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Long Island City, NY, Neighborhood and Education Facts

Long Island City is a residential area in the western portion of the New York borough of Queens. Postsecondary schools in the NYC area include Columbia University, New York University and Fordham University.

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About Long Island City

Once a booming industrial area, Long Island City is experiencing a period of redevelopment into a residential area for Manhattan office workers and other professionals. The area is sometimes said to include such neighborhoods as Astoria, Sunnyside and Hunters Point, although residents often refer to themselves as living in those neighborhoods rather than in Long Island City.

As rents have risen in the city's central borough of Manhattan, many young professionals and others have been driven to search for other nearby areas with convenient access to Manhattan's business districts. Long Island City sits close to the Queensboro Bridge, a gateway into Manhattan used by many commuters, and it's only one subway stop away from Midtown. The area is also developing a cachet for the arts and alternative cultures, as musicians, artists and others are driven out of Manhattan. Long Island attractions include the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center and the Socrates Sculpture Park.

Higher Education in Long Island City

Long Island City itself is home to the LaGuardia Community College and the School of Law, both of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, but sixteen more campuses of this educational behemoth lie in the greater city of New York, which is one of the nation's most important centers for higher education. The city boasts universities and colleges like Columbia University, New York University and Barnard College in Manhattan and Fordham University and Manhattan College in the Bronx.

Queens is home to Saint John's University, while the near northern suburb of Yonkers hosts Sarah Lawrence College, a well-known private institution that only opened its doors to male students in 1968. Within 18 miles of Long Island City are four schools from the State University of New York (SUNY) system, which educates hundreds of thousands of students, making it the largest public university system in the country.

Long Island City Economy

Long Island City was long a major manufacturing and industrial center for the New York City area. While some factories remain in the area, including Wonton Foods' fortune cookie factory - the largest in the country - the economy as a whole has largely shifted into services. Citigroup, a major banking and financial services corporation, maintains a large number of offices in its 50-story Citigroup Building, New York City's tallest skyscraper outside of Manhattan.

Construction and real estate have become increasingly important to the area's economy in recent years, as developers have scrambled to capitalize on the demand for housing. Many residents work in Manhattan, which is one of the world's most important centers for banking, finance, advertising and media.

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