Just across the East River from Midtown Manhattan, in the westernmost section of Queens, is the growing community of Long Island City. Whether it’s a an old-style walkup, a family home, a brownstone or a luxury condo you are looking for, Long Island City has something for everyone. Although largely a rental market, it does offer a diverse mix of homes for sale as well. Residents of Long Island City enjoy many of the perks of Manhattan without the outrageous price tags.
Long Island City is the largest neighborhood in Queens and is split into three distinct areas: Blissville, Dutch Kills and Hunters Point. One of the major perks of Long Island City is its accessibility to the rest of New York City. The subway is accessible by 8 different train lines at 12 different stations. The Queensboro Bridge (the only non- toll car route into Manhattan) connects Long Island City to Midtown, as does the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, while the Pulaski Bridge provides quick access to Brooklyn. The neighborhood historically was industrial, but has enjoyed much residential growth in recent years, particularly with respect to the numerous luxury towers and condos that continue to be built around the waterfront. These residences draw people in with their postcard view of the Manhattan skyline and amenities like gyms, game rooms and swimming pools.
Although glamorous Manhattan is just minutes away, residents of Long Island City have plenty to do in their own neighborhood without hopping on a train or in a taxi. The waterfront park is a popular attraction. The former industrial area was renovated into a 10-acre park, offering open space, a playground, a bikeway, a dog path, a promenade and breathtaking views of the city. There is no shortage of dining options in Long Island City as it is home to an excellent and eclectic restaurant scene. It is also home to a thriving arts community and has the highest concentration of art galleries, art institutions and studio space in all of New York City. Long Island City is a family-friendly community and has numerous schooling options, including many specialized high schools with focuses on things like the performing arts, communications and technology. Since the majority of residents commute to other areas of the city, it is also a comparatively quiet neighborhood compared to other areas. Residential growth, beautiful views and easy access to Manhattan make Long Island City an attractive and affordable option for New Yorkers.