Located right across the East River, you're traveling through Long Island City if you want to get from Manhattan to Queens. Once an industrial neighborhood, the last twenty years have been transformative for this area as it quickly expands its population and artistic culture.
The official coat of arms for LIC depicts the Native Americans, Dutch, and English that once called the area home. LIC was its own city from 1870 until it became part of the Greater City of New York in 1898. Afterwards, LIC earned the distinction of being the First Ward of the Queens Borough. LIC was a bustling commercial and manufacturing hub as various factories opened up in the area.
In 2001, the city changed LIC's classification from commercial to residential. Since then dozens of new luxury apartments have been built here to support the growing population. LIC has become known as an artist haven as many museums, galleries, restaurants, and bars open their doors to…
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