When people think of art in New York, they think of Museum Mile on 5th Avenue, Chelsea, or the Lower East Side. But the fastest-growing scene is in Queens. The former industrial waterfront neighborhood of Long Island City is now one of the most rapidly-developing parts of NYC... with new buildings growing out of the ground at every turn. Companies such as Jet Blue, Fresh Direct, Brooks Brothers & more are making this neighborhood their home. It is also home to numerous galleries and amazing museums. Come see why!
On this tour, we will explore the past, present, & future of the neighborhood. Learn of the area's history and industrial legacy, and how New York City's failed Olympic bid is still transforming the neighborhood even today!
We will start out off the Queensboro Bridge, by the site of Queens' first skyscraper. We'll see more modern skyscrapers, including the tallest building in NYC outside of Manhattan. We will also pass historic Silvercup Studios, which has housed such TV shows as "Sex in the City", "The Sopranos", "30 Rock", and many others. From there, we will explore the rest of the neighborhood, primarily its street art legacy. You will see the former site of 5Pointz, once the world's premiere graffiti mecca. We will see new street art collectives, and murals by popular artists. We will then make our way toward the East River... where we'll encounter countless new high-rise apartments, gorgeous waterfront parks, the absolute best views of Manhattan, and the city's most curious landmark.
Weekend dates will also include a stop to the LIC Food & Flea.
This is a great tour for urban explorers, artists, and photographers.
(Requests for private tour add-ons can include admission to the many nearby museums.)
Cost: $25 per person for a 2-hour tour.