Andrea F

Day 76: Warm Up/PS1

In Long Island City, NYC, NYC Architecture, NYC Art, NYC Museums, NYC Music, Summer 2009, things to do in NYC on August 15, 2009 at 11:57 pm


PS1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City has been around since the 70s, but it’s only in the last decade that it’s attracted the stylish, party-loving crowd it sees on summer weekends these days. Since 1998 PS1 has held what’s come to be known as one of the hottest parties for city dwellers ‘without a house in the Hamptons’ to head to– Warm Up. 2009 marks the tenth year of the Center’s collaboration with MoMA, its Young Architects Program, the winner of which designs an outdoor recreation area at PS1 where visitors come for the summer weekend music series to lounge, dance, visit with friends and literally chill. This year’s winning design Afterparty by MOS, offers relief from the hot hot heat with cool water misting in between a village of large-scale ‘huts’. Just beyond is the dance floor where bodies move to the beat of the music, whether live band, DJ or experimental. Inside, the hallways are open for visitors to check out galleries showing current exhibitions and permanent installations. Make sure to hit the third floor at dusk for James Turrell’s Meeting. It’s a slightly different scene from the party downstairs but  a rare view of the night’s sky you won’t want to miss.


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