Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Long Island City

by Michael Hsu, 10/02/2013

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  • Sculpture Spaces
    Long Island City's industrial spaces are home to many sculptors' studios, so it's no surprise that the neighborhood is one of the best places to view avant-garde, large-scale artwork. One venue not to miss is the Maya Lin–designed SculptureCenter, which is among the City's most magnificent exhibition spaces. Housed in a former trolley-repair shop that was built in 1908, the museum features a huge ground-level gallery with brick walls, soaring ceilings and an intricate framework of exposed iron beams. Downstairs, a maze of skinny hallways, alcoves and concrete archways provides a more intimate setting for smaller-scale artwork. Meanwhile, an extensive makeover, which will redo the lobby and add a courtyard gallery, has begun; it's due for completion in late 2014. Over on the shore of the East River, Socrates Sculpture Park presents an ever-changing assortment of sculpture and art installations, mostly by emerging artists. And to get a taste of how disciplines collide, stop by the Flux Factory, which hosts sporadic exhibitions and events (check fluxfactory.org for details), including a monthly potluck dinner and art salon, sometimes with live music.

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