The Cigar Factory Offers Historical Prime Long Island City Office Space

Step Into History…

Long Island City (LIC) is already an area wrought with history as old as New York City itself. It was home to many establishments that have since taken their place as prestigious names in their industry — such as piano manufacturers, Steinway & Sons, the New York Architectural Terra-Cotta Company, and other historical landmarks — which can still be seen today across LIC. The original De Nobili Cigar Company — now The Cigar Factory LIC — is among one of those landmarks, although it has since been transformed into prime Long Island City office space.

We knew that we wanted to uphold and foster the history that had been made here. In addition to the physical historical landscape, tenants and visitors of our creative office space can enjoy many historical accents and artwork that pay tribute to the original tenants of 9-20 35th Ave. Read on to learn more about the De Nobili Cigar Company and their contribution to New York history. 

The De Nobili Cigar Company Story

The original De Nobili Cigar Company was first conceptualized and built in two phases. The first phase of construction started in 1896 with an expansion occurring in 1930 as De Nobili started to make a name for themselves as one of the most authentic domestic Italian cigar manufacturers in the city. The De Nobili Cigar Company was responsible for employing thousands of local New Yorkers in their heyday and continued to create a prestigious reputation until they were bought in 1952 by the now infamous Avanti Cigar Company

The Avanti Cigar Company Story

Avanti was founded by three brothers — Dominic, Anthony, and Frank Suraci — from a picturesque coastal town in Southern Italy called Calabria. Already equipped with a love of cigars, the brothers emigrated to America where they formed “Suraci Brothers” in 1912. This brand would go on to take many names over the years —  such as “State Leaf Factory” and “Parodi Cigar Company of New York” — and survive the notorious stock market crash of 1929 (albeit not without suffering massive hardships) before eventually evolving into the present-day Avanti Cigar Company operating out of Scranton, PA. 

In 1952, the Saraci’s cemented their place in history when they purchased their biggest competitor: The De Nobili Cigar Company of Long Island City. According to Avanti’s website, at the time, De Nobili was responsible for “over 90% of Italian cigars sales in the metro New York area”. 

The Saraci’s continued buying up their competitors and bought the last — Petri — in 1963. Seven years later, the cigar that Avanti is best known for first hit the market and the company rebranded officially as the Avanti Cigar Company. The rest, as they say, is history. 

The De Nobili Legacy Lives On at The Cigar Factory LIC

Although the original De Nobili cigar factory is now prime Long Island City office space and the product is manufactured by another company, the legacy of the original company lives on in LIC and across the cigar community. Avanti still manufactures original De Nobili cigars crafted in the same authentic way; they remain one of the most sought after machine-made, Italian cigar brands on the domestic market. 

It was imperative to us to maintain the integrity of the original space as much as possible when renovating the building as well as pay homage to the times with artwork around the building. Does working in the middle of New York history sound appealing? Tenants come into work every day and witness history for themselves at The Cigar Factory LIC’s creative office space. Creative professionals and those looking for a more communal and creative workspace can work in an office setting that offers historical character with a 21st Century flair, all nestled in the center of Long Island City.

Long Island City Creative Office Space: The Heart of NYC History

LIC Office Rentals With Historical Character

The location of The Cigar Factory was carefully chosen. We knew we wanted to foster a creative environment for working professionals and that the location was going to have a large impact. Not only did the area have to inspire, but it had to offer a variety of leisure activities and local amenities for people to unwind after a hard day’s work. We searched high and low until we found the perfect spot for our Long Island City creative office space: 9-20 35th Ave.

Local Attractions

The following are just some of the area attractions that are only a short walk or ride away from The Cigar Factory.

Restaurants

Whether you have a sweet tooth, eat vegan, or love seafood, Long Island City can satisfy your craving for all of the above and everything in between. 

Melting Pot Cuisine (Jamaican/American food)

Astoria Seafood

The Strand Smokehouse (BBQ)

Chip Bakery

Gossip Coffee 

Milkflower (wood-fired pizzas, Italian small plates, salads, and craft beers)

3 Greeks Grill

Bars/Breweries/Wine Rooms

LIC is home to some of NYC’s best drinking spots. Happy hour anyone?

LIC Beer Project

Big aLICe Brewing

Break Bar and Billiards

Vesta Trattoria & Wine Bar

Dutch Kills

The Beast Next Door

Museums/Art Galleries/Parks

Looking to kill some time after work? There’s plenty of cultural institutions and beautiful parks in the area to keep you busy…or tranquil, whatever you prefer.

The Noguchi Museum (displaying the works of artist and architect, Isamu Noguchi)

MoMA PS1

Socrates Sculpture Park

Rainey Park

Hallet’s Cove Beach

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park 

Flux Factory

Long Island City Is An Area Chock Full of History

History buffs will find a match made in heaven in Long Island City (LIC), an area once below sea level that is still full of history and industry. 

It is believed that the Mespat (also known as “Mespeatches”) tribe first settled the area now known as LIC largely because they were drawn to the abundant resources (such as wild strawberries, grapes, chestnuts, and walnuts) and wildlife. Later, around 1614, Dutch colonists began settling in the area, creating abundant farmland well into the 1640s in what is now Brooklyn and Queens. Around the same time, English colonists started to come over — only allowed to pass through Dutch land after swearing fealty to the Dutch form of government. In 1664, roughly 24 years later, the English would take over the whole island. 

By the American Revolution, the area was still mostly farmland. It wasn’t until the 19th Century that Long Island City started to flourish industrially. 

On May 4th, 1870, Governor Hoffman approved the creation of Long Island City with Abram Ditmars as the city’s first mayor. New York & Flushing Railroad moved in and constructed a terminal in Hunter’s Point where people then (and still can) catch a ferry to 34th Street in Manhattan. Infamous piano manufacturers Steinway & Sons purchased over 400 acres of land and eventually built a flourishing industrial community that came to be known as “Steinway Village”.

Local LIC Historical Landmarks

There are still many significant buildings left standing from the 19th Century in LIC — The Cigar Factory being among them. 

Hunter’s Point Historic District is home to several townhouses, known to some as “white collar row”, that were built in the 1870s. One of LIC’s earliest mayors lived in this neighborhood. Close by, under the Queensboro Bridge, are the landmarked former offices of the New York Architectural Terra-Cotta Company with its beautiful moldings made of terra-cotta and Art Noveau accents, created by architect Francis H. Kimball

Perhaps the best place to witness unobstructed history is the Steinway area. Many structures remain from LIC’s golden era, including William Steinway’s home (the owner of Steinway & Sons) at 18-33 41st St. Built in 1858, the home actually predates the company’s move to the area. Additionally, parts of Steinway Village are still left standing on 20th Ave. They can be seen between Steinway and 42nd St. and on 41st St. between 20th Ave. and 20th Rd. Steinway & Sons constructed these townhomes so they could charge workers a subsidized rent, making Steinway Village the only “company town” to ever be erected inside NYC’s walls. 

If historical religious architecture is your thing, there are a few houses of worship left standing from the late 19th Century in LIC. 

Hallet’s Point is home to the Gothic Revival-style church known as the First Reformed Church — dating back to 1836 — at 27-26 12th St. Close by is St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, an exceptional Renaissance Revival-style church at 39-50 29th St. built in 1898. 

In Hunter’s Point, there’s St. Mary’s Catholic Church — designed by Patrick Kelly, one of the most renowned ecclesiastical architects in the United States — built in 1887. Nearby, in Astoria, you can see a stone church built in 1868 called The Church of the Redeemer at 30-14 Crescent St. 

Of course, there are townhouses dating back to LIC’s inception scattered all around the area. However, a majority of them have been renovated to the point where they likely do not qualify for landmark status anymore.

Inspired By LIC? So Were We.

We would be here all day if we went into all the things we love about Long Island City. From its historical character to all the local hotspots, we knew that this area was the perfect place for our Long Island City creative office space. After a tour, we got to work putting a plan of action into place. The result is thousands of square feet of rentable creative office space in the historical heart of New York City.

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Tenants Now Have More Control Than Ever

The Cigar Factory was designed to be a creative office space in LIC that offers modern office amenities — such as a secure bike storage and locker area and a private tenant courtyard — and allows tenants to have maximum control over their space. For example, our ready-to-move-in office suites offer open concept workspace layouts which can be built out based on tenants’ needs.

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The Cigar Factory Offers Newly Renovated LIC Creative Office Space

Long Island City (LIC) is an area rich with history. In fact, the very building that now houses creative studio space, The Cigar Factory, was once an actual cigar manufacturer in the 19th Century. Our goal behind renovating this historical building into LIC creative office space was to provide 21st Century service and amenities while still paying homage to the history behind the building and the surrounding area.

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Introducing the New and Improved Cigar Factory

Long Island City, say hello to the neighborhood’s newest creative office space: The Cigar Factory. We wanted LIC’s newest creative office destination to pay homage to the history behind the four-story loft building — once an actual cigar factory in the 19th century — while still offering the best 21st-Century office experience that the area has to offer. The goal behind The Cigar Factory? To foster a creative work environment as well as a community.

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