Long Island City Neighborhood Review - Queens Moving Guide

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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

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.

This Long Island City neighborhood review will 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 country's oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions, 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 demolished entirely and replaced with an $875 million luxury residential project.

Real Estate in Long Island City

The thriving real estate market in Long Island City (LIC) is no secret.

From luxury condos to townhomes, this Queens neighborhood continues to serve as a desirable destination for homebuyers and renters alike.

With its easy access to Manhattan via the subway and ferry, LIC's status as an attractive area for residential living has only been further bolstered in recent years.

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

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

Apartments for Rent in Long Island City

Though generally cheaper than in Manhattan, the rental prices in Long Island City are still becoming increasingly comparable to some areas in both Manhattan and Brooklyn.

That being said, Long Island City is a great place to live if you want to find a modern apartment with luxury finishes and amenities. It also has incredible views of Manhattan.

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

Average Rental Prices in Long Island City

1 Bed$3,600
2 Beds$5,000
3 Beds$6,600
PropertyNest Real Estate Data As of February 2023

Average Rent Price History by Neighborhood

Those looking to purchase property in LIC can find a great range of options, with single-family homes, two- or three-family townhouses, and newly constructed condo buildings available in the area.

Depending on location, LIC offers more affordable prices than its big city neighbor across the river.

For those seeking rental accommodations instead, many different varieties of apartments are available to choose from.

Average Sales Prices in Long Island City

1 Bed$899,000
2 Beds$1,370,000
3 Beds$2,250,000
4 Beds$1,699,000
PropertyNest Real Estate Data As of February 2023

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.

Subway lines in neighborhood

  • 7 7

    IRT Flushing Line

  • E

    IND Eighth Avenue Line

  • F M

    IND Sixth Avenue Line

  • G

    IND Crosstown Line

  • N R W

    BMT Broadway Line

Bus Lines in Long Island City
Local BusQ18, Q19, Q32, Q60, Q66, Q69, Q100, Q102, Q103, Q104
Express BusesQM1-6, QM10, QM12, QM15-18, QM20, QM21, QM24, QM31, QM32, QM34-36, QM40, QM42, QM44, X63, X64, X68

Bikes & Bike Safety

There are 13 bike stations scattered throughout LIC.

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

Restaurants & Dining

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 hidden local gems worth checking out.

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

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

The best part is that new hip restaurants are continually popping up in this neighborhood and turning it into a real food scene.

Recent additions are the Peruvian Inkan and the Thai TukTuk.

Attractions and Nightlife

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

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.

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

Public & Charter Schools

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

Because of the high demand in this area, many new schools have popped up in the neighborhoods over the course of the last 5-10 years.

There are very many to name but we've listed some of the most notable.

Local Schools in Long Island City
P.S./I.S. 78QPublic, Grades K-8 - 699 studentsDiverse student body. Strong enrichment programs and strong academics.
P.S. 112 Dutch KillsPublic, Grades PK-5, 398 studentsLocal zoned school with diverse student body. Pre-K is offered.
P.S. 76 William HalletPublic, Grades PK-5, 393 studentsASD Nest Program and Spanish dual language program are available at this school.
The Riverview SchoolPublic, Grades K-12, 676 studentsDistrict 75 school serving students with disabilities.
Growing Up Green Charter Elementary & Middle SchoolCharter, Grades K-8, 754 studentsElementary school and middle school are separate. Environmentally-friendly approach school. Progressive education.
Hunter's Point Community Middle SchoolPublic, Grades 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.
Baccalaureate School for Global EducationPublic, Grades 7-12, 528 studentsHigh-performing IB public school, with rigorous academics.
Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Secondary School for Arts and TechnologyPublic, Grades 6-12, 605 studensSpecial education is offered for students with disabilities. High level of college readiness.
Academy for Careers in Television and Film (ACTV)Public, Grades 9-12, 544 studentsThe school partners with Silver Studios and other movie and television companies to provide professional-level education for students. Associates degree offered.
Bard High School Early College QueensPublic, Grades 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.
Energy Tech High SchoolPublic, Grades 9-12, 524 studentsGood for students wanting to pursue studies in energy and engineering. Two-year college degree offered.

How Safe is the Long Island City Neighborhood?

LIC has seen lower overall crime rates than many other parts of the city. The rate of violent crimes in LIC is below city and borough averages, with relatively few incidents reported overall.

Property crime rates were also slightly below average, making LIC one of the safer neighborhoods in Queens.

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 4 out of 10
Approximately 12.6215 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents
Low Medium High

That said, cases of petty theft, such as pickpocketing, are still relatively common in LIC, so visitors should always exercise caution when carrying valuables on their person.

It's also important to note that parts of Long Island City can be somewhat secluded or dimly lit at night, so extra care should be taken when walking outside after dark in these areas.

Overall, Long Island City is a safe neighborhood for most people to visit or live in.

Although visitors should take normal safety precautions as they would anywhere else in New York City, they shouldn't feel too concerned about security while visiting Long Island City either during the day or at night.

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