People have trumpeted Long Island City as the new [fill in the hippest neighborhood of the moment] for years. Now Red Tricycle is adding a new amendment to the proclamation: Long Island City is a great go-to destination for kids and families. Located along the East River on the westernmost side of Queens, LIC is a quick subway jaunt or one spectacular ferry ride from Manhattan. The neighborhood encompasses what makes New York City such a great place to live – majestic parks, historic waterways, maverick artists and breathtaking views. We’ve scoped out the ’hood, and here are our top 8 must-see, sure-to-please kid spots in Long Island City.

Image courtesy of Alice Perry

Gantry Plaza State Park

Situated on the East River in Queens, you can take in gorgeous views of the city while your kids play atGantry Plaza State Park. The colorful play area has a little of everything including sit-and-spin cups, but it's the one-of-a-kind climbing equipment that kids gravitate toward most.

Location: 4-09 47th Rd., Long Island City

Transport: 7 train to Vernon/Jackson

-Alice Perry