Life In Motion
Tomorrow marks the first ever comedy festival in Long Island City. Head to The Laughing Devil Comedy Club through May 20th to see 100 comics in action! Here’s NY1‘s story:
Now that’s a fun way to spend your weekend!
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood – especially for us here at The Industry, as the building is now 51% sold! Here’s our press release:
NEW YORK, May 3, 2012 – With the Long Island City housing market buzzing with activity after the mild winter, Court Square’s luxury condominium The Industry LIC has now reached the 51 percent sold mark. The 75-unit property, developed by Silvercup Studios’ owners Alan Suna and Stuart Match Suna, offers residents modern design features, incredible Manhattan skyline views and abundant outdoor spaces. Modern Spaces is the exclusive sales and marketing agent for the building.
The Industry has also seen tremendous activity among its penthouse units, which are typically the last to sell in luxury condominiums. All of the one-, two- and three-bedroom penthouse homes have sold.
The sales milestone is further testament to the increasing vitality of Long Island City’s emerging Court Square neighborhood. The area continues to see an influx of new residents and businesses, including restaurants, art galleries and performance studios.
“Interest in The Industry has been tremendous,” said Stuart Match Suna, President of Silvercup Studios. “The swift pace of sales confirms that buyers are drawn to top-flight construction in Long Island City, a fantastic neighborhood that is no longer a well-kept secret. It has become a go-to destination among a diversity of residents, from young professionals to families to empty nesters. We have additional offers pending on several of the remaining units and expect an even stronger increase in activity as the buying season heats up.”
Located at 21-45 44th Drive between 21st and 23rd Streets just steps to several subway lines, the sleek modern building offers a mix of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom homes that boast striking architectural details and unique contemporary amenities.
Residents enjoy open floor plans, with oversized windows allowing ample sunlight to pour into each unit. Many homes also feature private outdoor space. Unit amenities include white oak plank flooring, designer Italian kitchens and bathrooms, a washer and dryer and ample closet space.
Designed by award-winning architectural firm GreenbergFarrow, The Industry features a well-manicured rooftop terrace with dramatic views of the Manhattan skyline, and a ground floor, common-use backyard. Other building amenities include an attended lobby, storage units, bike storage, a state-of-the-art fitness center, lower-level parking garage and video intercom system.
The Industry is also just one subway stop from Manhattan, transporting residents into the heart of Midtown within minutes.
“The response to the homes at The Industry’s contemporary design and favorable pricing has been tremendous,” said Eric Benaim, CEO and President of Modern Spaces. “Each apartment is light-filled and spacious. The developers put a lot of thought into the details and it shows. We anticipate being sold out this summer.”
Prices for studios start at $414,750, one bedrooms at $462,000 and two bedrooms at $749,000. The building is FHA and Fannie Mae approved, providing buyers with multiple financing options. The Industry also has a 15-year, 421-a tax-abatement.
The sales office and model residences are open: Monday – Tuesday, Thursday – Friday 11 am – 6 pm and after 6 pm (appointment only); Saturday 12 – 3 pm (open house) and 3 – 4 pm (appointment only); and Sunday 1 pm – 4 pm (open house) and 4 pm – 5 pm (appointment only). For more information, call (718) 784-0880 or visit www.theindustrylic.com.
About The Developers,
The Industry LIC was developed by Alan and Stuart Match Suna, owners of Silvercup Studios. The developers have roots in Long Island City for nearly 30 years. In addition to The Industry, they have developed over 1,000 rental, cooperative and condominium apartments in New York City. Their extensive real estate experience also includes ownership of one of the largest residential management companies in the region with more than 16,000 apartments in its portfolio.
About Modern Spaces
Eric Benaim, CEO and President of Modern Spaces, is frequently called by locals as “The Mayor” of Long Island City. Modern Spaces is a Long Island City based independent real estate brokerage company that specializes in residential and commercial sales and leasing as well as project development and marketing. Founded by Eric Benaim on the principles of customer service, community involvement and dedicated industry expertise, Modern Spaces’ agents are trained to provide their clients with absolute support, guidance and commitment from beginning to end of every real estate transaction.
Grab today’s New York Times to read this great article about the hotel market in Queens & Brooklyn!
The New York City hotel market managed to defy the slump most of the country experienced during and after the recession.
Occupancy rates in the city were 85 percent last year, compared with a national average of 60 percent. And despite a tough market for financing, at least 15 hotels opened in the five boroughs in 2011 — roughly half of them outside Manhattan. From 2006 to 2011, 42 percent of the city’s new hotels were built in the outer boroughs, according to data from NYC & Company, the local tourism organization.
Brooklyn’s hotel building boom began a few years ago, and competitors continue to pop up around the borough, mostly focused in popular neighborhoods like Williamsburg and the up-and-coming downtown.
Lately, Long Island City in Queens has become another hotel hot spot, as guests trade the congestion of Midtown for skyline views and cheaper prices, just one subway stop from Manhattan.
“My idea was to offer proximity, a good view and a good value,” said Henry Zilberman, the owner of Z NYC Hotel, which opened in Long Island City last July. “We try to be about 30 to 40 percent off a similar hotel in Manhattan — that’s our draw.”
Easy access to Manhattan has become part of the standard pitch for borough hotels, which count subway stops and list nearby trains prominently on their Web sites. Free Internet access is practically a universal amenity outside Manhattan, and a rooftop bar with a view follows close behind.
Mr. Zilberman includes free domestic and international phone calls and says he is catering to the “Apple crowd”: guests toting MacBooks and iPads. He built the 100-room hotel on land he bought in 1996 to park cars for his limousine business.
Long Island City’s advantages include quick trips to La Guardia and Kennedy airports; new restaurants and parks that have joined nearby cultural attractions like MoMA PS1, the Museum of the Moving Image and Socrates Sculpture Park; and proximity to film and television production facilities like Silvercup Studios. Citigroup’s office tower is also a factor for developers, who like to locate hotels near commercial hubs.
Other recent additions to Long Island City include the boutique Hotel Vetiver, which opened in January, and a Four Points by Sheraton that had its debut last May, promoting Manhattan skyline views. A Wyndham Garden hotel welcomed its first guests this spring, and Marriott is putting the finishing touches on a Fairfield Inn & Suites, which is scheduled to open this summer. Marriott was a pioneer in the outer boroughs, with a 666-room hotel that opened in 1998 near the Brooklyn Bridge that dominated the market long before newer competitors arrived. But these days, smaller midmarket properties are more typical, even in Manhattan, because it is still a challenge to get financing to build a large luxury hotel.
“It’s easier to build these small hotels that are moderately priced because they’re less expensive,” said John Wolf, a Marriott spokesman. “And you get a return on your investment more quickly.”
While the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott still captures big event and conference business — it was just named the official hotel of the Barclays Center, the new Nets arena — downtown Brooklyn’s hotel center has been shifting to Duffield Street, where Sheraton and Aloft have opened properties in the last two years.
The 128-room Hotel 718 is set to join them on Duffield Street this spring, with amenities that include a spa, a rooftop deck and a restaurant called the Marrow, run by Harold Dieterle and Alicia Nosenzo, co-owners of Kin Shop and Perilla in the West Village.
“That street in particular is going to be kind of a hotel row,” said Brian Dunne, the director of marketing for Benchmark Hospitality International, the operator of Hotel 718.
With all the residential development in the area, Mr. Dunne said downtown Brooklyn was becoming more of an evening destination, rather than a neighborhood that empties out when municipal and corporate workers go home.
Hotel 718 is part of a more upscale wave of independent hotels opening in Brooklyn, with a carefully fashioned restaurant or bar that aims to attract locals as well as hotel guests. And those guests tend to be more stylish and wealthier travelers, not just budget-conscious visitors who cannot afford to stay near Times Square.
“Brooklyn isn’t being viewed as the less expensive option to Manhattan,” Mr. Dunne said. “It’s a place people are starting to want to come to first rather than second.”
The quarry for hotel developers in Williamsburg is the travelers at the vanguard of fashion, music and design.
The 64-room King & Grove Williamsburg opened on North 12th Street last November, hoping to attract international travelers and the creative set. Originally named the Hotel Williamsburg, the property was recently bought by King & Grove, which also owns Ruschmeyer’s in Montauk and the Tides South Beach in Miami.
Some rooms have balconies overlooking the outdoor pool, and the new owners are working on a rooftop bar and shifting to a more casual focus for the restaurant.
“We’ve kind of become a retreat for parents who are visiting their 30-year-old son who just had his first kid with his wife,” said Maggie Houston, a spokeswoman for King & Grove. “We really do have a pretty big mix at the hotel.”
Just down the street, the 72-room Wythe Hotel plans to open in May, in a former factory on the Williamsburg waterfront. The guest room options include two “band rooms” that sleep four or six people in bunk beds, and the hotel’s restaurant, Reynards, is run by Andrew Tarlow, of the popular area restaurants Marlow & Sons and Diner.
Other hotels are venturing into less-trafficked parts of Brooklyn: a Fairfield Inn & Suites opened last July on Third Avenue in Gowanus. And Hotel BPM is expected to open later this spring on 33rd Street in Sunset Park.
Developed by the hip-hop D.J. Bijal Panwala, Hotel BPM — as in “beats per minute” — streams a soundtrack selected by the owner in its public spaces. Soundproofed guest rooms offer an amenity many travelers will appreciate: laptop-size safes.
Sean Hennessey, the chief executive of Lodging Advisors, which evaluates the financial prospects of hotels, said one cloud over the otherwise sunny New York City market was that prices had not matched the strength of occupancy rates.
“In 2011, room rates were still 18 percent below where they were in 2007,” Mr. Hennessey said, adding that hotels in Brooklyn or Queens command rates that are $50 to $60 less than a property of comparable quality in Manhattan.
“That’s good for travelers,” he said. “But not as good for hotel developers.”
Still, Mr. Hennessey said, areas outside Manhattan are well suited to the midprice hotels that are popular now and can often be built on a faster timetable.
“You can get a project up and running somewhat easier in the boroughs,” he said, “which I think is why we’re seeing more interest there.”
Aaaah to live in Long Island City! Quaint independent shops and restaurants, beautiful views, proximity to Manhattan… and the apartments aren’t too shabby either! On Tuesday, the developer of The Industry, Stuart Match Suna, showed off our diggs to NY1, and their cameras captured the wonderful views from our roof, spacious condominiums, and surrounding neighborhood. Take a look:
The Chocolate Factory, one of our wonderful neighborhood theatre spaces, is home to a new performance. As written up in The New Yorker:
“Fruitlands” takes its title from the failed commune established by the American transcendentalist Bronson Alcott, and much of its tone from his daughter Louisa May, who suffered there for his ideals. Four women in long, dark dresses run heedlessly in a small space. They clump together and rub against one another as if to shed something unwanted. They gaze outward and their smiles curdle. Some of the symbolism is heavy-handed, but the rhythm worked up by overlapping solos is thrilling and rare. (The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., Long Island City. 212-352-3101. April 18-21 at 8.)
Find more dance performances in NYC: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/events/dance/2012/04/23/120423goda_GOAT_dance#ixzz1sFFfjYA4
The Chocolate Factory: http://www.chocolatefactorytheater.org/home.html
In this delightful weather, we can’t help but dream of relaxing outside with a cup of coffee, perusing local shops with friends, or strolling into the nearest pub. Happy spring, LIC! Metro newspaper recently chronicled how to spend an ideal Spring day in Long Island City, complete with brunch, booze, art and laughs. Sounds right on the money!
Rebecca Finkel’s Metro piece, “Take a daytrip to Long Island City”:
This spring, spend a day in Long Island City, a neighborhood as rich in history as it is in great brunch spots.
A historic hub
Before the LIRR connected to Penn Station, LIC was the end of the line. Commuters awaiting ferries to Manhattan met at Tony Miller’s Hotel on Borden Avenue (now the fabulously kitschy Waterfront Crabhouse). Teddy Roosevelt drank there, as did architect Stanford White and actress Lillian Russell. By 1910, with expanded LIRR service and the opening of the Queensboro Bridge, LIC fell into decline. Ferries stopped running, and Prohibition turned Miller’s Hotel into a phonograph factory. LIC remained a quiet, industrial neighborhood until the late ’70s, when artists flocked to the area’s lofts. In the ’90s, new waterfront high-rises attracted young professionals and their families. Today, LIC it has reclaimed its status as a hub of vibrant people, culture and art.
10:30 a.m.: Eat
You can’t find a bad brunch on Vernon Boulevard, with El Ay Si, Cranky’s, Dorian Cafe, and Tournesol. We like 4-month-old Alobar (www.alobarnyc.com) for its superb bloody mary and its duck confit Sloppy Joe with smoked ricotta (pictured).
After brunch, head to Gantry Plaza State Park, a 10-acre waterfront walk with spectacular views of Manhattan. In addition to contemporary art Mecca MoMA PS1, LIC is home to three sculpture parks: The Noguchi Museum, Sculpture Center and the Socrates Sculpture Park.
Across the street from PS1 is 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center, a 5-story warehouse covered in legal graffiti. Visit between May 12 and 20 for the LIC Arts Open (www.licartsopen.org), when hundreds of artists open their studios to the public.
3 p.m.: Drink
LIC has the kind of relaxed neighborhood bars that will make you think seriously about moving, or at least staying for another beer. In fair weather, grab an outdoor seat at Dominie’s Hoek (www.dominieshoek.com) or LIC Bar (www.licbar.com). Sweet Leaf (www.sweetleaflic.com) has a good selection of coffee and tea, which you can enjoy while playing DJ in their record room. Sage General Store (www.sagegeneralstore.com) has great baked goods; try the bacon brownie.
4 p.m.: Laugh
Wind down with open-mic stand-up at The Creek and Cave (www.creeklic.com), one of the area’s two comedy clubs. Free shows start at 4 p.m. on both Saturdays and Sundays.
It’s been way too long since we posted on the blog – apologies! Here is another great LIC story, coming from New York Daily News. Read about Long Island City’s The Oracle Club, a new ecclectic private club and haven for the literary, artistic, and creative.
“There is a certain breed of New Yorker for whom the word “club” does not summon up the Meatpacking District, but the upper East Side; there are some in this town who crave not Cielo’s bottle service and booming music, but a cocktail in the wood-paneled comfort of the Knickerbocker.
Private clubs have long been a staple in New York society. These clubs are extremely expensive, with membership dues that reach into the thousands. As such, they are unavailable to most of us, who have to do with a cozy corner of Starbucks for our social needs.
That’s why the Oracle Club in Long Island City is such a welcome addition to New York’s cultural landscape. It strives to be a meeting (and working) place for writers, artists and intellectuals.
Nor is it, technically, a social club, but a hybrid of an intellectual salon and the kind of writers’ spaces that have become popular in recent years. One book-lined room is reserved for writers and another for painters. A third serves as a gathering place where readings and classes (ballet, cosmology, art) are held; in this airy ‘salon,’ a member can also simply read a book or chat with another Oracle member over a beer (yes, there is a bar).
The Oracle is the brainchild of novelist Julian Tepper and painter Jenna Gribbon, who run the club out of the ground floor of a building owned by a friend. Tepper and Gribbon live above the club with their 1-year-old son.
They started working on the Oracle in late November; today, with its welcoming library, Gribbon’s surrealistic paintings and eclectic furniture (including some very frightening couches with horns), it looks like it has been around for a century.
‘t will be one of the most beautiful places in New York City,’says Tepper with a Manhattanite’s unmistakable bravado. Indeed, he is a native of the East Side who, in addition to creating the Oracle, has just sold his first novel, ‘Balls,’ about a man battling testicular cancer.
But while the Oracle does indeed look and feel like a cousin of the National Arts Club, it aims to be more than just a social club. While one can join only the large central salon, Tepper and Gribbon hope to draw like-minded writers and artists. The attraction is a library straight out of the Ivy League, reserved for writers, and a vast artists’ studio on the lower level for members who paint.
Gribbon, who hails from Tennessee, says they are looking for other dedicated artists with ‘ink on your fingers and paint on your pants.’
This wouldn’t be a New York social club without some exclusivity. Tepper and Gribbon interview all members, who — if they are accepted — gain access for $175 per month for artists, $125 for writers and $50 for salon-only members.
The club already has 25 members, who might be sequestered away in a library nook working on a novel or painting the next masterpiece downstairs — or simply enjoying a drink in the salon.
You know, just like they do on the East Side.”
- Alexander Nazaryan, New York Daily News
Looking for more to read. Check out The New York Times blurb on The Oracle Club: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/just-opened-the-oracle-club/
The club’s website: theoracleclub.com
The Oracle Club, 10-41 47th Avenue, Long Island City, NY; 917-519-2594
Artist Eduardo Anievas-Cortines hosts one of his lovely Open Studo Series tomorrow from 1-7pm. On display are his original, colorful paintings, sure to brighten your winter day. The host also serves homemade tapas and sangria (yes, please).
A fantastic community gathering! Take a look at Anievas-Cortines’s website for pictures of past events! http://www.eduardoanievas.com/eduaran.htm
47-33 5th St, LIC
LIC’s beloved eatery, which was forced to close its packed doors last fall, is back. And the whole neighborhood (and our neighboring boroughs) is talking about the French-Canadian restuarant’s epic return! Read yesterday’s New York Daily News story…
Dufour revealed to Canadian Broadcasting Company they are planning on serving bento box-style meals and will work mostly sous-vide (sealed-bag cooking), since the space is mostly without gas.
He has also hinted at plans to open a space on a catamaran inside a warehouse space in Long Island City.
The beloved restaurant was forced to shutter at its former 49th Ave. location after Dufour and Obraitis had a rent dispute with their landlord in August.
M. Wells, the French Canadian-inspired eatery, known for its Caesar salad with anchovy dressing and pickled pork tongue, changed the restaurant scene in LIC when it first opened in 2010.
It was included in Bon Appetit magazine’s Best Restaurants in the World list in 2011.