Off the Stop provides an insider’s look into all of the local hotspots surrounding one of New York City’s subway stations. Today we head to much-buzzed-about Long Island City to show off some of our favorite hotspots surrounding the Queensborough Plaza (7N/W) and Queens Plaza (E/M/R) stops.
27-24 Jackson Avenue
Dutch Kills Bar might not look like much from the outside, but what’s inside is what counts. The space is reminiscent of a 1890s saloon, but there’s no reason to hide the amazing drinks. The bartenders are some of the most knowledgeable in the city, so if you’re not sure what to get, ask them for help and they’ll steer you in the right direction. The drinks, with hand-carved ice, solidify Dutch Kills Bar’s place among some of the best high-end craft cocktail bars.
4126 Crescent Street
Baroness, a wine-and-cheese bar, may be one of the only places where you’re encouraged to break out a sword. Customers who order champagne are able, after given instruction by the owners and waitstaff, to ceremonially open their bottle of bubbly with a sabre. In addition to the extensive wine list, the bar also serves up craft beers and some of the best burgers in LIC.
23-10 41st Avenue
Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge is home to your newest workout obsession – rock climbing. In addition to the climbing wall, there’s a yoga studio, weight room, and sauna, but that’s not all. The space is configured to suit the lifestyle of a younger set of workers, who can take advantage of the co-working space and free wifi, so they can get in a workout or two in between work. Don’t worry about being inexperienced, because there’s a number of classes for all fitness levels.
41-26 27th Street
Resobox is a Japanese art gallery where artists can meet and collaborate on new and innovative arts. In addition to displaying different forms of Japanese art, Resobox (which is a combination of “resonate” and “box”), offers a multitude of classes of different Japanese artistic and cultural forms. Learn about Japanese classical dance, flower arranging, and bonsai. Resobox also has a coffee shop and cafe that serves authentic drinks and food.
39-31 29th Street
Flux Factory is a not-for-profit community arts space that aims to create a forum for artistic collaboration as well as act as an experimental lab, where participants go outside of their comfort zones, working in new partnerships, with unfamiliar media, or with formalized direction. Go and experience the diversity and creativity of the artists that partake in the space, and witness their boundary-pushing art.
42-51 27th Street
The Beast Next Door is a great neighborhood bar meets cafe in Court Square. Expect smaller plates and lighter fare from the typical bar menu, such as salads, Italian cured meats, and French cheeses to go alongside seasonal cocktails. Live music often takes place at a stage near the back of the venue.
11-01 43rd Avenue
If you thought only great rooftop bars could be found in Manhattan, you need to head to Z Hotel. The rooftop is over 5,000 square feet with 360-degree views of Manhattan. Go right around sunset, when you’ll see the city lit up with golden light from the setting sun as you enjoy signature cocktails from the rooftop bar.
Considering moving near Queensboro Plaza? You’ve got plenty of options.
30-02 39th Avenue
A new development coming to Dutch Kills, ARC has abandoned the typical cookie cutter approach to building and taken a fresh look at how today’s New Yorkers live, work, and engage with their community. The result is a residential building unlike any other. With 50,000 square feet of outstanding amenities including a Rooftop Pool Club with breathtaking sunset views and a half-acre central courtyard providing residents with their own exclusive park, ARC’s impressive amenity program can be integrated into any lifestyle.
26-14 Jackson Avenue
26-14 Jackson Avenue is Jackson Park, a premiere collection of luxury rental residences, offering spacious and thoughtfully-designed studio, one-, and two-bedroom units. All apartments boast sleek stainless steel appliances, beautiful hardwood oak flooring, and generous closet space. Residents enjoy countless building amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, part-time attended lobby, and a furnished roof deck with gorgeous picturesque views of Long Island City, Queens and the Manhattan skyline.
41-29 24th Street
Packard Square West offers brand new, modern living with generously proportioned studio, one and two bedroom residences that boast luxurious interior finishes. Thoughtfully designed layouts feature spacious living, oversized windows and private balconies, open kitchens with custom built cabinetry, GE stainless appliances, Hansgrohe fixtures, Caeserstone countertops and wide oak flooring. Baths feature cast concrete flooring and Duravit fixtures. Amenities include a 24-hour attended lobby, landscaped roofdeck with stunning city views and outdoor BBQ grills, a rooftop residents lounge and a private rooftop fitness center. Additional amenities include a communal landscaped courtyard and on-site parking.