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Old 02-20-2009, 02:11 PM
 
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Hello,

I'm moving to NYC in 2 months and will be living with a friend for 3 months until my wife moves here. We've been looking around but my wife really is interested in Long Island City south of Astoria. After she moves here around August, that's the area she wants to focus on? Does anyone have any opinions about that area? I know there's a high rise Citibank building and high rise apartments in a formally industrial area but that's about it. I've also heard that some areas are shady and crime prone since its desolate in certain areas. I've researched some older threads but didnt' find much so does anyone have any advice/opinions/recommendations about the area?
Thanks
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Old 02-20-2009, 06:26 PM
 
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It's very industrial in most areas, and the residential streets always seem somewhat dark and desolate at night. Nice if you like views of midtown Manhattan, but not great if you like to take walks at night. Overall I think it's average in terms of convenience and crime, perhaps above average in terms of commuting to the city, parking, great views, good restuarants. I'd prefer Astoria myself. It's a better neighborhood for walking and conveniences of on street shopping.
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:09 PM
 
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Try the Hunters Point area.
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Old 02-21-2009, 08:04 AM
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Try the Hunters Point area.
I agree, Hunters' Point is nice, one stop from Grand Central on the 7 train. Very different from the rest of LIC. Make sure you negotiate the rent down - there should be a lot of supply out there thanks to the big condo which went rental.
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Old 02-21-2009, 10:05 AM
 
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Hello,

I'm moving to NYC in 2 months and will be living with a friend for 3 months until my wife moves here. We've been looking around but my wife really is interested in Long Island City south of Astoria. After she moves here around August, that's the area she wants to focus on? Does anyone have any opinions about that area? I know there's a high rise Citibank building and high rise apartments in a formally industrial area but that's about it. I've also heard that some areas are shady and crime prone since its desolate in certain areas. I've researched some older threads but didnt' find much so does anyone have any advice/opinions/recommendations about the area?
Thanks
Check out Vernon Blvd. Get off at the Vernon Blvd/Jackson Ave stop. There are some great little restaurants and bars on that street and it's only one stop to Manhattan so a super quick commute.

Otherwise, I am not a huge fan of LIC as it pales in comparison to other neighborhoods in terms of amenities. I much prefer Astoria and Sunnyside, which both border LIC and may in fact be cheaper in rent.

The shopping used to be really difficult there too as there aren't too many little markets as in other areas. But now there is a high priced store that is similar to a mini-Whole Foods; can't remember the name of it.
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:15 PM
 
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I live in LIC and so far so good. One time during the day I went up the wrong subway exit and came outside and I was the only one on the streets and it looked like all the stores were closed. Kinda felt like a ghostown. But like people are saying, its an industrial city. There isnt as many stores and amenities like other spots, but it has all the necessities.
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