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From hip boutiques to budget chains, Long Island City has become a hotel hotspot in the past few years. These hotels provide reasonably priced accommodations compared to the often out-of-reach rates tourists and business travelers encounter across the East River. Add in the views of and proximity to Manhattan, plus the art galleries, museums, and other companies and organizations in LIC, and it can be quite a good deal.

There are currently 20 hotels open for business in the neighborhood, and there may be more coming in soon. Most of the existing hotels were built within the last seven years, and some opened as recently as the summer of 2012.

Hotels in Hunters Point

This thriving section of Long Island City, south of Queens Boulevard and near the waterfront, is home to two stylish boutique hotels. The Ravel Hotel, right next to the Queensboro Bridge, boasts a huge rooftop restaurant and lounge with views of the Manhattan skyline.

Ravel Hotel LIC
Image Source: Ravel Hotel


Ravel Rooftop Restaurant and lounge
Image Source: Ravel Hotel

A few blocks east, the Z NYC Hotel offers conveniences like free shuttle transportation to and from Manhattan.

Image Source: Z Hotel

Besides these boutique hotels that have made a splash, there are two other hotels in this area. The Wyndham Garden is further south, just a few blocks from newly designed Gantry Plaza State Park.


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Gantry Plaza State Park

NYCgo has produced a really lovely video called This is New York City—Long Island City, Queens – and yes, it’s all about LIC. It really shows off how awesome LIC is – this is a gem of a neighborhood (we’ve already shown you why we love to eat, have fun, and live here).

We noticed a lot of familiar faces and spots in the video, over two dozen in under two minutes – Gantry Plaza State Park, Sweetleaf, Chimney Cake, Dutch Kills Green, the East River Ferry, MOMA PS1, the Museum of the Moving Image, Noguchi Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park and the floating buddha, Malu, Domaine Wine Bar, and more.