Long Island City was once its very own city, until the consolidation of New York City in 1898. Today LIC is known for a cutting-edge art and design scenes, and possibly the tech scene with the announcement of Amazon’s forthcoming HQ2 — all contributing to rapid growth in residential and corporate properties. However, everywhere you turn in this waterfront community you’ll find bold reminders of the area’s once industrial past.
Spend the day museum hopping at the Museum of Modern Art’s avant-garde offshoot MoMA PS1, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the niche Noguchi Museum. Explore sculpture parks and actual parks, and toss in a couple of delicious meals (hello, Brazilian lunch). Here’s how to do LIC with a little savoir-faire.