- The Center for the Holographic Arts
The Clock Tower, 29-27 41st Ave., nr. Northern Blvd., Long Island City; no phone
Ready to have your mind blown? Most things you think are holograms aren’t. Tupac’s “performance” with Snoop and Dre at Coachella in 2012? Not actually a hologram. What you’re seeing is a bunch of CGI smoke and mirrors. Real-deal holography involves lasers and light and interference and diffraction. It’s a science as much as an art, and one held in the utmost regard at the not-for-profit Holocenter, founded 15 years ago by a duo of holographic artists. (They relocated last fall to the lobby and vault of LIC’s Clock Tower.) For the hologram connoisseur, there are exhibits, an artist-in-residence program, and a deep historical archive. For the rest of us, it’s all wacky colors, swirly lights, and Instagram opps.
From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).