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Pete Bladel performs at the Laughing Devil comedy (Credit: Yana Paskova)

Pete Bladel performs at the Laughing Devil comedy club in Long Island City in Queens. (Aug. 27, 2012)

Long Island City's comedy revival

Comedy clubs with A-list performers dropping in are giving a lift to Long Island City, the west Queens neighborhood that has been stuck on the brink of trendiness for a long time.

New construction work continues, one block east of
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New construction work continues, one block east of Center Boulevard. (Sept. 23, 2012)

The bar at the Laughing Devil comedy club
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The bar at the Laughing Devil comedy club in Long Island City in Queens. (Aug. 27, 2012)

Pete Bladel performs at the Laughing Devil comedy
(Credit: Yana Paskova)

Pete Bladel performs at the Laughing Devil comedy club in Long Island City in Queens. (Aug. 27, 2012)

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People enter the Laughing Devil comedy club in
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People enter the Laughing Devil comedy club in Long Island City in Queens. (Aug. 27, 2012)

Jonathan Sherwin, left, and Brian Rush, right, wait
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Jonathan Sherwin, left, and Brian Rush, right, wait for a show to begin at the Laughing Devil comedy club in Long Island City, Queens. (Aug. 27, 2012)

New condos line the East River in Long
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New condos line the East River in Long Island City in Queens. (August 27, 2012)

Moody McCarthy performs at the Laughing Devil comedy
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Moody McCarthy performs at the Laughing Devil comedy club in Long Island City, Queens. (Aug. 27, 2012)

Once thought of as a run-down section of
(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

Once thought of as a run-down section of western Queens, Long Island City now bustles with high-rise rentals, condos and a growing night life, including The Laughing Devil comedy club on Vernon Boulevard. (Sept. 23, 2012)

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Two rooftop parties take place in Long Island
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Two rooftop parties take place in Long Island City, Queens. (Sept. 23, 2012)

Long Island City in Queens, previously thought to
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Long Island City in Queens, previously thought to be run-down, now boasts bars, restaurants and comedy clubs like The Creek and The Cave off Jackson Avenue. (Sept. 23, 2012)

People relax inside Gantry Plaza State Park in
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People relax inside Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, Queens, looking at Manhattan skyline with high-rise rental and condo properties behind them. (Sept. 23, 2012)

Children play at a playground in Gantry Plaza
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Children play at a playground in Gantry Plaza State Park, with high-rise rentals and condos in the background. (Sept 23, 2012)

A view of Hunters Point South and the
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A view of Hunters Point South and the Long Island City Ferry Terminal with high-rise rentals and condos in background. (Sept. 23, 2012)

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High-rise rental buildings line the north end of
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High-rise rental buildings line the north end of Center Boulevard in Long Island City, Queen. (Sept. 23, 2012)

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