Long Island City has seen an incredible transformation in the last decade or so. Like many recently developed neighborhoods in New York City, Long Island City was once a commercial neighborhood littered with industry and warehouses. Many artists and creative types moved in to take advantage of the large spaces for low rent, and the rest is history! A far cry from its industrial days, LIC has developed into a blossoming waterfront community, but it still maintains a feel of the neighborhoods history, and many of the new developments have attempted to stay true to it. Only one stop from midtown, it serves many of those city professionals, and as a result of its past as an artist’s haven, it has the largest concentration of art galleries in all five boroughs of New York City. Aside from the 7 train at Vernon and Jackson, LIC also has the convenience of encompassing Court Square and Queens Plaza train stations as well.