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Apartments in Long Island City are, after some three decades of residing within what has been touted as New York City's next happening neighborhood, finally hitting Manhattan-style prices, especially in the newer buildings that have become more and more common in this western Queens neighborhood. And no wonder. Residents of Long Island City enjoy quality-of-life benefits that rival—and, in some cases, actually beat—many of New York City's most desirable neighborhoods. You would have to consider the spectacular views of Manhattan, right across the East River from the neighborhood, as well as the fast and easy commute into Manhattan, via either the 7, F, N, or Q trains, a few of the many perks of living in one of these apartments. And, of course if you work in Long Island City’s skyline-dominating Citigroup building, your commute can be measured in a matter of blocks. Although other communities are often referred to as being part of Long Island City, roughly speaking the boundaries here are 31st Street and Northern Boulevard to east, Queens Boulevard to the south (and Hunters Point) the East River to the west, and the neighborhood of Astoria to the north. Long Island City apartments are set amid an extraordinary and energetic arts scene, with the surrounding area being home to New York City's most dense concentration of galleries, studios and art institutions. Anchored by the nearby MoMA PS1, which, among its many terrific exhibitions and community initiatives, hosts a thumping weekly dance party in its courtyard all summer long. Right next door to MoMA PS1 is the excellent Five Pointz Institute, housed in a former factory, covered with amazing graffiti, and providing artists of all description with below-market studio space. For residents of Long Island City, this recent explosion of creativity in the neighborhood means a noticeable and welcome increase of the sorts of retail establishments that cater to a younger, hipper clientele, including loads of fun bars, cool cafes, and good, reasonably-priced restaurants. Young families should note that public schools in Long Island City are decidedly average (or below), but that doesn't seem to be enough to dissuade the influx of both creative types and professionals into the community. And although many of the great old industrial buildings in the Long Island City area have been converted to new uses--the Silvercup bakery is now home to Silvercup Studios, which produced, among other things, HBO's The Sopranos; and the Eagle Electric factory is being transformed into luxury lofts--at least one industry does remain: America's largest fortune cookie factory, owned by Wonton Foods and producing some four million fortune cookies a day.

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  • Acad Of American Studies
  • Aviation Hs
  • Intntl Hs
  • Is 235 Acad Of New Americans
  • Middle College Hs
  • Newcomer School
  • Ps 111 Jacob Blackwell School
  • Ps 112 Dutch Kills School
  • Ps 78
  • Queens Voc Hs
  • Robert F. Wagner Jr. Inst For


  • Andrews Grove
  • Bridge And Tunnel Park
  • Court Square Park
  • Gordon Triangle
  • Hunter's Point South Park
  • Mckenna Triangle
  • Murray Playground
  • Queensbridge Park
  • Rafferty Triangle
  • Short Triangle
  • Vernon Mall

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