The Decker condos in Long Island City offer seafaring charm and admiral views


It’s not difficult to explain why The Decker, an eight-story condo building at 21-10 44th Drive in Long Island City, is nearly 70 percent sold.

“Location, location, location,” said Mary Beth McGill, licensed sales person at Modern Spaces, referring to the 7 train nearby at Court Square. “And for the people from Long Island and Brooklyn who are looking at these homes, they love the easy access to the Long Island Expressway too.”

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Like a red-brick buoy in Court Square’s sea of glistening glass spires, The Decker was conceived by Kora Developers and Zproekt Architectur as a tribute to the Newtown Creek Towing Company’s wooden workhorse, the W.O. Decker — a steam-powered tugboat built in the 1930s.

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Its lobby is fitted with cage lamps, exposed brick, and wooden overhead beams, but the mix of studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom units feature decidedly more modern touches — a Daikin HVAC system for individual heating and cooling, for one.

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McGill says one item that’s gone over big is the storage units — tall cages for suitcases and skis — that are included in the price. “A $25,000 value,” she said. Separate bike storage can be purchased for $1,000.

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The finishes, such as 4-inch-wide natural oak flooring, have been favorably received by a mix of buyers, including local renters and Manhattan residents, Modern Spaces brokers said.

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The building has no shortage of options for unwinding, such as a lounge, a recreation room with a pool table and other amusements, and a fitness center. An outdoor “backyard” space has barbecue grills, greenery and lounge furniture. The Manhattan views never seem to get old — neither does a virtual doorman.

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Long Island City’s Court Square surrounds The Decker, with shopping and dining. Stop by MoMA PS1 or stroll through Gantry Plaza State Park for an authentic nautical experience inhaling the riverside air and fishing from its piers.

There are playgrounds and running paths too. Nearby are Michelin-rated restaurants Casa Enrique and M. Wells Steakhouse.

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All sales and marketing are being handled by Modern Spaces.

For more information, check out the building’s website.

Prices start at $725,000.

Now, ahoy.

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