Things to Love: MSLK Curates LIC Hotspots


MSLK was asked by our friends at Hyperakt to participate in On the Grid, a site that allows travelers to experience cities through the eyes of creatives. Prominent designers from across the globe are contributing to this growing resource, reviewing their favorite bars, restaurants, shops, and galleries within their own neighborhoods. Each post is truly a feast for the eyes, replete with immersive photography and snappy descriptions. We are, of course, proud to be the ambassadors of Long Island City — the cultural heart of Queens. Here are a few of our favorite places:


LIC Flea and Food
With a great vendor lineup of food, crafts, antiques, and furniture, the LIC Flea is a worthy challenger to the popular Brooklyn flea markets. Aside from shopping, there are games such as ping-pong and oversized chess, as well as a seating area with amazing views of the Manhattan skyline.
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PS1 has been home to some of the world’s best contemporary art since the mid-seventies. The museum offers a wide range of exhibitions, including paintings, sculptures, installations, and performances.
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Gantry Plaza State Park
Offering spectacular panoramas of Manhattan, Gantry Plaza State Park delights visitors with its 12 acres of urban oasis. Located in the Hunter’s Point section of LIC, its name comes from the two massive structures once used to load and unload rail car floats and barges.
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The Creek & the Cave
Once a simple dive bar and a quasi-Mexican restaurant famous for dishes like “the stoner’s special,” this has grown to become one of NYC’s preeminent comedy venues. After a show, head straight to their fantastic outdoor space for a Yoga burrito and margarita. Or three.
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