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LIC Real Estate:

LIC offers lower land costs than most of Manhattan, which can translate into lower rents for tenants. LIC also has a rich portfolio of historic industrial buildings and more existing building stock and development sites that are appropriately zoned for life sciences uses. Furthermore, a number of additional incentives are available for companies that relocate here, and many sites fall within the Federal Opportunity Zones. 

It’s not only commercial and lab space that’s growing here, however. As evidenced by LIC’s rapidly changing skyline - residential, retail, office, and hotel development are on the rise. There’s no doubt that ​LIC is the city’s fastest-growing neighborhood.

Life Sciences in LIC:

Left Image - Alexandria Center-Long Island City at 30-02 48th Avenue; Right Image - Innolabs at 45-18 Court Square West

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE: ARE), an urban office REIT and the first, longest-tenured and pioneering owner, operator and developer uniquely focused on collaborative life science, technology and agtech campuses in AAA innovation cluster locations, acquired two buildings in Long Island City to create “highly flexible and amenity-rich life science step-up space.” ARE’s first project, a 186,000 square foot redevelopment at 30-02 48th Avenue, will be known as the Alexandria Center® - Long Island City and is expected to come online in late 2020. The former Prestone Press building at 47-50 30th Street will be the next phase of ARE’s Long Island City campus.

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King Street Properties, a Boston-area life sciences developer and owner, has teamed up with GFP Real Estate to develop 263,000 sf of state-of-the-art life sciences space at Court Square called Innolabs.  The existing building, 45-18 Court Square West, will be expanded with a new wing and will house life sciences companies of various sizes. Newmark Knight Frank is marketing the space, which is due to come on line in early 2021. 

“That an experienced life sciences developer from Boston would choose LIC for their first project in New York speaks to the neighborhood’s strength as a hub for innovation and economic development.”

– Kathryn S. Wylde, President & CEO, Partnership for New York City

Innolabs Informational Video:


Major Life Sciences Development Projects underway in LIC:

Alexandria Center 
Long Island City
Alexandria Real 
Estate Equities
30-02 48th Ave
Late 2020    
William Hartman, 
Cushman & Wakefield 
King Street 
Properties + GFP
45-18 Court 
Square West
Early 2021
Bill Harvey, 
Newmark Knight Frank 
Alexandria Center 
Long Island City 
Building 2
Alexandria Real 
Estate Equities
47-50 30th St
Adam Kaufman, ARE 

Interactive Map:

In addition to the Life Sciences projects currently underway, which you can explore in the interactive map below,  throughout the neighborhood there are new and renovated buildings and vacant land that have potential for Life Sciences uses, including large-scale sites particularly along the Waterfront. Visit our interactive Development Map and commercial listings at the LIC Space Bank here and explore the filtered map ‘Owner Interest in Life Sciences’ to see more possibilities and connect with property owners.

LIC Neighborhood Data:

In addition to growing Life Sciences, Long Island City is a neighborhood with growth in all sectors.​  The LIC Partnership tracks data on economic development and the community, producing Neighborhood Snapshots, which provide key insights into our dynamic, mixed-use, livable community. Learn more about Planning and Development in Long Island City.

Major new tenants like Altice USA, Centene, Esté​e Lauder, Macy's/Bloomingdales, The New York Times, and The Wirecutter join innovative employers across industries such as Brooks Brothers, Boyce Technologies Inc., DeppGlass, Doughnut Plant, J.Crew/Madewell, JetBlue Airways, Kaufman Astoria Studios, LaGuardia Community College, MANA Products, Nouveau Elevator, Silvercup Studios, VaynerMedia, and WeWork.


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