If Long Island City, N.Y. needed Amazon, you wouldn’t know it from continued robust development, sales and leasing momentum just across the East River from Midtown Manhattan. For many years New York City’s best-kept secret, Long Island City today is among the most coveted of New York City neighborhoods, offering both a small-enclave ambiance and spectacular skyline and river views. Speaking of views, they’re all the more enjoyable from Long Island City’s string of waterfront parks dotting the banks of the river.
"With Amazon gone, it's actually busier," says Eric Benaim, founder and CEO of Long Island City-based real estate firm Modern Spaces. "One thing I think Amazon did is put us on the global map, which is a good thing. The market here is still very good, it's very strong."