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Sensational Sculpture

Sure, neighboring New York City has its fair share of inspiring spaces but it's not always necessary to head to the Big Apple for a cultural fix. One of our favorite Long Island City attractions is the SculptureCenter, an airy and open space dedicated to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture. The place got its start back in 1928 as Manhattan-based Clay Club. Housed in a one-time trolley repair shop, the SculptureCenter presents pioneering works by emerging and established sculptors from around the world. The center's current show, titled "Puddle, Pothole, Porthole" is on view now through January 5, 2015, and features playful and thought-provoking works commissioned specifically for this exhibit. Just minutes from our Long Island City hotel, you're likely to find lots of visitors mingling amid the striking sculpture and other artwork. This beautifully curated space rivals any similarly staged exhibit in Manhattan but the admission price – just a $5 suggested donation – is unlike anything you'll find across the river.

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