The Local Next Door: Long Island City with Lauren Bennett

Corcoran agent and LIC resident Lauren Bennett shows us around her rapidly changing neighborhood. Follow along to discover Lauren’s favorite local spots — and to see the Manhattan skyline from a different point of view.

Workout Factory A premier boutique fitness studio in LIC offering a variety of classes; see the website for rates and times. 5-25 46th Avenue; 718.392.2797

Sweetleaf Coffee Coffee, proudly roasted in NYC, and lots of baked goodies. They serve a variety of beverages and baked goods. Multiple locations around the city. Visit the website for hours. 10-93 Jackson Ave; 917.832. 6726

Pepsi Cola Sign A designated NYC landmark located in the Gantry Plaza State Park. 30-99 48th Avenue

Natural Frontier Specialty market offering a foodstuffs and environmentally friendly goods. Open 8 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Monday through Sunday. 12-01 Jackson Avenue; 718.937.9399

Book Culture LIC outpost of the venerable Harlem-based bookseller. Open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday. 26-09 Jackson Avenue; 718.440.3120

Shi Upscale Pan-Asian restaurant serving lunch, dinner and cocktails in an elegant dining space. Open 12:45 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. Monday through Sunday. 4720 Center Boulevard; 347.242.2448

Casa Enrique No-frills cantina serving Mexican classics and cocktails for lunch and dinner. Hours vary; check the website. 5-48 49th Avenue; 347.448.6040