Long Island City

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

Long Island City’s extra-wide roadways lend the neighborhood 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 neighborhood have attracted artists in large quantities, and this once industrial hub now showcases their creative and colorful talents.

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On the Map

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

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 neighborhood'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.

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.

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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Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods 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 specializes 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. Specializing 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 neighborhoods and people that make up the diverse city she calls home.