Long Island City

Artists and performers flock to this industrial size Queens neighbourhood's gallery and show spaces.

Long Island City’s extra-wide roadways lend the neighbourhood a sprawling and somewhat barren feel. Look beyond its expansive avenues and you’ll be astounded by the top-notch public works adorning the fences, walls, and sidings of Long Island City’s warehouses and factory buildings. Galleries and show spaces in this Queens neighbourhood have attracted artists in large quantities, and this once industrial hub now showcases their creative and colourful talents.

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On the Map

Long Island City is within Queens and bordered by Manhattan, Brooklyn, Roosevelt Island, Sunnyside, Greenpoint, and Astoria

LaGuardia Airport: 15 minutes by cab without traffic
JFK Airport: 24 minutes by cab without traffic
Wall Street / Financial District: 31 minutes by subway
Times Square: 16 minutes by subway

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

A Laid-Back Community In Queens

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Wrought iron entry gates and tin awnings welcome residents and visitors home in Long Island City.

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The community is celebrated for its say-hello-on-the-sidewalk attitude and its artistic inclinations.

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In Long Island City, walls are canvases.

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The neighbourhood's businesses and residents use them accordingly.

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Long Island City possesses an artistic allure.

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And the appeal of quietude away, but not far, from Manhattan.

I'm in love with Long Island City and its parks and playgrounds (with my granddaughter!) and restaurants and market places. And getting to Manhattan is so quick and easy!"


Visited in 2013

The Industrial Evolution: Long Island City's Artistic Renewal

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Long Island City's manufacturing past is still evidenced by its dilapidated warehouses and wide open lots.

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While some view Long Island City's industrial ephemera as an eyesore, others see its empty spaces as potential places.

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Places for art, places for events, and places to call home.

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Many of Long Island City's old warehouses are steadily converting into modern lofts.

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The newly-constructed soaring structures offer something truly special: sweeping panoramas of Manhattan's most iconic skyscrapers.

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As more and more abandoned warehouses renovate, LIC's industrial evolution continues.

Long Island City (not to be confused with Long Island which is NOT part of NYC,) is a safe and relatively quiet neighbourhood. It's the perfect place to stay while visiting NY: more convenient to get to and from Times Square, the theatres and the main tourist areas than from downtown or uptown Manhattan, yet relatively quiet and peaceful with lots of galleries..."

Gantry Plaza State Park: LIC's Diamond in the Rough

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Long Island City has come a long way from its brick and mortar beginnings.

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Gantry Plaza serves as a symbol for the growth and rejuvenation of once-forgotten places.

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We really appreciate staying in LIC, so convenient to get to Manhattan and a great neighbourhood in its own right."

Nathaniel and Valentina

Visited in 2013


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Kenn Tam

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Kenn Tam is a Canadian photographer living and working in New York City's Manhattan, that specialises in portraits and street photography. And yes, he was that high school year book guy with a 50mm lens for a face.

Julie Holder

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Julie Holder is a photographer based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She earned her BFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Specialising in architectural and interior photography, her client list includes ABC, The Nate Berkus Show, Sony/Harpo Productions, BravoTV.com and RollingStone.com. Joining this project with Airbnb has been a wonderful exploration of the neighbourhoods and people that make up the diverse city she calls home.