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Photograph: Filip WolakWarm Up 2013 at MoMA PS1

Things to do in Long Island City during the G train shutdown

By Jaz Joyner

Long Island City. Your glorious part of town has been cut off from Brooklyn thanks to the G train's stoppage, but that won't stop us digging some of the best and most choice places that LIC has to offer. The name alone inspires visions of cheaper rent, excellent food, and the happy smiling faces of…whatever you call yourselves (LIC-ers?). We'll figure something out. In the meantime, here are some of the coolest things happening in your area.

  • You've got MoMA PS1, the gem of an art museum even downtown Manhattanites make the trek to see. Every Saturday in the summer this former Romanesque public school hosts a cool ass outdoor party with live bands and awesome DJs called Warm Up. As if you'll need warming up while getting down with your best dance moves. Like the 'Electric Slide.' Hey man, we at TONY still got it. 
  • Gantry Plaza State Park isn't just a park. It's one of Long Island City's most scenic public spots with a gorgeous (gorgeous, we say!) view of East River and Manhattan skyline. Ease some G train-related angst with a picnic or maybe take up fishing on the park's pier. We hear it's a grand de-stresser. Old dudes know what's up. 
  • Flux Factory is like MoMA PS1's quirky cousin. The non-profit art collective is having a Kitchen Dance Party and we are totally game to eat and play, indie artist style.
  • LIC Flea & Food is the largest flea market in Queens. This Saturday they'll be hosting the Great Long Island City Scavenger Hunt and you and your competitive friends still have time to sign up. Not that you have to win. But c'mon, winning is so much fun (#LeBron). 
  • Sinkane + Takuya Kuroda at The Loc LIC combines afrobeats from native Sudanese musician Sinkane with funky electrojazz from Takuya for a "hooky extravagaza" you don't wanna miss. It only runs til August 2, so catch it before it's gone. 
  • It’s harder to justify indoor art-peeping once the weather is nice, and you don’t have to. At Socrates Sculpture Park Spring Show you can get up close and personal with some of the largest-scale artistic creations in NYC. Get all up in that sculpture's clay face. Do it. They secretly love it, or would love it if they were cognizant. 
  • The Kaleidoscope is an experimental improv comedy show, which means anything could happen. It's at The Creek and the Cave but beyond that, we have no idea what craziness is going down come Aug 4. Go find out for yourself.
  • The Show is coming. The show, people. According to the title, this show is the chosen one, which means they won't just be telling jokes, but they'll also be solving all of the world's problems in a short discussion after the stand-up acts. Seriously. 
  • Music in the Garden is Noguchi Museum's summer performance series. You'll be surrounded by sculptures and flowers and serenaded by the classical JACK quartet. Nothing sounds more relaxing that that right now. And besides, ever have a Classical JACK? One of our friends had it and they said they felt like a million bucks afterwards. But we digress…


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