Top 10 Things to do in Long Island City, United States

December 18, 2017 Renato Branum

Long Island City (LIC) is the westernmost residential and commercial neighborhood of the New York City borough of Queens. LIC is noted for its rapid and ongoing residential growth and gentrification, its waterfront parks, and its thriving arts community. LIC has among the highest concentration of art galleries, art institutions, and studio space of any neighborhood in New York City. It is bordered by Astoria to the north; the East River to the west; Hazen Street, 49th Street, and New Calvary Cemetery in Sunnyside to the east; and Newtown Creek—which separates Queens from Greenpoint, Brooklyn—to the south. It originally was the seat of government of the Town of Newtown, and remains the largest neighborhood in Queens. The area is part of Queens Community Board 1, located north of the Queensboro Bridge and Queens Plaza; it is also of Queens Community Board 2 to the south.
Restaurants in Long Island City

1. Manhattan Skyline

New York City, NY
Excellent
82%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
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1%
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5 based on 17 reviews

Manhattan Skyline

Reviewed By shanemoore2018 - New York City, New York

Just looking at the Manhattan Skyline makes me proud to be a Newyorker. The size of the building never fail to impress.

2. Gantry Plaza State Park

409 47th Rd, Long Island City, NY 11101-5509 +1 718-786-6385
Excellent
77%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
1%
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0%
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5 based on 363 reviews

Gantry Plaza State Park

Reviewed By Alyson W - Oakland, Maryland

We were visiting over Christmas holiday and took a walk down to the park. It is very well kept, clean and felt safe. The Queensborough bridge lights were beautiful with the church bells ringing in the back ground seemed almost magical. Would like to return when it's a bit warmer and stay longer.

3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 5th Ave, New York City, NY 10028-0198 +1 212-535-7710
Excellent
80%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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5 based on 47 reviews

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

At New York City's most visited museum and attraction, you will experience over 5,000 years of art from around the world. The Met is for anyone as a source of inspiration, insight and understanding. You can learn, escape, play, dream, discover, connect.

Reviewed By Kerrie C

I’m not a huge fan of art galleries but I can imagine if this is your thing you will love it. Lots of great displays, sculptures, portraits, landscapes and modern art. Maps available to help navigate this museum with ease. Spent an hour here but you could spend much much longer. Audio guides are available.

4. Noguchi Museum

9 - 01 33rd Rd, Long Island City, NY 11106 +1 718-204-7088
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 146 reviews

Noguchi Museum

Thirteen galleries and an outdoor sculpture garden are the settings for the wide collection of art work by Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988.)

Reviewed By JimL_RedMaps - New York City

A highlight to exploring Astoria Queens is seeing the Noguchi Museum. With an in-depth collection of the Japanese-American sculptor's works, in light-filled warehouse-like spaces, lofts, and in a rock garden. From a perfectly balanced one piece stone fountain to large basalt sculptures and small intricate works, the museum is a peaceful respite and enjoyable. The museum is multi-level. You might need a car or taxi to get here. Nearby are the Socrates Sculpture Park and views of the East River. And Uber or Lyft can take you to the Museum of Moving Image and Kaufman Studios. Plenty of great restaurants in Astoria, we've eaten at six, reviewed here in Tripadvisor. - Jim of Red Maps

5. Museum of the Moving Image

3601 35th Ave, Astoria, NY 11106-1226 +1 718-777-6888
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
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4.5 based on 562 reviews

Museum of the Moving Image

The only museum in the United States that is devoted exclusively to the history, art and technology of movies, television and video.

Reviewed By Charles L

My family went there out of the way coz we read from a tour book saying it as a top new attractions for families. Man it was so wrong. The place is definitely not kids-friendly. Our kids, 12 and 8, finished the museum in under one hour. There are a few interesting exhibits. But most of museum is boring, dark, spooky, or even scary for children. One video exhibit even has animated porn! Workers there are very unfriendly. Not going back any time soon. And I will NOT recommend it to any friend with kids. Not worth the money and time to get there.

6. Central Park

59th to 110th Street, Manhattan Borough, from Central Park West to 5th Avenue, New York City, NY 10022 (212) 310-6600
Excellent
77%
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19%
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4.5 based on 112 reviews

Central Park

For more than 150 years, visitors have flocked to Central Park's 843 green acres in the heart of Manhattan. Since 1980, the Park has been managed by the Central Park Conservancy, in partnership with the public. Central Park is open 6 am to 1 am daily. Visit the official website of Central Park to learn more about Park happenings and activities and to learn how you to help Central Park!

Reviewed By MikeP1515 - Springfield, Massachusetts

The park is big, with beautiful walkways, scenic views of the city, and lots if green space. There are also lots of things to do, like the zoo, ponds, and wildlife watching (mostly birds). We got food at the little place by the sailboat pond, and it was mediocre. All in all a good park, but I think I need to revisit when the weather is warmer to get the full experience.

7. Hunter's Point South Park

Center Blvd. between 50 Ave. and 54 Ave., Long Island City, NY
Excellent
63%
Good
37%
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Hunter's Point South Park

Reviewed By DebiDJ - Atlanta

The park itself isn't all that amazing - but the views across the river are wonderful. You can see the UN, etc. across the river. I've gone walking here three times and enjoyed it every time. They've left the remnants of its industrial days and they're lots of fun to look through.

8. MoMA PS1

2225 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101-4309 +1 718-784-2084
Excellent
48%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 337 reviews

MoMA PS1

MoMA PS1 is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the United States. Located in Long Island City, New York, MoMA PS1 is dedicated to exhibiting the most provocative and challenging art from around the world. MoMA PS1 is an affiliate of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Reviewed By ambrose d - warren nj

Almost the entire space appeared to be closed for rennovation when I visited (sept 2017). A couple of quite interesting items, a few rather dull ones (seriously displaying the building's old boilers with the pipes painted gold?) and one or two which you might either entirely overlook or cannot figure out (a tiny TV screen set into the corridor floor, a block of wood with 5 holes drilled in it - I assume it was an exhibit, not sure).

Perhaps this is an interesting spot when not under construction, but definitely not worth a trip right now.

9. Top of the Rock Observation Deck

30 Rockefeller Center, Enter on West 50th Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues, New York City, NY 10112-0015 +1 212-698-2000
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Top of the Rock Observation Deck, the newly opened, 3-tiered observation deck on the 67th, 69th and 70th floors of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, is New York City's most amazing attraction! The unforgettable experience includes a panoramic 360-degree, unobstructed view from the 70th floor observatory, 850 feet in the sky! Hours of Operation: 8:00 AM - Midnight, last elevator goes up at 11:00 PM.Main entrance is located on 50th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues.

Reviewed By zaheergani - Port Elizabeth, South Africa

We were so worried of visibility during this late winter spell, especially considering the hefty entrance fee.

Fortunately it was clear enough to have adequate vistas of iconic Manhattan and especially the amazing Empire State Building. Chrysler building views were partially obscured though.

Did not have to wait too long, I think less than 30 minutes to the top. Best views from 3rd floor of viewing deck.

A bit disorganized with the purchasing of the photos but I think worth the package price for the memories.

10. St. Patrick's Cathedral

460 Madison Ave, New York City, NY 10022-6863 +1 212-753-2261
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Enormous 13th-century-style Gothic church on Madison Avenue, with a seating capacity of 2,200, rose window reaching 26 feet across, pipe organ with more than 7,380 pipes and the graceful twin spires that reach 330 feet into the sky.

Reviewed By Kara24Dutton - Pasadena, California

Was walking around NY and came across St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I took the time to light a virtual prayer candle and reflect.

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