From the outside, it's a humble former school?but step through the century-old structure's doors, and you'll find an always-changing exhibition spotlighting some of today's leading creators of visual art. MoMA PS1 is among the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the United States, and it's been championing the newest works, artists, genres, and pronunciations of "gouache" since its founding in 1971.
While a shifting kaleidoscope of paintings, photographs, films, and sculptures fills the halls, a few pieces have found a more permanent home at the museum. Visitors can stop by to see works such as A bit of matter and a little bit more, which Lawrence Weiner painted on the doors at PS1's first exhibition; William Kentridge's Stair Procession, which has been waiting for the elevator since 2000; and In the Woods by Ernesto Caivano, an immersive landscape created from paint and paper.
Tightan Gym empowers clients to reach fitness goals with two stories of cardio and resistance equipment, group fitness classes, and a 2,500-square-foot studio dedicated to MMA training, all of which aided the studio in earning the U.S. Commerce Association's Best of Queens 2011 and 2012 awards in fitness. With an emphasis on personal training, the gym guides clients past fitness stagnation and kick-starts new routines with trainers who pride themselves on remembering first names, stage names, and superhero aliases. Cardio equipment such as treadmills and ellipticals occupy an entire floor alongside weight machines and walls lined with dumbbells. Meanwhile, fighters square off in a full boxing ring and half cage to build the skills necessary for competing in MMA matches or dominating boardroom arguments, then unwind battered muscles at the onsite massage center.
On Saturday evenings, the magicians and mentalists of Rogue Magic and Funshop give audiences goosebumps. They manipulate cards and read minds, interspersing illusions with humor. Throughout each two-hour show, three or four entertainers typically take the stage. They each possess a different specialty, whether it's breathing fire, juggling, or pulling Peter Rabbit out of a hat. By day, these magic specialists oversee the Funshop and give lessons to aspiring Houdinis.
The gears of the Lex 1000 lens edger begin to churn inside M J Optical’s in-house lab. Using specifications from eye exams and rounds of Would You Rather?, the shop’s staff can use the machine to shape everything from standard lenses to custom-tinted progressive rounds in about 40 minutes. These freshly minted lenses find fashionable homes in frames from designers such as Armani Exchange, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, and Ray-Ban.
From the collections of more than 21 different design houses, Indigo Optical Inc. curates a dazzling array of frames. Fashionable and functional selections from D&G, Fendi, and Guess are neatly arranged in glass cases, waiting to be fitted with lenses prescribed from onsite eye exams.
Subdivision's space encapsulates both an independent designer boutique and an art gallery, creating a frappe of artistic talent and expression that splatters layers of creativity over the clothing and huge pieces of fashion across the art. Snag a chunk with locally designed T-shirts by Ciara Eland and Ayka Ayka ($28–$48) or handmade sterling silver earrings by Victoria Stevens ($40–$80), which are imported from the faraway island of Manhattan. To decorate and ameliorate leg endings, there are flip-flops in a range of designs ($25) and organic Twinkle Toes foot repair crème by Anthesis of Astoria (8 ounces, $24). The Dani Starr line of kids clothes ($36–$48) and baby onesies ($26–$32) swaddles babies, children, or Chucky in swaddles of pure inspiration.