I’ll Take Mainhattan – New York Chic

Socrates Sculpture Park

Story and photos by Andrew Bender for SilverKris, in-flight magazine of Singapore Airlines

Just a decade ago, the industrial and gritty neighbourhood of Long Island City, Queens was terra incognita to Manhattanites. Then the Museum of Modern Art in New York City closed for renovation, set up a temporary location here in 2002, and culture vultures started taking notice of the area. Today, art – and reasonable rents – make Long Island City a storehouse of masterpieces lying alongside former factories, hipster hangouts, old-world ethnic eateries and au courant restaurants and pubs. To get here, take the subway from Manhattan, and travel between venues by taxi.

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