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Weekend getaway: Long Island City

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Weekend Getaway: Long Island City

Explore Long Island City: The next Brooklyn

SEE For a glimpse of the kind of place Brooklyn was nearly 20 years ago, head to Long Island City (LIC) in Queens. Just one subway stop from Midtown Manhattan, LIC is poised to become a hotbed of local culture, fusion cuisine and, of course, the trendiest renovated warehouses around. READ MORE: Weekend getaway to Miami

By: Ava Baccari Source: Courtesy Paper Factory Hotel Credits: ELLE Canada

Weekend Getaway: Long Island City

Explore Long Island City: The Paper Factory Hotel

STAY The Paper Factory Hotel is a converted 19th-century paper mill that’s decorated with vintage typewriters and a winding book installation. Make one of the property’s loft-style rooms your home base while you check out the up-and-coming scene. READ MORE: Weekend getaway to Brooklyn

By: Ava Baccari Source: Engin Beri Credits: ELLE Canada

Weekend Getaway: Long Island City

Long Island City: Landmarks

SEE Discover the city’s top spots with the help of Big Apple Greeters. Let a local volunteer — like Dan Abatelli, who showed me around — point out the 1936 landmark Pepsi-Cola sign on the East River. READ MORE: Take a stylish tour of Denmark's cool capital

By: Ava Baccari Source: Getty Credits: ELLE Canada

Weekend Getaway: Long Island City

Explore Long Island City: Hunter’s Point Historic District

EXPLORE Walk through Hunters Point Historic District (an architectural oasis of marble-faced houses that date back to the Civil War). READ MORE: How to experience the unexpected Zen of a staycation

By: Ava Baccari Source: Gabe Shore/Flickr Credits: ELLE Canada

Weekend Getaway: Long Island City

Explore Long Island City: The Museum of Modern Art’s PS1

VISIT The much-touted Museum of Modern Art’s PS1 is a contemporary-art exhibit set inside a former public school. READ MORE: Hang out like the next-gen rat pack in Las Vegas

By: Ava Baccari Source: Erin Kornfeld & Erica Leone (Moma PS1) Credits: ELLE Canada

Weekend Getaway: Long Island City

Explore Long Island City: Manducatis Rustica

SNACK On any given street, quaint ‘70s-era family-owned Italian restaurants are scattered among offbeat hole-in-the-wall spots like Manducatis Rustica, where locals (like renowned fashion photog Tony Vaccaro) stop in for espresso in the morning and wood-fired-oven-baked pizza in the afternoon. READ MORE: A food tour of Quebec City

By: Ava Baccari Source: Courtesy Manducatis Rustica Credits: ELLE Canada

Weekend Getaway: Long Island City

Explore Long Island City: M. Wells Steakhouse

EAT For dinner, head to buzzy M. Wells Steakhouse, where Québécois chef Hugue Dufour’s converted garage space is a paleo-oasis of Flinstones proportions: Think steak with a side of foie gras (sans poutine). READ MORE: ELLE Editors' favourite Canadian brunch spots

By: Ava Baccari Source: Jesse Winter Credits: ELLE Canada

Weekend Getaway: Long Island City

Explore Long Island City: M. Wells Dinette

EAT M. Wells Dinette, located down the street from M. Wells Steakhouse inside MoMA PS1, has (sort of) lighter lunch and dinner options — like a spaghetti sandwich. READ MORE: Party like the original hipsters in Brooklyn

By: Ava Baccari Source: Jesse Winter Credits: ELLE Canada
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