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Slate’s Guide to Long Island City

Photography by: @momaps1, @noguchimuseum, @borohotel, LIC Market, @standingroomlic, @sugarcubelic

Slate Studios is based in Long Island City (LIC), a metropolitan hub perched on the East River. Often underrated, our home-town does not get the credit it deserves. Not only can you take some breathtaking photos of the Manhattan skyline; you can peruse world class galleries, sip curated cocktails and stay in an uber-cool boutique hotel.

Read on for our favorite spots.

MoMa PS1 Long Island CityMoMa PS1

22-25 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

MoMa’s little sister, MoMa PS1 is one of the largest art institutions in the US dedicated solely to contemporary arts. Presenting thought-provoking pieces that challenge social and political norms, MoMa PS1 is a must-see in Long Island City. The gallery hosts an array of events, from weekly summer music festivals to exhibition openings and screenings.


Slate Loves-Noguchi Museum Long Island CityNoguchi Museum

9-01 33rd Rd
Queens, NY 11106

A tranquil escape from the city rush, the Noguchi museum was founded by American artist Isamu Noguchi. One of the twentieth century’s most acclaimed sculptors, Noguchi designed this museum to house a representation of his life work. The museum hosts two floors filled with his earthy-tone sculptures, modern designs and fluid drawings and a serene sculpture garden.


Slate Loves- Boro Hotel Long Island CityBoro Hotel

38-28 27th St
Queens, NY 11101

Boasting Manhattan views and housed in an industrial-chic building, the Boro Hotel is Long Island city’s newest boutique hotel. In three words the Boro Hotel is cool, modern and minimalist. Design nerds will recognize the iconic Scandinavian furniture designs that sit in the airy lobby and hotel restaurant. And yes, there is a rooftop bar that has jaw-dropping views of the big city lights.


Slate Loves- LIC MarketLIC Market

21-52 44th Dr
Long Island City, NY 11101

LIC Market is a charming, casual eatery with mis-matched chairs, rustic wooden walls and plenty of greenery. The ideal brunch spot, this cosy cafe serves a delicious fare of organic, locally farmed meals. The owner works with local farmers to procure fresh ingredients and supply a seasonal menu that reflects the current harvest.


The Standing Room LICThe Standing Room

4738 Vernon Blvd
Queens, NY 11101

As the name implies, The Standing Room is a stand up comedy venue. Not all jokes and giggles, this bar takes it’s cocktails very seriously. The Standing Room’s award winning mixologists have curated a specialty craft cocktail menu. The “must-try” is their signature Smoke cocktail, a bourbon based drink that is literally smoked for a rich flavor.


Sugarcube Long Island City


10-16 50th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

The brainchild of an ex-architect, Sugarcube is where structural brilliance meets sweet science. The founder, Peter Zaharatos, turns architectural concepts into edible treats through a process of 3D printing and silicone casting. Aside from the awe-inspiring chocolates, there is a gelato bar selling gelato made fresh daily.