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Long Island City Neighborhood Guide

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Transport

Subway:
Subway transportation is excellent in Queens. The 7 train goes directly from Grand Central in Manhattan to Queens in 5 minutes. Other nearby subway lines are the E, V, N, R and also the G train to Brooklyn.

Bus:
Both the B32 or B62 buses go to Green Point and Williamsburg (10 minutes).

East River Ferry:
The ferry stop is 5 minutes away.. Skip the higher priced tourist boats: Buy a Hop On/Hop Off ticket for tours of the Statue of Liberty, and the lower Manhattan waterfront.

Basics

Grocery/Supermarkets:
E+I Deli- The classic deli for the basics - milk, bread, etc.
Food Cellar - A supermarket that has everything you need with an excellent prepared food take-away section.
Farmers Market & Flea Market- LIC Flea (During the weekends), a must to visit!
Natural Frontier Market- A market with organic produce, supplements and an organic juice bar inside.
Urban Market- The new 8,000-square-foot supermarket is located at 50-01 2nd St. near the waterfront

Pharmacy:
Duane Reade
Vernon Boulevard Pharmacy

Dry Cleaning/Laundry:
Laundry City - 2 minutes from the Loft.
EverGreen Cleaners - on Jackson Avenue

Wine/ Liquor Store/ Office License:
Vernon Wine & Liquor
Hunter’s Point Wines & Spirits
Blue Streak Wines & Spirits
Beer Closet

Dining

American:
M. Wills Steakhouse- One Michelin star - awesome dining in either PS1 Moma by day or their steakhouse in the evening. Only the third steakhouse in NY with a Michelin star. NY Times review here!
Alobar *- a Michelin “Bib Gourmand” picks, awards restaurants that provide high-quality cuisine at a reasonable prices.
Corner Bistro- Famous for it's quintessential American burger.
OpenDoor Restaurant- Small plates, excellent artisan beers, eclectic cuisine.
John Brown Smokehouse- Michelin “Bib Gourmand” picks, awards restaurants that provide high-quality cuisine at a reasonable prices.
Bareburger- A healthy but delicious burger joint coming soon in LIC. It's Michelin recommended and Zagat has voted: Best 10 burgers in NYC.

Asian:
Mu Ramen ** Hip and busy Ramen restaurant - sit at the kitchen bar if you get a chance!
Cyclo * Stylish Vietnamese restaurant, with a full menu and great Vietnamese sandwiches!
Tuk Tuk **- Authentic Thai food from an expat Bangkok artist.
Hibino **- This Japanese restaurant should be much better known!
Shi(Korean/Japanese)

French:
Cafe Henry *- A little bit of the left bank in LIC with delectable crepes and salads.
Tournesol ***- A Michelin-noted small and welcoming French bistro (The three course $25.00 prix-fixe Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings is the best).

Italian:
Manetta's Ristorante *- Mediterranean menu, jazz in evenings. Has the best and cheapest pizzas for take out!
Bella Via *- Full menu with good pizzas as well.
Inizio Pizzeria- Brand new! Tell us what you think.
Manducatis- Old world Italian with white table cloths.
Manducatis Rustica- More relaxed daughter of Manducatis
Testaccio- Nose-to-tail Roman comfort food with NYC flair!

South of the Border:
Casa Enrique **(Chiapan/Mexican)- NYC’s only Mexican restaurant with a Michelin star - exceptional authentic regional cooking from the region of Chiapas.
Madera *(Cuban)
Blend(Peruvian-Cuban fusion)
The Creek and Cave- a chill Tex-Mex grill with a full bar, pool room, and spacious outdoor patio and lounge.
Jora- a newcomer to LIC, that offers traditional Peruvian food. Owned by Alejandro Rojas, whose father owns one of the oldest Peruvian restaurants in New York.

Happy Hour:
Nearly all the restaurants and cafes along Vernon Boulevard have fun, well-priced drinks and often bar food specials from approximately 5-7 pm. Stroll along to find your favorite local!

Cafe

Bricktown Bagel & Cafe- Best neighborhood bagels and sandwiches; also has free w-fi. and flat screens
Dorian's Cafe- Traditional New York Greek diner.
Paris Health New Direction- Has an enormous selection of juices as well as great sandwiches. There is an sincere emphasis on health food.
51st Bakery and Cafe- Great pastries and sandwiches - the perfect place to work or just hang out! They also serve dinner and wine now! It also has a nice garden during iced coffee weather.
Sweatleaf *- A local hipster coffee joint with excellent coffee and pastries. Plan to hang out!
Beans Grape and Leaves- a sophiscated cafe just opened this fall. They serve food, wine, craft beers and of course coffee.

Culture

PS 1 Contemporary Art Center:
The best place to see the newest contemporary art in a museum. It is connected to MoMA (one ticket gets you into both museums), and the greatest concentration of art in NYC outside of Manhattan. A must for those interested in the cutting edge.

The Noguchi Museum:
A lovely museum dedicated to life and work of this extraordinary Japanese-American sculptor and architect. Originally the artist's actual studio, this is one of the best kept secret's in New York - everyone should visit!

Socrates Sculpture Park:
Right across from the Noguchi Museum. Contemporary sculpture by emerging artist in a superb location on the East River. Check website for their lively dance, film and yoga programs.

Sculpture Center:
Showcases emerging and well-known contemporary sculptors. It's a small, experimental space, and though not every exhibit hits the prize. It is definitely worth a visit.

Queens Museum of Art:
In Flushing Meadows Park, next to the famous Unisphere. The building dates to the 1939's World's Fair; do not miss the Panorama of New York City, a fantastic model of all five boroughs and its lively exhibits of contemporary art.

Museum of the Moving Image:
A jewel of a museum, with excellent interactive exhibits. This is the perfect destination for all ages! Great movie screenings on weekends.

Fisher Landau Center for Art:
Fisher Landau Center for Art is devoted to the exhibition and study of the excellent contemporary art collection of Emily Fisher Landau. Beautiful galleries in a former commercial building.

Radiator Arts Gallery:
A great place to see contemporary art exhibitions, performances and video programs; in terms of contemporary art in NY, this is the "real deal"!. Check opening times before visiting.

Exercise/Fitness

The Yoga Room, LIC- Professional yoga and pilates classes.
Pranavah Yoga- Another great option for taking yoga and pilates classes. Relaxing, peaceful studio.
PNT Fitness- They offer unique and fun small group fitness classes.
Crossfit Gantry- The latest exercise trend - get in shape in LIC fast!
Element Fitness- Offers personal training and boxing.
The Cliffs at LIC- 30,000 sqft of amazing climbing and fitness! It doesn't matter if you've never climbed or have summited the largest mountains.
Gantry State Park- Great for jogging, walking or just relaxing. Exercise along the East River with spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building and the United Nations. Other recreational facilities include basketball and handball courts, and a fishing pier with its own cleaning table!

Beauty & Spa

KATA Spa- A great place to get high quality massage therapy for Swedish and Shiatsu message .
Balance Medical Spa
Snob Nail Spa- A neighborhood nail spa with cute decor and friendly staff.
Primp and Tease Salon- A neighborhood hair/ make up salon, with really friendly staff!

Boutique Shop

LIV Living- a cute boutique store runs by local residents in LIC, carries clothes, accessories + home goods.

Local Phone Service

Nearest stores for Cell phones and SIM cards:
T-Mobile:
716 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017 (@ 3rd Ave & 45th St)
718-313-0119
469 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10017 (@ Lex Ave & 45th St) 212-867-0781

at&t:
381 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017 (@ Madison Ave & 46th St) 212-687-8910

Sprint:
57 West 42nd St, New York, NY, 10036 (@ 6th Ave & 42nd St) 212-730-4727

Verizon:
420 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10017 (@ Lexington and 43rd St) 212-401-6975
342 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017 (@ Madison Ave and 43rd St) 212-856-6100

* There is very little to choose between the four companies. T-Mobile preferred.
** Take the 7 train to Grand Central for any stores on this list. The nearest store is the first Verizon store on the list

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