The Decker, 21-10 44th Drive, pays homage to its maritime past. Named after Newtown Creek Towing Company’s tugboat, the W.O. Decker, this eight-story boutique condominium building in Long Island City embodies the perfect blend of old and new. Whether you’re looking for a condo for sale in Astoria or LIC, the Decker is a wonderful place to call home, with apartments containing one to three bedrooms. Each unit has wide-plank oak flooring. Custom Miton Cucine Italian cabinets offer ample storage space in the kitchen, paired with Bosch appliances. The building also has a residential lounge, a rec room with a pool table, and an outdoor green space with grills for those weekends when nothing but a barbecue will suffice.
Explore the surrounding Court Square neighborhood for plenty to do and to dine upon. Go for a run or simply stroll and take in the views of Manhattan and the East River at the 12-acre Gantry State Park. This park’s play spaces provide plenty of exploration space for little ones, too. There’s even a dog run for family members of the four-legged kind.
Enjoy brunch outdoors at the Zagat-rated Maiella within the park, which has a sprawling outdoor patio for those perfect-weather weekends. Savor the Italian toast with mascarpone and sour cherries or try the daily quiche. Invite family or friends for a casual pizza dinner or try the Cornish hen with Brussels sprouts.
When in the mood for sushi or small bites, the Zagat-rated Hibino LIC is certain to delight. Try any of the house-made tofu dishes or share Japanese-style tapas with a close friend or two. Hibino also has more than a dozen sushi and sashimi options, as well as dishes like miso-marinated salmon.
Spend an afternoon at MoMA at PS1 to explore its ever-changing selection of modern and contemporary artworks. Even its century-old boiler in the basement has been transformed into an art piece, partially covered in gold leaf by artist Saul Melman. After you’ve perused plenty of paintings and other art pieces, enjoy a meal at M. Wells Dinette within the museum (where you can also indulge in desserts like their pecan pie and bourbon apple crumble). The PS1’s gift shop is also worth a visit, if only for its collection of art books, including some that are out of print.
Work your upper body in new ways with a few sessions at The Cliffs at LIC, an indoor rock-climbing gym. Sign up for a day or a month or buy a membership; there’s always something new to try or to learn to hone your climbing skills. The Cliffs even offers classes to develop skills for outdoor rock climbing, such as how to find natural anchoring points and how to perform a self-rescue when necessary.
Sometimes, a beer is the perfect post-work remedy. Check out the LIC Beer Project for an ever-changing selection of craft pilsners, IPAs, saisons, and imperial stouts. The Beer Project also releases pop-art-style graphic beer cans for select brews, which are interesting enough that some connoisseurs even collect and trade them.
When you’re ready to join Long Island City’s vibrant cultural scene, contact Modern Spaces to find the perfect LIC condo. Or, if a quieter neighborhood is more your scene, Modern Spaces has Astoria condos for sale, as well.