When you think of Jersey mobster Tony Soprano, fashionista Carrie Bradshaw, perpetual food-stained clothes wearer Liz Lemon, neurotic, scatterbrained Hannah Horvath and socialite Serena van der Woodsen, Long Island City might not spring to mind, but it should because all of the hit television shows by the aforementioned actors and actresses, and (not to mention tons of feature films) were all filmed In New York City’s largest film and television production facility, Silvercup Studios, in Long Island City.
But Long Island City or LIC to New Yorkers is so much more than the A-listers who work there. You’re more than likely to see a mishmash of artists, investment bankers, many of whom are living or working in and around defunct factories and there’s the influx of families who are taking up residence in buildings that are being razed and rebuilt into luxury co-ops along the waterfront at a head-spinning rate.
The neighborhood is bounded on the north by the Queens neighborhood of Astoria; on the west by the East River; on the east by Hazen Street, 31st Street, and New Calvary Cemetery; and on the south by Newtown Creek, which separates Queens from Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
The Early Years
The first settlement within in the limits of what is now Long Island City was made in 1640 by the Dutch blacksmith Hendrick Harmensen. Shortly, thereafter Harmensen was captured and scalped by an Indian.
During the Revolutionary War most of the region sided with the British that led to a 1776 resolution by the colony of New York to put the bulk of Queens residents (including what is now Long Island City) out of protection of the United Colonies.