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Long Island City (often abbreviated L.I.C.) is the western-most neighborhood of the borough of Queens in New York City. It is bounded on the north and west by the East River; on the east by Hazen Street, 49th Street, and New Calvary Cemetery, and on the south by Newtown Creek which separates Queens from Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It originally was the seat of government of Newtown Township, and remains the largest neighborhood in Queens Borough. The area is part of Queens Community Board 1 north of the Queensboro Bridge and Queens Community Board 2 south of the Bridge.
Long Island City was created in 1870 from the communities of Astoria, Hunters Point, Blissville, Ravenswood, Dutch Kills, Bowery Bay, Steinway, and Sunnyside. The neighborhood of Middleton was dissolved because the U.S. post office refused to recognize two locations with that name in the same state, and there existed a town of that name in Orange County. Long Island City was one of the three cities whose approval was necessary to create the City of Greater New York in 1898.
The term LIC is now mostly used for the south-western part of the former city (ZIP code 11101). The border with Astoria is very vague; in ZIP codes 11106, 11102 and 11105 some locals prefer the term "Astoria" (for the convenience or the status), while others (esp. long-time residents and artists) prefer to be associated with the long history of Long Island City.
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