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Long Island City's comedy revival

Pete Bladel performs at the Laughing Devil comedy

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

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
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

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

The bar at the Laughing Devil comedy club
Photo Credit: Yana Paskova

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
Photo Credit: Yana Paskova

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

People enter the Laughing Devil comedy club in
Photo Credit: Yana Paskova

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

Jonathan Sherwin, left, and Brian Rush, right, wait
Photo Credit: Yana Paskova

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
Photo Credit: Yana Paskova

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

Moody McCarthy performs at the Laughing Devil comedy
Photo Credit: Yana Paskova

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
Photo 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)

Two rooftop parties take place in Long Island
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

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

Long Island City in Queens, previously thought to
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

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
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

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
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

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
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

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

High-rise rental buildings line the north end of
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

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

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