Neighborhood Spotlights in Our Portfolio

May 29, 2021

New York City thrives on change. As the skyline grows and shifts, the most exciting neighborhoods combine the best of New York’s dining, shopping, and culture with a cutting-edge vibe and the feeling of a new frontier. Luckily, the latest hot spots to fit the bill feature prominently in the Modern Spaces portfolio, giving you a chance to call classic houses and light-filled condos—in these go-to destinations—your home.

Right now, Jersey City has become an epicenter of all the best of urban charm with a relaxed pace—a place where you can still find lots to build your dream home from scratch, along with brand-new condos with waterfront views. A stroll near the Grove Street Path in Jersey City will bring you the best in indie literature at WORD Bookstore, which has its own cafe and hosts events and readings featuring some of the most talked-about authors of the fiction, poetry, and nonfiction scenes. You will also find neighborhood gems like Andrea Salumeria, whose combo sandwich is described by The Infatuation as “one of the best sandwiches anywhere around NYC.” Another dining highlight is Batello, where stunning views of Manhattan are framed in the giant riverfront windows and where the food is as elegant as it is delicious.

One of the best places to see contemporary art is Long Island City, a neighborhood where you can find visitors from all over the world, as well as the city’s own arts, creative, and professional communities, flocking to international beacons of art like MoMA PS1 and SculptureCenter. Modern Spaces’ extensive listings in LIC include homes rife with old-school Queens charm and new condo developments like Skyline Tower and The Zipper Building. At Skyline Tower, the tallest condominium building in the borough, floor-to-ceiling windows frame the neighborhood and skyline views, making them a part of your home’s aesthetic. At The Zipper Building, the history of the neighborhood comes through in this reconstruction of what was once a zipper factory. It’s a building that is part of a long history of factory conversions in New York, where converted loft living and industrial chic came into being. Whichever style home you choose in LIC, your life here will be filled with both classic charm and contemporary culture.

Another neighborhood to see some of the city’s best in contemporary art is Tribeca, whose Downtown vibe and luxury homes rival those Uptown. It’s no wonder that Tribeca attracts so many celebrities to put down roots: the land of the repurposed loft and river views, it’s the place to live the Manhattan dream in the 21st century. More river views await in Dumbo, which now boasts Brooklyn Bridge Park, one of the most innovative river park networks in the city, and it’s in Greenpoint that you can find one of the best, most fundamentally French restaurants in the city—Le Fond—a place with a Brooklyn-meets-Paris, laid-back vibe that nods to the French countryside. A house just steps from McGolrick Park is the perfect place to make a home base here, with the park’s signature tall trees the enviable backdrop for Sundays with the kids or at the farmers’ market.

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