Long Island City Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"You see them from Manhattan, the Queensboro Bridge, and the 7 train: the glassy towers that have transformed Long Island City, or LIC, from a scruffy waterfront district shared by industry and artists to an ultraexpensive residential community whose views of—and convenience to—midtown Manhattan can’t be beat. Most of the high-rises have been built since 2000, many of them since 2010. And more are coming, including two 40-plus-story condominiums slated to take the place of “graffiti mecca” 5Pointz, the enormous old warehouse that was covered in murals by artists from around the world and had been an unofficial landmark and tourist attraction. Once-independent Long Island City was incorporated in 1870 and accounted for a third of Queens’ population when it was subsumed by New York City in the 1898 consolidation of what are now the five boroughs. Manufacturing has thrived there for more than a century and a half, and in just the past few years it has gotten a boost from the renaissance that has also elevated the cultural, retail, culinary, and office sectors."