When considering a move, it’s important to know your neighborhoods. Nestled along the East River at the Western tip of Queens, Long Island City is fast becoming one of NYC’s most desirable enclaves. Once a major manufacturing hub, LIC now boasts a thriving arts scene, gorgeous waterfront parks, and countless dining and entertainment options, just moments from Manhattan. Whether you’re searching for no-fee luxury apartments in Long Island City, or you’re just curious to learn more about what the neighborhood has to offer, read on for our top picks.
1. Waterfront living at Gotham Point’s Luxury Rentals in Long Island City
Bordered to the west by the East River and to the south by Newtown Creek, the neighborhood’s sprawling waterfront parks offer a scenic retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. As a resident of Gotham Point’s no-fee luxury apartments in Long Island City, the very best of waterfront living is right outside your front door. Situated at the southern tip of the breathtaking Hunter’s Point South waterfront park, Gotham Point offers spectacular riverfront views of the Manhattan skyline and easy proximity to scenic outdoor recreation. A true urban oasis, the surrounding park features lush native vegetation and a riverside marsh habitat, along with serene walking paths, an expansive central green, volleyball courts, and well-equipped exercise and playground areas. Directly to the north, the equally beautiful Gantry Plaza State Park offers even more opportunities for waterside recreation.
2. A Vibrant Arts Scene
A longtime destination for art lovers, Long Island City boasts the greatest concentration of art in NYC outside of Manhattan. Living at Gotham Point’s luxury rentals in Long Island City, you will never be far from the city’s most exciting contemporary art. The neighborhood is home to MoMA PS1, where Gotham residents can enjoy a 20% discount on museum membership; the offer is available exclusively to Gotham Properties residents and can be redeemed through the GothamCard perks portal or using the Gotham Properties app. One of the country’s oldest and largest contemporary art institutions, the MoMA-affiliate features an experimental rotation of site-specific installations, films and performances. Just moments away from PS1, SculptureCenter also spotlights contemporary art, exhibiting emerging and well-known sculptors. For an al fresco art walk, head north to the Socrates Sculpture Park on the East River waterfront, which hosts outdoor sculptural installations by contemporary artists along with an array of community events. Just across the street, the Isamu Noguchi Museum offers yet another can’t-miss opportunity for aesthetes to take in the work of the famed Japanese artist; the rock garden is a particular highlight.
3. Dining As Diverse As the Neighborhood
Queens ranks among the most ethnically diverse urban areas in the world—and Long Island City’s exciting restaurant scene is a delicious showcase for this diversity. Home to some of NYC’s hottest dining destinations, LIC is a gourmand’s paradise: dig into the soulful Mexican cuisine at chef Cosme Aguilar’s Michelin-starred Casa Enrique, or enjoy out-of-this-world Indian dishes at Adda Indian Canteen. For Japanese cuisine, we’re partial to the contemporary izakaya vibes at Takumen; if Kansas City BBQ is more your style, John Brown Smokehouse will have your mouth watering for their sticky-sweet burnt ends. When you call Gotham Point’s no-fee luxury apartments in Long Island City home, the options really are endless—don’t forget to check out the crave-able Peruvian dishes at Jora, crowd-pleasing Chinese at Chairman Sun, and French bistro staples at Tournesol, to name just a few.
4. Breweries Galore
For craft beer enthusiasts, living at Gotham Point’s luxury rentals in Long Island City can’t be beat: the surrounding neighborhood features a dizzying array of local breweries and taprooms, most within easy walking distance of one another. For the truly ambitious, it’s possible to hit five in one afternoon! Begin at the beachy, laid back Rockaway Brewing Company, where Gotham residents can take advantage of 10% off to-go beers with GothamCard perks. Located just moments from the East River waterfront, it’s the perfect place to kick off an LIC beer crawl. Next, stroll a block and a half eastward to Fifth Hammer Brewing Company’s inviting, warehouse-like space, before making your way north to ICONYC Brewing, where you can sample the libations in their outdoor beer garden. From there, pay a visit to Big aLICe Brewing Co., where unexpected flavors are served up in an intimate taproom, before finally heading up to LIC Beer Project to quaff your final brews.
5. Location, Location, Location!
Long Island City strikes the perfect balance: a peaceful waterfront retreat just minutes from Manhattan, with unparalleled access to all that the city has to offer. Gotham Point’s luxury rentals in Long Island City are conveniently located only moments from the East River Ferry landing at Hunter’s Point South—just a seven minute ride to midtown—during which you can enjoy the fresh air and incredible skyline views. A transportation hub, the neighborhood is also served by 8 subway lines, 15 bus lines and 2 LIRR stations, as well as 4 bridges, a tunnel and 74 Citibike stations. Whether you need to get around or get away, LIC has it all.