"Long Island City is the New Williamsburg"
Long Island City, in Queens, might seem off-putting to many trend-conscious New Yorkers on two fronts. First of all, it's in Queens. Second of all, it has "Long Island" in its very name. But the arch snobs should beware! The up-and-coming artists (now priced out of trendy Williamsburg and Greenpoints) have been coming here for inexpensive real estate for sometime, and Long Island City is being quietly touted as the next big region to watch. That said, the real estate is mostly large houses - either town or multi-family - rather than studios - so those looking for pied a terres will be disappointed. Nothing quite proves Long Island's City's entree onto the NYC art scene, though, like the new Queens Modern MOMA outlet, which has been giving the district a lot of recent publicity. Other artistic spaces, like the performance showcase P.S. 1 and edgy Shakespeare outlet The Secret Theater (currently running Midsummer Night's Dream and Titus Andronicus) are but further draws. So if you're a newcomer to the city seeking the "real" bohemian lifestyle, or you're a groovy Manhattanite finally wanting out, consider this heretofore unknown slice of avant-garde real estate.