About LIC

Gantry Plaza State Park • Courtesy of NYCEDC
Gantry Plaza State Park • Courtesy of NYCEDC

LIC Neighborhood Info

Long Island City (LIC), located directly across the East River from Midtown Manhattan, is a vibrant mixed-use community. Home to Fortune 500 companies, world-renowned arts and cultural institutions, prominent film and television studios, a large industrial base, and over 70,000 residents, Long Island City is a diverse and authentic NYC neighborhood in the borough of Queens - America's most diverse county.

Attractions such as LIC Flea, M. Wells, Dutch Kills Bar, Waterfront Crabhouse, Riverview Restaurant and Laughing Devil Comedy Club keep Long Island City residents, employees, and visitors entertained. Over a dozen arts and cultural institutions in the neighborhood include MoMA PS1, Noguchi Museum, The SculptureCenter, and The Chocolate Factory TheaterThere are also hundreds of individual artist studios, galleries, and theaters in LIC. More neighborhood restaurants and attractions can be viewed on our attractions map.
LaGuardia Community College was joined by the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, at Two Court Square in August of 2012. Cornell University and Technion Institute of Technology will open a NYC Tech campus on Roosevelt Island by 2017, which is already having a positive impact on Long Island City as a growing tech hub. 

Long Island City is one of NYC’s eight Central Business Districts (CBD). The City is supporting the growth of its CBDs with major investments in infrastructure improvements and development projects. Long Island City Partnership has helped make these improvements possible while keeping the CBD clean and safe by operating the Long Island City Business Improvement District (LIC BID). 
“With its close proximity to midtown and a wide array of affordable and spacious leasing options, Long Island City has emerged as an ideal location for business.” - New York City Economic Development Corporation

Transportation in LIC

It is easy to get to Long Island City by train, bus, car, or bicycle. Located at New York City’s geographic midpoint, LIC's eight subway lines bring travelers from Midtown Manhattan in less than 10 minutes. Easy public transit connections connect LIC to LaGuardia Airport and JFK International Airport. The Long Island Rail Road is also easily accessible as well as the East River Ferry.

Long Island City's excellent road access ties the neighborhood with all five boroughs and the New York metropolitan area. The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge (also called the 59th Street Bridge) is the principal gateway to Queens Plaza. To the south, the Queens-Midtown Tunnel connects with the Long Island Expressway (I-495) and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278).

Bike paths across the Queensboro and Pulaski Bridges as well as throughout the neighborhood and ample off-street bicycle parking make cycling in Long Island City easy and enjoyable.

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