Long Island City
Long Island City (LIC) is a residential and commercial neighborhood on the western tip of Queens. For years, LIC was a desolate manufacturing and warehouse district that was relatively inhospitable to residential development. In 2001, however, the neighborhood was rezoned from industrial to residential, and it began its incredible transformation. For the past 10 years, you could not look at the LIC skyline without seeing at least a dozen cranes at work. There has been substantial commercial and residential development, and many of the former factories and bakeries are finding new uses. LIC is still home to a large artistic community and has numerous public spaces to escape from the bustle of everyday life. The value of the residential real estate market has skyrocketed since the rezoning, and you will now find some homes priced comparably to those in Manhattan.