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Old 01-16-2011, 09:09 AM
 
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Anyone know anything about living in Long Island City?

And specifically the Court Square area?

I know it's more expensive than most of Queens, but I've found a couple good deals...I don't know the area. Any places to avoid, red flags to watch for?

I live in Manhattan now, Downtown, & like it okay, but it's time to find a new place, & hopefully a little bigger & a little cheaper, if only slightly.
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:31 PM
 
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Too industrial in looks and vibe (for my taste). Maybe it's different there these days. I would only live there if my front door was less than 100 feet from a subway station. That area you mentioned has a very tall corporate office building - I think Citigroup owns it and on the lower level there's an E train platform connected to it. Edit: The name of the building is One Court Square http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Court_Square

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Old 01-17-2011, 01:54 PM
 
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LIC is still heavily industrial but it's been getting nicer for awhile now. Very convenient to the 7 and N/Q trains to get into the city. I don't think there's much nightlife but it's not far away in Greenpoint or Astoria. Some of the best views of Manhattan from the riverfront also.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:27 AM
 
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Anyone know anything about living in Long Island City?

And specifically the Court Square area?

I know it's more expensive than most of Queens, but I've found a couple good deals...I don't know the area. Any places to avoid, red flags to watch for?

I live in Manhattan now, Downtown, & like it okay, but it's time to find a new place, & hopefully a little bigger & a little cheaper, if only slightly.
The area near the Vernon/Jackson stop, which is only a few of block away, is very nice. It's a lovely micro-neighborhood that many people don't know exists. It reminds me a little of Fort Greene, not industrial at all. A few new bars and restaurants. It's very different than other parts of LIC, or Queens in general (I'd say more like Brooklyn, but those are fighting words on this board). Just go west towards the river and stay away from "downtown" LIC/Queensboro Plaza.

It's definitely worth walking around for an afternoon. You may like it, and it's very, very convenient.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:33 AM
 
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The area near the Vernon/Jackson stop, which is only a few of block away, is very nice. It's a lovely micro-neighborhood that many people don't know exists. It reminds me a little of Fort Greene, not industrial at all. A few new bars and restaurants. It's very different than other parts of LIC, or Queens in general (I'd say more like Brooklyn, but those are fighting words on this board). Just go west towards the river and stay away from "downtown" LIC/Queensboro Plaza.

It's definitely worth walking around for an afternoon. You may like it, and it's very, very convenient.
JMO, but in that area, when the sun goes down, the OP will feel a strong need to be indoors for safety reasons. Again, JMO.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:57 AM
 
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i've been to LIC a few times and it's really nice, it's mainly surrounded by factories though but if you walk towards astoria there are so many nice restaurants and stores to shop in, there are great thrift shops in that area as well. I think LIC is a very safe area, they also have long island city high school which is a great school if you have children, it's not that far of a train ride from manhattan i'd say about 20-30 minutes. it's a great area. i think it's worth paying more.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:57 AM
 
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JMO, but in that area, when the sun goes down, the OP will feel a strong need to be indoors for safety reasons. Again, JMO.
Maybe out of irrational fear, but that area is quite safe.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:33 AM
 
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Maybe out of irrational fear, but that area is quite safe.
I guess nowadays there's more people around at night?
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:34 PM
 
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Court Square area has a few nice condos close to the Citi building. During the day it is fine, but at night it can be very sparce people wise which lends itself to a risk of danger. I've never had any problems there at night, but you don't really get the safety in numbers feeling around court square. Also the court square area is very lacking in restaurants, bars and grocery stores.

I'm not familiar with Hunter's point, but the area around the Vernon Jackson stop and down by the river is very nice. If you are looking to live in LIC I highly suggest that area. To get a slight discount maybe look for one of the condos that isn't directly on the water. In this area there are plenty of smaller grocery stores and a larger store similar to a whole foods. Restaurants are still lacking in numbers, but there are a few quality places in the area.
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:05 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. I don't mind a "grittier" or "industrial" neighborhood at all, just don't want violent crime or it to be desolate, no access to food, shops, etc. A couple things have warned against Queensboro Plaza--& the prices reflect it--so I will. Definitely going to check out the Vernon/Jackson stop area. You're right that comparison to Brooklyn will make me weary, though.
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