Sleek high-rises, scenic public spaces, and East River views make Long Island City an equally modern (but much less hectic) answer to downtown Manhattan.
Around The Block
Long Island City was once a bustling, self-contained town in and of itself: iconic signs for Pepsi-Cola beverages and Swingline bakeries harken back to a time when LIC was best known for industrial commerce and production. Many of those brands have since departed, and their legacies have been replaced with new landmarks of an up-and-coming cultural scene that has steadily developed in recent years.
What To Expect
Long Island City continues to gentrify, but its decidedly industrial past keeps the pace feeling more welcome than rushed. Former warehouse buildings and rail yards have given way to modern public green spaces, shops, and local-loved corner parks.
Located in Queens
Queens is a New York City borough on Long Island across the East River from Manhattan.
Meanwhile, the weekend market at the Long Island City Flea is a hub where local businesses from cocktail bars and global caterers to flower shops and furniture dealers put their samples on display.
You'll Fall In Love With
Long Island City serves as a diverse enclave convenient for those looking for the sleek aesthetic of a luxury building outside of the city as well as a quick commute.
Well-balanced with a post-college town vibe. Shopping stretches like Jackson Avenue and staples like MoMA PS1 and Socrates Sculpture Garden provide diverse entertainment options.
What Not To Expect
While you'll still find a few brownstone walk-ups and boutique bodegas tucked along 45th Avenue, Long Island City is still a newly developing area that lacks the "classic" charm of other older NYC neighborhoods.