Noguchi Museum: JFK Layover

Have a long lay over at JFK and don’t feel like the hussle and bussle of Manhattan? Give a look at the Noguchi Museum, a Queens based sculpture museum of works by the Japanese American artist, Isamu Noguchi.

Address 9-01 33rd Road Astoria, phone 718-204-7088.

It’s a jewel hidden in a manufacturing district and while I had the address no one seemed to know it’s existence. Finally, after enlisting the support of NY’s finest, an NYPD street cop, I located it. From JFK take the Air Tran to Terminal 4 to the E train Sutphin Blvd to Queens Plaza, then a bus Jackson Ave to 21st Ave, but google or Waze it for more complete info. Takes about an hour to get there and I walked it from the train station which revealed an interesting neighborhood. It was a good way to stretch those legs after a long flight.

Besides the indoor and outdoor sculptures there is also an informative movie about the artist’s life. The tour with movie takes about 90 minutes if you do it right. Cost is reasonable and across the street is another great place to visit, The Socrates Sculpture Garden with impeccable views of NYC. A few cute restaurants are also nearby.

Take the time. Enjoy and get out of JFK. You’ll be glad you did.

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