Long Island City is the western most residential and commercial neighborhood of Queens, New York and remains the largest neighborhood in the borough. Often referred to as “L.I.C,” it is distinguished for its waterfront residential towers mainly of apartments for rent, flourishing arts community, waterfront parks and sprawling industrial atmosphere. The area is bounded on the north by Astoria, on the west by the East River and on the south by Newtown Creek, which separates Queens from Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Located just one stop from Midtown on the 7 train, one stop from Brooklyn on the G train and numerous bus, subway and Long Island Railroad lines, L.I.C. offer the benefits of convenience, culture and residential growth.
For more than a decade, L.I.C has been in the midst of evolving from an industrial area into a premier residential neighborhood, with the housing prices to match. A short walk takes you from early-20th-century industrial streets to the restored main street ambiance of Vernon Avenue and the “Urban Riviera” fashioned by the glistening skyscrapers that run alongside Gantry Plaza State Park on the East River. The 12-acre riverside park features manicured gardens, restored gantries, a unique mist fountain and incredible views of the Empire State building and United Nations. The park's plaza, set against the city skyline, is a wonderful place to enjoy an outdoor concert. Recreational facilities include basketball courts, playgrounds, handball courts and a fishing pier. Numerous rental and condominium developments have been built in recent years, including 27 on 27th, Gantry Park Landing, Arris Lofts, Vere, 44-27 Purves Street and the Industry. L.I.C. was rezoned in 2001, giving way for a residential conversion of the nearly 30-block Court Square area, which had formerly been a mass of auto repair shops and decrepit warehouses surrounded by several commercial towers, including the 50-story Citigroup building.
Marvelous views of Manhattan, abundant warehouse space and an easy commute to the city have been attracting artists and executives for the better part of a decade, and the lures for tourists have been growing as well, with venues such as MoMA PS1 and Obie-winning theater The Chocolate Factory. The Oracle Club, a gathering place for artists and writers, offers copious and affordable studio space. The Sculpture Center located on Purves Street is a not-for-profit arts institution dedicated to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture by commissioning new work, and presenting exhibits by emerging and established, national and international artists.
New bars and restaurants continue to appear, like Burger Garage and Casa Enrique. Dutch Kills Bar, owned by Richard Boccato of Milk & Honey, is an 1890's style saloon that serves classic cocktails using hand-cut ice, and offers live jazz and ragtime. Some of L.I.C’s more established neighborhood favorites include Sage General Store’s local organic kitchen and Brooks 1890 restaurant.