
Museum of the Moving Image. Photo: Peter Aaron/Esto
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Ave., 718-777-6888
The Museum of the Moving Image, in nearby Astoria, Queens, explores all facets of TV and film production, from the history of the medium to the cutting-edge techniques used today. Here, you can learn about Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope (the precursor to the movie projector), create your own stop-action animation and view classic Star Wars action figures displayed behind glass like ancient Egyptian artifacts. Even the art of the video game gets a nod here, with a small arcade where you can play vintage games like Donkey Kong and Asteroids in all their retro glory. Of course, it's also a wonderful place to catch a flick. The museum screens about 400 films a year, few of which you'll find at the Cineplex, from silent movies (often with live music) to the latest from the international festival circuit.