Life In Motion
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.
Happy to post that NY1 profiled our building in the story, “What Can You Buy in NYC for about 1.1M?”
Watch the video to see the 2 bedroom penthouse unit – beautiful oak floors, luxury amenities, a large terrace, and more! We may be a bit biased, but hard to compete with the price and proximity to Manhattan!
Yesterday The Queens Courier profiled local artist Jesse Winter, whose photographs of Long Island City are showcased at The Industry. Primarily a portrait photographer, Winter works at Ten10 Studios (below). Read the Courier article, “Winter in Long Island City: Local Artist with Space for Experience.”
“The artistic community of LIC is an ever-evolving collection of painters, photographers, sculptors and preternatural inhabitants of every other imaginable art form. They are in LIC for the camaraderie, the easy access to Manhattan and, of course, for the gallery space.
Ten10 Studios opened its doors to the LIC community on June 3, 2010 and welcomed upon its walls the first of many local creative expressions. Since then the historic carriage house has not only been transformed into a photography studio for local photographer Jesse Winter, but also has become an extension of his vision in art. The space allows him to open his doors as a beacon of art, music, and performances for not just local but all who have been inspired by one form or another. Winter’s vision has caused a positive ripple effect in our local artist community by allowing them to have a venue to express their artistic vision.
Jesse Winter first arrived in LIC in 2003. He walked down Vernon Boulevard and straight into Cassino Restaurant – little did he know his destiny would be altered by meeting the Anzalone family, who happened to know of an apartment for rent. That meeting later changed his destiny when his new place in the LIC community led directly to him meeting future wife Missy, who works for Doctors Without Borders.
It all came together for Winter, all of his chance meetings convinced him to firmly plant his tripod in LIC. His inspiration of life and love comes from his surroundings of family and friends and being inspired by his local surroundings, he decided to create a space for his open media. Not just to create a photo opportunity or to capture a moment in time, but to bring some variety to his form of pictorial cultivation. In doing so, he has created an open studio for local community artists to be able to show on a level that otherwise would not be possible on Vernon Boulevard, which is mainly known for shops and restaurants – a fresh breath of culture without having to walk up to Jackson Avenue.
Winter, as a portrait photographer, has been focusing on children and families. His artistic vision for these subjects brings out their purity and captures the moments that quickly fade as time advances.
‘Children are the sketched version of whatever they will become except more beautiful, pure, and true,’ he said. ‘Ten10 Studios is the perfect space to control light and catch moments with children. Making portraits of children that transcend their age is my goal.’
Moments with loved ones can pass in a blur, as Winter learned in a tragic way.
In the midst of showing his work at other local places like his American Payphone at LIC Market and NYC Composite Landscape at the Industry, his beloved brother Adam passed away after a 32 year struggle with congestive heart failure. Adam’s struggle and dedication to living life to the fullest will be an inspiration to Winter and the LIC community for the rest of his life.
And his inspiration seems to be on a constant flow. Since opening his studio, Winter has exhibited his own projects like Homegrown LIC – portraits of LIC community members, iTrain, and Edible Arts – highlighting LIC chiefs and their creations. Besides his personal work, there has been over 25 local artists displayed – all of which have either given first chances or reignited seasoned careers. It was no small feat to open the Studio as it took friends helping with renovations and local merchants donating food for openings – it has truly been a community affair.
Winter is always looking for new ways to create and share with the community. The only rule is the carriage house doors always close at 10:10 p.m. To round out the season, he is transforming his studio into a Winter Wonderland and opening his doors again for an event on December 11, allowing families to take their portraits. In addition to that holiday present, on December 17 Amanda and Sam, local artists, are performing ‘The Three Cords and Truth,’ a cabaret show and art exhibit of gay icons. Accepting all of the different types of artists LIC has to offer into his studio amplifies the importance of places like Ten10. People tell stories through their journeys and it is wise to catch those stories and tell them while the chance is at hand.
‘The value is in the experience, whether five people show up or 50,’ he said. ‘If it is not good for creativity, conversation, and community it is not good. The best experiences happen because you’re open to letting them happen.’
For new experiences, contact Ten10Studios at www.ten10studios.com or call Jesse Winter at 646-271-5353. Ten10 Studios is located at 10-10 47th Road in LIC.”
“What attracted you to The Industry LIC?”
We’ve asked our buyers that question, and will periodically provide their answers on the blog. It may be just a quick phrase or anecdote, but it’s window into why, like so many others, these New Yorkers are choosing to make Long Island City their home – and think The Industry suits their needs perfectly!
What attracted you the The Industry LIC?
“The condos are complete and ready for move-in, with nothing to fix or change, and no time to wait – headache free compared to other buildings we’ve lived in.”
Yup, every apartment is finished and ready for move-in, with luxury appliances and fixtures, lovely oak wood floors, high ceilings – the works! The craftsmanship is certainly a plus, and it’s all brand spankin’ new. See for yourself at our weekend open house, Saturdays & Sundays from 1-4pm (or 4-5pm by appointment), and take a closer look at The Industry’s kitchens and bathrooms with these photos. Happy apartment hunting!
Unless you were living under a Central Park rock yesterday, you experienced the marathon madness. Here at The Industry, people stopped by our open house while waiting to see a friend or loved one run through the Queens streets. Long Island City was packed! And The New York Times took notice. This morning’s article by C.J. Hughes, “Along the Route, Neighborhood Snapshots of New York’s Progression,” chronicles the change in LIC over the last few decades. Here are excerpts:
“As dusk fell, a woman, head to toe in black, bounded down the sidewalk, with a leash in one hand and a baby tucked against her chest. By the curb, two men in suits loudly debated the stock market. And at a Mexican bistro, patrons sipped Chardonnay from stemless glasses under graffiti framed as art.
Ordinary stuff, maybe, for many New York neighborhoods. But this lively mix of bar-goers and Wall Streeters and harried parents was percolating on Vernon Boulevard, in Long Island City, Queens, a highway-bordered neighborhood that until recently seemed to function largely as a giant parking lot.
In 1976, when the New York City Marathon first trudged through Long Island City en route from Staten Island to Manhattan, the area had an even more pungent industrial flavor. A common sight at night then wasn’t stockbrokers but trucks, lots of them, rumbling from low-slung warehouses down dark streets with cargoes of bread, beer and soda.”
“The transformation of Long Island City, from a vast asphalt expanse into a neighborhood rich with luxury two-bedroom condos, is just one startling stop on the city’s remade and repopulated landscape. Charred blocks are now flush with trees. Discos have given way to pharmacies. Immigrant groups have faded, to be replaced by arrivals of new colors. The gulf between rich and poor has blown open.
Sure, one could pick any thoroughfare in the city, or devise your own 26-mile spin through New York, and note change. But the marathon’s route, year in and year out, draws runners from across the globe and declares, in its punishing and entertaining way, ‘This is New York.’”
“Long Island City’s changed character and altered look are a testament to that rezoning and the rebuilding that has come as a consequence. Yes, there are still myriad taxi depots, used-car lots and garages. Not to mention that huge billboards, for department stores, orange juice and cellphones, catch the eyes of commuters on the Long Island Expressway below.
But people who ran the route in the ’70s no doubt do double takes these days. Developers have recently lined Jackson Avenue with angular condos. A complex known as Hunters View was built over an auto-parts store. One Vernon Jackson rose over a razed glue factory. And One Hunters Point, on Borden Avenue, stands in the footprint of a parking lot where children a couple of generations back played touch football.
Adding so much sizzle to a sleepy city corner has charmed some business owners like Sung Park, 52, a deli owner on Vernon since 1988.
In 2009, he decided the neighborhood had changed enough that he could move beyond selling soda and sandwiches. He opened a museum on 50th Avenue, formally known as Underpenny Antiques, where his collection of 19th-century cast-iron pot holders, some 200 of them, are on display. Oh, and you can buy an oil painting there, too.
‘Years ago, you couldn’t tell cabdrivers ‘Long Island City,’ so we would tell them to go to the Midtown Tunnel tollgate,’ he said. ‘But now they know where to go.’”
If you’re at The Industry or in LIC looking for a variety of organic produce, healthy snacks, allergy-friendly foods, or just hoping to put something good in your body, stop by Natural Frontier Market at 12-01 Jackson Avenue. Larger than your average corner store, the market has aisles of dairy products, fruits and veggies, breads and grains, plus healthy snacks for kids, not-your-average TV dinners, and the chips, desserts, and nutrition bars that you’d expect from health stores. There is also a smoothie & juice bar (yes, they have wheat grass shots), pre-made meals (think Mediteranian wraps, vegetarian chicken salad, and tofu soba noodles), vitamins, spices, and cosmetic products. The best thing about Long Island City’s Natural Frontier Market? The prices, which are noticeably lower than competitors in other parts (even Queens) of NYC. Health nuts, vegans, vegetarians, gluten-intolerants – UNITE! We’re right there with ya, loving Natural Frontier Market in LIC!
Check out the website: naturalfronteirmarket.net
Witches, ghosts, and goblins… jack-o-lanterns, costumes and candy – it’s that time of year again! Bring out the Kit Kat bars and Reeces Pieces, Halloween is less than a week away, and there’s plenty of ways to celebrate in the neighborhood. Take a look at some of the parties, festivals & events in LIC this weekend/next Monday!
Masquerade Ball @ System Dance Club . Fri, doors open @ 10pm
Drinks, dancing, magic & masks. Music by DJ Brinka, with an opening set by DJ Nine PM. Everyone Free Before Midnight with Ticket. Groups of 5+ ladies receive a complimentary bottle of vodka before midnight. More details at www.systemny.com/Events
Howl-o-ween Paw-rade @ The Breadbox Cafe . Sat, 3-5pm
Dress up your furry friend in festive attire and come to the cafe parking area for some afternoon fun – canine-style. Schedule:
3-3:30: Check in, snacks
3:30 – 4: Photo Booth. Parade set-up
4 – 5: Parade & Costume Contest
5-6: Prize Ceremony
“Movie Monsters and More”: A Master Class with Special Effects Makeup Artist Mike Marino . Museum of the Moving Image . Sun @ 2:30pm
From the museum: “Get an exclusive behind the scenes look at the craft that goes into creating the makeup effects that make movie monsters, zombies, aliens, and victims so frighteningly convincing. Makeup artist Mike Marino, whose credits include I Am Legend, Black Swan, and Men in Black 3, will transform one of his assistants into a werewolf, applying techniques and materials he uses professionally. Audience members will also have the chance to get up close and see actual props Marino has made for films.”
Frankenstein @ Museum of the Moving Image . Sun @7:30pm . Free w/ museum admission
What better way to get spooked that watching this old classic? The screening celebrates the film’s 80th anniversary, and the audience will be joined by Sara Karloff, daughter of Frankenstein’s break-out star and iconic image, Boris Karloff.
“Poe: An Imaginary Waltz” @ The Secret Theatre . Mon @ 8pm
Come to the special Halloween party and performance of the play, which audiences can also enjoy on the 27th, 28th & 29th. From the theatre: “In an original one act, ‘An Imaginary Waltz’ – Poe writes a love letter to his dead bride – She appears, they dance but once again Edgar is left empty and bereft. This unusual show also features a site-specific installation ‘POEtry In Red’ by LIC based artist, Eliot Lable.”
Don’t you just love Halloween! Stop by The Industry this week for a goodie-bag of candy; if you ask very politely, we’ll give them to adults too…
It’s been an exciting week here at The Industry, and we’re looking forward to a relaxing, fun weekend. Long Island City won’t disappoint, with festivals and films galore, plus markets, art exhibits, and live music! If you have to choose, here a few things to put on your calendars this weekend in LIC…
Come to Resobox today for a Japenese Character Design Workshop, now every Friday from 5:30 – 6:45pm. Instructor Akane Ogura studied dressmaking and fashion design in Japan, and later illustration in the states. Specializing in mixed media, her work captures the spirit of Japanese character design and “kawaii,” the term for “cuteness.” Resobox’s website describes, “[Kawaii is] a very important part of Japanese pop culture. If you are familiar with ‘Hello Kitty,’ ‘Pikachu’ and ‘Rilakkuma,’ then you can easily understand kawaii characters. In this class, using these two concepts together, we will explore Japanese contemporary drawing style to create kawaii characters of our own vision and design.”
Resobox . 41-26 27th Street
The BabBaDa: Rice Dream Exhibit has its opening reception tonight from 6-7pm at Space Womb, a fantastic art gallery in the Hunters Point area of LIC. On display are paintings & sculptures from two accomplished Korean artists, Jongsun-Jay and Gongsan Kim, that explore Asian and Western motifs, the aftermath of the Korean War, and, as the website states, the “Korean reality from an American perspective.”
Space Womb . 22-48 Jackson Ave
The New York City Greek Film Festival, which runs from Oct. 16th through Nov. 6th at various venues across the city, began yesterday at Museum of the Moving Image; films will be screened at the venue through Sunday. Recognize any of the movies playing this weekend? Charisma, Tungsten, Nobody, Strella, Attenberg, My Sweet Canary, and Knifer will play at the museum.
Check out the full schedule: http://www.nycgreekfilmfestival.com/NYCGFF/MOMI___Schedule.html
Museum of the Moving Image . 36-01 35th Ave
Socrates Sculpture Park’s Halloween Harvest Festival is tomorrow from 11am to 3pm! Take a look at the park’s desciption of the exciting, “fun for the whole family” event:
“Come to the 11th annual Halloween Harvest Festival with your friends and family to make a costume with Socrates Sculpture Park artists; listen to live music; enjoy special artmaking workshops with Socrates artists; enter your dog in the 7th annual Canine Costume Contest; and try harvest foods from local restaurants.
Celebrate Electric Boogaloo style with Socrates Sculpture Park artists!
- Funky costume-making workshops
- Face painting by Agostino Arts!
- Annual Canine Costume Contest with LIC’s Pooches Sport & Spa
- Harvest foods for sale from LIC’s Breadbox Cafe
- Original hip-hop songs & spoken word by the youth of Urban Art Beat NYC
- Breakdancin’ by RadioHead Entertainment
- “Beat-n-Brass” concert by William B. Johnson’s Drumadics”
Socrates Sculpture Park . 3205 Vernon Blvd
Lastly, The Gantry Park Fall Festival is all day Saturday on as well. Plus Agora LIC Saturday Market, and GrowNYC Greenmarket - so much to do, so little time!
Of course, we’d love for you to stop by The Industry on your way to or from one of these fantastic neighborhood events. Our open houses are Saturdays & Sundays from 1-4pm, or 4-5pm by appointment. After our “premiere party” and visit from E! News this week, people are buzzing about our LIC condos - come see what all the fuss is about!
This morning Nicole Young, style trendsetter and journalist, shot a fall fashion segment for E! News at The Industry. Her beautiful model donned outfits with pops of the season’s hottest color, RED. Completing the look, she wore black and nude separates as well as minimal jewelry to keep the look wearable, simple, and very chic. Look out for the piece on E! News to hear all of Young’s style tips and wardrobe suggestions. Happy to have her at The Industry LIC (isn’t that kitchen beautiful…)!
Last night’s party was a great success and truly a neighborhood affair, with food from LIC Market (just across the street from the condos), drinks from Court Square Wines, and music by DJ Cerock. A fantastic local photographer, Jesse Winter, displayed his artwork. Despite the rain, truly a great evening! Thanks to all who came out! Here’s a photo of Modern Spaces President Eric Benaim (center) with The Industry developers, Silvercup Studios Presidents Alan and Stuart Suna. Check back for more photos of the event!
We’ve mentioned that the owners of Silvercup Studios, the region’s largest television and film production facility (“30 Rock,” “Gossip Girl,” “White Collar,” and much more), are the developers of The Industry. Brothers Stuart and Alan Suna are longtime community members and lovers of Long Island City, and advocates for the arts in Queens. That passion extends beyond Silvercup and LIC, and for Stuart Suna, it heads out East to The Hamptons! He is Chairman of The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF), a prestigious and exciting festival that occurs each year in October.
Tomorrow marks the 19th year of HIFF, which is a centerpiece of The Hamptons’ vibrant artistic community, and a wonderful bridge between film and economic development.
Here are some of the highly anticipated films that will be showcased at HIFF, Oct. 13th – 17th. Last year’s features earned a total of 30 Academy Award nominations (Black Swan, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours - pretty impressive stuff), so we’re eagerly awaiting the success of this year’s line-up! Take a look (descriptions from the festival website, www.hamptonsfilmfest.org):
Like Crazy“It is rare for sweet, implacable first love portrayed on screen to connect wholly with the heart. It is rare for sweet, implacable first love portrayed on screen to connect wholly with the heart. LIKE CRAZY is a dazzling exception, featuring two brilliant young actors, Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones, with remarkable screen chemistry.”
The Bully Project “Capturing the experiences of the victims of America’s overlooked bullying crisis, THE BULLY PROJECT sounds an alarm on the harassment and violence taking place among children in the US––and right under our noses.”
It may have felt like fall this week, but this weekend will see clear skies, plenty of sun, and 70 and 80 degree temps. Enjoy the warm, sunny weather with a few Long Island City activities…
Oscar Wilde’s “Salome” is at The Secret Theatre through Oct. 16th. An all-male cast performs the controversial and provocative work, sure to shock and delight audiences. The theatre’s website describes: “this irreverent and erotic new production by Femme Fatale Theater explores unrequited lust and sexual taboos through a distinctly queer aesthetic.” Showtimes: Fri @ 8pm & 10:30pm, Sat @ 2pm & 8pm, Sun @ 2pm. General admission is $18; $15 for “youth” (30 and under- haha).
More theatre! Through October 30th, Queens Theatre is performing “Chix6,” an up-and-coming musical that’s sure to make it big. The website sells us: “In the tradition of Rent and Spring Awakening comes an exciting Broadway-bound musical about a comic book artist who is rescued by her own superheroine characters when an unhealthy relationship threatens to extinguish her creative spark. Leaping off the page, her characters come to life, pull her into their comic book world, and teach her important life lessons in one show-stopping number after another. Featuring a dynamic cast, an all-star creative team (Beowulf Borritt, David Gallo, Chris March of “Project Runway”) —and a dazzling original score, the touching story, multimedia wizardry and electrifying music will captivate the eye, ear, and heart during this special engagement at Queens Theatre.” Chris March?! Okay, we’re officially very, very excited.
Showtimes: Fri @ 8pm, Sat @ 2pm & 8pm, Sun @ 3pm. Go to the theatre’s website, www.queenstheatre.org, for more info on ticket prices (undoubtedly less than you’ll be paying to see it on Broadway).
“Signal to Noise once again takes over the entire Museum of the Moving Image with interactive spectacles and visual delights, including electro-jams, post-rave vibes, circuit-bent video, shadow game tournaments, battling guitar video game contests, and much more as the galleries stay open late and the party goes later.”
With DJs/artists/rockers/rockstars: Anamanaguchi, Extreme Animals, MiniBoone, Holly Danger, Landlady Lo Vid, and Modal Kombat. 8pm-2am. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.
Come to The Noguchi Museum on Sunday for Music in the Garden/Galleries with Elizabeth Brown. How the museum describes their event: “Composer/performer Elizabeth Brown will perform traditional shakuhachi solos as well as her own music. A Juilliard graduate and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, Brown is celebrated both in the U.S. and Japan for her luminous and dreamlike compositions combining eastern and western sensibilities.” The event is at 3pm.
Sunday is also The New York Book Fair Expo at The Queens Museum of Art. This year, the Expo is spotlighting Latino authors, in addition to 100 local authors from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Additionally, “The New York Book Fair Expo is proud to present Gerardo Piña-Rosales, Director of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language as a featured speaker and a special authors from African American, Asiatic, Greeks and Hispanic background. There will also be panel discussions, readings, workshops, open mike sessions, multi-cultural music and dance, and a variety of merchandise and book vendors. The NY Book Fair Expo is designed to promote literacy and literary endeavor in New York. It is also an opportunity for authors to encourage our youth and engage with the community” (from the museum’s website).
As always, we’d love to see you at The Industry OPEN HOUSE,
Saturday & Sunday from 1-4pm.
If you like this view, than you’ll probably enjoy living here…
The cover story for The New York Post‘s Home section today is about Long Island City’s real estate boom. Affordability, promiximity to Manhattan, appeal to families, the new Williamsburg… all reasons we (and The NY Post) can’t stop raving about LIC!
Read excerpts from Max Gross‘s article, LICin’ good!, to see what The Industry’s developers, brothers Stuart and Alan Suna, owners of Silvercup Studios, have to say about the neighborhood. If you’d like to read the full article: http://www.nypost.com/news/business/realestate/residential. And yes, these pictures we’re taken on our roof - one of many great amenities!
From “LICin’ good!” in The New York Post:
“‘We’ve been here 30 years,’ says Alan Suna, owner of Silvercup Studios and the developer of the new Industry condo building with his brother, Stuart. ‘I’ve never seen so much change as in the last couple of years.’”
“Indeed, developers haven’t slowed down much when it comes to LIC. The sheer number of buildings currently under construction (or in the planning stage) is immense.”
“And while most associate LIC with the waterfront, buildings in the area around Queens Plaza and Court Square, where Citibank built its tower and where the 59th Street Bridge empties out, are also starting to rise. ‘The more local developers are doing more stuff around Queens Plaza,’ says Cliff Finn of Citi Habitats, which is marketing Packard Square North. ‘Queens Plaza has a different appeal. It’s a little bit more urban. There’s different proximity to the subway. It typically skews a little younger.’
‘Manhattan was far too expensive,’ says Benjamin Haag, who moved to the city from Washington, DC, and took a one-bedroom at Packard Square North in August. He decorated with mixed-media art by his aunt, Carol Crawford, who, as it happens, is an artist who does a lot of work in LIC.
‘The rent [in Long Island City] is tremendously lower,’ Haag adds. ‘That’s what I imagine is the appeal of the area in general. That’s why buildings are opening by the handful.’”
“’I’m guessing $45 per square foot is the average [yearly rent] for a building in Long Island City,’ says Jon McMillan of TF Cornerstone, ‘$60 is more what we’re looking at in Manhattan. You can get stuff at an approximate 20 percent discount.’
“The discount has been a big lure for both renters and buyers. Another lure is proximity. ‘The commute [to work in Manhattan] is unbelievable. It’s a 15-minute commute, door-to-door,’ says Eric Kaden, who with his wife, Heather, and three children, are in the process of buying a 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom combination unit at The Industry. The condo building, at 44th Drive in the Court Square area, started sales last year, and its available units range from $399,000 to $1.407 million.”
“‘People are kicking the tires, and they see they can easily get to their jobs, not just Midtown but downtown,’ says Stuart Suna. ‘The people who are walking around are new faces; it’s more families — moms with the strollers — than the edgy people. It’s more a professional crowd than an artsy, edgy crowd. There’s lots less body paint and body piercing.’”
“What attracted you to The Industry LIC?”
We’ve asked our buyers that question, and will periodically provide their answers on the blog. It may be just a quick phrase or anecdote, but it’s window into why, like so many others, these New Yorkers are choosing to make Long Island City their home – and think The Industry suits their needs perfectly!
What attracted you the The Industry LIC?
“With 3 kids and a dog, the yard space is great for our family… The Court Square area is full of other families.”
You heard it here first… The indoor and outdoor space at The Industry (patios, a yard, landscaped rooftop) makes our condos a place for both kids and adults to play, relax, and enjoy the nice weather. And, in an area densely populated with museums, galleries and theatres, there are arts workshops for kids happening weekly. With a slew of highly regarded preschools, plush parks, and family owned, kid-friendly restaurants, LIC is a terrific, safe neighborhood for your tot – or the kid in all of us.
Think our condos could be a great next step for your family? Stop by our sales office during the week, or an open house this weekend.
It’s that time of year again – the weather begins to change, kids reluctantly head back to school, store shelves are stocked with Halloween candy, and billboards, magazines, and subway stations are littered with advertisements for new and returning television shows. At Silvercup Studios, Long Island City’s famous film and television production facility, there’s definitely a fall feeling in the air. Stuart and Alan Suna, Presidents of Silvercup, are the developers of The Industry, and their luxury condominium building and studios are only a couple blocks apart. So program your DVRs, here’s a breakdown of the shows filmed at Silvercup and their premiere dates! First, our new shows…
“Unforgettable” - Tues, 9/20 @10PM on CBS
If you tuned into the show last night, we hope you think that “Unforgettable” is as unforgettable as we do. Starring Poppy Montgomery and Al Burns, the show follows Carrie Wells (Montgomery), a homicide detective with superior autobiographical memory, a rare condition that allows her to remember details from almost every day of her life. In the show, Wells is reunited with her former partner and ex-boyfriend (Burns) – we’re sure drama will unfold there! If you love crime dramas, kick-ass female characters, or ever wonder what I’d be like to have a flawless memory, tune into “Unforgettable.”
“Person of Interest” - Thurs, 9/22 @ 8PM on CBS
Starring Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson and Taraji P. Henson, “Person of Interest” is a crime drama produced J.J. Abrams & Jonathan Nolan. Finch (Emerson) is a software billionaire who creates a machine to predict violent crimes before they happen. He teams up with ex-CIA agent Reese (Caviezel), who is thought to be dead, and together they use modern-day technology (if you need a reminder of how prevalent and powerful cell phones, email, and surveillance cameras are, tune into this show) to save lives and fight crime.
“A Gifted Man” – Fri, 9/23 @ 8PM on CBS
In this drama, Patrick Wilson plays Michael Holt, a talented surgeon whose life changes when his diseased ex-wife begins to speak to him from the afterlife. Through her guidance (she continues to appear despite a slew of gurus attempting to rid him of her presence), Michael begins to see the world differently and learns the value of self-sacrifice and philanthropy. It may seem out there, but trust us, it’s beautifully acted and tackles complicated issues with humor and heart. And hey, what’s wrong with adding a likable ghost to all the vampires on television!
“Gossip Girl” – Mon, 9/26 @8PM on The CW
The CW’s hit show about the young, beautiful, and rich of the Upper East Side returns with a bang, as the gang travels to Hollywood. Don’t worry, they won’t be heading to the Peach Pit anytime soon; the plot lines are just as scandalous (guilty pleasure, anyone?) as past seasons.
“How to Make it in America” – Sun, 10/2 @10:30PM on HBO
The show, beginning its second season, stars Bryan Greenberg, Lake Bell, and Victor Rasuk, twentysomethings who hustle their way through New York City’s fashion scene in hopes of achieving the American Dream.
Have no fear, Silvercup’s other shows, “30 Rock” and “White Collar,” will premiere this winter, along with the new and highly anticipated HBO show, “Girls.” Stay tuned for more info!
Silvercup and The Industry are buzzing with excitement for all our fall shows. Let us know which you watch, and what you enjoy! We’ll be posting more info and links to previews and behind-the-scenes videos on our Facebook & Twitter accounts – follow/like both The Industry & Silvercup Studios.
No question about it, today definitely feels like fall. As the season begins to change, here a few ways to make this weekend just as glorious as those of summer:
Mickeybo & Me @ New York Irish Center, 7:30PM. The 2004 film follows two boys, one Catholic and the other Prodestant, at the beginning of The Troubles in Northern Ireland in 1970. Together, they dream of Australia and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids.”
10-40 Jackson Avenue . Tickets are $10 . Wine & Cheese reception
“Ghosts” @ The Secret Theatre – A Queens Player’s production, “Ghosts” is the story of one woman who attempts to rid herself of all of her late husband’s belonging while facing ghosts of her past and coming to terms with the. Fri, Sat & Sun @8PM. Tickets are $18
Along with our usual favorites like GrowNYC, fitness classes at Socrates Sculpture Park, and paddling with the LIC Boathouse, there are some great events this weekend.
72 Hour Urban Action: Getting Ready for Action – 72 Hour Urban Action, 3 days in 2012, is set to be the world’s first real-time architectural festival, with 10 international teams to compete to design projects in Long Island City. On Saturday, community members will meet for a day of brainstorming. Join ‘em and learn first hand about this historic event, referred to by The New York Daily News as the “Iron Chef” of architecture. Gathering and registration is at 9:30AM at MoMAPS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave).
Origami Workshop @ Resobox Gallery (41-26 27th Street) – Sam Ita, whose work is on display at the gallery, will instruct the workshop, from 3-4PM. The exhibit is also open all day Sunday.
Everyone’s a Winner Party @ Flux Factory (39-31 29 Street), 9:00PM. Various games, prizes, DJs and more. Admission is $10 in advance/ $15 at the door.
Fist & Sword Event (True Legend screening) @ Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, Astoria), 2PM.
Here’s the museum’s description of the film, True Legend: ”This epic return to directing from martial arts choreographer (The Matrix; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) Woo-ping Yuen follows Su Can, a retired Qing dynasty general with dreams of starting his own martial arts school. His peaceful life is upended when his vengeful adopted brother returns from war armed with a deadly weapon, the Five Venom Fists. Weakened but not destroyed, Su Can learns a never-before-seen form of martial arts: the Drunken Fist.
Following the screening, Jose Figueroa, a Tai Chi Master and co-founder with JoJo Torres of the world famous Rock Steady Crew of break dancers will discuss and demonstrate the relationship between Kung Fu and break dancing.”
Don’t forget about the Gus Van Sant series, also at Museum of the Moving Image. See his classics, Good Will Hunting and My Own Private Idaho, this weekend. Head their website, www.movingimage.us for more info on screenings!
Lastly, don’t forget about the small screen on Sunday – tune into the Emmy Awards @ 8PM on Fox. The Industry’s developers, Stuart and Alan Suna, are the presidents of Silvercup Studios (just a couple blocks away in LIC), so we’re rooting for 30 Rock, which shoots at the studios! Go Tina, Alec and Jenna!
Have a great weekend, LIC! And hey, if you like our blog, check us out on Twitter & Facebook!
Another Monday in Queens! Fortunately the weather still feels like summer, and the streets are busy with residents soaking up the sun. Walk outside our building on 44th Drive, and here are a few things you might come across…
Madera Cuban Grill & Steak House, The Secret Theatre, MoMA PS1, and Cranky’s Cafe: just a few examples of the vibrant art community & vast selection of restaurants that characterize LIC!
It’s TGIF-time, and once again we’re posting a few things to do in Long Island City this weekend – ways to spend time with loved ones, and enjoy art and outdoors on this commemorative, reflective weekend.
Scroll down to yesterday’s post to read more about the Gus Van Sant series at Museum of the Moving Image. Through Sept. 20th, the museum will be screening Van Sant films, beginning tonight with Drug Store Cowboy at 7PM. General admission is $12, students & seniors tickets are $9.
Live Music @ Astor Room – Emerging artists from Song Circle play each Friday night from 9-11PM. Why not make a night of it? The Astor Room (34-12 36 Street, Astoria) is known for its delicious cocktails and grub, with an extensive wine collection, comfort food done right (chicken pot pie, French union soup, fish & chips – oh my!), and a cocktail list Hollywood-inspired, “forgotten classics.” A vodka gimlet please!
Learn more about Song Circle at http://www.songcirclemusic.com/
Head to GrowNYC Market for fresh produce and homemade treats, at Socrates Sculpture Park starting at 8AM. Haven’t had your fix of all-things organic? Agora LIC Saturday Market opens at 10AM, with arts, crafts & food. Located at Saint Mary’s Lot (10-31 49 Ave). Let us know what your favorite food or craft stand is by commented on the blog – we’d love some suggestions!
Speaking of Socrates Sculpture Park, Saturday begins the 2011 Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition (EAF) which runs through March 4th. The exhibit is a chance for artists to hone their skills, showcase their talents, and work with unusual and creative materials on a very large scale. With six months of days to choose from, we hope you’ll stop by the park multiple times to see the artists’ truly amazing creations. The opening is from 2-6PM
Side Show the Musical has its final performance on Saturday night at The Secret Theatre (44-02 23 Street). The LIC Partnership describes the thoughtful, poignant show well: “A unique musical that explores what makes us all different and how beauty is truly only skin deep, SIDE SHOW tells the amazing story of how these talented and extraordinary women navigate their feelings, dream of life and love beyond the freak show and long to be like everyone else. Learn about their lives as side show attractions, beloved vaudeville stars, and two sisters attached for life.” The performance is at 8PM; admission is $18.
Friends of the Gantry Park, Street Tree Pruning - LIC residents come together to beautify the city and enjoy the nice weather. The meeting place is Cranky’s Cafe (49-19 Vernon Boulevard) at 9:30AM – come hungry for a morning pastry or frothy latte, the cafe is one of LIC’s finest!
Museum of the Moving Image is holding a special September 11th anniversary screening of Man on A Wire, the 2008 documentary about Philippe Petit, a Frenchmen who walked on a cable wire between the Twin Towers. Described by the museum: “The film, an uplifting and enchanting tribute to human ingenuity, never mentions the destruction of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001; instead, it poignantly brings them back to life, reminding us of a magic New York moment long before 9/11.” Screenings are at 4PM and 6:30PM. MoMA PS1 also has a special 9/11 exhibit, which opens at 10AM.
We hope you take advantage of some of the great activities in LIC this weekend! And if you’re in need of a fresh start, more space, an easier commute, or whatever your reasons for a move may be, stop by The Industry LIC open houses, Saturdays & Sundays from 12-3PM.
Another weekend in Long Island City, and Labor Day at that! With an extra day for festivities and relaxing, here are suggestions for how to spend the last days of the summer (how is September already here?!). ENJOY!
First Fridays at The Noguchi Museum
A prominent Japanese American artist and landscape architect, Isamu Noguchi worked in a diversity of mediums, creating gardens and architecture, along with sculptures, furniture and lighting designs, ceramics, and set designs. He founded the museum in 1985, and after his death, it still continues to serve and delight the LIC community. On Fridays during the summer, the museum is open late, with pay-what-you-wish-admission, a cash beer & wine bar, and plenty of outdoor space to mingle with friends and fellow patrons.
5:30PM – 8PM . 9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Blvd)
Saturday marks the end of Trecartin’s exhibit at MOMA PS1, which features a series of interconnected movies. MOMA PS1 describes Trecartin’s influence in the art world: “Trecartin has been influential within the art world and among a broader, intergenerational set of thinkers and cultural consumers. Consistent with his work to date, this latest series mines emergent evolutions of identity, narrative, language, and visual culture for content, and propels these matters forward as expressive mediums, through darkly jubilant and categorically frenetic formal experimentations.”
Warm-Up Series @ MOMA PS1
Come out for the last concert of the summer!
Here are this week’s artists:
The 2 Bears / Southern Fried / London, UK
Horsemeat Disco / Strut / London, UK
Midnight Magic / Midnight Sun / New York, NY
Justin Miller / DFA / New York, NY
BICEP / Throne of Blood / London, UK
22-25 Jackson Ave . 2PM – 9:PM
Sweetleaf coffee shop (see our blog post on “Where to go for a cup o’ Joe”) & Dutch Kills Bar are combining forces to provide a free tasting menu of alcoholic coffee beverages. Yum.
4-6PM . 10-93 Jackson Avenue
The series ends on Sunday, but have no fear, there are 5 screenings this weekend:
Robin & the 7 Hoods, Fri @ 7PM & Sat @ 4PM
Ocean’s Eleven, Sat @ 7PM & Sun @ 7PM
Von Ryan’s Express, Sun @ 4PM
36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria
Join the LIC Community Boathouse on Sat, Sun or Mon at 1PM. No reservation needed, but those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Check out their website for more info: www.licboathouse.org
A very happy Labor Weekend to all! If you’re looking for a new home, or just want to see what we offer, come to an OPEN HOUSE here at The Industry – we’d love to meet you!
Once again, we’re traveling the streets of Long Island City, talking to shop owners and fellow patrons, watching city dwellers enjoy the sunshine on their lunch breaks, and exploring the life right outside The Industry’s doors. Step outside to 44th Drive (our home), and the Citigroup tower, The Secret Theatre, and Brooks Restaurant are all a stones throw away, plus the LIC Courthouse, food trucks, and plenty of shops and subway stops. Here’s a taste of LIC:
See it yourself:
One Court Square (Citigroup Building) – Bustling during the workday, the food shops inside are welcome to all and shaded park benches outside provide a lovely retreat.
Brooks 1890 Restaurant (24-28 Jackson Ave) – A relaxed atmosphere, American cuisine focused on steak & seafood, and an homage to the simpler times – stop in for a beer or a meal. Need we say more?
The Yoga Room (10-14 47 Road) – Yoga, pilates, massage, acupuncture, workshops, and teachers training – they have it all!
Little Oven - if only our Easy Bake Ovens could make treats this good! Specializing in macaroons, this French bakery screams quaint.
What are your favorite spots in LIC? Let us know – we’re always looking for more shops to peruse and food to enjoy!
After perusing many NYC shops in search of unique women’s clothing that doesn’t break the bank, I felt hopeless. Of course there are chains like American Apparel and Urban Outfitters, as well as high end stores and promising small boutiques (that, alas, have price tags with one too many zeros for my taste). Hunting through Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens for the alternative to these shops is a daunting task.
Enter Ethereal, a charming women’s boutique on Vernon Blvd in Long Island City. With shelves of vintage handbags, chiffon & silk dresses for under 70 bucks, and one-of-a-kind beaded, buttoned and bedazzled vests, it’s certainly a place to poke your head into as the season changes. Pink walls, white chandelliers, framed photographs of Audrey (no last name required) – we love it! Also, if you’re thinking about trendy feather hair extensions (you too can pull them off, we promise), make an appointment at the boutique – it’s only $25 and the piece is handmade and applied by the artist (she also designs feather earrings).
Ethereal restocks it’s merchandise every Thursday, and after three and a half years, owner Adriana Ron continues to fill about 50% of her shelves with local designers; the remainder is split between vintage pieces and new arrivals. Take a look:
Bottom line: whether inspired by Betty Draper or Carrie Bradshaw, Ethereal Boutique has something for you.
Stop by & tell them The Industry LIC condos sent ya!
And if you’re looking for a bigger closet to house all of your marvelous finds, we have one here for you at The Industry – stop by for an open house this weekend or contact our sales team!
Ethereal LIC . 47-38 Vernon Blvd . 718-482-8884
www.etherealnyc.com or Ethereal Boutique on Facebook & EtherealLIC on Twitter
We thought we’d post on Thursday this week so you have ample time to plan your weekend festivities. Here are a few ideas for how to make this weekend special in Long Island City (besides coming to an open house at The Industry, which we strongly suggest):
Free Concert @ LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (31-10 Thomson Ave. 718-482-5151)
Come at 7PM to listen to the sounds of acclaimed Latin and jazz pianist and composer Jon Urrutia and drummer/percussionist Mauro Satalino. To check out their music: http://www.myspace.com/jonum and http://www.myspace.com/oruamusic
Friday at 6:30PM is the opening reception for a new exhibit at Flux Factory, artists Yana Dimitrova and Angela Washko’s “Cheap Paradise of Familiar Tasks and Places.” The show will run on Saturday & Sunday (from noon – 5PM), and will present the viewer with new, stimulating ways of looking at and interacting with everyday objects, and of understanding our world and consumer culture. As Flux Factory’s website asserts, “Through installation, painting, drawing, and video, Yana Dimitrova and Angela Washko portray the mundane patterns and structures of everyday experience and consider models of living that exist outside of our “to-buy-is-to-gratify” mentality.” The concept is sophisticated (probably not suited for the youngins) and sure to make for a thought-provoking afternoon.
Kayak from Anable Basin to Hallets Cove with The LIC Community Boathouse from 11AM – 1PM. The trip is designed to be relatively easy, suitable for those with little paddling experience and is only one-way, ending at the beach of Socrates Sculpture Park. A volunteer activity at the Park is encouraged afterwards. See the website for info and a description of what to bring: http://www.licboathouse.org/index.php/calendar/
LIC Community Boathouse . 46-01 5th St
Saturday & Sunday
Museum of the Moving Image – Jim Henson’s Fantastic World
Bring your child to celebrate the magic of the muppets at this family workshop. Here’s LIC Partnership’s description:
“Find out how Foley artists create sound effects for movies and television shows. Participants will watch a clip of The Muppet Movie and learn how the sounds in the film were produced. Afterward, they will have the opportunity to create new sounds for the action on-screen using a variety of materials and props.” Sounds like it is sure to delight!
The workshop is at 3pm on both days. Cost: Museum Admission + $5
Museum of the Moving Image . 36-01 35 Avenue Astoria
Come to Socrates Sculpture Park for a variety of interactive performance art. Check out the flyer for this Sunday’s schedule:
And as always, don’t forget about MOMA PS1′s Warm-Up Series, and GrowNYC, LIC’s Saturday farmers market in Socrates Sculpture Park. Grab some delicious, natural summer produce before the season ends. And while you’re out-and-about exploring the neighborhood, come say hello to us at The Industry. We have open houses on Saturdays & Sundays from noon-3PM, and would love to here about your weekend! Rather come during the week? Our sales office is open Wed – Fri, 10AM-5PM.