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With incredible views comes a fair share of high-rises, and new kid on the block 4545 Center Blvd. isn’t holding anything back on the amenities front. Along with the usual suspects (gym, parking, roof deck), it also has an on-site dog run and tennis courts, not to mention it's right on the corner of Gantry State Park (hello, Pepsi sign).
Two- and three-bedroom apartments still available for rent, 4545 Center Blvd. (at 46th Ave.); starting at $3,595 a month (no fee)
If you’re looking to buy into one of the many high-rises, check and see if there might be openings at Citylights at Queens Landing--the first built following the neighborhood’s rezoning and development in the late ’90s. Why, there just so happens to be a penthouse unit on the block as we speak.
One-bedroom co-op for sale, 4-74 48th Ave. (at Fifth St.); $535,000
Of course, shiny glass towers aren’t for everyone. Long Island City is also teeming with charming, smaller buildings. Hit the streets with a neighborhood specialist from Urban Compass. They can show you apartments on both ends of the spectrum and help you make sense of the area.
The most important question on everyone’s list: Where the hell do I get my coffee? Answer: Sweetleaf. Sip on Stumptown and nosh on fresh-baked pastries. (We’ll have the strawberry-and-black-pepper scone, thanks.)
10-93 Jackson Ave. (at 11th St.)
For your evening beverages, look no further than artisanal cocktail lounge Dutch Kills--named after the colonial village (before Queensboro Plaza overtook it).
27-24 Jackson Ave. (at Dutch Kills St.)
And lazy Sunday nights call for a stop by The Burger Garage. But don’t worry, it also has vegan and gluten-free menu items.
Following the aforementioned gluttonous treats, sweat it out at the neighborhood’s new rock climbing gym, The Cliffs, which just opened this month.
11-11 44th Dr. (at 11th St.)
In more outdoor news, it doesn’t get much better than the L.I.C. Flea & Food (open on weekends during the warm months). Stop by before it closes at the end of October and see just how many tchotchkes you can fit in your new place.
5-25 46th Ave. (at Fifth St.)
You’ve buzzed past it en route to La Guardia, dreamily gazed at the Pepsi sign and always wondered just who might be shooting inside Silvercup Studios at that very moment.
But Long Island City (specifically Hunters Point, south of the bridge) is well on its way to being more than just a place where Girls sets up camp. It’s one of the fastest growing neighborhoods for non-movie stars to plant some roots. Hint: Skyline views do not get better than this.
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