Long Island City Neighborhood Review

Rachel McCray
Rachel McCray


Long Island City

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.

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.

Long Island City is kind of like the hip, 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.

Local Buzz

The NY Mets baseball boys seem to be takin' ova!

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


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

The elevated subway trains are more enjoyable but delays are common during winter storms. The 7 train runs from Flushing to Times Square. At Court Square, LIC residents can catch the G, E, M or 7 train.  

SubwayG, E, M, 7 train
BusQ67, Q32, Q66, Q103, Q62, Q100
NYC FerryStops at Hunters Point South and Gantry Plaza State Park. Service connects Manhattan, Brooklyn, Roosevelt Island and Astoria. A one-way route is $2.75
LIRRLocated at Borden Avenue and 2nd Street. Service between Penn Station and Greater Long Island via Queens and Brooklyn.
CitiBikeThere 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.

Average Rent 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.

Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedroom3 Bedroom

Public & Charter Schools

District #24 includes a stretch of a densely populated area of Queens, which includes Long Island City. There is a strong interest in charter schools for this area since the only public elementary school option is P.S. 78.

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.


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.

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