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, however, this definition is not very useful, because Astoria, which begins somewhere north of the Queensboro Bridge, is a very different neighborhood. We have consulted many locals when drawing the line where we drew it (at 36th Avenue), but without a doubt some people will object.
Sub-divisions: Besides "Dutch Kills", another frequently-used moniker is "Hunters Point", the southern tip of the neighborhood.
Character: Long Island City had a somewhat abortive history of artist-driven gentrification. For a while (all through the 1990s), it was largely considered to be the "next big thing" for artists which were already starting to flee the rising rents of increasingly gentrified Williamsburg and Greenpoint (in retrospect, they hadn't seen nothing yet at the time). The arrival of P.S.1. and the opening of the now-defunct "5 Points" building, where many artists rented workspace, lent some credibility to the thesis of LIC as the next art mecca.
But the anticipated large-scale artist migration never happened and the neighborhood sort of leapfrogged the "bohemian" stage of gentrification and headed straight for the "wow that's expensive" stage. 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. Artists and bohemians their residents aren't. But few landlords bemoan it. There is still some loft space available in the area, but hardly any of it is affordable.
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 (43 buildings)
Selected No-Fee Rental Listings
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Condo & Co-op Buildings
See all Long Island City Condo Apartment Buildings (26 buildings)
See our list of Long Island City Co-op Apartment Buildings (4 buildings)
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