Long Island City

Queens

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"Long Island City is an area in the westernmost part of Queens, minutes away from midtown Manhattan via subway or ferry. It covers a pretty large area which includes both commercial and municipal sections and a large arts community; for our purposes we’ll concentrate on the residential neighborhood. LIC’s boundaries are Astoria to the north, Newton Creek with Greenpoint, Brooklyn right across to the south, the East River to the west, and the enormous New Calvary Cemetery and 31st Street heading east. Residential LIC is divided by Vernon Boulevard, a rather charming two-lane, two-way thoroughfare packed with café’s, bars, restaurants (Mexican, French, Italian), stores and markets, and a rather large cathedral sort of plopped in their midst. The architecture is small in scale, mostly dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and well-preserved. Several corner houses along the boulevard could have easily inspired an Edward Hopper painting. The whole strip from 50th street north to the 30’s and the Noguchi Museum/Socrates Sculpture Park area just oozes with atmospheric charm. On the side streets heading west you’ll see pockets of row houses, townhouses and the odd brownstone, along with telephone poles, schools and playgrounds. And then you hit Center Boulevard, paved with Belgian blocks, and the riverfront. Architecturally it’s Anytown, USA, devoid of any defining character. The riverfront was developed on the site of a huge Pepsi Plant, and for some reason the enormous sign with the Pepsi logo has been preserved. The scale of the architecture is sci-fi gigantic, crowded with towering glass-n-steel condos named the Avalon, Riverview and the like." By: Ken Hamberg

Neighborhood Highlights

Trains:

7
E
M
G
N
Q
R

Buses:

Q32
Q39
Q60
Q66
Q67
Q69
Q102
Q103

Rental Prices:

$1,891 ― $3,073

Sales Prices:

$454,000 ― $738,000

Landmarks:

Silvercup Studios, P.S 1 MOMA, Gantry Plaza State Park

School Districts:

30

Police Precincts:

108

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Reviews

  • peterjohnson
    June 17th 2014
    Certain areas of Long Island City (LIC) are developed with new bars and restaurants, while others feel somewhat deserted and in need of a refresh. I would recommend living closer to the East River which still allows for one stop 7 train access right to the city.
  • rmsnyc
    May 5th 2014
    It seems as if Long Island City gets more and more developed each day. Highrise buildings continue to go up south of the Queensboro Bridge that overlook the East River and the Manhattan skyline. The restaurant scene is quite diverse in terms of cuisine and the walk alongside the East River is always nice and scenic especially in the summer. The only downside would be for tennis lovers and that is that the neighborhood's two prominent tennis clubs (Tennisport and Fila) are no longer in existence. Rent is also starting to get up there though you can get lucky if you find the right place. Another plus about long Island City is how access other nieghborhoods are, not only within Queens, but also in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Areas such as the Upper East Side in Manhattan, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Astoria, and Sunnyside can easily be accessed by public transportation or even walking if the weather out is nice enough.

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