Upon looking out the windows of my apartment towards Manhattan, many visitors remark “You must get beautiful sunsets?” To which I’ll concur, but also add that it’s really the sunrises that are consistently spectacular.
Anyone who lives in a west facing apartment on the river knows what I’m talking about. Yet even those who live anywhere in LIC are familiar with these sentiments.
Because at this time of year in the midst of the sweltering summer sun, most people head to the parks on the water in the early morning to jog or walk their dog, or late in the day to picnic, cocktail, or walk/run the kids. From here, there’s no better vantage point to witness the sun rising and setting.
Not only do the locals know this, but increasingly most of Queens and areas beyond are discovering it. Fortunately, the parks are expansive enough to accommodate all.
Nevertheless it is nice to have it be a part of ones daily life. Only in LIC.
//The Bread Box/Getty Site Up for Sale – now’s your chance to be a hot-shot developer in LIC, with this choice location on 11th Street. For $18 million you can build 48,000 square feet of apartments, which is like 125 studios or such. The previously gritty location means the site probably sold for something like $2 million a decade ago. Oh jeez, shoulda, coulda, woulda time. Thanks to the eagle-eyed Court Square Blog for the heads up on this property.
//New Pizza Shop on Vernon to be Called ‘Hello Slice’ – the sign is up in the window of the storefront previously housing Papo’s Fried Chicken. Hot slices can’t be far behind.
LIC Development Property: 47-11 11th Street – the condos are coming!
Dunkin’ Donuts Opens on Jackson Ave – the donuts are here!
Real Estate Giant Halstead to Open on Vernon Blvd – it’s first office in Queens, right next to Woodbines, further proof the condos are coming
Rockrose Finalizes Construction Loan for 43-25 Hunter Street – 974 rental units/50 stories just north of Citi tower, already changing the complexion of Ct Square
Solarz Hitting His Stride at Eastern Consolidated – brokered the sale of 22-12 Jackson Avenue recently, slated to be the site of a residential building. “Demand for well-located condominium development sites is very strong,” he said. “Most of the deals that are being developed are being developed as rentals. “You buy a condo in midtown Manhattan, it might cost — for arguments sake — $2,000 psf. You buy a condo in Long Island City and today it might cost 1,100 or $1,200 psf. It just represents a value play. It’s a huge discount from Manhattan, but it’s incredibly convenient to Manhattan.”
Citi Bike Finally Heads to Queens – starting w/ LIC in August
LIC BID Expansion Plan Announced – would swallow up Vernon Blvd and the southern half of Jackson