The East River waterfront defines Hunters Point, through its factories, its brilliant views of the Manhattan skyline, and now its ads for future condos. The biggest banners of change are the Queens West towers and the Citibank tower.
Boundaries and Main Streets:
Main drag Vernon Boulevard is all restaurants, bars, and shops until about 47th Ave, where warehouses take over. Wide Jackson Avenue is a major thoroughfare, with a more industrial-commercial mix, leading to Court Square.
Transportation: So Close to Manhattan:
The neighborhood peers into the mouth of the Midtown Tunnel, which brings the LIE to Manhattan. From nearby Queens Plaza, the Queensboro (59th Street) Bridge is a free way to Manhattan.
NY Water Taxi connects Hunters Point to Wall Street's Pier 11.
Hunters Point Apartments and Real Estate:
- Apartments: 1-bedroom, $1100 - $4000. 2-bedroom, $1500 - $7000. 3-bedroom, $2100+.
- Condos (scarce), $500k+
- 2-family houses, $500k+
Crime and Safety:
Art and Things to Do:
Lots of local artists work in the area, and the walls of artist studio space 5 Pointz are an ever-changing array of graffiti art at its best. (Crane St & Jackson Ave)
Restaurants and Bars:
Ten 63 stands out for coffee. (10-63 Jackson Ave, 718-482-7679)
Tournesol, a French bistro, serves good food, but the wait for its $2 coffee and $8 omelets can be ridiculous on weekends. (50-12 Vernon Blvd at 51st Ave, 718-472-4355)
Water's Edge is the luxe-de-luxe. (East River at 44th Dr, 718-482-0033)
Landmarks and Green Spaces:
LIC's beautiful firehouse and police station are in the TV series Third Watch.
Court Square is home both to the Citi Tower, which at 58 stories is the only skyscraper in Queens, and to the NY State Supreme Court House.
Gantry Plaza State Park at the Queens West waterfront is a simple, small, almost perfect park, for enjoying the East River views.
Hunters Point History:
- See Long Island City and Hunters Point For Yourself:
- Hunters Point Problems: The biggest neighborhood issue is the environmental impact of the Queens West development of former industrial sites. Clean-up is especially complicated at sites with long histories such as the former Pepsi bottling plant, which had once been a Standard Oil refinery.
- Shopping: Small stores (more mom-and-pop than chains) line Vernon Boulevard. Elsewhere it's hit or miss.
- Library: Court Square Branch, 25-01 Jackson Avenue, 718-937-2790
- Parking: Main streets and side streets are tight. Watch out for tow zones. Park in the Citylights building garage for $8 all day, 48th Ave and 5th St, Long Island City, NY.
- Post Office: 4602 21st St, in a beautiful building
- Hospital: Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens, 25-10 30th Avenue, Long Island City, NY.
- Movies: New Center Cinema, 4217 Queens Blvd, Sunnyside, NY 11104, 718-361-6869.
- Police Station: 108th Precinct, 5-47 50th Ave, 718-784-5411, Third Watch is filmed in this beautiful police station.
- Community Board 2: 43-22 50th Street, Woodside, NY 11377, 718-533-8773
- Business Organizations: Long Island City Business Development Corporation (LICBDC) sponsors networking, small office spaces, and the arts in LIC.
- Queens West: The development of the Queens waterfront in Hunters Point is run by the Queens West Development Corporation, a subsidiary of New York State's Empire State Development.
- Health Club: Astoria Sports Complex has a pool and batting cages, in addition to the typical gym offerings, 34-38 38th St, 718-472-4455.
- Zip Code: 11101 (includes greater Long Island City)