P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, N.Y.
Who needs the Hamptons? This school building-turned-art museum is redefining summer cool for hip New Yorkers.
Dunescape, an award-winning installation designed by cutting-edge Gotham firm SHoP (also commissioned to build NYC’s Museum of Sex, planned for 2002), features cabanas, misters, a sauna, and wading pools.
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Warm Up 2000, a Saturday afternoon music series running through Sept. 2 in the courtyard, has attracted international DJs like Dimitri from Paris and Thomas Brinkmann. Inside, there’s Volume: Bed of Sound, with massive futons for lounging and listening to music by artists like Japanese electronic-pop duo Cibo Matto and alt-rock mainstay Sonic Youth.