Location: Long Island City is located in Western Queens and is sitting across the East River from Midtown East. Defining its boundaries more exactly requires a short explanation: the thing is, there are two definitions. One is more "traditional" - dating from the days when Queens was not part of New York City and wasn't even called a borough - back then, the entire area comprising today's Western Queens was called Long Island City (that included Astoria, too). Nowadays, this definition is not very useful, because Astoria, which begins somewhere north of the Queensboro Bridge, is a very different neighborhood.
The definition most people use for Long Island City is the area between the Pulaski Bridge (connecting the neighborhood with its closest Brooklyn neighbor, Greenpoint) and... (take you pick):
Sub-divisions: Besides "Dutch Kills", another frequently-used moniker is "Hunters Point", the southern tip of the neighborhood.
Character: Long Island City has had a somewhat abortive history of artist gentrification. For a while (in the 1990s), it was considered the "next big thing" for artists fleeing the rising rents of increasingly gentrified Williamsburg and Greenpoint. To be sure, the arrival of P.S.1. modern art museum and the opening of the now-defunct 5 Points loft building where many artists rented workspace lent some credibility to this line of thinking.
But the anticipated large-scale artist migration never happened. Instead, the neighborhood sort of leapfrogged that stage of gentrification - and the heady 2000s brought a rash of high-rise developments along the East River. Several mid-rise (but high-profile) condos have been built as well.
Apartments & Real Estate
Although prices are lower than in Manhattan, they are higher than in neighboring Astoria. New condos are priced around $700 per s/f (2007 data).
Selected Rental Buildings
See all Long Island City Rental Apartment Buildings (26 buildings)
Selected No-Fee Rental Listings
See all Long Island City No-Fee Rental Apartments (61 total)
Condo & Co-op Buildings
See all Long Island City Condo Apartment Buildings (23 buildings)
See our list of Long Island City Co-op Apartment Buildings (4 buildings)
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