This is one of a series of articles spotlighting our storage facilities and neighborhoods.
Just across the East River from Midtown Manhattan, our CubeSmart Self-Storage facility in Long Island City, Queens, NY has been providing cramped New Yorkers some extra storage space since 2014.
Long Island City's convenience to Manhattan and affordability (according to New York City standards) encourage a growing residential area attracting families and young professionals. This burgeoning city is transitioning from a primarily industrial area to an increasingly residential neighborhood. With a population of more than 250,000 people living in just over three square miles, living space can get a bit tight.
Storing items that you only need seasonally or do not need instant access to can give you more, uncluttered living space to enjoy while not having to pay for extra apartment square footage. CubeSmart LIC has amenities such as
- 24-hour video recording
- Packing and moving supplies for sale right on the premises
- Lobby workstations with free Wi-Fi
- Professional organizer services
- Climate-controlled storage units
To simplify what can sometimes be a tricky city move, we offer a free move-in truck and qualified driver, upon availability, and we accept deliveries of your belongings to our store.
If you’re storing many items or especially large items in any of the self-storage units at our Long Island City self-storage facility on Northern Boulevard, you're in luck: there’s a Penske agent in-store to help with your moving truck and logistics needs. SML, Simple Moving Labor, offers moving assistance and provides an extra set of hands loading and unloading your belongings at this LIC CubeSmart location.
Whether a small or large move, our Spanish- and English-speaking teammates at the LIC store are there to help ease your transition.
Long Island City Customer Dmarie recently shared, "I had to find a place quickly that was close by, clean, safe and with people who were courteous and friendly and I got ALL that and more," and online reviewer Tankboy also wrote, "The Long Island City facility – brand spanking new and tidy – is a great facility and easily accessible by car and the 7 train. The staff like their jobs (and it shows) and were very helpful as I made the transition. The rates are very fair and the facility is great."
Take a tour of this location:
How to Get to Us
Long Island City is as little as 12 minutes by train from Manhattan, and this CubeSmart facility is easily accessible by the N, Q, E, R, M or 7 trains. They stop at the 39th Street and 36th Street stops, in addition to the bustling transportation hub of Queens Plaza—all just a short walk from our store. And, at less than a block from the store, the MTA Q101 bus stops right at 31st Street. By car, LIC store teammate Marcus Hendricks explained, "If you're coming from Manhattan, take the 59th Street Bridge into Queens" and then continue onto NY-25A E/Northern Boulevard.
Around Long Island City
Rising Manhattan rents are driving businesses large and small to begin to edge into the outer boroughs, with LIC developing into a mini garment district just a train away from the fashion capital. Barneys New York and Ralph Lauren, among other premier fashion brands as well as photography studios, have found affordable square footage in the neighborhood's industrial spaces to expand creatively, while maintaining access to Manhattan.
And fashion labels aren't the only unique neighbors. Our LIC CubeSmart shares the block with the MoMA PS1, just a 10-minute drive south along Northern Boulevard. Among the largest nonprofit contemporary art museums, the MoMA PS1 spearheads LIC's emerging arts scene as an "artistic laboratory," showcasing experimental modern art and the work of rising artists such as Beijing-based artist Cao Fei.
After your move-in, take a moment to relax and enjoy the completion of all you hard work with a bite to eat, a unique cocktail, and even some live music at Dutch Kills – the best place in the neighborhood. Or head just three blocks from our store to the corner of 30th Street and 40th Avenue to grab a burger or a slice of pizza like the locals at Mike's Pizza.
With the East River granting just the right amount of distance from the concrete jungle of Manhattan, LIC's riverfront is home to some of the best views of the city. Get some fresh air and real perspective in Queensbridge Park by heading one mile down 41st Street towards the river. This park offers open greenspace, walking paths, and incredible views of the river, Roosevelt Island, the city skyline, and the park's namesake, the Queensboro Bridge.
Further south along the river, Gantry Plaza State Park embraces the waterfront's industrial past with the iconic Long Island City gantries—overhead structures used for servicing rail car floats and barges. And, you can grab your fishing gear from your CubeSmart storage unit to go fishing on one of the park's four piers.
If your kids are along for your move in or out of CubeSmart storage, make sure to end the day and drain their remaining energy in the southernmost park in LIC, just a 10-minute drive from our Long Island City store. Hunter's Point South Park has the playground of your kids' dreams, as well as monthly outdoor movies for kids during the summer. The park's 13,000 square foot pavilion provides concessions and public restrooms, and is oftentimes host to interesting events, such as the Queens Lit Fest—an annual event unifying and showcasing the literary arts community of the borough.
Are you a proud resident of Long Island City? We'd love it if you shared in the comments some of your favorite things about your neighborhood!
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