If you’re looking to move out of the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, Long Island City can be a great place for you. What’s it like living in LIC? Let’s check it out.
Long Island City is a neighborhood found at the western tip of the borough, Queens. It’s made up of residential and commercial buildings and is one of NYC’s fastest growing neighborhoods. It’s also known for its waterfront parks and arts community as it has a high concentration of art galleries, art institutions, and studio spaces.
Long Island City was originally its own city, formed on May 4, 1870, and split from the Town of Newtown. It later became the seat of the country government. In 1898, it became a part of New York City, along with various other towns to form the borough, Queens. Currently, LIC has an area of 3.308 square miles and a population of 137,678. It has a population density of 41,624 people per square mile, which is significantly lower than Manhattan, which has a population density of 70,629 people per square mile.
If you’re working or planning on working in Manhattan, you may be wondering if living in Queens is a smart choice and how far is LIC from Manhattan? While Long Island City may be in a different borough and sounds far away, it is actually only three miles away by subway. In fact, LIC is so close to Manhattan that you can even walk there across the Queensboro Bridge.
Living in Long Island City, Queens
Choosing to move Long Island City can be a great choice if you want some space from the crowded and busy Manhattan. It’s not only close enough to Manhattan so you can easily commute for work, but there are also plenty of places to enjoy and things that make it a great neighborhood not just for you, but for a family.
Entertainment & eateries
There are plenty of places to go out and have fun in LIC. This includes museums like the Noguchi Museum, MoMA PS1, Museum of the Moving Image, The Museum of Modern Art, and SculptureCenter. There are also plenty of nightlife such as cocktail bars and nightclubs for you to enjoy. Along with the plenty of nightlife and art entertainment options, there are many famous restaurants and eateries you’ll have to try. Some include Addã, an Indian cafe, Beebee’s, a slick pizza parlor, John Brown Smokehouse, a barbecue restaurant, and LIC Market, which is perfect for brunch.
Long Island City also has plenty of outdoor venues for you to enjoy nature and the fresh air. This includes Creative Little Garden, Gantry Plaza State Park, Queensbridge Park, and Hunter’s Point South Park. Many of these parks include waterfront views along with areas to stroll, playgrounds, picnic areas, and much more.
This neighborhood also features plenty of beautiful and unique architecture designs you’ll love to visit. Some unique architecture includes Hunters Point South with its 30-foot-tall cantilevered platform where you can view the Manhattan skyline, 2222 Jackson by ODA with its unique residential building, Hunters Point Library with its carved exposed concrete and geometric openings, and Queens Plaza Park with its curved, glass-walled residential tower.
From kindergarten to 12th grade, Long Island City is zoned to fifteen different schools. They also have many high schools that offer specialized programs, such as Academy for Careers in Television & Film, High School of Applied Communication, Information Technology HIgh School, and many more. LIC is also home to various higher education institutions like DeVry University, LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York School of Law, and a few others.
There are plenty of transportation options available in LIC and it is also just one subway stop away from Midtown, Manhattan and Brooklyn. The neighborhood features 8 subway lines that includes 7, E, M, R, N, Q, and G, 13 bus lines, and CitiBike stations. It also has the East River Ferry that stops at Hunters Point South and Gantry Plaza State Park. There is also the Long Island Rail Road which runs between Penn Station in Manhattan to greater Long Island. Additionally, LIC is near two of NYC’s major airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport.
Long Island City is patrolled by the 108th Precinct of the NYPD. According to the NYC Crime Map, between January 2019 to April 2020, LIC has seen lower amounts of crime compared to Queens and NYC. During the last 16 months, there were 1,334 crimes, which amounts to about 11.7836 crimes per 1,000 residents. This is just slightly below the NYC average.
Long Island City real estate
As Long Island City started off as an industrial neighborhood, its residential expansion started around 2001. This means the majority of residential buildings in this area are newer so it’s harder to find pre war buildings. While rent in Queens is usually more affordable, LIC is one of the most expensive neighborhoods to live in.
The average monthly rent in Long Island City is $3,525. However, this is still lower than Manhattan’s overall average of $4,208. It is also slightly lower than the overall NYC average of $3,902. So while it can be an expensive neighborhood to live in, if you’re moving from an expensive neighborhood in Manhattan, you would be saving on your monthly rent.
As for purchasing houses, the average home prices for April 2020 in Long Island City is $595,000 and $833 per sqft. This is still slightly lower than Manhattan’s more affordable neighborhood, Washington Heights’ average sale price of $620,000. However, Washington Heights has a lower price per sqft at $636. In contrast, LIC is a lot more affordable than Tribeca, Manhattan that has an average home price of $975,000 and $1,340 per sqft.
If you’re interested in relocating to Long Island City, here are just a few available listings for rent and houses for purchase:
Apartments to rent in Long Island City
- 41-29 24 Street, #3B ($2,275) – studio, 1 bath, 525 sqft
- 27-28 Thomson Avenue, #127 ($3,000) – studio, 1 bath, 865 sqft
- 41-29 24 Street, #6E ($2,795) – 2 beds, 1 bath, 725 sqft
- 37-14 36 Street, #8A ($2,951) – 1 bed, 2 baths
- 22-18 Jackson Avenue, #810 ($3,600) – 1 bed, 1 bath, 674 sqft
- 41-29 24 Street, #1OB ($3,960) – 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,190 sqft
- 29-11 Queens Plaza North, #28C ($4,300) – 3 beds, 2 baths
- 28-30 Jackson Avenue, #22M ($4,520) – 2 beds, 1 bath
- 22-22 Jackson Avenue, #902 ($4,539) – 3 beds, 2 baths
- 28-10 Jackson Avenue, #20D ($4,785) – 2 beds, 2 baths
Houses to buy in Long Island City, Queens
- 4-74 48 Avenue, #4H ($450,000) – studio, 1 bath, 470 sqft
- 26-2 50 Avenue, #7a ($595,000) – studio, 1 bath, 434 sqft
- 42-14 Crescent Street, #2C ($610,000) – 1 bed, 1 bath
- 5-25 47 Road, #G2D ($897,000) – 1 bed, 1 bath, 793 sqft
- 48-15 11 Street, #3A ($995,000) – 1 bed, 1 bath, 867 sqft
- 26-26 Jackson Avenue, #1002 ($1,498,000) – 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,160 sqft
- 27-28 Thomson Avenue, #128 ($1,179,000) – 1 bed, 1 bath, 1,077 sqft
- 10-40 46 Road, #4A ($1,275,000) – 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,054 sqft
- 27-17 42 Road, #11E ($1,731,480) – 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,228 sqft
- 46-30 Center Boulevard, #701 ($2,050,000) – 3 beds, 3 baths, 1,492 sqft)
Long Island City is a constantly developing neighborhood with plenty of great entertainment, dining, and outdoor venues to enjoy. If you’re interested in living in this wonderful neighborhood, Localize is here to make your apartment hunt stress-free. We have insights on all listings so you can feel confident in the apartment you choose!