Long Island City (LIC) is a residential and commercial neighborhood on the extreme western tip of Queens, New York City. Astoria borders it 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, NYC from Greenpoint, Brooklyn—to the south. Incorporated as a city in 1870, Long Island City was initially the seat of government of the Town of Newtown before becoming part of the City of Greater New York in 1898. In the early 21st century, Long Island City became known for its rapid and ongoing residential growth and gentrification, its waterfront parks, and its thriving arts community. The area has a high concentration of art galleries, art institutions, and studio spaces. Long Island City is the eastern terminus of the Queensboro Bridge, the only non-tolled automotive route connecting Queens and Manhattan. Northwest of the bridge is the Queensbridge Houses, a development of the New York City Housing Authority and the most significant public housing complex in the Western Hemisphere. Long Island City is part of Queens Community District 1 to the north and Queens Community District 2 to the south. It is patrolled by the New York City Police Department’s 108th Precinct. Politically, Long Island City is represented by the New York City Council’s 26th District.
Long Island City, a city of its own, was created on May 4, 1870, from the merger of the Village of Astoria and the hamlets of Ravenswood, Hunters Point, Blissville, Sunnyside, Dutch Kills, Steinway, Bowery Bay, and Middleton in the Town of Newtown. Long Island City had between 12,000 and 15,000 residents at its incorporation. Its charter provided for an elected mayor and a ten-member Board of Alderman, with two representing each of the city’s five wards. City ordinances could be passed by a majority vote of the Board of Aldermen and the mayor’s signature. Long Island City held its first election on July 5, 1870. Residents elected A.D. Ditmars the first mayor; Ditmars ran as a Democrat and a Republican.
In addition to the Hunters Point Historic District and Queensboro Bridge, the 45th Road – Court House Square Station (Dual System IRT), Long Island City Courthouse Complex, and United States Post Office are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. New York City designated landmarks include the Pepsi-Cola sign along the East River; the Fire Engine Company 258, Hook and Ladder Company 115 firehouse; the Long Island City Courthouse; the New York Architectural Terra Cotta Company building; and the Chase Manhattan Bank Building. EZ Bed Bugs Exterminator Queens
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