Minutes away from Midtown Manhattan by subway, car, or bike, Museum of the Moving Image is located in the Queens neighborhood of Astoria/Long Island City, an area that is home to communities from around the world—more than 100 ethnic groups are represented.
The Museum is next door to the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios, a thriving film and media production facility which was originally established in 1920 as Paramount’s east coast production facility. The neighborhood is also home to the state-of-the-art Frank Sinatra High School for the Performing Arts, founded by Astoria native Tony Bennett.
Astoria is especially known for the quality and diversity of its dining options. Within walking distance from the Museum are such restaurants as Sac’s Place (where Museum members receive a 15% discount) and Tacuba. In addition, a wide range of ethnic cuisine—African, Greek, Brazilian, Croatian, Colombian, Egyptian, Venezuelan, and Thai among them—is also available. Click here for a list of restaurants close to the Museum.
Astoria/Long Island City area is also home to other long-established arts and cultural organizations. They include MoMA PS1, The Noguchi Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, and SculptureCenter, as well as alternative arts organizations like Flux Factory. Learn more about visual and performing arts organizations in the region through the Long Island City Cultural Alliance.
GETTING TO THE MUSEUM
36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street)
Astoria, NY 11106
Minutes away from Midtown Manhattan by subway or car, the Museum is located on the campus of the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios.
Closest subway stations are the R/M at Steinway Street and N/W at 36 Ave. Please check with the MTA for any service changes, especially on weekends.
- Take the M (weekdays only) or R to Steinway Street. Use the 34 Avenue exit near the end of train. Walk south along Steinway Street; turn right on 35 Avenue. Proceed three blocks to Museum entrance just past 37 Street
- Take the E to Queens Plaza. Change to the M (weekdays only) or R and proceed to Steinway Street. Follow the directions from the 34 Avenue exit as detailed above
- Take the W (weekdays only) or N to 36 Ave (Astoria). Walk East along 36 Ave five blocks to 36 Street. Turn left and walk one block to 35 Avenue. Turn right and walk a half block to the Museum entrance between 36 and 37 Streets
- Take the G to LIC-Court Square/45 Road. Transfer via underground tunnel to the E or M at Court Square/23 Street-Ely Avenue. Take the M (which runs weekdays only) directly to Steinway Street; otherwise take the E to Queens Plaza, then the R to Steinway Street.
- Take the Q (weekdays only) to 57 St/7th Ave in Manhattan, transfer to the N/W to 36 Avenue (Astoria). Walk one block north to 35 Avenue. Turn right and walk to the Museum entrance between 36 and 37 streets
- Take the R to Steinway Street. Use the 34 Avenue exit near the end of train. Walk south along Steinway Street; turn right on 35 Avenue. Proceed three blocks to Museum entrance just past 37 Street
From Eastern Queens
- Take the 7 to 74 Street and Roosevelt Avenue. Walk downstairs to the E and R lines. Take the Manhattan- or Brooklyn-bound R to Steinway Street. Use the 34 Avenue exit near front of the train. Walk south along Steinway Street; turn right on 35 Avenue. Proceed two blocks to Museum entrance, just past 37 Street
- Q101 (departs between 60th and 61st Street and Second Avenue around-the-clock every fifteen to 30 minutes) to 35 Avenue in Astoria. Walk west on 35 Avenue to 37 Street
- Q66 "21st Street" to Steinway Street and 35 Avenue. Walk west on 35 Avenue and proceed to the Museum entrance just past 37 Street
From Manhattan via Ed Koch/Queensboro Bridge
- Lower roadway: Exit onto Northern Boulevard (NY 25A) and follow it to 35 Street; turn left onto 35 Street. Proceed to 35 Avenue and turn right. The Museum entrance is on 35 Avenue between 36 and 37 streets
- Upper roadway: Follow signs to 21 Street. Turn right onto 21 Street and proceed to 35 Avenue. Turn right onto 35 Avenue and proceed to 37 Street
From Upper Manhattan and the Bronx via the RFK/Triborough Bridge
- Exit at 31 Street (the first exit in Queens). Turn right onto 31 Street (under the elevated subway) and proceed to 35 Avenue, following signs for the Museum. Turn left onto 35 Avenue and proceed to 37 Street
From Eastern Queens and Long Island via Grand Central Parkway
- Exit at 31 Street, exit #45 (the last exit before the RFK/Triborough Bridge), and immediately get into the left lane. Turn left onto 31 Street (under the elevated subway) and proceed to 35 Avenue, following signs for the Museum. Turn left onto 35 Avenue and proceed to 37 Street
From Westchester and Connecticut via the Bronx Whitestone Bridge
- Follow the Whitestone Expressway to the Grand Central Parkway (westbound). Exit at 31 Street, exit #45 (the last exit before the RFK/Triborough Bridge), and get into the left lane. Turn left onto 31 Street (under the elevated subway) and proceed to 35 Avenue, following signs for the Museum. Turn left onto 35 Avenue and proceed to 37 Street
From Northern New Jersey via the George Washington Bridge
- Take the Harlem River Drive to the RFK/Triborough Bridge. Exit at 31 Street (first exit in Queens). Turn right onto 31 Street (under the elevated subway) and proceed to 35 Avenue, following signs for the Museum. Turn left onto 35 Avenue and proceed to 37 Street
- Take the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway east to Northern Boulevard. Exit and turn left (westbound) on to Northern Boulevard and proceed to 35 Avenue (which intersects at a 45 degree angle). Turn right onto 35 Avenue and proceed to 37 Street
From Greenpoint, Brooklyn
- Cross the Pulaski Bridge. Make a right onto Jackson Avenue and continue until it becomes Northern Boulevard. Proceed along Northern Boulevard to 37 Street and turn left. Proceed to 35 Avenue. The Museum entrance is on 35 Avenue near 37 Street
Travel by bicycle is another car-free way to get to MoMI and explore the rest of Astoria. (NYC Bike Map.) There are bike racks on 35 Ave and on 37 St to park your own bicycle, and there are three Citi Bike stations in the immediate area (see all Citi Bike stations):
- 35 Ave and 37 Street (across from Starbucks)
- 34 Ave and 38 Street (closest to M/R Steinway Street station, 34 Ave exit)
- 35 Ave and 34 Street (across from P.S. 166Q)
Nearby discounted parking is available for Museum patrons.
Members: 15% discount
Non-members: 10% discount
(Same day parking tickets must be validated at the Museum)
Parking provided by PV Parking Corp, 34-11 Steinway Street, Astoria (entrance on 41 Street, between 34 & 35 Avenue; wheelchair accessible).
In addition, there is street parking at meters (no fee on Sundays and select holidays).
IN AND AROUND ASTORIA
While you’re at the museum, come enjoy all the wonderful things that the neighborhood has to offer. Get some food, buy some gifts, or see some sights.
Where to Eat in Astoria
Astoria is known for the quality and diversity of its dining options, including a wide range of ethnic cuisine—Greek, Brazilian, Croatian, Colombian, Egyptian, Venezuelan, and Thai among them. Below is a list of recommendations for restaurants within walking distance of the Museum.
37-18 34 Avenue (and 38 Street)
718 752 9528
Latin Cabana (Staff Pick)
34-15 Steinway St
718 729 3900
“Authentic Cuban restaurant with that Mom and Pop feel. You can't go wrong with the Oxtail special or the Cuban sandwich.”—Visitor Experience Manager
Cocktails, raw bar, New American
34-21 34 Avenue (and 34 Street)
718 685 2480
Napoli Pizza & Pasta
Pizza, good for families
33-02 35 Avenue (and 33 Street)
718 472 1146
Soup, sandwiches, salads
38-01 35 Avenue (and 38 Street)
718 937 4740
35-11 35 Ave (at Kaufman Astoria Studios)
718 204 5002
Trappist-style gastropub, craft beer, upscale pub fare
34-55 32 St (at 35 Ave)
347 730 5783
Museum members receive a 15% discount.
Sweet Scene (Staff Pick)
Pastries, beverages, sandwiches
35-13 34 Ave (at 36 St)
917 832 7443
Museum members receive a 15% discount.
“It's always nice to see their friendly faces when you pop in for coffee and a pastry. Their soup du jour is a big hit in this department.”—Education Programs Coordinator
Tacuba Mexican Cantina
New Latin American, tapas
35-01 36 Street (across the street from the museum on 35 Avenue)
718 786 2727
Museum members receive 10% discount.
Arepas Café (Staff Pick)
Venezuelan cuisine, arepas
33-07 36 Avenue (and 33 Street)
718 937 3835
“I am positively not alone in this being my favorite place to eat in the neighborhood. I recommend the lunch special with a cafe con leche; use all the sauces.”—Executive Editor, Sloan Science & Film
Bagels, sandwiches, and soup
35-05 Broadway (and 35 Street)
718 204 0141
38-09 36 Avenue (and 38 Street)
718 349 7777
French bistro, crepes, sandwiches
33-04 36 Avenue (and 33 Street)
718 472 0612
31-13 36 Avenue (and 32 Street)
212 239 2672
33-02 Broadway (and 33 Street)
718 777 1588
33-09 Broadway (and 34 Street)
718 956 7117
25-35 36 Avenue (and 28 Street)
(718) 937 4821
Pye Boat Noodle (Staff Pick)
718 685 2329
“Delicious Thai food. I also recommend the watermelon frozen drink for a refreshing drink in the summer.”—Manager of Family Programs
Wine, beer, and cheese bar
30-01 35th Avenue (and 30 Street)
(718) 729 9009
34-10 31 Avenue (between 34 and 35 Street)
(718) 956 0133