A thriving, often-overlooked arts community has sprung up in Long Island City. In addition to the usual attractions--art galleries and MoMA PS1, a contemporary-arts center affiliated with the Museum of Modern Art--neighborhood artists will open their studios to the public this weekend. I'll try to select the best from this cornucopia of art. We'll eat lunch at Gantry State Park overlooking the East River, with great views of Manhattan.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING DETAILS SO YOU'RE PROPERLY PREPARED.
LUNCH: Bring your own. We'll eat somewhere between 2 and 2:30 at the riverfront park.
DISTANCE: About 2-3 miles, ending at around 5 PM. But you can leave earlier, of course.
PACE: Moderate (about 2 mph), not slow as we walk from one attraction to another.
TRANSPORTATION: Take the 7, E, or G train to Court Square. (No M on the weekend; 7 is running specifically for this event.) For more details, consult hopstop.com, mta.tripplanner.org, or both, since each is occasionally inaccurate.
WAITING LIST: Be patient. If you're in the top 25 on the list (shown below the main list on the right side of this page) at any time before the walk starts you can come.
IF YOU CAN'T COME: No need to let me know. But please change your RSVP online if you previously said yes.