Embrace Creativity at the Cigar Factory LIC

Learn Why Our Artistic Tenants Call This LIC Creative Office Space Their Professional Home

Long Island City is home to some of the most unique and creative attractions in NYC. From museums to parks to outdoor art installations, there are plenty of places in the neighborhood that our creative patrons can visit to conjure up some inspiration for their current and future projects. Discover some of the reasons why our artistic tenants call The Cigar Factory, a renovated piece of LIC history, their home away from home. 

Area Attractions to Fit Any Creative Need

Whether you’re a photographer, visual artist, a performer, or hold any other creative title, there’s something that everyone can appreciate within a short distance of The Cigar Factory LIC. 

Gantry Plaza State Park

Named after the gantry cranes that can be seen on any one of the 4 piers, this 12 acre park is a great location for photo shoots and inspiring backdrops for your next art piece. Even if you don’t consider yourself creative or do creative work per se, this is a peaceful spot to reflect with fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline — particularly of the UN and Empire State Building — and gain inspiration for whatever you need to set your mind to. It’s just a 20 minute ride or 30 minute walk from The Cigar Factory. 

Noguchi Museum

This museum dedicated to the sculptural art of Isamu Noguchi is the perfect place to find inspiration. Noguchi himself (1904-1988) built the museum so he could display works of art he felt best represented his work and his life. In honor of Noguchi’s legacy, the museum is still dedicated to carry on his mission of providing “a place for the exploration of individual artistic endeavor and creative collaboration”. Unfortunately, the museum is temporarily closed due to COVID, however the institution still offers inspiration in the form of digital content in the meantime.  

Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates said “He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature”. So take your pen, paints, and mind down to Socrates Sculpture Park for some meditative inspiration. This massive outdoor area hosts unique sculpture exhibitions, weekend farmers markets, and year-round events that help center the mind and body, such as yoga in the park. 


The museum is temporarily closed due to COVID, but MoMA has developed online content so patrons can still enjoy what they have to offer virtually like a Cooking With Artists video series. The institution holds more than 200,000 works of art, both modern and contemporary — 88,000 of which are available online during the pandemic. Virtual inspiration here we come…

Welling Court Mural Project

The expansive mural project in the Welling Court area consists of over 50 years of work from artists all around NYC. The project debuted in December 2009 with its first mural before opening up to a multi-block project in May 2010. It has now gone through 10 phases. Each project has featured a wide range of emerging artists around NYC who span across various art styles. It is considered by many to be one of the best public collections of contemporary art in the world. 

Come Experience the Artistic Haven That Is Long Island City 

It was important not only to us, but to our existing tenants at The Cigar Factory to be immersed in a creative atmosphere not only while in the office but also when they stepped outside of it. That’s why Long Island City was chosen above other neighborhoods in NYC; we felt that the culture of the area fit perfectly with our goals for the space. We are proud to provide this space to our creative tenants who love the artistic feel of The Cigar Factory. 

If you’re a creative looking for an official place to call home, we would love to talk with you about how The Cigar Factory LIC can fit all your creative business needs.   

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