Long Island City (L.I.C.) is the westernmost residential and commercial neighborhood of the New York Cityborough of Queens.
Long Island City, as its name suggests, was formerly a city, created in 1870 from the merger of the Village ofAstoria and the hamlets of Ravenswood, Hunters Point, Blissville, Sunnyside, Dutch Kills, Steinway, Bowery Bay and Middleton in Newtown Township. It was a separate city until 1898.The last mayor of Long Island City was a notorious Irishman named Patrick Jerome "Battle-Axe" Gleason.The city surrendered its independence in 1898 to become part of the City of Greater New York. Since 1985, the Greater Astoria Historical Society, a non-profit cultural and historical organization, has been preserving the past and promoting the future of the neighborhoods that are part of historic Long Island City.The Common Council of Long Island City in 1873 adopted the coat of arms as "emblematical of the varied interest represented by Long Island City." It was designed by George H. Williams, of Ravenswood. The overall composition was inspired by New York City's coat of arms. The shield is rich in historic allusion, including Native American, Dutch, and English symbols. In 1898, Long Island City became part of New York City.