Being somewhat stuck between the decommissioned Central Island pier west and the area known as the ivory 8 Island City has been in the state of economic decline for the last 40 years and it doesn’t look like things are going to be getting much better anytime soon.
Island City used to be known as The Arbor District. During the 1800’s it was extremely well-to-do, being originally zoned in the commercial District the area was originally made up mostly of greenhouses oh, a few luxury apartments and a shopping district near what is now the old District Clinic. At the start of the 20th century the area began to fall into decline. Even prior to the area being designated the red light district Island City has always had a rather Shady reputation. In the 1920’s it was a hotbed of organized crime during the times Of prohibition. The localized economy has always seemed to specialize in a mixture of drugs, alcohol, and sex. By the 1930’s and the stock market crash Island City fell into a slump which you would never recover from.
In one generation the area went from palatial greenhouses and designer furniture to tent cities, and garbage piled up in the alleyways. An attempt to revitalize Island City Central began in the 1950’s with the construction of the district Clinic as well as several blocks of cheap Brownstone intended to appeal to students and small business owners, in reality it would later all be zoned off as Section 8, hastily painted white and renamed the ivory Ally.
Other developers would unfortunately fill the remaining district with equally uninspired Brownstones over the next 30 Years resulting in the drab Citysearch that we see today. Whereas Empire City and several of the surrounding Burroughs have recently seen a mini Renaissance, Island City remains stagnant well into the first half of the 21st century.