Origin Of The Name
Main Attractions Of The Neighborhood
- Casa Enrique (5-48 49th Ave): It’s a Mexican restaurant with one Michelin star.
- Rockaway Brewing Company (46-01 5th St): It’s a famous microbrewery famous for its beer selection.
- John Brown BBQ (27-20 40th Ave): Known for its Kansas-City style meats, John Brown is the place in Long Island City for Burnt Ends.
- Fifth Hammer Brewing (10-28 46th Ave): It’s famous for its selection of beers and an authentic brewery environment.
- Adda Indian Canteen (31-31 Thomson Ave) and Jora (47-46 11th St): If you are craving ethnic food while in Long Island City, Adda is the Indian place to go, and Jora is the premier Peruvian place.
- Skyline Tower (3 Ct Square W): With its 778-feet height and 67 stories, this condominium is the tallest building in Long Island City.
- Queens Plaza Park or Sven (29-37 41st Ave): It’s just a few feet shy of the tallest building (755 feet high) and has incorporated Chase Manhattan Bank Building, a 1927 skyscraper (first in Queens Borough) in the design.
- Brewster Building (27-01 Queens Plaza North): It’s been part of the neighborhood since 1911 and was once home to the assembly plant for Brewster (cars and later airplanes) and Rolls Royce. It’s now JetBlue’s corporate headquarters.
- Long Island City Courthouse (2510 Ct Square W): An important historical landmark from the time when it was an independent city.
- 22-22 Jackson Avenue: It’s a unique blend of functional architecture and artistic design.
- Gantry Plaza State Park (4-09 47th Rd): It’s a 12-acre riverside state park that gets its name for the gantries that were built there in 1925. The park is full of remnants of Long Island City’s industrial history.
- MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave): It’s a contemporary art museum, one of the largest of its kind in the US. It was built in 1971.
- Noguchi Museum (9-01 33rd Rd): Opened by Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi in 1985, the museum is home to the most extensive collection of his pieces.
- Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd): It’s the largest outdoor space dedicated to sculptures in NYC. It was established in 1986 and is built upon a former landfill.
- The Cliffs At LIC (11-11 44th Dr): The beautiful, multi-colored rock climbing gym is an important attraction for fans of the sport.
What Is Long Island City Known For?
Interesting Facts About Long Island City
- The Newtown Creek by Long Island City was once considered the busiest waterway of its size in the world.
- The Pepsi-Cola sign in Long Island City is 120-feet wide and possibly the largest neon sign in the world