Long Island City, just across the pond from Manhattan, is the next coolest neighborhood in New York City (and not just because we call it home). The area in Western Queens has seen a lot of development over the past few years and continues to evolve with new housing, retail and an influx of new residents.
Some cool data that illustrates the recent growth in Long Island City includes:
- LIC Partnership’s pedestrian count conducted in July of 2012 showed that pedestrian foot traffic has doubled during morning and lunch time hours in the past two years
- 201,300 cars on Queensboro Bridge daily
- 9,500 daily riders at Queensboro Plaza subway stop with an additional 8,800 at the Queens Plaza stop
- $80 Million in capital improvements recently completed on Queens Plaza and Jackson Avenue; Mayor Bloomberg cut the ribbon for the new Dutch Kills Green park in April. Queens Plaza now is now an inviting gateway for Manhattan and Queens and an epicenter of activity.
- 19 Hotels in LIC (many of which have opened since 2008)
- 2 million sq/ft of Class A office space
- LIC is among NYC neighborhoods with the most cultural activity
- LIC is the geographic center of NYC!
- In the past year, 5 new restaurants have opened on Queens Plaza
- Spring of 2011, NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene moved 3,000 staff into Gotham Center Building on Queens Plaza. Two more buildings are planned.
- CUNY School of Law moved to LIC this summer, and Apex Technical School is moving to Queens Plaza South this fall.
- LIC has excellent transportation: the 7, N, Q, E, F, M, R and G lines run through LIC, as well as many buses and the LIRR. The Queensboro Bridge allows for easy access by car and is the only toll-free bridge on the East River. Ferry service from Hunters Point South quickly connects LIC to 34th Street, Wall Street, Greenpoint and Williamsburg.
- LIC is home to a thriving industrial sector, a center for commercial and office use, education, arts and a growing residential community.
- JetBlue officially moved to its new headquarters in Long Island City in April 2012 with nearly 1,000 crewmembers as part of the close to 5,000 who live and work in the New York City area.
Learn more about Long Island City’s history as a transportation hub
Check out our recent sign lighting and the official opening of our support center back in April.