30-30 47th Ave., Long Island City
A mixed-use office space in Long Island City is home to a very unusual elevator. From the outside, the so-called dragon elevator looks completely normal. But behind the doors is a curved, cave-like space with textured metal walls that are painted in swirls of yellow, orange and green.
Bare light bulbs and quirky metal monster sculptures adorn the ceiling, and a fisheye mirror at the back of the elevator makes the space look even larger and trippier than it already is. And the dragon isn’t alone. Right next to it is a twisty, larger-than-life abstract sculpture made from pieces of an old school bus.
Created by artists John Carter, J.J. Veronis and Johnny Swing, the pieces are the last sculptures standing of the many that once filled the building’s ground floor. Most of the art was taken down in 1994, and the former Macy’s warehouse has since been renovated into a mixed-use office space known as The Factory. But the lobby—and the art inside it—remain open to the public. This is just as well, since this art installation must be seen—or ridden—to be believed.