22-25 Jckson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 784 - 2084
DescriptionMoMA PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY.Parking is either on the street or in a nearby lot. The closest lot is at 45-66 Davis Street, one block southeast of Jackson Avenue. MoMA PS1 visitors receive discounted rates. Call (917) 566-7537 for details.
Street level double doors lead to the admission area and one of the two book stores at this venue. After paying admission another door leads to the large courtyard which one must traverse to get to the main building. There are 17 steps, or a long ramp, to get to the doors of the main building.
The Museum has four floors, with steps to all and an elevator to the three main floors. One can ask for assistance to get to the basement level. There is ample space to navigate on each floor. Some of the floors are wood and all are smooth.
The galleries are large, but seating is almost non-existent. There is a bench in the lobby, seats in the cafe, and seating at the locations with video presentations.
Restrooms are located on the first, second, and third floors. All restrooms are unisex. The multi-stall, first floor restrooms do not have bars in any of the stalls. The second and third floor restrooms are multi-stall, handicapped-accessible. A baby-changing station is located in the first floor restroom. Restroom doors are heavy.
A cafe and bookstore are located on the first floor.
One can call (718) 784 - 2085 during public hours for any special needs.
- Doors: street level double door to admission desk area
Number of floors: 4
Elevators: one, to the three main floors, ask for assistance to basement level
Steps and staircases: to all floors
Width of aisles: ample space
Places to sit: bench in lobby; no other seating except at viewing locations and in cafe
Location of restrooms: 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors
Type of restroom: **all are unisex, multi-stall
Ease of entry and exit: doors are heavy
Baby changing station: no
Available food services: cafe
Friendliness of staff: pleasant and helpful
Notes: * Parking needs to be found on street or in lot. Closest lot is at 45-66 Davis Street (between Davis and Crane) one block southeast of Jackson Avenue. MoMA PS1 visitors receive discounted rate (917) 566-7537** To enter the museum you must enter the admission area first, then go through another set of doors to the large courtyard area. One must walk through the courtyard and up 17 steps (or use the long ramp) to access the main building.*** The first floor restroom has no bars. 2nd and 3rd floor restrooms are handicapped-accessible.Baby-changing station is located in the first floor restroom.One can call (718) 784 - 2085 during public hours for any special needs.
MoMA PS1 is located in Long Island City, Queens, not far from the Museum of the Moving Image. Since we were already out on a frigid day, we decided to wrap our scarves around our necks, get back into the car and drive over. We were lucky to get street parking once again. Unbelievable! If you are not as fortunate, there is a lot and garage nearby. (see Museum website for information)
MoMA PS1 is “one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the U.S. An exhibition space rather than a collecting institution, MoMA PS1 devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world…in an effort to support innovation… Exhibitions…include artists, retrospectives, site specific installations, historical surveys, arts from across the U.S. and the world, and a full schedule of music and performance programming.” (website)
The Museum is so named because it is an affiliate of the Museum of Modern Art and housed in the first public school in Long Island City, built in 1892. The 125,000 square feet of space includes a large outdoor gallery and a two-story project space.
The admissions desk is in a building separate from the Museum itself. Entry is through street level double doors. One of the two bookstores is located here. After getting our tickets we were directed to another door which led us outside again to a large courtyard. We made our way through the courtyard to the seventeen steps up to the main building. If steps are a problem there is a long ramp on the side of the building leading to the same entrance.
The building has been renovated to accommodate the Museum’s needs, but remnants of its past still live. Even the cafe has been made to look like a classroom, with desks serving as some of the tables. The cafe is easy to navigate, the bookstore next to it is not as easy.
The Museum is very large, with extremely high ceilings, long hallways and many intertwining rooms. There are four floors, including the basement. Access is by elevator or stairs. Art installations along the walls make the stairwells interesting. The floors on each level are wood or concrete. Seating is almost non-existent, except for locations with video presentations and the cafe.
We were lucky to arrive just in time for a public tour, which gave us a good overview of the exhibitions. After it, we explored further for a more “”in depth”” look at some of the exhibits. Since this is considered an exhibition space there are no permanent collections on display. New and innovative experiences can be found with each visit. Although everything outside was covered with lots of snow we were told that there are outdoor exhibits and all sorts of happenings in good weather. We will have to check it out if it ever gets warm again.
Restrooms are located on the first, second and third floors. All restrooms are unisex. The multi-stall, first floor restrooms do not have handrails in any of the stalls. The 2nd and 3rd floor restrooms are multi-stall, handicapped-accessible. A baby-changing station is located in the first floor restroom.
We found MoMA PS1 to be a unique experience.
As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.momaps1.org, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”