Luxury Living in Long Island City

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Photo credit: GALERIE LIC

With Amazon’s forthcoming HQ2 in Long Island City (LIC), many are wondering where their 50,000 employees will live. The previous artists’ haven burst onto the high-end luxury residential scene in the past few years. This Queens neighborhood offers an abundance of art and culture, an ease of transportation and killer views. LIC poses some pretty posh options to live and play. We have outlined six luxury residential buildings with excellent amenities that showcase what LIC has to offer.


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For art lovers and collectors, ODA Architecture’s GALERIE is described as “a curated collection of homes in the heart of the art district.” Located directly across the street from MoMA PS1, ODA and Paris Forino Interiors blend art and architecture seamlessly throughout the building.  ODA’s founder, Eran Chen, says “GALERIE utilizes three different window typologies to provide a collection of multi-dimensional living experiences. It offers diversity while fostering community, all in a forward-facing, ecologically responsible building.” The building’s amenities include a permanent art gallery space, called the ArtBox, a porte-cochere, a sculpture garden, lounge, party room with kitchenette, a library and workspace, a pool with outdoor access, children’s playroom, fitness center and landscaped roof deck.


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ARC boasts that they are the anti-cookie cutter building. Specifically curated for urbanites’ appreciation for design and authenticity, ARC is located in the Dutch Kills neighborhood which is filled with museums and art galleries, restaurants and bars, boutiques, and charming residential streets. ARC’s onsite “Lifestyle Director” can help schedule gardening in their greenhouse in the private, interior courtyard garden, games in the indoor basketball court, pool parties in the outdoor, heated saltwater rooftop pool or cooking classes with a celebrity chef. All of this and ARC’s central location is also immediately adjacent to multiple subway lines, providing access to midtown Manhattan in less than 10 minutes.


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One of Aurora’s show-stopping amenities includes a full rooftop level floor with soaring eighteen-foot full-height glass curtain walls. The Aurora Sky Lounge features plush seating, high-definition television, Wi-Fi access, entertaining kitchenette, and a live edge dining table with seating for 10. The lounge extends out to Aurora’s Sky Deck, a beautifully landscaped, rooftop sun terrace complete with an outdoor grilling station, misting shower, chaise lounges, and intimate seating. There is also a state-of-the-art fitness center offering free weights, high-tech cardio and strength training equipment from Life Fitness. Aurora’s units boast fluid living, kitchen and dining spaces that are emphasized by white lacquer cabinetry and pure white quartz countertops, floor-to-ceiling windows that frame impressive views of the city skyline, white oak flooring and modern finishes unify both use and design.


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Designed by luxury resort architect Stephen B. Jacobs Group Architects and Planners, ALTA LIC is a luxury high rise featuring flexible rents with co-living options, though never skimping on high level amenities such as a golf simulator, pool, roof deck, and lounge area. ALTA LIC offers some of the largest luxury rental residences available in LIC with spacious open floor plans and designer touches with superior views of LIC and Manhattan.

Jackson Park

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Jackson Park offers an outrageously extravagant 120,000 square feet of amenities including a 45,000-square-foot clubhouse dubbed The Club at Jackson Park, which overlooks a private park and features a lounge area with a fireplace and water feature, a demo kitchen accompanied by a private dining and conference room, a game area with golf simulator, poker table, billiards, foosball and flat screen television, a fully equipped tech bar and an outdoor patio and lounge outfitted with a wet bar, hanging garden and shuffleboard. The second level of The Club features an expansive fitness studio curated by gym guru Jay Wright, designer of the MoMA Tower, 15 Central Park West and 50 United Nations Plaza fitness centers (and many more). The Club continues on the third floor with a spa, sauna and steam rooms, a meditation lounge and changing rooms.  A 75-foot indoor lap pool, a professional grade full size basketball/volleyball and squash courts take up the entirety of the fourth floor. Topping off the Club is a rooftop with an outdoor social pool and hot tub surrounded by cabanas, chaise lounges and communal tables, all set against the New York City skyline.

1QPS Tower

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The sleek and modern residences at 1 QPS have stunning views from the apartments. Smartly detailed with premium finishes, the residences offer comfort and quality within a modern aesthetic and are flooded with light by day and skyline light shows at night. In addition to the views from the private residences, the zen-like pool has 360 views, a landscaped deck, a grilling station and a state-of-the-art sound system.

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