Long Island City was once a bustling, self-contained town in and of itself: iconic signs for Pepsi-Cola beverages and Swingline bakeries harken back to a time when LIC was best known for industrial commerce and production. Many of those brands have since departed, and their legacies have been replaced with new landmarks of an up-and-coming cultural scene that has steadily developed in recent years.
Vibrant eateries along Vernon Blvd. and cultural staples like MoMA PS1 and LIC Food & Flea provide entertainment options for both indoors and out. Gantry State Park and Hunter’s Point Park South provide approximately 34 acres of green space along the East River with unmatched views of the Manhattan skyline.
This once industrial neighborhood is now an array of quaint residential blocks, such as the historical landmarked 45th Ave, new high-rise buildings, and old factory conversions. The majority of Long Island City's rentals are recently constructed buildings with modern amenities ranging from doormen to rooftop dog runs and pools. For more classic homes, look south to Hunters Point, a district bordered by 45th Avenue, 21st and 23rd Street.
Long Island City serves as a diverse enclave convenient for those looking for the sleek aesthetic of a luxury building outside of the city as well as a quick commute. Even though LIC is fast-approaching "it" neighborhood status, the area still sports a down-to-earth feel that makes it a relaxing place to return home to. That's why life in Long Island City feels both under the radar and constantly new, with endless potential to make it one's own.
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