Long Island City Continues Dynamic Growth

Long Island City doesn’t have the same cachet as either North Brooklyn or Manhattan, but this Queens neighborhood quickly gained popularity over just a few years, and is now a choice spot for many apartment seekers.

It seems that at least one developer, Ranger Properties, anticipates this trend’s continuation, and is getting ahead of the game with micro apartments. According to Curbed, a micro apartment is somewhere between 250–470 sqft, strictly speaking; but in an interesting move, the developer of 37–10 Crescent Street claims that the project’s 490–735 sqft (2- and 3-bedroom) apartments are indeed of the micro variety. Micro-apartments might be considered the opposite of luxury, but according to Curbed, at least one project in San Francisco is, “intended to have the feeling of a vintage Hermes leather trunk.” So… take that for what you will.

In any case, LIC has long been regarded as a largely residential neighborhood — until now. Well, sort of. According to Crain’s, rock climbing gyms, specifically the Cliffs in LIC, are perfect anchor establishments, drawing new faces to the area, which in turn benefits other local businesses. President of the LIC Partnership and executive director of the LIC Business Improvement District Elizabeth Lusskin agrees with this mode of thinking, stating for Crain’s, “Rather than people just coming out of the subway, going to the Cliffs and going back, we want those people to fan out across the neighborhood...And also, we want people on Vernon and Jackson to know that right around the corner is the Cliffs.”

To be fair, the neighborhood’s soft infrastructure has some catching up to do. Way earlier this year, we reported on the Hunters Point Library, which would be a major addition to the LIC waterfront. Construction pretty much started on schedule back in May, with a projected opening in 2017. So, that's good.