Long Island City is an evolving neighborhood with a rich industrial history that includes warehouses, car and taxi garages, plus some of the newest buildings in NYC, with amazing views of the East River and Manhattan. Long Island City has been gentrifying for decades, but there’s still a diverse crowd of people who live and work in L.I.C. Young professionals pursuing careers in everything from tech to art call Long Island City their home. There are midtown level offerings at outer-borough prices, which makes L.I.C. the ideal neighborhood for folks on a budget. Because much of Long Island City used to be driven by commercial industry, many of the spaces here feature sprawling full floors, which means the area’s a fit for young startups and companies who need a space with which they can grow. And there’s no shortage of art in L.I.C. No neighborhood in New York City has a higher concentration of art galleries, art institutions, and studios. Long Island City is a thriving cultural environment with both tech-friendly, modern workspaces, and diamond-in-the-rough spaces, seemingly built for scrappy startups.
Bridging Manhattan to the rest of Queens via the Queensboro Bridge, Long Island City is a neighborhood of connections. Just west is Roosevelt Island, then a bit further is Manhattan, which is just a subway stop away via the 7 train. Brooklyn’s to the South and Jackson Heights plus the rest of Queens is East. The Queensboro Bridge, also known as the 59th Street Bridge, provides for some astounding views of Queens or Manhattan, depending on which way you’re driving. Once you see the Silvercup Studios signage from the bridge, you know you’re in Long Island City. In this neighborhood full of art and culture, you can check out MoMA PS1, one of the oldest non-profit art museums in NY. For Sculpture devotees, SculptureCenter is an essential sight to see. So is Socrates Sculpture Park, especially when the weather’s nice and it’s warm enough to explore this outdoor exhibit. Fans of Isamu Noguchi will want to stop by the Noguchi Museum nearby. Smaller neighborhoods like Dutch Kills, Blissville, and Hunters Point are all part of Long Island City and each brings its own original culture.