I'm a born and raised Queens girl and have spent the last few years living in Long Island City. The neighborhood has done a complete 180 since I was younger, with even more changes happening the last few years. I still love the industrial charm, but the new crop of restaurants and polished waterfront have really made the neighborhood pop. Here are some of my favorite places that should be on your list next time you're in my hood!
Nothing beats a picnic under the iconic Pepsi sign, with views of the city and Queensboro Bridge as your backdrop. At night, the view from this park, while the city lights are shining in all their glory is a sight you'll never forget.
The coffee shop/bar is a great space to work or relax, complete with a great menu of small bites, fresh baked goods and inventive cocktails.
My go to neighborhood bar has a speakeasy vibe with a more relaxed, locals only feel. The menu changes seasonally but I usually "roll my own" and let the bartenders whip something up. Look for the sign above as you walk down the block, its a pretty tricky place to find!
In addition to warm up, one of summer's best day parties, PS1 has a unique collection of contemporary art. Spend an afternoon exploring the galleries and sneaking in exercise since there are lots of stairs!