Long Island City

Long Island City (LIC) is a residential and commercial neighborhood on the extreme western tip of Queens, a borough in New York City. It is bordered by Astoria to the north; the East River to the west; Hazen Street, 49th Street, and New Calvary Cemetery in Sunnyside to the east; and Newtown Creek—which separates Queens from Greenpoint, Brooklyn—to the south.

Long Island City
Expanding skyline of Long Island City, Queens, with One Court Square (tallest in LIC) centre-right, as seen from across the East River (2017)
Nickname(s): 
"LIC"
Location within New York City
Coordinates: 40.7509°N 73.9411°W / 40.7509; -73.9411
Country United States
State New York
City New York City
County/Borough Queens
Community DistrictQueens 1, Queens 2[1]
Population
  Total63,000
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
11101–11106, 11109, 11120
Area codes718, 347, 929, and 917

Incorporated as a city in 1870, Long Island City was originally the seat of government of the Town of Newtown, before becoming part of the City of Greater New York in 1898. In the early 21st century, Long Island City became known for its rapid and ongoing residential growth and gentrification, its waterfront parks, and its thriving arts community.[2] The area has a high concentration of art galleries, art institutions, and studio space.[3]

Long Island City is the eastern terminus of the Queensboro Bridge, the only non-tolled automotive route connecting Queens and Manhattan. Northwest of the bridge are the Queensbridge Houses, a development of the New York City Housing Authority and the largest public housing complex in the Western Hemisphere.

Long Island City is part of Queens Community District 1 to the north and Queens Community District 2 to the south.[1] It is patrolled by the New York City Police Department's 108th Precinct.[4] Politically, Long Island City is represented by the New York City Council's 26th District.[5]


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