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LIC has a strong base of important institutions, but it is crucial that its neighborhood’s civic services, including libraries, police, fire, and youth services, expand to accommodate the growing number of residents and businesses.  It is also important to continue to invest in LIC’s arts and cultural ecosystem, which is strongly tied to LIC’s identity.


Expand and strengthen neighborhood and civic amenities to support a complete neighborhood and strengthen LIC’s unique identity


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Current Strategies

New Actions

  • Strengthen connections to and awareness of youth and community development programs by implementing a service referral system and enhanced branding
    and marketing.

  • Strategically use existing DOT, DPR and DCLA initiatives to address community needs for public art programming.

  • Explore opportunities to increase public art and programming, including an arts corridor connecting critical institutions and increasing accessibility between disparate assets.

  • Through the Affordable Real Estate for Artists (AREA) program, bring at least 35 new affordable workspaces to Long Island City.

Neighborhood Institutions & Services

  • The City and local elected officials have invested nearly $43M for the new Hunter’s Point South Branch Library that will open in Summer 2019

  • The City has invested over $8M for renovations to the Long Island City Court House

  • Improvements for the Jacob Riis Settlement House, Materials for the Arts and the Diane L. Max Health Center Planned Parenthood

  • DYCD funds after-school, immigration and refugee assistance, youth/adult literacy, and youth employment and workforce development programs with community based organiations across LIC

Arts & Cultural Institutions

The City and local elected officials have also dedicated funding to:

  • MOMA PS1 (nearly $16M), for the renovation for a dedicated education space and more artist studios

  • Museum of the Moving Image (nearly $7M), for a new gallery and improvements to its courtyard

  • Noguchi Museum (over $4M), for a new Art and Archive storage facility

  • SculptureCenter (nearly $4M), for an expansion

  • The proposed LIC Innovation Center would include 24,000 SF non-profit arts uses

  • The City has also dedicated funding in ongoing capital funding for three LIC arts and education nonprofits: The Chocolate Factory, Flux Factory and Hour Children.

  • The City’s Affordable Real Estate for Artists (AREA) initiative aims to help low-income artists thrive in New York City by working with developers, cultural partners, housing agencies, and the philanthropic community to create 1,500 affordable live/work housing units for artists and 500 below-market workspaces for the cultural community


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