It is bordered by Astoria to the north; the East River to the west; Hazen Street, 49th Street, and New Calvary
Cemetery in Sunnyside to the east; and Newtown Creek—which separates Queens from Greenpoint,
Brooklyn—to the south.
Long Island City is the westernmost residential and commercial neighborhood of the New York City borough
of Queens. LIC is noted for its rapid and ongoing residential grow, waterfront parks and its thriving
community. With the highest concentration of art galleries, art institutions, it is growing in popularity with
numerous new developments in the near future.
Long Island City was created in 1870 from the merger of the village of Astoria and the hamlets of
Ravenswood, Hunters Point, Blissville, Sunnyside, Dutch Kills, Steinway, Bowery Bay and Middleton in
Newtown Township. It was a separate city until 1898 where it surrendered its independence to become part
of the greater New York City.