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July 13, 2021 -

Sunset Sips in Long Island City

Sunset over NYC is a very special thing, and residents of Skyline Tower's LIC condos enjoy a host of local venues where you can sip end-of-day beverages in style. Here's a selection of our favorites.

Anable Basin Sailing Bar & Grill
Spectacular views of the East River and Manhattan skyline come as standard at Anable Basin Sailing Bar & Grill. This unabashedly back-to-basics restaurant and bar (they don't do bookings; they don't do cards) is all about soaking up the urban waterfront vistas. Sink your teeth into a juicy bison burger, washed down with a Montauk IPA, and see how many skyscrapers you and your companions can name. As sunset washes pink, red, and orange across the skyline, it's time to color coordinate with a Paloma, made with tequila, grapefruit juice, and San Pellegrino Pompelmo.

Rockaway Brewing Company
For the craft-beer curious, a visit to Rockaway Brewing Company is a no-brainer. Its ever-rotating menu of fresh beers—think English bitters, Czech pilsners, punchy IPAs, and tongue-twisting sours—is served up in a wonderfully kooky taproom. Pull up a stool among the wacky murals, vintage neon, and various house cats and make new friends while sipping your way through the menu. The brewery's a stone's throw from Gantry Plaza State Park, so after ordering a four-pack to take home to your luxury condo, pause for stunning sunset vistas across the East River.

The Penthouse 808 Rooftop
Crowning Long Island City's Ravel Hotel is its rooftop restaurant and lounge, The Penthouse. Over spicy tuna sushi rolls and Japanese fried chicken bites, admire one of the finest views of the Queensboro Bridge there is. At the hour of sunset, the bridge sparkles with thousands of lights, while iconic Manhattan—illuminated in all its glory—is reflected in the water. The only thing that could make this any more magical? A classic cocktail from The Penthouse's menu. A Manhattan, naturally.

The Best Bar in LIC... Your Own Condo
Of course, the best bar in town is your Skyline Tower condo. After all, the pours are generous, and there's no waiting to get served. Master a new cocktail recipe in your open-plan kitchen (a Summer Sunset maybe), then enjoy it from the comfort of your living room or outdoor terrace. In fact, even if you choose to drink your cocktail right there in your condo kitchen, you're guaranteed magnificent views of NYC.

July 1, 2021 -

A Bibliophile’s Paradise on the East River

As the city heats up this summer, residents of the LIC condos at Skyline Tower will need cool spaces to hunker down during the day. While their spacious homes offer great retreats from the hot streets, the nearby area is full of interesting (and air-conditioned) spots to explore with the whole family. One recent addition is nestled along the East River; there, the futuristic shape of Hunters Point Community Library rises from a landscaped lawn, inviting Queens residents inside for a mind-expanding afternoon of literature and culture.

Hunters Point Community Library is the newest addition to the world-class Queens Public Library system and is housed in a building designed by New York City’s Steven Holl Architects. The concrete block building features glass cutouts where massive, irregular windows span multiple floors, creating a unique exterior and a light-flooded interior of books and gathering spaces that live side-by-side. Part library, part community center, the building features both a ground-level reading garden and a rooftop terrace with sweeping East River and Manhattan skyline views, ideal places for quiet reading sessions and city viewing.

While most are still being held virtually to maintain safe social distancing, Hunters Point Community Library hosts a dozen or so cultural and civic events each day, making it a central gathering place for the LIC community. Events include everything from a discussion on the history of voguing, a home-grown NYC dance form that has taken the world by storm, to weekly Wellness Wednesday sessions with Community Health Educator Fiona Harvey and a discussion about preserving African American heritage sites with expert Joseph McGill. With more events going on each day than any one person could attend, Hunters Point Community Library is a source for more than just books.

Of course, the books should not be overlooked. Skyline Tower residents will want to sign up for the Queens Public Library, where members have access to over 12.4 million books, movies, and more in over 50 languages. Whether they’re an inveterate fiction reader, an independent researcher, or just a plain old-fashioned lover of books, this library system is an indispensable amenity for Queens residents.

When they’ve found the perfect volume, Skyline Tower residents can take the short trip home to curl up in their favorite corner of their spacious LIC home and crack open the spine with the entire Manhattan skyline as their backdrop. So, reach out to our sales team today and start planning your first trip to Hunters Point Community Library from your new LIC condo!

June 22, 2021 -

Neighborhood Update: A Brand-New Trader Joe’s

The Skyline Tower condos are surrounded by excellent neighborhood amenities — from subway stations to restaurants to rock-climbing centers. Now, there's yet another reason to be thrilled to live in this part of Long Island City — thanks to news that a brand-new Trader Joe's is about to open in the area.

Your Local Neighborhood Grocery Store
Since 1967, Trader Joe's has prided itself on being "your local neighborhood grocery store." When its newest location opens on June 25, it'll be part of the Skyline Tower neighborhood. Located at 22-43 Jackson Avenue, the store is a mere three-minute drive or a four-minute walk from the luxury Queens condos. So, whether you're doing the weekly grocery run or just need to pick up a carton of organic milk, Trader Joe's could hardly be more conveniently placed.

The Supermarket That Cares
If you've already visited Trader Joe's in NYC or elsewhere, you know it's not your average supermarket. The chain prides itself on its offerings of quality staples (think: organic meat, milk, and eggs); unusual items (the Long Island City store promises Mandarin orange chicken, cauliflower gnocchi, and cold brew coffee concentrate); and, maybe best of all, affordable prices. Boasting 17,000 square feet of retail space, you're always going to leave Trader Joe's Long Island City with exciting new finds, alongside what was actually on your grocery list.

Recipe Ideas
Feeling inspired to start whipping up some new dishes? The Trader Joe's Long Island City web page already has some ideas. Make the most of your quartz-slab countertop, stainless steel appliances, and Bosch kitchen equipment by preparing the likes of grilled carrot miso salmon, elote potato salad, and mango Melba shortcake. You can find all of the ingredients you need for these summertime recipes at your new local Trader Joe's. Why not host a dinner party on the private terrace of your Skyline Tower condo? And if you're serious about expanding your culinary repertoire — and perhaps even hosting a monthly supper club — Trader Joe's has its own podcast, encouraging you to discover new ingredients and ways of cooking.

Anything Else to Know?
Trader Joe's Long Island City will open daily from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., giving you plenty of scope to shop at a time that is convenient for you. As with many Trader Joe's stores, this one will feature nods to its home neighborhood, with in-store artwork featuring the Pulaski

Bridge, the Queensboro Bridge, and the Pepsi Cola Sign. So it really will feel like your local neighborhood grocery store.

June 21, 2021 -

Ori Living x Skyline Tower

There are some savvy ways to maximize space in condos these days—and Ori Living is at the forefront of smart furniture solutions. Here we look at how they're working in collaboration with Skyline Tower in Long Island City to give studio residents luxuriously spacious living without compromising on design.

Cloud Bed

Beds in studio apartments can feel intrusive during the day. So, imagine if yours could simply “float” upward and vanish into the ceiling. Ori Living's Cloud Bed does exactly this. With its 8" memory-foam-topped mattress and built-in bedside table, the Cloud Bed ensures a delectably comfortable night's sleep. Come morning, at the flick of a switch, the bed rises quickly and quietly, folding into the ceiling above and transforming the space into a light wood-hued lounge area with a sofa and voguish coffee table—all in a matter of 30 seconds. Use the bonus area to read, watch TV, play with pets—even do yoga. It's an ingenious double use of space, plus— unless you give the game away—your guests will never guess there's a bed directly above their heads!

Pocket Closet

Walk-in closets and studio spaces don't necessarily go hand-in-hand. But at these particular Long Island City condos, you can have both. All Skyline Tower studios are fitted with Ori Living's Pocket Closet: a stylish TV cabinet and shelving unit which—at the flick of another switch— slides out to reveal ample closet space. Switch on the custom lighting, walk through the newly created “corridor” perusing compartments for shirts, jackets, dresses, shoes, and accessories—and put together an outfit for the day ahead. Once you're dressed up, the Pocket Closet effortlessly closes up again—and just like the Cloud Bed, it's like this walk-in closet has miraculously disappeared!

Studios for Sale

Skyline Tower in NYC has a number of studio apartments for sale, ranging from 400 square feet to 487 square feet. As well as benefiting from Ori Living's Cloud Bed and Pocket Closet, each studio features modern kitchens with quartz-slab countertops and stainless-steel appliances, as well as bathrooms fitted with bronze hardware and Kohler fixtures—not to mention incredible views across Queens. For stylish studio living in LIC with unprecedented space, Skyline Tower really is the way to go.

May 25, 2021 -

Get a Taste of Art at The Museum of the Moving Image

New York City is opening up again, and the warm early-summer weather is enticing New Yorkers to get out and explore the city anew. One of the great pleasures of life in New York is the access one has to world-class museums — not to mention the distinctive array of specialized, expertly curated museums one can explore. Located just a 10-minute ride from Skyline Tower is one of these unique institutions: the Museum of the Moving Image.

Of course, residents of these Long Island City condos can enjoy a film screening with friends on the large-screen television in Skyline Tower’s Residential Lounge, or watch a classic New York- based Martin Scorsese or Spike Lee film from home with sweeping views of the city as the backdrop. But an outing to the newly reopened Museum of the Moving Image promises visitors an opportunity to explore a new range of films and gain a deeper appreciation for every aspect behind the creation of films, animation, and television.

A rotation of screenings brings a mix of recent films, including independent productions from the international festival circuit and big-name Hollywood blockbusters, as well as films restored from archival prints and silent films accompanied by live music. This summer, the museum is also hosting a series of drive-in screenings at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, with films ranging from family-friendly to horror to action. There will also be several double features for full evenings of viewing fun.

The museum’s permanent collection boasts approximately 130,000 artifacts — the largest collection of its kind in the nation — surveying the history, technology, and artistry behind the moving image. Visitors can take in “The Jim Henson Exhibition,” which celebrates the beloved puppeteer’s expansive career, from “The Muppet Show” to “Sesame Street” to “Labyrinth.” The exhibition also includes 47 puppets, with favorites Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and Big Bird on view. Among the museum’s other current exhibitions are “Icons: Framing Images of Black Women on Movie Posters,” which presents an overview of seven decades of promotional materials from American films featuring Black female leads; and “Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey,” which covers Kubrick’s still-influential career and his distinctive artistic process.

Whether Skyline Tower residents opt to discover a hidden cinematic gem or take their photo with a “Sesame Street” celebrity, a quick trip to the Museum of the Moving Image promises the perfect outing at one of New York City’s most celebrated institutions.

May 20, 2021 -

Skyline Tower: Convenient, Efficient Homes at Skyline Tower

When you live in a city as bustling and vibrant as New York, efficiency and convenience are everything. Savvy New Yorkers are constantly looking for ways to make their lives a little easier. That could mean anything from getting their dry cleaning picked up and dropped off to having groceries delivered. But the ultimate way to take advantage of all the city has to offer while making the most of your day-to-day is choosing a home that was built with convenience in mind. And for that, there's no place better than the perfectly positioned luxury Long Island City condos at Skyline Tower.

Rising tall above LIC, Skyline Tower affords its lucky residents an amenity-filled lifestyle that has myriad transportation options for business or pleasure. Think: A five-minute subway or Uber ride to Midtown, or a pleasant trip into Manhattan, Brooklyn, or the Bronx with a ride on the nearby East River Ferry.

The Long Island City neighborhood offers block after block of world-class restaurants coupled with a thriving arts scene that brings the best that New York City has to offer right to your doorstep. A short stroll from Skyline Tower's lobby can take you on a culinary tour around the world or deliver you to a quiet evening in a charming wine bar.

Back at home, each residence at Skyline Tower is an expertly crafted study in interior design and architecture. You’ll find bright and airy spaces crafted with high-end materials, state-of-the-art appliances from Bosch, and a true focus on comfort and beauty. It's the ultimate spot to luxuriate and unwind whether you're making your morning coffee, binge-watching your favorite show, or giving yourself a spa day. And there are few experiences more relaxing than taking in a jaw-dropping view of the Manhattan skyline with a glass of wine on your balcony as the sun sets behind this iconic vista.

The developers of Skyline Tower have also added a few high-tech options that augment this comfort and efficiency and are sure to be showstopping additions to any home.

For example: Say you want a little more floor space in your already spacious condo. For this, you can install a bed that rises into the ceiling at the touch of a button. This spectacular feature, called the Cloud Bed and manufactured by robotic furniture company Ori, mechanically lifts your bed into a recessed area of the ceiling, revealing a modern seating area and giving you more space to utilize during your waking hours. Ori also provides a Pocket Closet that transforms a bookcase/media center into a walk-in closet — a sleek way to have extra storage.

These are just a few of the advantages to living in the luxury LIC apartments of Skyline Tower. Contact us today and stop in for a tour to find out more.

May 6, 2021 -

Skyline Tower: A Special Home for the Whole Family

Home should be our place for rest, recharging, and enjoying everyday pleasures with family and friends. The LIC condos at Skyline Tower were crafted to make home a bright, welcoming oasis. Style meets function with soaring views and natural light, from oversized windows to quartz slab countertops and chef-worthy appliances for multicourse celebrations or breakfast on the go. Beyond each carefully appointed residence is a full suite of amenities, designed to make life more relaxing, fun, and convenient for every member of the family at Skyline Tower.

Each day, residents are greeted in grand style at the entrance of Skyline Tower through the double-height glass doors leading into the lobby, where a full-time doorman and concierge make life as seamless as possible. Park your bike in the dedicated bike storage room, then ascend the dramatic open staircase to the Residential Lounge. This third-floor common space includes an integrated business center, ideal for a change of scenery while working from home, and a large-screen television and billiards table for a well-deserved opportunity to unwind at the day’s end (or weekend’s beginning). Residents can also relax and entertain guests in the fifth-floor residential lounge, equipped with a demonstration kitchen and a terrace for soaking in the views from above.

The Skyline Tower amenities package extends to every member of the family. The Children’s Playroom offers a dedicated space for kids to play, let loose, and let their imaginations run wild. This bright, friendly playroom is also ideal for hosting small get-togethers and playdates for kids and promises to harness their energy and keep them entertained for hours. And, of course, four-legged residents can get a full pampering treatment after a long walk or serious game of fetch in Skyline Tower’s pet spa.

Adults can also stay active and energized—which is key to staying healthy and happy. The fully-equipped fitness center includes state-of-the-art cardio and weightlifting equipment and open space for expanding your yoga or Pilates practice and stretching post-workout. While residences boast spa-like bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, the unparalleled bilevel spa facility is equipped with every feature to help you relax and unwind. A soaring skylight and towering windows envelop the 75-foot indoor pool, which is perfect for laps or splashing, with an adjacent Whirlpool spa for soothing tired muscles. After a dip in the pool or a workout in the fitness center, you can unwind in the cedar plank-lined sauna and steam room and leave glowing from head to toe.

With amenities catering to everyone in the family, Skyline Tower provides an ideal home base for every resident and a luxe oasis of play and relaxation. Closings are commencing, so contact us now to learn more about the future you can have at Skyline Tower.

April 23, 2021 -

How to Spend a Rainy Day in LIC

Spring is in the air, which means respite from the cold, flowers in bloom, and longer days. Of course, April can also bring the occasional spring showers—and a bout of hay fever wheezing and sneezing—which may make you want to retreat indoors. A full day at home at the Skyline Tower’s LIC condos can make the most of the perks of the season while lifting your spirits on those grayer, rainy days.

First off, bring a touch of spring’s colors into your home with a bespoke floral arrangement. You can even design your own centerpiece with the help of some online tutorials from BloomsByTheBox.com that will guide you with tips on everything from trimming rose guard petals to creating a balanced look for a mixed flower centerpiece. Choose your color of choice from roses, peonies, hydrangea, or whatever spring favorites will lighten up your living spaces.

Next, take time to get your blood flowing and heart rate up with a plunge or some reinvigorating laps at the 75-foot pool in the Skyline Tower’s bilevel spa facility. Then soothe your muscles and any tension from long hours at the computer with a soak in the Whirlpool spa. The spa’s skylight and towering windows and his-and-her locker rooms with tile and limestone will instantly transport you to a place of calm and relaxation as you let yourself unwind.

Once you return home, you can maintain the ambiance of Zen by lighting a few candles and playing an old record for some peaceful background music. Prepare a hot mug of tea and honey or an indulgent drink of homemade cocoa and pause for a moment to take in the panoramic expanse of the city skyline and the river below from your floor-to-ceiling windows.

With the mood set, you can curl up with a new bestseller or catch up on your favorite magazines or Netflix show as you get cozy on your living room sofa. And as night begins to fall, you can try out a new recipe or a familiar comfort food classic in your kitchen. Get sauteing, braising, and baking with the aid of stainless-steel appliances and Bosch kitchen equipment fit for any chef and turn on an engrossing, feel-good podcast recommended by Vanity Fair. Enjoy your creation right at the quartz slab kitchen island with a glass of wine and finish your meal with a dessert to cap off a day of mood-lifting springtime activities, all from the comfort of home.

March 31, 2021 -

Easy Spring Detox Guide

For many of us, the coming of spring and the return of warm weather bring with them a need for cleansing and renewal — that applies equally to our homes and to ourselves. Residents of the Long Island City condos at Skyline Tower have the pleasure of cleaning and beautifying their homes while surrounded by dramatic views of the city from floor-to-ceiling windows. And for a bit of self-care and a true spring renewal, many swear by the process of detoxing to rid the body of impurities. Here are a few detox techniques you can try, in combination with a healthy diet and exercise regimen, this spring.

Our first tip for detoxing is likely already in your kitchen cabinet, and is perhaps even a part of your morning or evening routine: a hot (or iced) cup of tea. Nettle and dandelion root are thought to reduce stress on your liver when detoxifying, and they contain high levels of nutrients like vitamin A and minerals like iron and potassium. Green tea has been shown to be a great support for heart health, since it contains antioxidants and flavonoids that can help lower blood pressure and reduce LDL, known as “bad” cholesterol. Research also suggests that green tea may help fight certain cancers and work as an anti-inflammatory to clear up skin and keep you glowing inside and out.

The key ingredient for maintaining digestive health and keeping your detox system moving well is fiber. The best way to get fiber may be to simply enjoy a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, which can also help to support your immune system and keep your skin and hair strong and healthy. For an added dose of fiber, you can add a tablespoon or two of ground flaxseed to meals, or simply swirl it into smoothies. Of course, to make the most of the detoxing power of fiber, it’s important to drink plenty of water.

While water, fiber, and teas can all work to keep skin dewy and vibrant, the ancient Ayurvedic practice of dry brushing offers countless benefits for detoxing and beautifying. The simple technique of brushing the skin with a natural fiber brush — moving upward, starting from the toes — can stimulate the lymphatic system to help release toxins and also open up pores to let the body sweat out impurities. Dry brushing also exfoliates the skin and may help to increase circulation.

Finally, your spring detox calls for ditching that extra cocktail in the evening and substituting something a bit less, well, intoxicating. Treat yourself to a refreshing apple cider vinegar tonic mocktail. This healthy concoction combines turmeric, lemon, cayenne pepper, and apple cider vinegar, topped off with a splash of sparkling water, for a spicy, bubbly beverage as complex as your favorite mixologist’s creations. Best of all, the apple cider vinegar can help with heart and skin health, while killing harmful bacteria and lowering blood sugar levels.

While the Skyline Tower LIC condos provide the perfect backdrop for a fresh start to spring, a few simple techniques can help residents keep up their health through the rest of the season and beyond.

March 23, 2021 -

Get Your Home Ready for Spring

Life at Skyline Tower is all about light and air, and there is no better time to let it all in than springtime, the perfect inspiration for a top-to-bottom refresh. If you have that spring cleaning feeling, Oprah has a plan, and Martha Stewart has ideas for exactly what you need to take that deep clean to the next level, with scents and flowers that will make your home overlooking LIC and the Manhattan skyline into a springtime idyll.

A project that could seem overwhelming becomes fun when you follow Oprah’s plan, which gets it all done in eight hours. Her system goes room by room by set time frames—you start in the bathroom and go from there to the bedroom, the kitchen, and the family room. For every object and surface, she has expert tips like how to vacuum and wash the walls and which order to wash the bedding in—ingenious ideas that will make things go much more smoothly. She’ll tell you how to scrub the inside of a microwave with water and lemon juice, how to freshen your window treatments, how to air out the beds, the best way to clean your carpets, and how to use compressed air on your electronics. This is the kind of plan that lets you enjoy the process of refreshing your home without having to think about how to do it.

It’s the perfect way to refresh not only your living space but the atmosphere it emits—and this is where Martha Stewart comes in. Once your home is spotlessly clean, you can fill the air with the scent of gardenia and mint. Stewart recommends creating your own room spray from essential oils mixed with water and witch hazel— you can spray directly into the air, on the furniture, and on the walls. You can also buy some Palo Santo—a wood stick you can burn like incense, which is said to clear out negative vibes and attract good luck. Another spa-like tip is to put fresh eucalyptus in the bathroom, which will release its scent when it comes in contact with steam from the shower. You can also place your own handmade scented candles around the house or make sachets filled with lavender to toss in drawers or wherever you’d like a subtle waft of the outdoors.

To complete the effect, swap dark bedclothes for light and airy ones and punctuate the spaces with brightly colored throws and pillows, like the Turkana pillow in cerulean and fuchsia from New York’s own Bolé Road, a textile company creating original handwoven items in Ethiopia, for a design accent that will make your freshly cleaned home pop with the colors of spring.

Closings at the LIC condos for sale at Skyline Tower are now commencing, so contact us soon to find the new home that’s just right for the new spring you.

February 24, 2021 -

Making Scented Soaps and Colorful Candles at Skyline Tower

This winter, residents of the Long Island City condos at Skyline Tower have been enjoying panoramic views of snow-blanketed New York City and storms rolling down the Hudson from their superlative apartments. With chilly winds swirling and snowflakes flying just outside the window, the warming glow of a candle or a soothing hot bath can make a winter’s eve magical. Since most people will be cooped up inside for another month at least, there’s plenty of time to not only enjoy some scented candles and bath soaps but also to make your own! Though they may seem imposing at first, the ancient processes of making candles and soap are a relaxing way to create something both personal and useful.

Using this simple guide, residents can easily set up a candle-making factory right in their kitchen. Just buy some candle wax, gather together a few common kitchen items (a double boiler, a thermometer, a heat-proof container, and a spatula, to be precise), choose a favorite fragrance, and start crafting! After mastering the basics of candle making, residents will love fashioning their own attractive variations by including dried flower petals for a colorful twist or even hiding a surprise, like a piece of jewelry, within. Candles will not only brighten up these LIC condos, but they make great gifts for loved ones.

Like candle making, soap making is an ancient process that has been brought into the modern world of crafting as a skill that’s easy to learn but very difficult to master. Once residents have figured out the correct mixture of lye and oil by using this comprehensive guide, the real fun can begin. Soaps are a blank canvas on which residents can paint their favorite scents, colors, and textures, not to mention the myriad exfoliating and moisturizing ingredients that can be included. Residents are encouraged to start simple with marbled hand soaps, and even a soap with fresh slices of citrus embedded within. Soon, Skyline Tower dwellers will be whipping up advanced soaps like this carved crystal soap, which uses a technique that makes the soap look like cut gemstones.

The homes at Skyline Tower feature spacious, fully equipped kitchens that make everything from preparing a Thanksgiving dinner to a whipping up batch of poppy seed soap bars a pleasure. And the marble-clad baths will glow with the help of a few handmade candles. With studio to four-bedroom layouts and a suite of luxury amenities, the perfect home is waiting for you at Skyline Tower. So, check availability and schedule a tour today!

February 11, 2021 -

New Model Residences, Now Open for a Tour! Immediate Occupancy

Closings on homes on the 36th floor and below have officially commenced at Skyline Tower, and we’re so excited about welcoming all our new residents! And how will it feel to join our Skyline Tower community, living in the tallest residential building in Queens? Quite exceptional, really. The LIC condos at Skyline Tower offer elegant living in the clouds—luxurious interiors twinned with breathtaking urban vistas. But don't take our word for it: get a taste of Skyline life by calling in at one of the new model residences.

At One with NYC
A key attribute of Skyline Tower is its oneness with the NYC skyline. Its architects and designers have worked in tandem to bring the outdoors in. Step into a model residence to discover natural light pouring in through floor-to-ceiling windows. Picture yourself fixing breakfast at the quartz slab countertop, overlooking Manhattan's iconic skyline. Head onto the balcony for a rush of plein air, combined with panoramic views of the East River. Experience how every square foot ushers in the energy and beauty of the most exciting city on Earth.

Elegance, Everywhere
“Cut” and “corners” are not in Skyline Tower's vocabulary. A visit to one of the model residences shamelessly shows off its stylish fixtures and fittings. From bathrooms starring white marble, porcelain, and bronze to the gleaming stainless-steel kitchen appliances—you'll appreciate close-up how these condos come replete with luxurious touches. Functionality is never compromised either: from Bosch kitchen equipment to overly generous closet space, your dream home experience is brought to life with practical touches that really work.

Talk to an Expert in Person
A further benefit of a model residence tour: it gives you the chance to speak with a member of the team, asking any questions you might have. Being in the building itself is the best way to understand how everything looks, feels, and fits together. What's more, you can witness first-hand what designers have done to bring the model condo interiors to life—from paintings to color schemes to light fixtures. It's a great springboard for your design and decor concepts. (Bring a notepad.)

While You're Here...
Once you've fallen for Skyline Tower's condos, you'll have the chance to see its abundance of amenities. From the breathtaking marble and limestone lobby to its residential lounge with billiards table and the 75-foot indoor pool with cedar plank-lined sauna—soon enough, all this could be your home.

Get a taste of life in Skyline Tower: contact the team today. Immediate Occupancy, make your move to Skyline Tower today!

January 31, 2021 -

Winter Retreats Around NYC

Winter is here, blanketing the city with snow and sending New Yorkers scrambling to crank up the heat and dig out their winter wardrobes. Living in Skyline Tower means waking up cozy and warm to breathtaking Manhattan views every day of the year, but these magnificent panoramic vistas are just one part of the New York City area’s natural winter beauty. This season, residents should take advantage of Long Island City’s proximity to the Catskills by spending a weekend in a toasty warm mountain cabin or strapping on their boots for a day hike along one of the NYC area’s hiking trails. 

North of the city extend the Catskill Mountains, a stretch of the larger Appalachian chain that has been a favorite nature retreat for New Yorkers since the 1800s. Nowadays, the Catskills offer some of the best winter skiing found in the region, as well as countless cabins for rent that make for great winter hideaways. Residents of the Long Island City condos at Skyline Tower will appreciate the custom interiors at The Hunter Houses, where hosts Danielle and Ely have lovingly converted an old A-frame into an award-winning boutique bed-and-breakfast. Also, check out the independent inns that are part of Foster Supply Hospitality, which was put together by a group of local hoteliers to preserve the uniquely rugged yet refined charm of the Catskills. Thanks to their services, Skyline Tower residents are just a few clicks away from booking a weekend mountain getaway complete with outdoor hot tubs and private nature views.

When the weather starts to warm up, Long Island City dwellers will want to stretch their legs on some of the hiking trails in the area. Fortunately, some great nature walks are accessible via the Metropolitan Transportation Authority system, with others just a short drive from Skyline Tower. Take the No. 1 train to Van Cortlandt Park and stroll three miles out and back along the John Muir Trail, which takes hikers through three distinct forests as well as a “frog-filled marsh.” Or, head up the Hudson on the Metro-North Railroad to Lake Skenonto for a stroll along the 8.1-mile loop around the lake through Harriman State Park.

After their winter excursion, Skyline Tower residents can return to their spacious condo for a warm beverage and a relaxing evening spent overlooking the icy East River from the comfort of home. So, check availability and start planning winter adventures today!


January 11, 2021 -

Bundle up With Wine This Winter

Looking for a great New Year's resolution? How about expanding your knowledge on wine! While now is not the time to start touring the vineyards of New York and beyond, you can, instead, bundle up in your Skyline Tower condo, fill it with beautiful bottles, and sign onto some virtual wine tastings.

Find an Expert
You’ll get much more out of wine when it's accompanied by the wise words of someone who knows it well. These days, the internet is brimming with virtual tastings hosted by vineyards, experts, and winemakers. Learn your Burgundies from your Barolos with Virtual Wine Tasting 101 on CourseHorse; join The United Sommeliers Foundation for Thursday tastings with a celeb sommelier; call in at America's oldest wine shop, Acker Wines, for top tips; take a private guided virtual tasting tour with Latina winemaker Cecilia Enriquez; or even arrange a virtual dinner party via The Supper Share. Any of these experiences — and many more — can be enjoyed from the luxury of your condo living room or kitchen.

Source Some Wine
Though some virtual events include wine delivery, others require you to source your own bottles. That's not an issue when you live at Skyline Tower in Long Island City. This part of Queens is bursting with vino boutiques — and they deliver, too. The team at Convive will happily run you through a selection of wines to fit your palate and budget. And if you're looking for a certain label for a tasting, they'll help you source it, or guide you toward something comparable. LIC's Hunters Point Wines & Spirits focuses on smaller labels making interesting wines. As they themselves say, "Helping someone select just the right bottle brings us endless joy!" Enoteca LIC is another solid call for great wines: Among their selection of French reds, Italian whites, and a multitude of other national and international labels, you'll be sure to find something that’s ideal for your online tastings.

Extracurricular Activities
Enjoying your new life as a bona fide oenophile? You can always get into some extracurricular activities — still without leaving your Skyline Tower condo. Cozy up on the sofa, and lap up a wine-themed documentary. Netflix has a bumper crop, including “Somm,” which follows candidates preparing for the grueling Master Sommelier Diploma Examination (earning them a place on the Court of Master Sommeliers). Draw a bath and take a soak in your elegant tub, while drinking in the sounds of a good wine podcast. Or, bundle up extra warm and enjoy a mug of something mulled, while reading on your condo's private balcony. We recommend Rex Pickett's seminal wine novel, “Sideways.”

December 22, 2020 -

Holiday Baking: Making Cookies in Your Chef’s Kitchen

With snow blanketing the city and frigid winter air ruddying cheeks and unmittened hands, nothing is more comforting than a home warm and fragrant with a batch of cookies in the oven. Residents of the Long Island City condos at Skyline Tower have the benefit of kitchens equipped with a suite of stainless steel Bosch appliances, as well as quartz countertops and backsplashes that create a stylish backdrop for cookie baking magic. Here are some of the season’s most delectable cookie recipes, best enjoyed with a mug of hot chocolate and breathtaking views of the snowy city as seen from your LIC condominium.

No list of holiday treats would be complete without festively decorated gingerbread cookies. These classic cookies, in the shape of people and colorfully decorated with icing and sprinkles, get their distinctive flavor from a blend of spices, including cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger, as well as a healthy dollop of molasses.
 
Toasted hazelnuts are delicious anytime, as is, of course, the Nutella hazelnut-chocolate spread beloved the world over. If you agree, give these Nutella cookies a try. Each cookie calls for a tablespoon of Nutella, frozen, which you then cover with dough and cocoa powder. After baking, top with a sprinkle of sea salt. Then, bite in for a luxurious oozing of warm, creamy Nutella with each mouthful.

This yummy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe adds texture to the traditional chocolate chip with the addition of oats, which perfectly complement the cookie’s chocolatey sweetness. Snickerdoodle cookies, a cousin to the sugar cookie, are known for their wonderfully chewy texture — the result of adding a touch of cream of tartar. And, they are rolled in a mix of cinnamon and sugar, making them all the more irresistible.
 
Peanut butter cookies are a perennial favorite, with their perfect balance of salty and sweet and the distinctive crosshatch pattern on top. Finally, for a gluten-free option, these chewy flourless fudge cookies offer rich, fudgy flavor and tantalizingly crisp edges, even without the flour (the secret ingredient is cold egg whites).
 
Now is the best time to whip up a batch of any of these sweet treats. The alluring scent of homemade cookies is certain to warm even the coldest winter day at home for residents of the Skyline Tower.

December 15, 2020 -

Skyline Tower 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are here. You can see it everywhere in Long Island City — from the twinkling lights of the street to the decorations in the spacious apartments of Skyline Tower. And while we may be a little more distant and our celebrations a little more muted this year, there are plenty of ways to spread the holiday cheer to the ones you love. One of the best ways to do it is with a thoughtful gift.

We've assembled some present ideas to provide you with a bit of shopping inspiration. There’s something for almost everyone here.

Bookworm
With lots of shops, a huge art scene, and world-class luxury apartments like the ones at Skyline Tower, Long Island City has become one of NYC's most fashionable neighborhoods. You don't need to travel far to pick up first-rate gifts for friends and family. That’s especially true for those who relish reading. Swing by Book Culture to pick up the latest best-seller, or treat someone to a yearlong Book Culture subscription that will give them 10 percent off every purchase, free shipping, and other good stuff from this indie store. For the art lover, head to MoMA PS1 and stop by Artbook, where you’ll find an incredible selection of books about … You guessed it, art. 

Techie 
If the past year has taught us anything, it's the importance of using technology to connect and engage. So why not give your favorite technology enthusiast the latest high-tech gadget? A computer might be out of budget, but a smaller item like an Amazon Echo Dot is certain to delight. This little speaker/remote control/home assistant is a fun and useful tool and a great gift. The iXpand Flash Drive, a portable storage device that connects to your iPhone, can serve as extra storage for your selfie-obsessed friend.

Self-Care Connoisseur 
For some, it's meditation. For others, it's a long, luxurious soak in the tub. Self-care takes many shapes and forms, but we all know someone who deserves a little time for themselves to indulge. Level up bathtime with fizzy bath bombs from Lush — we recommend the lavender-centric Deep Sleep. You can make your giftee’s at-home spa experience complete with an essential oil diffuser, which adds olfactory ambience and some much-needed moisture to dry winter air.

At-Home Fashionista 
What do you get the sartorially inclined person who loves their winter work-from-home wardrobe? Ugg slippers, of course! They are stylish, yet ideal for padding around the house. And they’re lined with the finest wool — you’ll feel like you’re walking on a cloud. 

Foodie
The food scene in LIC is truly exciting, with influences that span the globe. Why not share the flavors of the neighborhood with someone special this holiday season — while helping to support local businesses — by getting them a gift card for one of the fine restaurants in the area? Located on the water, just a 15-minute walk from Skyline Tower, American Brass has become a go-to eatery for its city views and its take on traditional American fare. For some of the best Korean food in town, purchase a gift card to Lim's Kitchen — an LIC favorite (and deservedly so). 

We hope you find everything you’re looking for this year — whether it’s the right gifts, a spectacular living space, or a neighborhood you can call home. It’s not hard when you live in LIC!

From all of us at Skyline Tower: Happy holidays!

November 20, 2020 -

Fall Flavors in Long Island City

Now that fall is here, Long Island City residents have the chance to enjoy seasonal beverages and food, while, of course, conforming to social distancing guidelines. These superlative LIC condominiums are poised to become a hub for exploring local breweries and coffee roasters — and they’ll be an impressive vantage point from which to observe winter descending upon the city. Here are our favorite spots for fall food and drink in Long Island City.

With both outdoor and indoor seating returning to bars, this is the time to stop by some LIC pubs to sample a few special fall brews. Bierocracy combines the Brooklyn brewhouse aesthetic with Bavarian-inspired food and beer to create a fun, inviting environment — seating is available indoors or out. Try the sausage platter or a giant Bavarian pretzel, and wash it down with one of Bierocracy’s in-house brews or an imported weisse or kölsch. LIC staple Fifth Hammer Brewing is also open for outdoor and indoor dining, as well as pickup, and serves beers ranging in style from tart, fruited sours to warming oatmeal stouts and porters. Skyline Tower residents who prefer cider to beer should head to the New York City Cider Week website to plan a short journey to another borough for a taste of this popular apple-based beverage.

But not all fall beverages are alcoholic. If caffeinated drinks are what you crave, you might want to stop in at Communitea, a coffee and tea emporium offering over 60 loose-leaf tea varieties. Communitea is a great local business - the owner was interviewed as part of Skyline Tower’s 67 Stories social media campaign. You’ll also find a full menu of coffee, food, and beer, plus a selection of tea-flavored ice creams. Communitea features a rotating menu of drink flavors, including seasonal options like pumpkin. Vegans and those with gluten sensitivities will love the range of gluten-free vegan pastries available. Residents who prefer to brew their coffee at home should head to Etto Espresso Bar, where they can pick up a bag of Etto’s house-blended beans, while enjoying a fresh cinnamon-apple-spiced latte.

Long Island City residents have access to fresh fall produce right in their own backyard. At Sunnyside Greenmarket, farmers from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania bring in the best of their latest harvests — the name of the game this time of year is apples and baked goods. The greenmarket also sells fresh meats, dairy, and even wine pressed from local grapes.

Skyline Tower will serve as the perfect starting point for exploring Long Island City during these trying times. On top of that, residents will enjoy stylish custom kitchens, spacious living rooms, and luxurious bedrooms and baths — all with panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. So, head to the Skyline Tower website and schedule a tour before fall gives way to frosty winter weather!

November 4, 2020 -

Living in Wellness at Skyline Tower

In need of a bit of relaxation? These days, we all could use a little something to help destress, unwind, and put our minds at ease. Luckily, the LIC luxury condos at Skyline Tower offer plenty of space where you can decompress.

Whether you're taking some time for yourself with an at-home spa day in the luxe and tranquil bathrooms, chilling out and binge-watching your favorite TV show in the open living rooms, or simply enjoying a drink while viewing the glittering Manhattan skyline through the floor-to-ceiling windows, the residences at Skyline Tower afford you a sanctuary in the heart of lively Long Island City.

But if you want to elevate this blissful lifestyle even further, there are a few resources you can turn to that are just a few clicks away on your phone or computer. Make some time for yourself with some of our favorite ways to relax.

Meditation
It's almost impossible to read anything about wellness these days without hearing about meditation as the ultimate tool for self-care. While this ancient practice of breathing and mindfulness might seem trendy, it has been around for thousands of years — and for good reason.

Meditation has been shown to lower levels of anxiety, depression, and stress, even when done for short periods of time. There's no need to read tomes on the subject or pay for expensive classes, though. Download the Calm app to have a customized session anywhere you happen to be. With modules for sleeping, meditation, and focus, the app is robust and easy to use. Feel worries melt away as you listen to a guided session that focuses on the breath, or drift off to sleep as your favorite celebrity, like Stephen Fry or Harry Styles, tells you a calming bedtime story.

Cooking
Another form of self-reflection involves learning and carefully performing a skill. And what could be better than being able to prepare mouthwatering meals in your state-of-the-art kitchen at Skyline Tower LIC? Focus on and augment your cooking skills with online classes from some of the world's best chefs.

MasterClass, the online repository of lessons from the best and brightest in a variety of disciplines, offers classes from master chef Gordon Ramsay that teach you the principles of cooking at home. Ramsay has a reputation for being intense. But in these courses, his straightforward and helpful teaching style will put you at ease, whether you're honing your knife skills, learning to pick out the right ingredients, or following his step-by-step instructions on how to make a lobster ravioli.

Once you have the basics of cooking down, delve into a philosophical exploration of cuisine with Alice Waters, the doyenne of farm-to-table. Tapping into her decades of experience at the forefront of the organic and sustainable movement, Waters teaches you how to prepare meals with thought and grace.

Yoga
If you need something a little more active to achieve a state of zen, unfurl a yoga mat, head out on the private balcony, and get ready to stretch with a bit of yoga. Gaia has been the industry standard of yoga practice, offering users hundreds of videos that draw from a variety of disciplines. Focus on breath work and chakras with kundalini, or burn some calories as you move through an intense vinyasa session. The Yoga Room has also been offering free virtual classes and meditation classes, not far from Skyline Tower!

Whichever method you use to relax, you'll be happy that you have a beautiful and spacious locale like Skyline Tower to do it in.

October 15, 2020 -

Reasons to Love Long Island City

Long Island City has blossomed. Once an industrial powerhouse, this stretch of Queens waterfront now abounds with international culinary experiences, as well as parks and green spaces with spectacular scenic views and alfresco art exhibitions. No wonder LIC is also flourishing with luxury condos, like those at Skyline Tower. Let's take a look at some of the many reasons people are flocking to Long Island City.

The Scenery
LIC commands some awesome views of Manhattan. Some of the finest can be found at Gantry Plaza State Park; from its landscaped gardens and repurposed piers, you can ogle unobstructed views across the East River. The Midtown Manhattan Skyline Pier, in particular, makes an excellent spot from which to gorge on views of NYC landmarks like the United Nations Headquarters and Chrysler Building. It's not all about what's on the other side of the water, though: take some time to appreciate the preserved industrial heritage surrounding you, including the iconic Long Island City sign, painted onto one of the old gantries—and the illuminated Pepsi-Cola sign nearby.

The Outdoor Art Scene
While NYC's traditional art galleries either remain closed or require prebooking, Socrates Sculpture Park is different. Simply show up at this alfresco art gallery between 9 am and sundown to indulge in vibrant artworks out in the open. Monuments Now is an epic, multilayered show, which began in the summer and is set to grow in October, with artists like Paul Ramirez Jonas and Xaviera Simmons bringing captivating artworks to this riverside park as part of a reevaluation of American values and identity. We especially love Jeffrey Gibson’s geometric sculpture Because Once You Enter My House, It Becomes Our House, which references everything from the ancient metropolis of Cahokia to modern-day activism.

The Food
Few things are as comforting as good food, and thanks to its diverse community, LIC is overflowing with delicious dishes from all corners of the globe. RESOBOX invites you to explore all aspects of Japanese culture—one of which is its superlative food, showcased here with rich roasted pork ramen, tofu donburi, and matcha cheesecake. It's soul-warming, stomach-satisfying stuff. For dishes with a kick, turn to Casa Enrique, where crumbled chorizo tacos and fried oysters with chili mayo await.

The Condos
With all this, and a good deal more, happening in Long Island City, it's little wonder this area of Queens is a hot spot for condos. The residences at Skyline Tower are in the epicenter of the action, also offering panoramic views of Manhattan from river-facing balconies; luxuriously appointed kitchens and bathrooms; a 75-foot indoor pool with sauna; and a residential lounge featuring a large-screen TV and billiards. Live here, and it's impossible not to fall in love with LIC. Contact us today to schedule your private appointment.

September 30, 2020 -

Dinner & Movie Night at Skyline Tower

Home has been our sanctuary even more than usual these days. And that's not a bad thing at all if you're living in the LIC luxury condos at Skyline Tower. While you're inside, you can enjoy all of the comforts and convenience these well-appointed homes have to offer, like relaxing the day away in the spa-like bathrooms or merely gazing at the Manhattan skyline as the sun sets behind it. 

But now and then, it's fun for you and your family to have a memorable night in. Why not make your next occasion a dinner and a movie night? 

You don't need to look far for inspiration; just look through those floor-to-ceiling windows and take in those views of NYC. With this backdrop, it's certain that it's going to be an NYC-themed evening. 

First, pick out a New York City movie that everyone is bound to love. For a classic film that combines fashion, humor, and the early 60s glamor of the city, try Breakfast at Tiffany's, with Audrey Hepburn. You've Got Mail, a more contemporary romantic comedy with a very 90s sensibility, starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, is a perennial favorite. Or, if you long for a musical romp that captures the spirit of what it is like to spend some time in late-40s NYC, tune into On the Town, with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. While children can enjoy the films mentioned above, there are NYC-centric movies, like Stuart Little, made just for the younger crowd. And Ghostbusters is a pure celebration of the city.
 
Whatever movie you choose, one of the most critical aspects of a movie night is the snacks. 

Yes, buttery popcorn is a must, but you can elevate the evening with some famous New York City recipes. These dishes are as evocative of New York as the films you’ll be pairing them with. 

A hot dog from a street cart might do in a pinch, but every New Yorker knows that the best ones are found in Coney Island. And what sets apart this frank from all others? The chili sauce, of course! Here's a recipe that's not only fast but truly tasty, although you might just need a few napkins. 

Conjure a bit of Katz's Deli at home and make a mile-high sandwich on homemade rye bread. Breadmaking might seem daunting at first, but this simple recipe is relatively easy if a bit time-consuming, as you have to wait for the dough to rise. Nonetheless, you'll be rewarded with malty, delicate bread as you eat your pastrami on rye while channeling the most famous scene of When Harry Met Sally.

The perfect finale to your at-home movie night has to be the staple of restaurants across the city: New York-style cheesecake. Creamy, buttery, tart: this indulgent dessert transports those who indulge in it to NYC no matter where they are in the world. And lucky residents of Skyline Tower are already a part of the cinematic action that this city affords.

September 25, 2020 -

Learning Something New From Home

Working and socializing from home is the new normal. But what do you do with all the downtime? The Long Island City condos for sale at Skyline Tower offer a wealth of amenity spaces at your literal doorstep to keep you busy or help you relax. Take advantage of the massive, stylish Residential Lounge on the third floor, where you can use the business center for a change of scenery while working from home. Afterward, you can unwind with the latest binge-worthy Netflix series or a round of billiards. Head up to the second resident lounge on the fifth floor and make dinner in the integrated kitchen and enjoy it with a well-deserved cocktail on the terrace.

A popular — and practical — option for after-work hours is devoting time to self-improvement. Online courses on nearly every imaginable subject are available on Coursera and Class Central to help you meet your personal goals. Whether you opt to fill in gaps from your college days, learn a new skill for work, or enhance your repertoire of wellness activities, you can find an extensive list of classes and knowledgeable experts to guide you through your at-home learning process. We’ll share some of our favorites.

Curl up on one of the plush sofas in the Skyline Tower Residential Lounge and take one of Coursera’s most popular courses: The Science of Well-Being. Taught by cognitive scientist and Yale University psychology professor Laurie Santos, this free-access course applies recent advances in psychological science to the pursuit of overall happiness. Topics include how to identify and overcome misconceptions about happiness, ways to boost well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic, and ideas on building healthier, more productive habits. More than one-third of students report “tangible career benefit” from taking the course, among other effusive praise. You can watch video lectures and complete assignments at your own pace, so there’s no excuse not to get happy.

If you need more options for your next course, head to Class Central. This online course aggregator makes it easy to search among 15,000 online courses, covering a dizzying array of subjects, from more than 900 universities around the world. You can enroll in ever-popular courses such as Introduction to Computer Science, Contract Law, or Data Science from Harvard University, learn Korean from Yonsei University, or get a primer on Modern Art from Museum of Modern Art instructors. The possibilities are (almost) endless. The Class Central site provides detailed student reviews of classes, as well as a Best Online Course list each year, if you’re in need of some added inspiration in your search

Whatever you end up studying during your semester at home, the LIC condos at Skyline Tower can be both classroom and retreat.

August 31, 2020 -

Sweet Indulgences Delivered to Skyline Tower

Sometimes the only thing that will sweeten up your day is a melt-in-the-mouth mille-feuille or blissful bubble tea. When your sweet tooth demands satisfaction, turn to the best bakeries, cake shops, and tea boutiques in Long Island City. At the moment, many are offering easy pickup or delivery to your Skyline Tower condo.

Gorge on Gorgeous Cookies
Chip NYC LIC is redefining the cookie: gone are the usual thin “patties”—this place deals in hefty, thick hunks of freshly baked cookie dough, oven-warm and oozing with all manner of sweet delights. Four flavors are available from Chip NYC each day, and its rotating menu might feature peanut butter and jelly, funfetti, butterscotch toffee, pina colada, or blueberry cheesecake. It's adventurous stuff, butif you're a classicist, don't fret: there's invariably a chocolate chip option. Order ahead for pickup any day of the week or get these gorgeous cookies delivered directly to your condo. It'll be the best coffee break you've had in a while.

Sip a Sweet Strawberry Tea
With more than 300 outlets worldwide, it's safe to say Moge Tee knows what they're doing when it comes to beautiful bubble teas. These Asian drink deities invite you toeschew Earl Grey for some altogether more Wonkaesque creations, like Purple Yam Bubble Milk Tea, Mango Parfait (layered with fresh mangoes and waffles), Creme Brulee Uji Matcha, and their signature Cheese Foam Strawberry Tea. You could order a different beverage to your condo every day for a month, and your taste buds would still be pleasantly tickled each time.

Have Fun with Some Fab Fruit Desserts
"The best fruit desserts in New York City": Sugar Story is hardly modest about their sweet treats, but once you've sunk your teeth into one of their creations, you'll understand why. Cracking creme brulee, jewel-colored grass jellies, green tea-dusted mille crepes, and artistically sculpted strawberry flower towers are on sale here—and can be sent to your Queens condo at the click of a few buttons. For an Alice in Wonderland-style tea party, pair Sugar Story desserts with drinks from MögeTee.

Partake of Some Pretty Pastries
Ooh la la! Cannelle LIC brings the sweet tastes of Paris to NYC, with its praline crunches, peach tarts, choux chantillies, and mille-feuille. “Le Patron” Jean-Claude Perennou spent decades working as executive pastry chef at the Waldorf Astoria, meaning every dessert at this patisserie hits the celestial standards of the finest French cakes. Call in at their Long Island City branch to select a box of goodies or order ahead to pick up whole cheesecakes, chocolate mousse, and gold-flecked Creole cake.

This summer shop local and treat yourself to a sweet indulgence just minutes from your Long Island City luxury condo. Contact us today to find your new home at Skyline Tower.

August 18, 2020 -

A Summer Adventure in LIC

Looking for a safe and simple summer jaunt that’s not too far from your Long Island City condo? There's plenty happening right on the doorstep of Skyline Tower. Shake off the cabin fever by spending the day on a hyperlocal adventure. Here are some of our recommendations.

Grab Some Reading Material
One of the positives to come out of the past few months is that people have rekindled their love for reading. The Long Island City branch of Queens Public Library has reopened with a "to-go" book collection service. Call in to pick up a feel-good summer read (or scary thriller if that's more your thing). And we have the perfect spot for you to delve into your book...

Drink in the Manhattan Skyline From the Pepsi-Cola Sign
Long Island City's Pepsi-Cola sign is an unforgettable New York City icon. In fact, it enjoys official landmark status. Described by the New York Times as "a dazzling swirl of red curlicue letters that evokes innocent days of summer," the glowing advertisement started life in 1940, atop what was then Pepsi's bottling plant on the East River. It has since been shifted to LIC's landscaped waterfront overlooking the river. Lush lawns and plenty of benches make this the perfect spot for a picnic breakfast — to be enjoyed, of course, with your newly acquired book. And what better way to quench your thirst while drinking in the views across to Four Freedoms State Park on Roosevelt Island? Well, do we even have to say it?

Ride the River to Your LIC Neighbors
Breakfast done, the ferry at Hunters Point South will whisk you along the East River — and to stops at Williamsburg, Dumbo, and Pier 11. Spend the afternoon river hopping. Call in at Domino Park, with its enviable riverside views; get Instagram snaps of the incredible street art at Dumbo Walls; and grab coffee and a hot dog at Pier 11, while watching the boats ply their way along the East River. When you're ready, hop on another ferry and head back to LIC and your luxury Queens condo.

Absorb Some Al Fresco Artworks
While some of NYC's galleries remain closed, Long Island City has the answer for your arty cravings. Socrates Sculpture Park is an outdoor space where you can currently muse over Jeffrey Gibson’s psychedelic installation, "Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House." The sculpture, says the artist, “serves as an homage to ingenuity of Indigenous North American peoples and cultures, to pre-Columbian Mississippian architecture, and to queer camp aesthetics.” It will certainly be a colorful ending to a vibrant day out. By the way, if you happen to have your LIC adventure on a Saturday, you can take advantage of the Hellgate Farm Stand at Socrates, which sells fresh local produce, plus everything from honey to hot sauce.

Staying home this summer is the perfect opportunity to explore all of the exciting offerings that Long Island City has to enjoy! Contact us today to learn more about your new home at Skyline Tower. 

July 30, 2020 -

Four Mottos We Live By

At Skyline Tower, we recognize that every aspect of living in these incredible condominiums should be just right for residents. We also know that, as part of the LIC community, we have a responsibility to engage with the amazing neighborhood around us. Here are the four mottoes that we live by.

Live Sky High
When we talk about living sky high, we mean it in more ways than one. Of course, Skyline Tower's apartments offer breathtaking views of NYC, the East River, and the Manhattan skyline. One hundred and fifty-five units boast outdoor terraces with sweeping, unobstructed views. But you'll be living sky high in every sense of the phrase—thanks to everything from the residences' luxury fittings featuring marble and bronze to the 75-foot pool twinned with a cedar-planked sauna. Talk about living it up.

We Build Because We Care
We're believers that a strong community benefits us all. That's why, at Skyline Tower, we buy local and create local jobs wherever we can—paying it forward. We live in LIC, we work here, and we build here. And we like to think that—just as we love being a part of this incredible community—the rest of the community appreciates us being here.

Thrive in LIC: The Heartbeat of NYC
As we've already asserted, Skyline Tower isn't just about the building—it's about the incredible LIC community, right on its doorstep. This locale is strong, resilient, alive, and buzzing. With its slew of dining and drinking establishments, parks, and cultural institutions, there's always something to do, always somewhere to be. The locals are in love with this part of NYC—and who could blame them? We love it too.

The Time Is Now
Owing to current events, interest rates are lower than usual. Now more than ever is a great time to invest in a premier home at Skyline Tower. The New York real estate market will always remain strong, but as it begins to return in a big way, you'll be glad you invested when you did.

Ready to Seize the Moment? 
Skyline Tower sales gallery viewings of our Long Island City condos are available now. They're by appointment only, to maintain social distancing, and our sales team will ensure your experience is safe and comfortable at all times. Prefer to stay home for now? High-quality virtual viewings are also an option. Speak to us today and become a part of Skyline Tower's incredible story.

July 15, 2020 -

Farm-Fresh Foods Delivered to Skyline Tower

Craving farm-fresh eats? While many of New York City's markets remain closed, there's no shortfall of organic produce companies who will deliver freshly plucked fruit, vegetables — and plenty more — to your Skyline Tower door. Let's do some (online) digging.

Rustic Roots
Husband and wife team Jeff Moore and Emer Lloyd Moore have been running Rustic Roots with their small team for almost a decade. Simply select produce from their website, and they'll personally fetch your order from local farms around NYC and deliver it to your Long Island City condo. (As they put it: "Lettuce do the work.") Fill your Skyline Tower kitchen with organic fruit and veggie baskets, quail eggs, local sea scallops, and Hemlock Hill Farm beef brisket. Depending on what you've ordered, Rustic Roots will also send you recipe ideas. And remember to add a special treat or two into your order, like a pot of Ronnybrook Farm Dairy’s cinnamon butter (delicious on toast) or a half-gallon of their decadently rich chocolate milk.

OurHarvest
This online organic grocery gives you the double satisfaction of helping out local farming communities and getting some real bang for your buck. OurHarvest works closely with farmers to ensure they're paid fairly — while offering customers fresh, nutritious food at competitive prices. Simply type your condominium's ZIP code into the website, and it will bring up a ton of farm-fresh options for ordering. Right now, summer's in full swing, and you'll find badger flame beets, Japanese cucumbers, purplette spring onions, and Swiss chard for creating a salad with a difference. Other items on their ever-changing menu include Tribute strawberries, skillet-ready tuna burgers, sesame seed community loaf, and Fuji apple juice from Red Jacket Orchards. And, for your peace of mind, everything you buy from OurHarvest includes information on where it was farmed or sourced.

Local Roots
Billing themselves a “hyper local” organic delivery service, Local Roots guarantees that everything they sell is grown or raised within a two-hour radius of NYC. These guys specialize in bundles, which can be picked up or delivered to your door in LIC. Start out with the Essentials Bundle — loaded with three types of organic veggies, a half dozen pasture-raised eggs, two pounds or pints of fruit, and two packs of organic meat. You can add on items, too; everything from all-purpose flour to Brooklyn maple bacon. We also love the Local Roots recipe page, recently updated with the likes of celtuce cucumber salad, lion's mane pakoras with green chutney, and rhubarb skillet cake — quite a farm-grown feast!

This summer, try home-delivery for your groceries and get cooking in your beautiful Skyline Tower kitchen! Utilize the upscale stainless-steel appliances and fabulous quartz countertops as you stir, simmer and sizzle away in your luxury condo. Be sure to shop locally online to enjoy some of the freshest produce and organic groceries in town! Contact us today to learn more about luxury living in Long Island City.

June 25, 2020 -

Long Island City Summer Creativity: Discovering the Arts Virtually

Ever wanted to learn how to draw, sew, paint, or make jewelry? Many New York institutions are offering virtual creative courses, meaning you can master a skill without leaving the comforts of your Skyline Tower condo in Long Island City. Let's get crafty.

Become a Saint of Sewing
The New York Sewing Center has opened up its renowned classes to an online audience. If you've not been near a sewing machine in a while, the Sewing 101: Basics course is for you. Starting from scratch, the teacher will help you master needle and thread and instruct you how to work your machine before giving you a few simple tasks. Classes are as fun as they are instructive—and if you'd rather keep your lack of needle skills secret for the time being, one-on-one lessons are available. Other specialist classes are on offer: you can craft your own lingerie, create the perfect pillow for your Skyline Tower condo, or even learn how to make a bowtie!

Create Bespoke Bling
Missing the jewelry boutiques of NYC? Why not make your own bespoke bling? 92nd Street Y will show you how. Easy-to-follow online classes start at “absolute beginner” level, mentoring you on how to craft your own pendant, rivet bangle, and forged earring. A follow-up class will leave you with stunning geometric earrings. Another virtual 92nd Street Y class teaches you how to create a crown or wreath inspired by Greek and Roman laurel leaf crowns. Talk about the royal treatment...

Learn Watercolor Wizardry
“Attentive teachers” and a “friendly working environment” are praised by those who've taken one of Dirty Hands Art Class Studio's classes. Live watercolor classes inspire you to paint masterpieces in no time, and there's the added pleasure of hanging out online with like-minded creatives. If you get a taste for the classes, you're encouraged to return for more; ultimately, you can craft a collection of unique artworks, ideal for personalizing your Long Island City condo. Live drawing classes and a seminar on pop art are also available from the Dirty Hands teachers.

Study with Pratt
NYC's Pratt Institute bills itself as a "global leader in higher education." During these difficult times, it's risen to the challenge by offering a panoply of lessons online. For example, a master florist is waiting to teach you how to transform those store-bought flowers into blooming masterpieces for your condo. And the Film, Space, and Architecture course will help you discover how iconic movies have inspired real-life architecture. Those are just a few options. After a few months of immersing yourself in Pratt's courses, you'll be a true Renaissance person.

This summer, allow your Long Island City condo to double as an art studio, and unleash your creativity from your new home, at Skyline Tower.

June 17, 2020 -

Skyline Tower’s Reading List

Usually can't find the time to pick up that book you've been meaning to start? Now's the perfect chance to find a quiet corner in your Skyline Tower apartment and get reading! Searching for your next gripping title? We've thrown in a few of 2020's must-reads for you to devour. And if you like to talk through a story with fellow bookworms, we've also suggested some virtual book groups where you can chew the literary fat.

What to read?
The release of Elena Ferrante's The Lying Life of Adults has been described by Elle as "the literary event of the year.” In it, the setting of a divided Naples is seen through the eyes of the adolescent Giovanna. Reviews wax lyrical about the novel, and it's already been optioned as a Netflix show. Here's your chance to say to friends, "I read it before you."

Closer to home, Long Bright River by Liz Moore tells the story of two estranged sisters living in an opioid crisis-hit part of Philadelphia. One's an addict; one's a policeman. And then the former goes missing during a spate of murders.

If you'll excuse the pun, there's a buzz about The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri. It's the heartrending tale of a beekeeping-artist couple forced to uproot their lives when war comes to their Syrian city. "Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written" is how one review puts it.

Join a Virtual Book Group
Virtual book groups are all the rage right now. They don't just offer opportunities to talk about books but also to feel connected with others across the country and the world—even if you're staying put in Long Island City. All you need to be part of the action is an internet connection, a comfy sofa, and maybe a cup of tea.

Quarantine Book Club invites authors to chat live about their books. There's an impressively consistent roster of ticketed talks, with topics ranging from the links between good comedy and good business sense, the importance of designing with compassion, and how to approach the issues of modern-day policing.

The Virtual Book Channel is less of a reading group, more of an amazing online resource where you can watch live streams of renowned authors in conversation. Recent broadcasts have included Judy Blume with Emma Straub and Edwidge Danticat with Francesca Momplaisir.

Whichever book you choose to read or virtual club you decide to join, this summer, dive into a new novel, and choose your perfect reading spot, from a nearby Long Island City park, or the comforts of your luxury home, at Skyline Tower.

May 28, 2020 -

Enjoying the Arts From Your Long Island City Condo

Over the last couple of months, virtual meetings, digital hangout sessions, and video-conference brunches have become the new normal. Our homes, which always stood as a reflection of ourselves, have become the setting for a whole new style of socializing, one that keeps us safe without robbing us of human connection. But what about other forms of live interaction, specifically live performance and the physical experience of art? Fear not! The Skyline Tower team is just as dedicated to keeping residents abreast of cultural happenings as they are providing the perfect backdrop for that important Zoom meeting, and even shelter-in-place guidelines can’t stand in their way. So, keep reading for a breakdown of the best art and culture that can be enjoyed from your new Long Island City condo.

While Broadway and the theaters at Lincoln Center are just a short subway ride away, in these times, we’re all being encouraged to pull up a webpage on our tablet. That’s where Playbill and the Metropolitan Opera have you covered. Venerable theater magazine Playbill is using their website as a clearinghouse for special streams and online events celebrating theater; whether you want to hear famous singers belt out renditions of their favorite show tunes or listen to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s commentary on the 1998 Cats film, Playbill has you covered.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Opera has taken to streaming a different performance each night, digging through their archives to find classic performances like Mozart’s Don Giovanni from 1978 as well as more contemporary works like Thomas Adès’s adaptation of The Tempest. These free streams present the perfect opportunity to introduce opera to someone in your life or bone up on your knowledge of classic librettos.

Residents craving an encounter with the international arts will love the Louvre’s online tours. Yes, the iconic Parisian museum has opened a new wing online, using 3D photography to bring its physical galleries to the digital space. Explore longtime favorites like the Egyptian Antiquities collection or check out thematic galleries like “Founding Myths: From Hercules to Darth Vader,” which traces the influence of myths on artwork across time. History lovers should head to the American Museum of Natural History’s Google Arts & Culture page, where visitors can digitally wander through familiar taxidermy exhibits or explore more than 2,000 individual display images.

Best of all, all this art and culture can be explored from the safety and comfort of your Skyline Tower condo, far above the streets of Long Island City. So, schedule your virtual tour and start your new LIC life today!

May 13, 2020 -

You Painted the Town to Help LIC Locals

Difficult times like this inspire people to rise to the challenge and help those who are most impacted. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Modern Spaces, the real estate firm behind Skyline Tower, partnered with the Skyline Tower team to lend a helping hand to the community by donating to the LIC Relief COVID-19 Response Group. Here's how the initiative went and how the Skyline Tower team is raising even more money for worthy local causes.

Who is the LIC Relief COVID-19 Response Group?
Speedily set up in the wake of the pandemic, this nonprofit organization is a collaboration of local civic, religious, and business organizations dedicated to helping out people in the Long Island City neighborhood who have been affected by the pandemic. In particular, LIC Relief is getting food supplies to those who need it — by replenishing local food pantries and partnering with local restaurants to provide a weekday “grab and go” food service for students, healthcare workers, and families impacted by school closures. In short, LIC Relief is the kind of amazing organization that keeps communities together in tough times.

Thanks for helping Paint the Town
In April, Skyline Tower invited you to #PaintTheTownFromHome by getting out your brushes, pens, crayons...or, indeed, the image editing program on your computer! The aim? To color in one of three elegant images of the Skyline Tower. One shows the Manhattan skyline reflected in the glasses of a Skyline Tower resident. Another depicts a chic couple gazing at the Statue of Liberty from the floor-to-ceiling windows of their Skyline condo. The third focuses on the elegant condominium tower — the tallest in Long Island City — rising 67 majestic stories.

For every image submitted in April by budding artists, Skyline Tower made a donation to the LIC Relief COVID-19 Response Group. There were many vibrant entries, and, as a result of “Painting the Town,” 390 meals were bought and distributed to LIC locals.

The good work continues
Skyline Tower is continuing to reach out to the community in these tough times. They've now donated art supplies and illustrations to shelters and The Floating Hospital charity. We're all in this together, and it's so uplifting to see compassion and community in action.

To experience more of Skyline Tower’s offerings, be sure to visit the Skyline Tower website, and schedule your virtual tour today!

April 9, 2020 - Blog

Best Long Island City Gym Workouts at Home

Whether you're working from home or just want a way to blow off steam without leaving the house, there's no better way to get a quick workout than turning to world-class resources online. Thanks to virtual classes now being offered by many local gyms and boutique fitness locations in LIC, you don't have to head to the gym to get your blood pumping and burn some serious calories. And come to think of it, why would you want to leave the comfort of the Long Island City condos at Skyline Tower? These new NYC apartments for sale are ideal for practicing at-home fitness.

With floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious rooms, and sleek, modern design, working out at home at Skyline Tower is almost like working out in a private boutique gym.

Form + Flow Yoga | 27-01 41st Avenue
Whether you’re starting another day of working from home or need a way to deeply relax before you go to sleep, turn to Form + Flow Yoga, a favorite locale for the neighborhood’s yogi’s to bend, stretch, and unwind. Find a spot in your apartment with a view and log into Form + Flow’s extensive schedule of live online class from breath work and sound meditation to a more active vinyasa. Live streams are every day of the week, and that allows for some … well … flexibility in planning your day.

CrossFit Gantry | 10-19 46th Road
Fire up your Zoom app on your laptop or mobile device and fire up those muscles. Anyone who’s had a passing interest in fitness has undoubtedly heard of CrossFit. And while you might not be able to flip over large truck tires from the comfort of your home, you can still get an unbeatable workout that’s a mix of cardio, strength, and calisthenics. The coaches from CrossFit Gantry have put together a program that you can do from anywhere and stick to your fitness goals.

Workout Factory | 5-25 46th Avenue
It’s easy to lose motivation when you’re working out at home, but the premier instructors at the Workout Factory won’t let that happen. Workout Factory is a mecca for the athletically inclined denizens of LIC thanks to myriad classes, like their stellar spin, rowing, or TRXFire programs. Their online offerings are just as robust. Flex and tone with a late-morning Barre class or really burn some calories during a full-body bootcamp. Have kids at home too? Get them in on the action with Mommy and Me yoga.

Whatever home workout option you choose, you’ll be happy that your home is at Skyline Tower. Head over to Skyline Tower to explore the spacious and sleek living spaces and schedule your virtual tour today.

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.”

Follow Skyline Tower on Instagram to meet more of the people who make Skyline Tower the most desirable address in New York City!

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!
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 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.

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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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