Planners looking for a funky, vibrant, cultural meeting mix will have to look no further than the meeting and event venues in Long Island City. This westernmost neighborhood of the borough of Queens in New York City is located directly across the East River from midtown Manhattan (just behind the Pepsi sign).
Long Island City is most notable for its rapid and ongoing gentrification, its waterfront parks, and its thriving arts community. It has among the highest concentration of art galleries, art institutions, and studio space of any neighborhood in New York City. It's home to The Noguchi Museum, SculptureCenter and Socrates Sculpture Park. Special event venues in Long Island City abound: There is MoMA PS1, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the U.S.; the Museum of the Moving Image, America's only museum dedicated to screen culture; and Queens Museum of Art.
Long Island City is extremely close to Manhattan; it's a seven-minute subway ride to Fifth Avenue. The 7 subway line is often called the "International Express," because you can see and experience the city's cuisines by stopping in various neighborhoods along the subway line; it was honored by the White House as a National Millennium Trail. Nearby LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International airports make Long Island City easily accessible, both locally and nationally.
In nearby Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the Arthur Ashe Stadium/USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is home of the U.S. Open and has more than 45 acres of indoor and outdoor venues for private meetings, including six restaurants, meeting rooms, and a lounge. The New York Mets' state-of-the-art ballpark is not only a fantastic place to watch the game; it's also the perfect place to hold your event. Citi Field has more than 200,000 square feet of hospitality space and features intimate settings for 25 people to lavish spaces for 6,000 guests in areas as large as 110,000 square feet. This includes luxury suites, an auditorium, business center, and the Mets 2K Sports FanFest area.
Hotel options include Holiday Inn-Manhattan View, Fairfield Inn Long Island City, Country Inn & Suites and Ravel Hotel (as well as a Four Points by Sheraton that is scheduled to open March 31).
Long Island City is trendy as is its restaurants that include M. Wells, Tournesol, Shi, and Water's Edge. When the weather's nice out groups can relax in a faux beach setting while having a martini and a burger at Water Taxi Beach, with a beautiful view across the East River looking at midtown Manhattan.
With a mix of artists and investment bankers—and iconic buildings like the Citigroup building—Long Island City is diverse, business-orientated and up-and-coming.