What’s in Long Island City, Queens, New York?
What’s the history of this neighborhood?
Long Island City (LIC) was first its own city with a government in 1870, but in 1898, it became part of New York City. Metro tunnels were built through the 1930s to connect the NY area. In the 1970s, blue-color workers were leaving the factories, which left many vacant areas. West Queens began revitalizing the area in 1981. In early 2000, approval was given to have 41 new apartment buildings built. Today, this area is growing daily with residents moving to this area.
What are the demographics?
There are about 20,000 people living in Long Island City — with half of the population being Mexican or Latino. Roughly the other quarters are White and African American. The household median income is $66,382 a year in this area.
Subsections of Long Island City
In 1870, The following villages were incorporated into Long Island City.
Up to the 19th century, this area was mainly farms. Today, it’s undergoing a massive rezoning to have residential and commercial properties.
A neighborhood with Triangle 54, a small park with a historic monument.
This neighborhood contains Hunters Point Historic District, an area including 19 buildings.
What should I do or see in Long Island City?
- Blend on the Water. This Latin-American restaurant has lunch, dinner, and cocktails with fabulous views.
- Gantry Plaza State Park. A 12-acre park with jaw-dropping views of Manhattan.
- SHI. Upscale Pan-Asian restaurant in a highrise with views of Manhattan.
- Hunter’s Point South Park. Urban park with a playground, green space, and jogging path.
- Sapps. A small trendy Japanese eatery with sushi.
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