LONG ISLAND CITY, NEW YORK
Long Island City (LIC) is the westernmost residential and commercial neighborhood of the New York City borough of Queens. LIC is noted for its rapid and ongoing residential growth and gentrification, its waterfront parks, and its thriving arts community. LIC has among the highest concentration of art galleries, art institutions, and studio space of any neighborhood in New York City. It is bordered by Astoria to the north; the East River to the west.
A redeveloped industrial area along the East River in Queens, Long Island City is known for its gleaming high-rises with sweeping views of Manhattan. Innovative art galleries and performance spaces, as well as pockets of trendy bars and restaurants, appeal to local artists and young professionals. MoMA PS1 showcases cutting-edge art and hosts seasonal dance parties. Locals enjoy the quiet riverfront park.
The neighborhood’s transition has been a long time coming. The Noguchi Museum opened in 1985, and artist Mark di Suvero created the Socrates Sculpture Park a year later in an abandoned illegal dump on the waterfront. But while some artists found studios in the area, few decided to live there. People are now saying that LIC has become Manhattan’s extension where real estate is more affordable…