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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