Long Island City
Only one subway stop from Midtown, Long Island City has a more open, less hectic, neighborhood ambiance; for anyone from artists to investment bankers, it’s a fun and convenient place to call home. The views of Manhattan are awe-inspiring from the wide green waterfront expanse of Hunter’s Point South Park or the beautifully landscaped Gantry Plaza State Park, which features piers jutting out into the East River and Adirondack chairs and hammocks sprinkled about. The city provides a dramatic backdrop for outdoor movies, concerts, and dance performances. Farther north along the waterfront, there is always an engaging exhibit at Socrates Sculpture Park.
Hunter’s Point: Food, Fun, and Family-friendly
Hunter’s Point, at the southern tip of LIC, south of 45th Ave, offers a relaxed vibe with family-friendly brick townhouses and low-rise buildings sharing the blocks with low-slung industrial buildings and new sleek amenity-laden high-rises. Popular shops and eateries draw locals to Vernon Blvd. and Jackson Ave. Beer enthusiasts come from near and far to spend the day doing the popular LIC Brewery Crawl. Every Saturday and Sunday during the warmer months, LIC Flea & Food hosts a bevy of well-curated local vendors. Art plays a big role in LIC, and many early 1900s industrial buildings have been transformed into galleries, studios, and performance venues. Renowned MoMA PS1 provides exhibition space for the most experimental art in the world and also hosts regular “warm-up” dance parties among interactive art displays on its huge outdoor patio.
While prices in Hunter’s Point are higher than the rest of LIC, this area offers more affordable options than Manhattan.
The G Line runs south into Brooklyn.
The East River Ferry also serves the neighborhood.
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