City Touts Booming Long Island City as Tourist Destination

By Jeanmarie Evelly on October 3, 2013 8:54am 

 Long Island City is the latest to be featured in NYC & Company's Neighborhood X Neighborhood campaign.
Long Island City is the latest to be featured in NYC & Company's Neighborhood X Neighborhood campaign.
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QUEENS — High-end hotels, a thriving arts scene and plenty of places to eat and shop — are all good reasons to visit Long Island City, the city's tourism agency said Wednesday.

The Queens community is the latest to be featured in NYC & Company's Neighborhood X Neighborhood campaign, which aims to draw visitors to parts of the city not typically included on the must-see lists of tourists.

Some of the neighborhoods that have been featured in the campaign, which started in March, are Bushwick, Williamsburg and Fort Greene.

Those stopping in Long Island City will find plenty of places to stay, according to the campaign, which highlights a number of the neighborhood's many lodgings, including the Z Hotel and the Nesva.

"With Long Island City’s recent hotel development, there is even more reason to visit and stay longer in the burgeoning Queens neighborhood," George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company, said in a statement.

The tourism board also points to Long Island City's thriving arts scene, directing visitors to cultural destinations like MoMA PS1, The Noguchi Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, Flux Factory, the Dorsky Gallery and Chocolate Factory Theater.

"The emergence of Long Island City as such a vibrant destination for new residents, visitors and businesses is rooted in the neighborhood’s artists and cultural organizations," Cultural Affairs Deputy Commissioner Margaret Morton said in a statement.

The promotion also names a number of the neighborhood's restaurants, including foodie-favorite M. Wells Dinette and specialty cocktail haven Dutch Kills Bar.

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