Long Island City, Long Island
Long Island City is a neighborhood located in the western-most section of the borough of Queens, Long Island, New York. It is part of Queens Community Board 1 north of the Queensboro Bridge and Queens Community Board 2 south of the Bridge. The neighborhood is surrounded by the East River on the north and west, by Hazen Street, 49th Street, and New Calvary Cemetery on the east and by Newtown Creek on the south which separates Queens from Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Long Island City was originally seat of government of Newtown Township, and remains the largest neighborhood in the Queens Borough. The latitude of Long Island City is 40.745N. The longitude is -73.949W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 13 feet.
In 1870, the area was created from the communities of Astoria, Hunters Point, Blissville, Ravenswood, Dutch Kills, Bowery Bay, Steinway, and Sunnyside, all in the western part of the Town of Newtown, westernmost township in Queens County. However, its independence was surrendered in 1898 to become part of the City of Greater New York. Today, Long Island City has become an increasingly famous place of residence for commuters working in Manhattan. It was started as a master plan in the 1980s for what is now called Queens West; the first building called Citylights was completed in 1997 along with a waterfront park shortly thereafter. Then, Long Island City began to attract numerous real estate development projects, including two projects by Avalon Bay Communities and a seven building development on the former site of a Pepsi Cola Bottling plant by Rockrose Development Corp. In fact, the Pepsi-Cola sign became a local landmark along the East River and was still preserved and moved to another spot along the waterfront. Long Island City rises imperiously above its industrial era and is now engaged in tending to the thick tresses of Art that accompany a becoming ensemble of graceful condominiums.
Well-known residents living in Long Island City include Ethel Merman (singer), Tony Bennett (singer), and George Petry (former mayor). The land we call Long Island City has courted a string of flattering companions ever since she first became habitable thousands of years ago. Tribes from Northern Asia came across the Arctic Archipelago and wandered south until they discovered her secret troves. The Dutch arrived in the early 17th century to find Indians canoeing on the East River and living off the plentiful and wooded land. The Long Island Rail Road station plays an important role in terms of their transportation. It pays homage with a gigantic tunnel under the water. Long Island City is served by the New York Subway 7, E, F, G, N, W, and R trains. There is also a commuter ferry service operated by NY Water Taxi at the East River Wharf. Long Island City was once home to many factories and bakeries, some of which are finding new uses. The former Silvercup bakery is now home to Silvercup Studios, which produces notable works such as HBO’s The Sopranos. It is also home of the NYC’s first urban beach, the Water Taxi Beach which is open to the public (for free) during the summer months only. The beach can also be rented for private parties.