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March 27, 2020 - Blog

Skyline Tower’s “67 Stories” Introduces you to Three Women making LIC the Greatest Neighborhood in New York City

After topping off, Skyline Tower now stands at a full 67 stories, making it the tallest building in NYC’s outer boroughs. To celebrate, Skyline Tower has launched a series called “67 Stories” on its Instagram page, where it is highlighting members of the Long Island City community. This month, we’re showcasing three influential women: Two are working to bring Skyline Tower to life and another who is making LIC one of the best places in the city to live (and eat).

When buyers or brokers decide to explore Skyline Tower, Helen Lee is the first person they speak with. As sales director, Lee helps direct buyers to the perfect apartment. After living in Long Island City for 11 years, Lee has come to love that “LIC is a community on its own, with acres of parks, art, and culture,” while her favorite aspect of Skyline Tower is the development’s world-class wellness amenities.

Skyline Tower wouldn’t be much without the neighborhood from which it rises, and people like restaurateur Crystal Yeung make the neighborhood special. Yeung owns LIC spots SAPPS, which serves authentic Japanese cuisine, and SHI, an Asian fusion bar and restaurant where diners enjoy panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. Long Island City is more than just a place to work for Yeung — she loves Long Island City and has lived there for over a decade. “I’m able to provide a “Cheers”-like environment where people can come in and they know everybody,” says Yeung. “With Skyline Tower in the backdrop, we all have something to look up to now.”

The LIC-based real estate group Modern Spaces has been matching buyers with residences in Long Island City for nearly as long as Helen Lee and Crystal Yeung have called the neighborhood home, and Arlinda Dine has been on the front line as executive vice president of new development marketing at the firm. Dine, who was called “The Queen of Long Island City real estate” by no less than Forbes magazine, had big dreams for Skyline Tower, which she wanted to make into more than a collection of LIC condos. “When we were first working on the project and it was a hole in the ground, we wanted to create something iconic,” says Dine. Now, as Skyline stands tall, Dine is proud to call it “the new North Star of LIC and, most importantly, Queens.”

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February 21, 2020 - Blog

Eating Healthy in the Neighborhood

When a new year begins, it’s natural to feel as though we’ve been given a blank slate, a fresh start. Though nothing has really changed — aside from the date — we see the end of the year as a chance to say goodbye to bad habits and replace them with something better. Most New Year’s resolutions involve health and fitness, but most of those resolutions (around 80 percent) fail to have any lasting impact. This may be due to a lack of dedication to the goal, but convenience also plays a role. If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier food, but there aren’t many health food stores or healthy eateries nearby, it makes it much easier to toss that resolution aside. But residents of the Long Island City condos at Skyline Tower will find themselves near a number of top-notch health food spots. Here are a few of our favorites.

Pantry Market Eatery | 24-20 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
LIC’s Pantry Market is a rare gem: everything they make — from their wraps, salads, bowls, waffles, burgers, and burritos to their vast array of baked goods and pastries — is prepared from top to bottom by their stellar chefs. You won’t find food that is fresher than this. Their wide assortment of healthy fare is almost entirely locally sourced. And when they say local, they mean it — obtaining the vast majority of their ingredients from sources within a 50-mile radius. Their quinoa bowls and their wraps are light, well-balanced, and wildly flavorful. And for those moments when a treat is in order, their chocolate chip croissant will make your day.

Good Neighbor Queens | 3100 47th Avenue, Long Island City
Another highly acclaimed neighborhood favorite is Good Neighbor Queens. This is an independent health food store that has an incredible selection of healthy sandwiches, salads, soups, bowls, juices, and wraps. It’s a wonderful place to go for lunch — they have a ton of vegan and vegetarian options. A real plus is that everyone on the staff seems to genuinely love their jobs, which fills the place with a vibrant, positive energy. Go for the food; stay for the warm, friendly atmosphere.

No5nyc | 35-43 37th Street, Long Island City
In the early days of No5nyc, the kitchen was a food truck. But as the acclaim built, this unique eatery was able to ditch the wheels. Everything served at No5 is organic. And though they’re billed as a vegan restaurant — and they do have an amazing and massive vegan menu that features 10 different meatless burgers — they also offer an array of grass-fed, cage-free, and nonvegan fare, as well as stellar cocktails, fresh smoothies, and juices. Their wonderful garden area seats up to 100 people, and the interior is rustic and colorful. The truffle mac & cheese and the seitan burgers are well-known favorites at No5, and all of their desserts are winners.

With the new year upon us, health and wellness are on the minds of many, and those living in LIC at Skyline Tower are close to some of the best healthy eating around. Health-minded foodies will delight as they devour wholefood meals that are satisfying, convenient, and often locally sourced. No matter the craving, Long Island City is ready to please.

February 7, 2020 - Blog

The Appeal of Staying In at Skyline Tower

The numerous pleasures of being out and about in New York City are well documented — the incredible food, shopping, culture, etc. But life indoors in the big town receives far less coverage. That’s because, in most instances, life outside the walls of one’s home is far more exciting and vibrant than life inside. But the Long Island City condos at Skyline Tower buck that trend. When you have a massive residence with an open layout, a top-of-the-line kitchen, a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline, and an assortment of luxury amenities at your feet, staying in and having friends come to you is as enticing as going out for a night on the town. Here are some stellar options for staying in.

Game Night
Make Skyline Tower the perfect place for your competitive game night with a large living room and open kitchen space. Aside from the venue, the keys to a memorable game night are a good group of friends, a nice selection of games, and lots of tasty snacks and appetizers. We’d recommend choosing the games in advance to avoid any last-minute dissent among your guests.

Make-Your-Own Cocktail Bar
You might be surprised how much people get into playing bartender for the evening — especially when there are unique ingredients to choose from. Don’t just put out some vodka, club soda, and cranberry juice; this is about broadening one’s distilled spirit horizons. Make sure to have a range of alcohol bases, like gin, whiskey, rum, and vodka, while also offering a wide selection of liqueurs, aperitifs, and bitters, such as sweet and dry vermouth, Campari, Aperol, Cointreau, and Angostura. Beyond that, stock up on a variety of mixers, including fruit juices, club soda, tonic water, ginger ale, and ginger beer. Toss in some fresh fruit for extra flavor and color. Be sure to have some staple recipes on hand, but don’t be afraid to experiment. The open kitchens at Skyline, with their gleaming quartz countertops, are perfect for conducting a cocktail lab.

Wine Tasting
A night of wine tasting while relaxing on the balcony and taking in the magnificent skyline views is always a good option. There are a wonderful assortment of wine shops in the neighborhood, and we’d recommend asking each of your guests to bring a bottle or two. To really make it interesting, organize a blind taste test to discover who has the most refined palate among your friends.

Movie Night
Home entertainment systems are so impressive now that you can have a movie theater right in your own living room. Aside from large, flat-screen TVs, there are amazing projectors the size of a calculator that beam gigantic high-definition images onto the wall. Instead of the typical dinner party, invite some friends over for popcorn, desserts, and cinema. Pick a classic that fits the season, settle in, and enjoy the film.

With all these options to choose from, a night spent at home at Skyline Tower will surely be one to remember.

January 27, 2020 - Blog

Staying Warm in LIC

While it’s easy to just stay inside during the frosty winter months, those who are willing to get outside will discover a host of cozy spots perfect for relaxing and warming up. And what better way to warm up than with a bite to eat and a drink or two? Long Island City is the ideal place for a winter bar crawl. Not far from the Long Island City condos at Skyline Tower, you’ll find Sweetleaf Coffee & Cocktail Bar. Follow that with a stop at Gantry Bar for an excellent selection of beers and small plates before finishing your trek at BLVD Wine Bar. Venture forth, intrepid explorers, and discover what’s on tap this winter in LIC.

Whether it’s a much-needed late-afternoon cup of joe or the first mixer of happy hour, Sweetleaf Coffee & Cocktail Bar has you covered. Brewed coffee, cold brews, nitro cold brews, espresso drinks, chai, and matcha are all available from open to close. Prepare for an evening out with a Rocket Fuel cold brew coffee mixed with chicory, Vermont maple, and milk; or a Voodoo Child cold brew with condensed milk and sweet cream. After 5 p.m., Sweetleaf offers a full selection of inspired craft cocktails. Start the party with a Phoenix Rising of Four Roses bourbon, egg white, fresh lemon juice, ginger syrup, honey, and Angostura bitters; or the Live Fast, Chai Young, of white rum, chai syrup, fresh lime, pineapple juice, and Angostura bitters. Both of these drinks are served straight up to warm your tummy before you head out into the chill night air.

If it’s winter comfort food you’re looking for, nothing beats the warmth of expertly prepared pub fare. The Gantry Burger at Gantry Bar, with caramelized onions, tomato jam, and cheddar on a pretzel bun, is tops on the neighborhood list; as is their Buttermilk Sandwich of crispy chicken, red slaw, and chipotle aioli. The All Day Breakfast of American bacon, Irish pork sausage, eggs, mixed greens, and herb fries is an excellent choice for launching your day or your evening. Pair with a draft from their expansive beer menu, such as a Spanish Mahou pilsner or a Belgian Founders Red Rye IPA, and you’ll be ready for your next stop. Planning to lounge around for a bit? Gantry’s after-dinner menu of desserts, cocktails, and liquors is sure to please.

While away the remaining hours of the evening at BLVD Wine Bar. Choose your bottle first from a list that represents a broad selection from regions around the world, then pair it with something from BLVD’s unique food menu. The selections of artisanal cheeses and charcuterie are on point, as are the flatbread choices, which include inspired creations like The Red Eye: ultrathin crispy cracker bread topped with Absolut Peppar vodka sauce, finocchiona salami, parmesan, and mozzarella. If you didn’t fill up at Gantry Bar, consider the bourbon & brown sugar short rib sliders with caramelized shallots and horseradish mayo; or the roasted chicken lasagna with béchamel sauce. For dessert, order bread pudding with seasonal fruits and nuts, whipped cream, and rum sauce. After that? How about a few more bottles of wine? The night is still young!

This winter, resist the urge to hide away and resolve to get out and about. The LIC condos at Skyline Tower are located near some of the neighborhood’s best watering holes, offering belly-warming cocktails and food that’s sure to take the chill off. So, put on your favorite jacket, make some plans with your friends, and get out for a winter night to remember.

January 16, 2020 - Blog

Cooking For a Crowd – A Skyline Dinner Party Guide

Everyone wants their dinner party to be as smooth as it is memorable. But, as with most things, achieving this balance is easier said than done. Everything from the atmosphere to the music and—of course—the food must be thoroughly thought through and planned out. Fortunately, the Long Island City condos at Skyline Tower, have large open kitchens that are flooded with natural light and equipped with top-of-the-line Bosch appliances and luminous quartz countertops. It’s an ideal dinner party destination. Now that the venue is covered, we’ll guide you through the rest.

Prep, Prep, Prep

When it comes to a dinner party, there will always be snafus and hiccups in the planning—that is to be expected. However, in general, winging it should be kept to a minimum whenever possible. Prepping aspects of the meal in advance gives more time to tackle any issues, and it frees up the host on the night itself to enjoy the party without being in the kitchen all night. Certain elements of dishes will inevitably have to be completed on the day in question, but with most meals, a large portion of the time-consuming prep work can be completed the night before. Prepping keeps the chaos to a minimum.

Take a (Tested) Risk

While there’s nothing wrong with playing it safe and going with time-tested crowd-pleasers in terms of the food and drinks, it’s always good to branch out a bit, to offer an option or two that are outside of the box. This will help make the evening more memorable. Perhaps try a unique and lesser-known delicacy as an appetizer. The whole party can try something new together. The only caveat here comes as an extension from our first piece of advice: be sure to do some prepping and testing beforehand. A week before the party, you can look up some inventive new recipes, whip them up, and choose your favorite. Another unique touch ¬– set up a bar where guests can whip up their own Old Fashioned or Manhattan cocktails, just provide all the necessary components.

Don’t Stress

Maybe something gets a bit burned, or your cake doesn’t rise the way you wanted it to. Don’t let it stress you out and don’t spend the whole evening apologizing. A dinner party is about having fun and socializing, so a small misstep or mistake shouldn’t ruin your night. Take a deep breath and brush it off. Learn to enjoy your guests, food, and atmosphere, no matter what might go wrong!

Head over to Skyline Tower’s website to see for yourself why these Long Island City condos are some of the most sought after new condos in NYC.

December 26, 2019 - Blog

Tis’ The Season For Sweet Treats

The holiday season is the time of year when many of us enjoy indulging in the sweeter things in life. For those indulgent times, we’ve gathered some of the best spots in Long Island City to assist in your sugar fix. Check out Cannelle, a contemporary French pastry shop serving up a mix of exquisitely crafted treats. Or head over to 51st Bakery and Cafe for baked goods and cakes made to order. And Something Sweet has something for everyone, serving up all manner of tasty things, from macarons to pies to a unique ice cream specialty. And it’s all just a short hop from the LIC condominiums at Skyline Tower.

Cannelle’s owners have served presidents and celebrities, and now, at their shop’s second location, they bring all of your favorites to Long Island City. While they’ve expanded their menu to include sandwiches and a large bread selection, this patisserie is still all about the sweet stuff. Enjoy tarts of strawberry and peach in the summer, or eclairs and apple turnovers all year-round. And while it may be cold outside, we still brave the wind and snow to sample Cannelle’s ice cream, delicate gelatos, and refreshing sorbets.

Offering breakfast and lunch, in addition to an impressive assortment of sweets, 51st Bakery and Cafe has a lot to offer. The extensive menu is excellent on all fronts, with Murray’s cheeses, a variety of cured meats, and an extensive wine list. But you’re missing out if you don’t immediately make your way to the pastries. Brought to you from the iconic Balthazar restaurant, the croissants, pain au chocolat, orange brioche, sticky buns, muffins, and scones make perfect snacks, especially when paired with coffee roasted by local favorite Devoción. Or just get a few chocolate chip cookies — quite possibly the best in the area. And with the holidays upon us, score a cake baked by Faye Hess, and share carrot cake, lemon poppy seed cake, chocolate cake (made with Valrhona cocoa), or cheesecake with a friend.

Ask someone on the street in LIC where you can find something sweet, and they’re likely to send you directly to Something Sweet — not just because of the name, but because their Thai-Style Ice Cream Rolls have made them a sugary institution in the area. Pick a favorite roll from the menu, which includes delicious notables such as Meet the Tooth Fairy and PB&J Time, watch them add the toppings, like Nutella sauce, Oreo Pocky, or maybe even Cap’n Crunch, and then enjoy. You can also build your own roll from a base of traditional flavors. In addition, the shop also offers more than 30 flavors of bubble tea and fresh fruit smoothies, plus cupcakes, cheesecake, tiramisu, and a variety of Asian-fusion desserts. Try it for yourself, and Something Sweet may just become your first choice in LIC … for something sweet.

With numerous choices near the Long Island City condos at Skyline Tower, you can indulge your sweet tooth to the fullest this holiday season. Cannelle, 51st Bakery and Cafe, and Something Sweet offer some of the city’s best confections and desserts. Cakes and cookies, ice creams and smoothies, and numerous pastries and other goodies await, so get out and celebrate!
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December 17, 2019 - Blog

Life at The Top: Skyline Tower Tops Out

Skyline Tower has topped out. At 67 stories, it is now the tallest building in the outer borough of New York City, marking Long Island City’s ascension to one of the city’s economic and cultural hubs. Skyline Tower’s soaring Long Island City condos offer prospective residents the opportunity to own some of the most spectacular views in the city, but its impact on the skyline is only just beginning.

Skyscrapers can often seem like an architectural fantasy, but, of course, there are engineering experts and architectural visionaries who make it all possible. Skyline Tower comes from the minds at Hill West Architects. Helmed by David West and Stephen Hill, this is the firm about which the New York Observer wrote, “Not since McKim, Mead & White were at the height of their prewar powers have... architects played such a remarkable role in reshaping the city’s architectural landscape.” And that “reshaping” is nowhere more apparent than in the tower that now marks Long Island City with a sense of power and possibility from every direction.

Architectural Digest has described Hill West as the firm “behind some of New York’s most recognizable buildings,” including 130 William by David Adjaye and Waterline Square, which features three buildings by Rafael Viñoly, Richard Meier, and Kohn Pedersen Fox. In conversation with the magazine, David West spoke about the way that advancements in the quality of materials and the honing of architectural techniques have paved the way for designs that would not have been possible before: “We have better elevators,” he said, “better concrete, so you can build higher.”

These innovations are evident in the atmosphere of ease with which Skyline Tower inhabits its full stature. These luxury condos have expansive views while maintaining a sense of intimacy, with floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies that encourage a connection to nature that comes from being surrounded by light and air. The verticality of the building is balanced by the expansiveness of the interiors of the apartments and throughout spaces like the residential lounge and the 75-foot swimming pool.

Just five minutes from Manhattan via car, subway, or ferry, this artistic, shopping, and culinary LIC destination is the perfect place to thrive in New York City. Contact us to find out how to transform Skyline Tower’s inspiring 360-degree views of the river and the city into part of your new and bright vision of the future.

December 2, 2019 - Blog

Exploring MoMA PS1

New York City was known as a haven of the arts long before the first skyscrapers ascended through the clouds. There are numerous acclaimed modern art outposts in the city, and the Museum of Modern Art is perhaps the most widely revered. And its Queens outpost, MoMA PS1, is one of the most exciting contemporary art spaces in the region. Only a stroll from the stunning Long Island City condos for sale at Skyline Tower, this time-tested institution has an array of insightful and enlightening exhibitions year-round. Here are a few of our current and on-the-horizon favorites.

James Turrell: Meeting
You don’t look at the creations of James Turrell; you experience them from within. A truly one-of-a-kind artist, Turrell has always been enamored by human perception, and his passion is readily apparent in any of his installations. You might feel like you’re on another planet, like you’ve stepped through a vortex into a world where light behaves differently. This installation, Meeting, was Turrell’s first project in the United States, and it was planned to be created for the opening of PS1. However, it wasn’t finished until years later and not seen by the public until a decade after PS1 opened. It’s tough to describe what it’s like, but do yourself a favor and just go and experience it as part of your trip to the museum. There is truly nothing else quite like it. There are occasional sunset viewings—which are incredible—but tickets go fast.

Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991-2011
Running now through March 1st, 2020, Theater of Operations features more than 300 works from more than 80 artists based in Iraq, its surrounding regions, and throughout the West. The exhibition explores the Gulf wars, their catastrophic impact on the people living within these regions, and the rise of the 24-hour news machine, which was born during the same period. It’s an enlightening and thought-provoking look into an era of history that warrants more thoughtful reflection than it receives.

Niki de Saint Phalle
Niki de Saint Phalle, the eccentric and extraordinarily talented French and American sculptor, painter, filmmaker, and women’s rights activist, is most widely celebrated for her colorful free-form sculptures. Saint Phalle was lauded for defying convention and creating whatever it was she felt like creating. She wasn’t concerned with style or genre. There is an undeniable purity to her work. MoMA PS1’s exhibition of more than 100 of her creations, taking place from April 5th, 2020 through September 7th, 2020, will explore her deep, sometimes playful artistic vision and her tireless activism. While Saint Phalle is rather well-known, she remains a bit of a hidden gem in many circles. Don’t miss the opportunity to see some of her masterpieces up close and personal.

Head over to Skyline Tower’s website to see for yourself why these Long Island City condos are some of the most sought after new condos in NYC.

October 11, 2019 - Blog

Blog: A Skyline Tower Guide to LIC’s Waterfront Parks

After a warm summer spent enjoying much needed air conditioning and indoors, New Yorkers are now ready to once again take to the city’s parks now that fall has arrived and the city’s best season is in full swing. Residents of the eagerly awaited Long Island City condos at Skyline Tower will have easy access to some of the city’s finest parks — in particular, those that snake along the East River waterfront north of Newtown Creek. Read on for a breakdown of these fantastic outdoor spaces, and learn about recent improvements that make them stand out on a crowded list of New York City parks:

Gantry Plaza State Park

After reopening this past spring after being closed for construction since last November, this waterfront park first opened in 1998, incorporating existing industrial equipment and iconography, such as enormous gantries and a neon Pepsi Cola sign, into a waterfront walkway with benches. The second section of the park, which opened in 2009, expanded its area to 12 acres and extended its stretch down the waterfront, providing more space to stroll, picnic, or just enjoy the view of the iconic United Nations headquarters across the river. The park is also home to the Rainbow Playground, which features modern equipment in a lively waterfront setting. And you will find a pair of popular dog runs, perfect for LIC residents whose pooches need a little space to get the zoomies out of their systems.

Hunters Point South Park

Just south of Gantry Plaza State Park is a relatively new addition to Long Island City: Hunters Point South Park, which opened in 2013 thanks to the work of Hunters Point Parks Conservancy, a group of locals dedicated to bringing green spaces to the former industrial area. The second phase debuted last year, effectively doubling the park’s area to a total of 11 acres. The photo blog Field Condition did a photo shoot to show off the new section of the park, highlighting how its modern walkways cut through vegetation to bring visitors closer to nature. The spectacular new stretch adds bicycle paths, a playground, a kayak launch, and a 30-foot-high cantilevered viewing platform to the East River waterfront — and they all feature the same panoramic Manhattan skyline views that make Skyline Tower such a special place to live.

Head over to Skyline Tower’s website to see for yourself why these Long Island City condos are some of the most sought after new condos in NYC.

September 3, 2019 - Blog

Blog: Welcome to Lively Long Island City

As the tallest of all Long Island City condos, Skyline Tower promises unparalleled, panoramic views of Manhattan’s iconic skyline. But while the dramatic views leave a lasting impression, they aren’t the only draw for residents moving into the new LIC condos for sale. Newcomers to the neighborhood are learning what longtime residents already know: Long Island City is a vibrant community, brimming with green spaces, theaters, and a lively nightlife and restaurant scene. There’s also the added bonus of convenient transportation to and from the other boroughs. But with everything going on in LIC, you may find yourself wanting to stay close to home.

To begin, LIC is home to one of the city’s most distinctive green spaces: Gantry Plaza State Park. Like many pockets of New York City, LIC was once a bustling hub of industry, thanks to its prime location along the East River. While reminders of this history can be easily spotted around the city, there are few places where the vestiges of industry are as beautifully and proudly displayed as Gantry Plaza State Park. There, on the riverfront, stand the gantries that were once used to load and unload enormous barges. Rather than remove the obsolete equipment, local officials opted to restore the gantries and leave them as “striking reminders of our waterfront’s past.” Indeed, the gargantuan relics are striking, especially as they stand in stark contrast to the 12 acres of lush, natural greenery surrounding them. With plenty of boardwalk for strolling, ample seating for lounging, and a clear view of the Manhattan skyline, Gantry Plaza State Park is one of the more unique parks in the city.

Then, there’s the food. It’s no secret that LIC is a magnet for foodies, thanks to the astonishing variety that exists within the restaurant scene. And while you can find everything from cozy farm-to-table hideouts to authentic Italian cuisine, most of the local spots have a few things in common: fresh ingredients, visionary chefs, and atmospheric settings. Take, for example, Beebe’s, a staple for pizza in LIC. It’s hard to say whether locals flock here for the pizza or the ambience. The former is campfire-style, fresh, and “topped to the edge” in homage to the famous pies of NYC; the latter is modern and bright, with industrial-chic yellow chandeliers and a sleek bar encased in floor-to-ceiling windows. In the warmer months, a private courtyard offers plenty of seating for dining al fresco.

Those who love all things farm-to-table will find plenty of options for fresh, organic, locally sourced meals in LIC, starting with LIC Market. Don’t let the modest name and unassuming storefront of this spot fool you; the food you’ll find here is anything but ordinary. In fact, LIC Market is known for taking a home-cooked classic, like buttermilk pancakes, and elevating it to the spectacular — think house-made jam, toasted pumpkin seed butter, and, of course, fresh maple syrup. If you haven’t guessed, LIC Market is a popular brunch spot, but it’s the place to be for dinner, too. Vegetarian dishes shine, like the risotto, which features bright asparagus, arugula, fontina, and pine nuts. For another take on homestyle cooking, there’s Adda Indian Canteen, a spot Eater NY recently said is “making a conscientious effort to dig into the regionalities of Indian cuisine.” Indeed, the menu boasts six different kinds of curry — a reason to return again and again.

If, despite all of this, you decide to head out of LIC, finding transportation is startlingly easy. Serving the neighborhood are eight subway lines, the East River Ferry, and the Long Island Railroad, so an excursion out of the area is fairly effortless. But we’ll bet that, wherever you might go, you’ll be eager to return to your home in the Skyline Tower LIC condominiums.

August 20, 2019 - Blog

Blog: A Skyline Tower Guide to Dining Out With Your Dog in LIC

When completed in 2021, Skyline Tower will be the best place in Long Island City for a dog to lay its head. The superlative tower will offer easy access to a half-dozen dog parks as well as an on-site pet spa to take care of all grooming needs. Best of all, Long Island City is home to a host of great Fido-friendly bars and restaurants where Skyline Tower residents and their dogs can enjoy the best that LIC has to offer. Keep reading for our guide to the best dog-friendly eateries in LIC.

One of the oldest bars in LIC is also one of the most welcoming toward four-legged patrons. LIC Bar has stood on the corner of Vernon Boulevard and 46th Avenue for over 100 years, and it still features the original tin ceiling and brick walls inside, as well as the antique bar where bartenders serve everything from trademark cocktails to single-malt Scotch. Outside, LIC Bar’s spacious patio is a great place to relax with your pup and catch a few tunes by one of the bar’s rotating cast of local musical performers.

Beer-loving dog owners have to check out Rockaway Brewing Company’s LIC tap room. Housed in a mural-bedecked red-brick building, this microbrewery offers hip craft beers ranging in style from classic IPAs and ESBs to adventurous seasonal specials like their Bungalow Nights Imperial Stouts. Best of all, their Long Island City location not only welcomes dogs inside but is also just a couple of blocks away from Gantry Plaza State Park, which is home to its own dedicated dog park. Make sure to fill up a growler with your favorite brew before heading home (with your other “growler” in tow) to Skyline Tower.

A number of restaurants in LIC feature dog-friendly outdoor seating during the summer months. Secure a table at Skinny’s Cantina for a great Mexican meal or head to the Corner Bistro brew pub anytime before 4 a.m. for a hefty burger (we won’t tell anyone if you sneak Spot a fry or two). Comedy fans will love The Creek and The Cave, LIC’s premier underground comedy club and brew pub. While pooches aren’t allowed inside the theater itself, they are more than welcome on the club’s spacious dining patio, where guests two- and four-legged alike enjoy the kitchen’s California-style Mexican cuisine.

So, what are you waiting for? Hook up the leash and head over to Skyline Tower’s website to see for yourself why these Long Island City condos will soon be both man and dog’s best friend.

July 29, 2019 - Blog

Blog: LIC Flea & Food

Now that summer is in full swing, the iconic flea and food market known as LIC Flea & Food (behind the also iconic Pepsi-Cola sign) is finally back. Check out the special events calendar to find concerts or shows, or just stop by on a beautiful Saturday afternoon to check out some local brews at the Beer Garden and small bites at the seemingly endless array of artisan food stands. A short distance from the Long Island City condos for sale at Skyline Tower, LIC Flea & Food is the premier summer and fall destination for a whole lot of local outdoor fun.

The market is a go-to weekend spot for Queens residents looking to find unique goods and food. Vendors at LIC Flea & Food are known for their high-quality handmade jewelry, individually designed and crafted fashion items, and art — all made in the studios of local designers, painters, and sculptors. For those with a love of vintage items, know that the selection of vendors has been carefully curated, so the antiques, furnishings, and other curios found at this market are guaranteed to please the most discerning picker.

Foodies will find more than their “fare” share of delectable treats via an array of internationally inspired dishes prepared by small vendors and notable chefs alike. If beer is your thing, bring your crew and enjoy a weekend tasting cold brews along the waterfront. At the Beer Garden, the East River beckons, along with the best variety of local brewers. Bask in stunning views of the Manhattan skyline while supporting a thriving local industry and enjoying the company of good friends.

And don’t forget to plan – the venue presents a number of special events throughout the summer and fall. Oenophiles will rejoice and taste to their heart’s delight at the Wine & Tunes Festival on Sept. 14 and 15. And beer lovers fear not: There’s an event for you, too. Close out the season with The Fourth Annual Queens Beer Festival, running Oct. 5 and 6. Get your tickets and enjoy unlimited tastings from every Queens-based brewery. That’s right — EVERY. Plus, you’ll also find curated selections of beers and hard ciders from Long Island, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and even a few from Upstate. And, of course, there will be plenty of food and DJs spinning all day and night.

LIC Flea & Food promises an epic summer and fall of markets and outdoor events. It’s a great opportunity to come out and support local vendors and businesses, while enjoying a full taste of Long Island City living. Bring your friends and family, or wander over on your own. Either way, LIC Flea & Food is a must for at least one (and likely many more) of your summer and fall weekends.

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July 9, 2019 - Blog

Blog: Welcome to Lively Long Island City

In Long Island City, there are countless ways (and places) to get in shape. Below, we look at some of the flavors of the moment when it comes to exercising in style — from fast and furious workouts to laid-back sessions that will channel your inner peace. And there’s one particular spot for staying fit that couldn’t be any closer to home.

Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge|23-10 41st Avenue

This 25,000-square-foot facility, located in the heart of Long Island City, is ideal for those who like a taste of adventure with their workout. The New York Times describes Brooklyn Boulders as “the city’s largest and possibly most popular rock-climbing gym.” They’re probably right. Everyone from rookies to experts will find something that’s right for them in the range of climbing walls available here. Classes are offered for those who want to learn the ropes (so to speak), while weight rooms, cardio equipment, and saunas are thrown into the bargain. Hip climbing gear and other merch is for sale at the shop. You’ll be ready to climb Denali in no time. A similar venue worth seeking out, if you’ve a head for heights, is The Cliffs at LIC. Here, you can even book a group climbing party.

Yoga Studio 6 LIC|27-28 Thomson Avenue

“The joy for me in teaching yoga is that students come for the workout — and they leave with so much more.” These are the words of Alicia Bustamante, founder of Yoga Studio 6 LIC. If you want to become more flexible, and start using muscles you never even knew you had, this is the place to do it. Sign up for open-level or intermediate classes, and assume all kinds of postures — twists, back bends, inversions — that’ll get you fit as a fiddle. The studio’s group sessions are also a great place to meet other LIC locals.

Barre3 Long Island City|44-16 23rd Street

Sustained holds, cardio bursts, and “micro movements” are at the core of Barre3 — a rewarding full-body workout that tones, strengthens, and energizes. If you think that all sounds a bit intimidating, know that Barre3 is for anyone; the trainers here know what they’re doing, and they’ll help you progress at your own rate. The benefits of this all-encompassing workout will help you in everyday situations: your posture at the office desk will improve, you’ll lose weight — and you’ll have more energy to explore the delights of LIC!

SLT LIC|42-15 Crescent Street

SLT is taking off big time in the States, and you can now practice the studio’s intense style of workout in Long Island City. An SLT session is made up of a series of core-strengthening, fat-burning exercises that use special equipment involving ropes and pulleys. The workout sometimes incorporates positions that will push you to your limits. As the studio itself describes it: “If cardio, strength training, and Pilates had a baby … it would be SLT.” It’s all good fun, though, and you can take things at your own pace.

Skyline Tower LIC|3 Court Square

There will be days when the exercise studio feels too far from your LIC condo. Not to worry. Skyline Tower LIC comes with its own fitness facilities, including a 75-foot indoor pool. Put in a few lengths, then relax in the cedar-lined sauna.

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June 12, 2019 -

Blog: A Date Night to Remember in Long Island City

Life in New York City clips along at a famously breakneck speed — something most New Yorkers enjoy. But as a result, there are times when the things that matter the most in life, like spending time with family and friends, fall by the wayside. So, whether you’re craving a romantic evening with your significant other or an uninterrupted dinner to catch up with an old friend, setting aside time for a date night (or day!) is a great way to reconnect. Luckily for residents of the Long Island City condos at Skyline Tower, LIC is brimming with top-notch, atmospheric spots where you can do just that. Here are our favorite local spots for a little escape with someone special.

Maiella | 4610 Center Boulevard

There are plenty of things to love about Maiella, starting with the unbeatable waterfront location just under the iconic Pepsi sign at Gantry Plaza State Park. From where the restaurant sits, diners are afforded vaulting views of the Manhattan skyline and waterfront, a fact that inspired Eater NY to refer to Maiella as “one of the area’s de facto locations for a special occasion dinner.” Indeed, Maiella has a decidedly “special occasion” feel, thanks in part to a menu full of flashy, decadent Italian options. For example, there’s the Fettuccini Maiella, which is made from pasta infused with Sangiovese, parmesan, and seasonal truffle, and prepared tableside in a cheese wheel — a celebratory touch that elevates an already sky-high dining experience.

Beebe’s | 38-28 27th Street

As the days grow long and warm, locals are understandably ready to venture out of their LIC condos and get a little fresh air. If you’re looking to reconnect with a friend or significant other in an al fresco setting, look no further than the expansive patio at Beebe’s. With a sophisticated yet unpretentious vibe, Beebe’s is a local favorite for elevated pizza and pub fare. Late last year, Beebe’s made CNN’s list of New York City’s best pizza restaurants, with a suggestion that one should “add meatballs for an ethereal experience.” Otherworldly meatballs? Sign us up.

Domaine Bar a Vins | 50-04 Vernon Boulevard

Date night doesn’t have to stop at dinner. If you find your conversation still has plenty of momentum long after the plates have been cleared, wander to Domaine Bar a Vins for some post-dinner drinks and, if you’re lucky, some live jazz. The setting is small, intimate, and as The New York Times put it, “chill and unfussy.” The selection of wine is extensive and mostly French, with over 40 options stored in quaint wooden cupboards behind the bar. It’s an ideal setting for close conversation — made all the better with a tasty vintage and a side of charcuterie.

Outdoor Terrace | Skyline Tower

When you live somewhere as unique as the LIC condos at Skyline Tower, you don’t actually need to go out to have a spectacular date night. The lush Outdoor Terrace is an ideal spot for a picnic, where magnificent views of Manhattan’s skyline serve as a backdrop for romance or reconnection. Because the setting itself is so dramatic, you don’t need much to make the night special, but you can enlist the friendly staff at the nearby Alma Gourmet to help you pull together the perfect plate of cheese, olives, and cured meats to pair with your wine. The best part? When the night begins to wind down, you’re already home.

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May 14, 2019 -

Blog: Welcome to Lively Long Island City

As the tallest of all Long Island City condos, Skyline Tower promises unparalleled, panoramic views of Manhattan’s iconic skyline. But while the dramatic views leave a lasting impression, they aren’t the only draw for residents moving into the new LIC condos for sale. Newcomers to the neighborhood are learning what longtime residents already know: Long Island City is a vibrant community, brimming with green spaces, theaters, and a lively nightlife and restaurant scene. There’s also the added bonus of convenient transportation to and from the other boroughs. But with everything going on in LIC, you may find yourself wanting to stay close to home.

To begin, LIC is home to one of the city’s most distinctive green spaces: Gantry Plaza State Park. Like many pockets of New York City, LIC was once a bustling hub of industry, thanks to its prime location along the East River. While reminders of this history can be easily spotted around the city, there are few places where the vestiges of industry are as beautifully and proudly displayed as Gantry Plaza State Park. There, on the riverfront, stand the gantries that were once used to load and unload enormous barges. Rather than remove the obsolete equipment, local officials opted to restore the gantries and leave them as “striking reminders of our waterfront’s past.” Indeed, the gargantuan relics are striking, especially as they stand in stark contrast to the 12 acres of lush, natural greenery surrounding them. With plenty of boardwalk for strolling, ample seating for lounging, and a clear view of the Manhattan skyline, Gantry Plaza State Park is one of the more unique parks in the city.

Then, there’s the food. It’s no secret that LIC is a magnet for foodies, thanks to the astonishing variety that exists within the restaurant scene. And while you can find everything from cozy farm-to-table hideouts to authentic Italian cuisine, most of the local spots have a few things in common: fresh ingredients, visionary chefs, and atmospheric settings. Take, for example, Beebe’s, a staple for pizza in LIC. It’s hard to say whether locals flock here for the pizza or the ambience. The former is campfire-style, fresh, and “topped to the edge” in homage to the famous pies of NYC; the latter is modern and bright, with industrial-chic yellow chandeliers and a sleek bar encased in floor-to-ceiling windows. In the warmer months, a private courtyard offers plenty of seating for dining al fresco.

Those who love all things farm-to-table will find plenty of options for fresh, organic, locally sourced meals in LIC, starting with LIC Market. Don’t let the modest name and unassuming storefront of this spot fool you; the food you’ll find here is anything but ordinary. In fact, LIC Market is known for taking a home-cooked classic, like buttermilk pancakes, and elevating it to the spectacular — think house-made jam, toasted pumpkin seed butter, and, of course, fresh maple syrup. If you haven’t guessed, LIC Market is a popular brunch spot, but it’s the place to be for dinner, too. Vegetarian dishes shine, like the risotto, which features bright asparagus, arugula, fontina, and pine nuts. For another take on homestyle cooking, there’s Adda Indian Canteen, a spot Eater NY recently said is “making a conscientious effort to dig into the regionalities of Indian cuisine.” Indeed, the menu boasts six different kinds of curry — a reason to return again and again.

If, despite all of this, you decide to head out of LIC, finding transportation is startlingly easy. Serving the neighborhood are eight subway lines, the East River Ferry, and the Long Island Railroad, so an excursion out of the area is fairly effortless. But we’ll bet that, wherever you might go, you’ll be eager to return to your home in the Skyline Tower LIC condominiums.

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