A former industrial center, Long Island City is an unusual New York City neighborhood - at once the breeding ground of a new wave art scene and the site of major upscale new development.
Once an industrial sprawl full of storage warehouses and taxi depots, Long Island City has seen remarkable change in the past two decades. Its waterfront is now lined with upscale, glassy new developments that are home to many young professionals looking for luxury amenities and convenience to Midtown at slightly discounted prices. These new buildings have created a sterile, corporate feel that is at odds with the surrounding pothole-pocked streets and aging factories. What LIC lacks in vibrancy, however, is somewhat compensated for in the growing number of trendy restaurants and bars that now cater to the new residents.