Choosing a neighborhood in New York is no easy feat. With so many great areas to call home, from hipster havens like Bushwick to enclaves with storied history, like Harlem, it’s often hard to choose between them. Fortunately, for the indecisive, there’s one neighborhood that stands out from the pack: Long Island City. A haven for young professionals in particular, this Queens enclave is rapidly becoming the most sought-after area in the city. So, what does Long Island City have to offer that other neighborhoods don’t?
Culture at every turn: If you don’t have the budget (or the desire) to move to the Upper East Side, you can still enjoy a culturally-rich neighborhood experience—just ask anyone who calls Long Island City home. The area is rich with cultural institutions, including some of the city’s best museums, like MoMA PS1, Socrates Sculpture Park, and the Noguchi Museum, as well as plenty of smaller independent galleries.
Amazing places to call home: Believe it or not, there are still parts of New York City where you can buy a luxury condo that actually has all the bells and whistles without billions in the bank. At Long Island City’s CORTE, residents get sleek modern design, courtesy of Dieguez Fridman and Beyer Blinder Belle, from floor-to-ceiling windows to minimalist white-accented kitchens, as well as a long list of amenities, like a state-of-the-art fitness center, 24-hour doorman, children’s playroom, private lounge, landscaped roof deck, a pet washroom, private storage, and on-site parking.
A booming job market: Think it’s hard to find a job in New York? That’s anything but true in Long Island City. Thanks to Amazon’s recent announcement that they’d be setting up shop in the Queens neighborhood, Long Island City is now expecting an influx of 25,000 new jobs in the next few years from Amazon alone—not to mention all the other businesses setting their sights on Long Island City to be close to the Amazon action.
Incredible nightlife: While it may not have the non-stop party vibe of certain parts of Manhattan or Brooklyn, make no mistake: there’s no dearth of nightlife in Long Island City. If you like to play as hard as you work at the end of a long week, bars like LIC Bar, Dutch Kills, The Beat Next Door, and Penthouse 808 are sure to help you forget the stress of the workweek in no time.
A quick commute into Manhattan: The biggest complaint about outer-borough neighborhoods? The minutes—even hours—spent on the subway, bus, or in the back of an Uber to get to Manhattan. Fortunately, long commutes are never a problem for Long Island City residents, who can get to Manhattan in just seven minutes by car, 15 by train, or 30 on a leisurely trip across the water on the convenient Long Island City ferry.
You don’t have to live in the heart of Manhattan to enjoy the best New York City has to offer. As more and more young professionals in New York are discovering, Long Island City has everything a person could want from a neighborhood, and all just minutes away from the center of Manhattan. Before you start searching in vain for a neighborhood that will suit your needs, set your sights on Long Island City—you might just find it has everything you’re looking for.