Must-See Long Island City
by Michael Hsu, 09/23/2014
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, starting with the early years of the mediums and moving up to the cutting-edge techniques used today. 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, very few of which you'll find at the Cineplex: silent movies (often with live music), animated shorts, rock documentaries and new releases fresh off the international festival circuit.