Home to Gantry State Park, Long Island City (LIC) is a wonderful escape from Manhattan without leaving that gorgeous skyline. As a growing neighborhood, LIC is the new home to a lot of young professionals who want to keep the high-rise/Midtown vibe, who want an awesome view of the East River and Manhattan, but who also want to pay cheaper rents and maintenance fees.
I think Rockaway Beach feels like home to those who typically make fun of beach holidays. Those who might be considered cynical. Those who might say, “IDAF about my reputation.” Those who have more vinyl and leather than rompers and flowers. Those who have escaped their Caribbean roots. Those who value a pint over a mojito. I think this is the Rockaway crowd. They’ll let you have South Beach, just leave them and their beach alone.
Many tourists to New York will not purposefully venture into our neighborhood. It hasn’t been showcased in a television series or a movie. It doesn’t have a catchy name like Chelsea, The West Village, or Hell’s Kitchen. It’s not one of the well-known acronyms like UES, UWS, LES, FiDi…If you end up here, you will be in the heart of East Side residences, neighborhood restaurants, cafes, and bars, and a major hub of transportation via the East River ferries at 34th St., the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, and the Grand Central Terminal at 42nd and Park.