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Current construction in Long Island City. Photo by Ondel Hylton Current construction in Long Island City. Photo by Ondel Hylton

Keeping Up With LIC

Not only has the booming neighborhood of Long Island City, Queens outpaced even the Kardashians in new construction, the luxury tower-filled waterfront enclave outdid the rest of the U.S., coming in first for the largest number of new rental apartments, with 41 new apartment buildings and 12,533 new units built in the past seven years. The buildings below, both condos and rentals, are just a start–and as with all things LIC, the views don't quit.
QPS Tower, 42-20 24th Street QPS Tower, 42-20 24th Street. Image: CityRealty

1 QPS Tower, 42-20 24th Street

Completed this year, this highly visible slender 44-story rental tower designed by SLCE architects sits just to the south of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge. Making news is the building's lavish amenity package, with 16,000 square feet of amenity space that includes a garden terrace, a library, a rock climbing wall and the highest shared outdoor swimming pool in the city (that we know of).
Watermark LIC, 44-16 Purves Street Watermark LIC, 44-16 Purves Street. Image: CityRealty

Watermark LIC, 44-16 Purves Street

Designed by Handel Architects with 168 apartments and 2,500 square feet of retail space, the developers of this LIC building are attempting to provide a sense of community in addition to stylish interiors and cutting-edge amenities. About those amenities: Expect a 24/7 concierge-attended lobby, an on-site resident manager and community manager, dog walking, laundry and cleaning services, an outdoor garden, Sky Lounge and deck and a private rooftop gym. Keeping up with the trend of adding co-working space to residential developments, the building will offer the Watermark Workbar located just off the lobby featuring a coffee bar, meeting rooms and a shared work space.
The Dutch, 25-19 43rd Avenue The Dutch, 25-19 43rd Avenue. Image: CityRealty

The Dutch, 25-19 43rd Avenue

Completed this year, this 86-unit building is one of a handful of condominiums to rise in Court Square recently. The nine-story residence offers an attended lobby, state-of-the-art fitness center, on-site parking garage, roof terrace, private billiards and residents' lounge, bicycle storage, and a recreation room. And it looks like the appeal is strong enough in this area - all available residences are now currently under contract.


The Decker, 21-10 44th Drive The Decker, 21-10 44th Drive.
The Jackson, 13-33 Jackson Avenue The Jackson, 13-33 Jackson Avenue
Hayden, 43-25 Hunter Street Hayden, 43-25 Hunter Street
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Contributing Writer Michelle Cohen Michelle is a New York-based writer and content strategist who has worked extensively with lifestyle brands like Seventeen, Country Living, Harper's Bazaar and iVillage. In addition to being a copywriter for a digital media agency she writes about culture, New York City neighborhoods, real estate, style, design and technology among other topics. She has lived in a number of major US cities on both coasts and in between and loves all things relating to urbanism and culture.