10 Things to Do in Long Island City

An unusual New York City neighborhood in an artsy patch of Queens, Long Island City is a fast-growing community with waterfront parks, art galleries and institutions. Next time your travels take you west, check one of these 10 favorite things to do in Long Island City off your bucket list.

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Chocolate Factory Theatre

Sorry, this is not an actual chocolate factory, but the performances will make you forget about the lack of dessert. The Obie Award-winning theater housed in a renovated commercial garage treats guests to 20-30 diverse shows a year that focus on dance, music, video art and spoken word. Go

Circus Warehouse

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image: facebook.com/circuswarehouse

Ringling Brothers may be closing its curtains forever this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t run off and join the circus for a day. Circus Warehouse may be famously known as a training facility for professional acrobats, but it also provides lessons for beginners. Go

City Ice Pavilion

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Pulse readers love their rooftop bars come summer, but they can enjoy life from above year-round at City Ice Pavilion. The NHL-sized ice rink is a world-class skating facility on a rooftop in Long Island City offers classes for all levels year-round. Go

Gantry Plaza State Park

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This 12-acre spot provides an interesting piece of history along with spectacular views. People can go for a relaxing stroll along the East River and enjoy views of the midtown Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building. The gantries in the park were once used to load and unload rail car floats and barges. Go

MoMA PS1

Affiliated with the MoMa in the city, MoMA PS1 is one of the oldest and largest contemporary art institutions in the US. It has no permanent collecting, making your visit even more unique. The museum has everything from photography and paintings to sculptures. It is not so much a collection, but rather a place to exhibit art. Go

Museum of the Moving Image

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Travel back in time in this museum that explores the history of TV and film production. Many of the exhibits are interactive, giving you the opportunity for a hands-on experience. Guests can even create their own video. The museum also screens about 400 films a year. Go

Noguchi Museum

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Since opening in 1985, this museum has been an international center dedicated to the work of Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi. The museum has a series of galleries and an outdoor sculpture garden that provides a comfortable spot to relax and enjoy Noguchi’s designs. Go

Rockaway Brewing Company

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Brew with a view! Rockaway makes all their beer by hand, brewing 12 to 16 kegs of beer per week. And of course, its “unofficial tasting room” has refillable growlers you can bring back East. Go

Socrates Sculpture Park

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Once an abandoned landfill, Socrates Sculpture Park is now a site for large-scale outdoor work exhibits. The park has been cleaned up and remade into a landscape of art. Engage with culture and nature, while also reflecting on the park’s history. Go

Sweetleaf Café

After a day filled with arts and culture, wind down with a cup of coffee at this café. Sweetleaf is in a 19th century building and is furnished with antiques imported from Paris. The café serves both drip and pour-over coffee using their own roast of beans. Go