Events , Tours

Long Island City Virtual Tour

September 28, 2021

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Via Zoom

Long Island City (Newtown Creek, East River, 51st Street) was an independent city from 1870 to 1898. It is dubbed the ‘Cradle of Creativity’ from its storied record of creative ideas and the imaginative people behind them.

It launched New York as the nation’s business center (two 1640 millstones are in Queens Plaza). The Sunnyside Railyards and Degnon Terminal, remain one of the world’s largest railyard-industrial complexes. The Steinways, while en résidence at their mansion, created Steinway Hall, instrumental in making our city the World’s Capital of Culture and Ideas. The Steinway Piano Factory makes 95% of pianos on the professional stage. From its Van Dam office, Sony revolutionized the entertainment industry.

Notable model housing, Sunnyside Gardens, Phipps Gardens, Mathews Model Flats, are studied by urban planners. Bohemian Hall created the craft beer craze that swept the nation. Greek, Italian, Middle Eastern food made the community the top choice among the city’s gourmands. Ethel Merman, Tony Bennet, leads a cast of artists that have called it home.  


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