6.2 out of 10

Long Island City

Ranked 33rd best neighborhood in Queens
40.7445408053798 -73.9475462806676
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Internet Access
  • Childcare
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Medical Facilities
Not great for
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"Town closest to Manhattan"

Hunter's Point is a rapidly evolving section of Long Island City that is just one subway stop from Manhattan. Just five minutes from Grand Central, this is about as close to midtown as you can get in Queens. The quality of life here really varies by the specific part of the town and the amount of money you want to spend. There are homes and rental properties in virtually every price range. The areas that have been recently redeveloped are stunning and well maintained. However, homes in those areas have extravagant prices, where two-family brownstones in the national historic district can cost millions. There are also rather decrepit homes and apartments that are reasonably cheap (for New York City), but these are generally in pretty dismal condition.

Throughout Hunter's Point and all of Long Island City, you will find everything from ethnic restaurants to luxurious restaurants and trendy bars. There are lots of diverse options on Vernon Boulevard. Lounge 47 is a popular choice with locals. For unrivalled views of the water, try the Riverview Cafe. Public transportation choices are numerous with several subway lines, two Long Island Rail Road stops, and several buses all in the area. All in all, this is a wonderful place for young, single professionals who want a shorter commute to the city without paying Manhattan prices.
  • Incredibly close to Manhattan
  • Lots of redeveloped properties
  • Diverse transportation options
  • Unsafe in some areas at night
  • Overpriced in some areas
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish

"It's not the Lower East Side, but it'll do"

This Queens neighborhood is just across the East River from midtown Manhattan – a perfect commute for those who work in the area (which, I assume, is quite a large number of people). This is a neighborhood of a region in Queens that is referred to as Long Island City (I point this out because I found it a bit confusing when I first relocated to New York). It’s highly residential, and not exactly a draw for young crowds or tourists – but it’s a nice quiet neighborhood to come home to after a long day at work or a night of partying (though that may involve an interesting commute).
wartman One or two stops from Manhattan into Queens on the 7 train counts as an interesting commute? I don't believe this poster has ever been to New York.
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