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Long Island City

Long Island City

Long Island City

Located on the western portion, Long Island City is a residential and commercial neighborhood in Queens, New York City. It is surrounded by Astoria from the north, New Calvary Cemetery from the east, the East River from the west and Newton Creek from the south. Before becoming a part of New York City in 1898, Long Island City was incorporated as a separate city in 1870. In the start of the 21st century, Long Island City became famous for its thriving arts community and waterfront parks.

Demographics & Population

According to the US census of 2010, the population of Long Island City was 20,030, a 5.1% decrease as compared to the population of 2000. With a population density of 23,700/sq mi; 9,100/km2, the district had an area of 540.94 acres. Majority of the residents here are White, African American and Asian whereas, the rest of the ethnic groups include Latino and Pacific Islanders.

History

Long Island City was an independent city and then in 1870, it was created from the merger of the hamlets of Dutch Kills and the village of Astoria. A.D. Delmars was elected as the first mayor after the city held its first election on July 5, 1870. The independence of the neighborhood came to end in 1898 when Long Island City was incorporated in New York City. Manhattan was connected to the district through the tunnels the Queensboro Bridge and the Queens-Midtown Tunnel.

In 2001, Long Island City experienced complete gentrification and its status changed from a commercial neighborhood to a residential neighborhood. And between 2010 and 2017, 41 new residential apartment buildings were built in the area. Some historic landmarks of the area include the 45th Road – Court House Square Station (Dual System IRT), United States Post Office, and Long Island City Courthouse Complex.

What’s here?

The ratio of college-educated residents is higher in the neighborhood as compared to the rest of the city. Almost half of the residents have a college degree here. There are numerous high schools in Long Island City and some of these schools include Academy of American Studies, William Cullen Bryant High School, Aviation Career and Technical High School, The International High School (Queens) at LaGuardia Community College, and Newcomers High School - Academy for New Americans.

There are two branches of Queens Public Library here – one is located at 47-40 Center Boulevard and other is located at 37-44 21st Street. As discussed before, the area is known for waterfront parks. A few notable waterfronts of Long Island city include Gantry Plaza State Park, Hunters Point South Park, Queensbridge Park, and Water Taxi Beach.

The N and W trains of the New York City Subway serve the area at 39th Avenue and Queensboro Plaza. Some notable people of the neighborhood include Joe Benes, Billy Zitzmann, Ed Boland, Dike Varney, Al Cuccinello, and Gus Sandberg. Besides that, Long Island City is also a nice community to live in. It's easy to connect to the city and the environment is nice.