Long Island City Neighborhood Review - Queens Moving Guide

Rachel McCray

Rachel McCray

CITY

Long Island City
Editors Rating (3 stars out of 5)
6.6 Overall
Average Rent Prices 4
Public transportation 8
Schools 8
Lifestyle 7
Crime 6

Did someone say development boom?

It's like no one saw the once industrially dominated area of Long Island City rapidly evolve into the up-and-coming, thriving neighborhood it has.

In this Long Island City neighborhood review, we'll look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent, and home sale prices.

Much like what is happening to Williamsburg in recent years, luxury high rise buildings have taken over the area, attracting young working professionals.

Nestled in the westernmost borough of Queens, the gentrification of this waterfront oasis is real!

Without question, real estate and commercial development in LIC will be super aggressive in the coming years.

Many Manhattanites that move to LIC are now able to take in the best view of the city - where they invest the majority of their time, energy and money.

Its vibe is not as much of a stretch for Manhattanites as Astoria or Sunnyside might be.

Long Island City is kind of like the hip, a new kid in school, struggling to find its identity in a sea of strong, yet charming NYC neighborhoods.

A popular weekend activity for much of the busy younger crowd is dining out with friends at one of the area's unique restaurants.

The MoMA PS1, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the country, is also bringing people from all over the city.

Fun Fact: The West Chemical Company, a row of abandoned buildings dating back to the early 1900s, will soon be completely demolished and replaced with an $875 million luxury residential project.

Average Rental and Sales Prices

Long Island City is composed of mostly condo and rental luxury high-rise buildings.

Unlike most other NYC neighborhoods, single-family homes and walk-ups are far and few between.

The rental prices in Long Island City, though cheaper than Manhattan, are still becoming increasingly comparable to some Brooklyn areas.

If you're looking to move, here are the average rent prices in the Long Island City neighborhood:

Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedroom3 Bedroom
$2,444$3,068$4,176$6,376

Public Transportation

Many residents living in Long Island City work in Manhattan since it is only one stop away from Midtown.

The elevated subway trains definitely have better views for passengers but delays are more common during winter storms.

The NYC Ferry stops at Hunters Point South and Gantry Plaza State Park.

Service connects Manhattan, Brooklyn, Roosevelt Island and Astoria. A one-way route is $2.75

The LIRR is located at Borden Avenue and 2nd Street.

There is service extends between Penn Station and Greater Long Island via Queens and Brooklyn.

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Subway lines in neighborhood

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    IND Crosstown Line

  • N R W

    BMT Broadway Line

  • 7 7

    IRT Flushing Line

  • E

    IND Eighth Avenue Line

  • F M

    IND Sixth Avenue Line

Buses

BusLocation
Q6721st St/St 44th Dr
Q32Queens Plaza South/28th St
Q6628th St/Queens Plaza South
Q62Jackson Ave/42nd Rd
Q100Jackson Ave/21st St
Q10341st Ave/21st St

Subway lines in neighborhood

  • G

    IND Crosstown Line

  • N R W

    BMT Broadway Line

  • 7 7

    IRT Flushing Line

  • E

    IND Eighth Avenue Line

  • F M

    IND Sixth Avenue Line

Bikes and Bike Safety

There is 13 bike stations scattered throughout LIC.

Most Manhattan commuters will take the Queensboro Bridge bike path or Brooklyn commuters will take the Pulaski Bridge bike path.

Restaurants

Though Long Island City can't exactly claim to be known for any particular type of cuisine or food establishment, one thing they do have are a lot of good options.

Cafe Henri, Tournesol, and Casa Enrique are some hidden local gems worth checking out.

There are also plenty of great coffee shops that locals like to frequent such as Sweetleaf, Toby's Estate and 51st Bakery & Cafe.

Communal tables are a big thing in LIC so if you need your zen alone time then waterfront chilling is the way to go.

Williamsburg's Sweet Chick (famed chicken and waffles joint), backed by rapper Nas (a native of the area) has announced the opening of their fourth location to be in LIC on Vernon Boulevard.

Attractions and Nightlife

Gantry Plaza State Park is the perfect waterfront spot for relaxation and stunning views of the Manhattan skyline.

The 12-acre park offers lounge chairs, playgrounds, recreational facilities, piers, and a scenic walkway.

Across the park is the Long Island Ferry Terminal where you can catch a ride to Manhattan or Brooklyn.

After work hours or on weekends, young professionals can be found drinking at one of NYC's largest outdoor venues - The Beer Garden at Bohemian Hall.

Those wanting strong drinks, lasting hookahs and loud dancing music usually head to Doha Nightclub NYC.

Tantra Lounge also offers a good amount of dancing space and a lively DJ. The Middle Eastern theme and chill vibes tends to attract large crowds on weekends.

Local Buzz

The NY Mets baseball boys seem to love living in LIC!

CelebrityNotes
Terry CollinsNY Mets Baseball Manager
David WrightMLB player - NY Mets Third Baseman
Daniel MurphyMLB player - NY Mets Second Baseman
Jon NieseMLB player - Texas Rangers (former NY Mets) Pitcher


Public & Charter Schools

District #24 includes a stretch of a densely populated area of Queens, which includes Long Island City.

There is a keen interest in charter schools for this area since the only public elementary school option is P.S. 78.

SchoolInfoNotes
P.S. 78Q - The Robert Wagner Jr. SchoolPublic - K-7 - 477 studentsThis is the only zoned elementary school in Long Island City, though P.S. 375 in Court Square will be constructed in about 3 years.
Hunter's Point Community Middle SchoolPublic - 6-8 - 410 studentsGaining popularity quickly. Students enjoy waterfront views of Midtown Manhattan and the East River. Following the Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI), a school-wide approach to literacy from Harvard, the entire community focuses on one big question each week.
Frank Sinatra High SchoolPublic - 9-12 - 569 studentsThis conservatory-style arts school admits students to one of six studios: dance, drama, instrumental music, vocal music, fine arts and film and media.
Bard High School Early College QueensPublic - 9-12 - 623 studentsA+ ranked partnership school (between Bard College and the NYC Department of Education). Students can obtain a high school diploma as well as an Associate's Degree, giving them a head start on their continued education.

How Safe is the Long Island City Neighborhood?

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 4 of 10

Approximately 10.9262 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents

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Latest Update

11/20/2018

Amazon announced that it would have two new HQ2's, one located in New York City and other in northern Virginia.

This is big news to the city and especially Long Island City, which is the specific neighborhood the mammoth internet retailer has selected as one of its home bases.

While the governor and mayor defend their deal with Amazon, the announcement has certainly sparked controversy and criticism.

A part of the controversy originates in the fact that Amazon will benefit from the number of massive tax breaks the city and state are offering.

This is tax revenue that the municipality, state, and the neighborhood could be benefitting from.

Another argument is the dramatic rising costs of living in Long Island City, which started in the 2000's the luxury building boom in the neighborhood.

Now with such a huge company coming to the area, it could spark an even larger disparity of wealth and drive out long-time residents were aren't earning enough.

Amazon's arrival in Seattle, Washington has caused real estate prices in the city to sky-rocket. The same could be true for what's to come in Long Island City.

Yet some welcome the arrival of Amazon, as a way of introducing thousands of new jobs, and inject energy, wealth, and businesses in the area.

Only time will tell what the real impact of Amazon's establishment in the city will be.