While Manhattan and Brooklyn have long been heralded as the city’s most sought-after boroughs, Queens is quickly joining their ranks as an exciting place to call home. This sea change has largely been fostered by the growth of Long Island City, a waterfront neighborhood that’s seen amazing changes in the past decade, with top-tier restaurants, exciting new residential developments, and tons of culture making it a hotspot for young professionals. So, what can you expect if you make the move to this in-demand enclave?
Easy access to Manhattan: Think Williamsburg is a pretty convenient neighborhood if you’re working in Manhattan? Well, Long Island City just so happens to have it beat. By car, the drive from Long Island City to Midtown takes just 10 minutes, while taking the 7 train from Hunter’s Point Avenue station to Grand Central will take just 13 minutes. And if you happen to be in the mood to catch the ferry, it’ll take you from Hunter’s Point to Manhattan in under 30 minutes.
Amazing homes: While many New Yorkers have found themselves all but priced out of Manhattan and Brooklyn, Long Island City provides not only a desirable, amenity-packed neighborhood, but one full of homes with much more affordable price points than those outside of Queens. The borough’s latest crop of are flocking to buildings like Long Island City’s Skyline Tower, a 67-story luxury tower with 802 residences ranging from studios to four-bedrooms, as well as amenities like an indoor pool, landscaped terraces, an attended lobby, private lounge, children’s playroom, and more.
Access to tons of culture: If you’re looking for culture, look no further than Long Island City. From MoMA PS1 to The Noguchi Museum to Sculpture Center to the Fisher Laundau Center for Art, the neighborhood is home to countless opportunities to see amazing visual art.
Great food: Consider yourself a foodie? Well, Long Island City is sure to have something to satisfy your appetite, no matter your particular culinary predilections. From Michelin-starred Casa Enrique to barbecue at John Brown Smokehouse to beloved 24-hour hotspot The Court Square Diner, Long IslandCity has the perfect restaurant to satisfy any appetite.
Exciting nightlife: Want to grab an after-work drink but don’t feel like venturing to the recesses of Brooklyn to do it? Don’t worry: Long Island City has got you covered. LIC is home to great watering holes like Alewife, Corner Bistro, Dutch Kills, and the appropriately-named LIC Bar, all of which serve up beer, cocktails, and all the camaraderie you’d want from a local drinking establishment.
Whether you’re looking for a new state or borough to call home or are already a Queens resident looking to shake things up with a move, there’s ample reason to set your sights on Long Island City. This exciting enclave has everything young professionals could want in a neighborhood, from quick commute times into Manhattan to plenty of great bars where you can make friends or even meet that special someone. No matter what you’re interested in, Long Island City more than delivers.