LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS — Long Island City is among New York City’s most at-risk flood zones, but that hasn’t stopped developers from building thousands of apartments where the dangerous waters are most likely to hit, a new study found.
The Queens neighborhood has seen nearly 2,000 new residential units go up in its flood zones – more than any other area in New York City – since Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, according to the study released Monday by real estate site Localize.city.
The hurricane’s extensive damage hasn’t hindered booming real estate in areas along the Queens and Brooklyn coastline where federal data shows dangerous floods are most likely to strike.
Despite being labeled a Level 1 Evacuation Zone, Astoria and Long Island City have seen more than 2,860 units since Sandy hit, the study found. Nearly 3,600 units have gone up in neighboring flood-prone