A former industrial center, Long Island City is an unusual New York City neighborhood. Once home to a lively art scene, it’s now a site of major residential development and economic activity.
New restaurants and bars are moving in, although Long Island City is still building a sense of vibrancy. Its industrial roots lend its streets a quieter, more isolated feel.
LIC’s once-cheap rents made it a haven for artists. And even today, as professionals move in, this neighborhood is bursting with culture.