Apartments & Houses for Sale and Rent in Court Square, Queens

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Not that long-ago Court Square was an industrial zone near the Ed Koch / Queensboro Bridge. It was populated by manufacturing warehouses, lumber mills, dive bars and hole in the wall restaurants. Rumbling trains moving along the elevated tracks above added to the grittiness of the neighborhood. Despite its industrial past, it’s seen its share of major growth in recent years especially when it comes to residential construction.

Court Square is a triangular shaped pocket neighborhood of Long Island City and it is bounded by 21st Street to the west, Skillman Avenue to the east, 44th Drive and Thomson Avenue to the north and 49th Avenue to the south.

Its history feels a whole lot simpler compared to some of the other neighborhoods in Queens. Court Square is named after the historic Queens County Courthouse. Built in 1874 the court has tried some of the most important criminal cases in New York. Made out of brick and granite, the two-and-a-half story building was officially designated a landmark in 1976.  

Modern day Court Square is a vibrant neighborhood offering a healthy mix of brownstones, contemporary commercial buildings and modern residential buildings of varying sizes. The cool factor may not be at the same levels as select Brooklyn or Manhattan neighborhoods, but Court Square is quickly catching up. Art galleries, breweries, hip eateries, bookstores, and sustainable parks are defining the nabe and drawing in new residents.

You can’t write about Court Square and Long Island City without mentioning the Amazon debacle that went down on Valentine’s Day 2019. Drama ensued when the company withdrew their Headquarters 2 offer at One Court Square. The 50-story building was close to becoming the second headquarters for the American tech giant but the deal fell through. Amazon and New York’s Governor Cuomo, just couldn’t work out the fine details of the deal that included tax breaks and incentives. The heavily politicized event eventually collapsed.

The median listed price for a 1-bedroom in Court Square is $1,188,287 with an average price per square foot is $1,544.

The neighborhood has a fantastic transportation hub. Busses, LIRR Trains, and major roadways are easily accessed from Court Square and Long Island City. 7, E, G and M trains are located at the Court Square-23 Street station. And the N, Q , W and 7 trains are located at the Queensboro Plaza station.

Destination Spots

MoMA PS1 – Art patrons rejoice! MoMa is one of the largest art institutions in the United States devoted to contemporary art. Founded in 1971, the venue also offers eclectic music performances throughout the summer months.

Fifth Hammer Brewing Company – Beer fans will fall in love. The former metalworks factory is half brewery and half tap room and serves a variety of beer. Musical performances and theme nights are a common occurrence. Although they do not serve food, various food trucks swing by and feed the hungry patrons.

Court Square Diner – This mainstay has been in the neighborhood since the 1940’s and serves up traditional American diner classics as well as Greek fare. The retro looking eatery has an endless menu and it’s open 24-hours a day. It’s a great place to end a fun night out on the town.

What You Might See

You’ll see a lot of building developments springing up everywhere. Court Square is a busy thoroughfare. You’ll see lots of traffic from nearby Queensboro Bridge too. If you find yourself near one of the many office towers in the neighborhood you’ll see office workers darting in and out of the buildings at any given time. 

Court Square has strong ties to the arts. So you’ll see a fair share of art installations and art institutions like MoMA, Sculpture Center and smaller galleries throughout the neighborhood.

What You Don’t Know

One Court Square is a sundial. It’s unknown if the building's sundial capabilities were an intentional design or its just because of its immense size. One Court Square casts a shadow over the neighborhood. Depending on the shadow’s location, it identifies the time throughout the day. The office tower rises 673 feet and has 50 stories.

The courtroom scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 film, “The Wrong Man” starring Henry Fonda was filmed in the Queens County Courthouse in Court Square. 

Living in Court Square

What’s In The Future

Not nearly as big as an Amazon tenant but One Court Square will soon have retail giant Target as a tenant. The retail chain will open their first location in Court Square. Taking up the entire 23,400-square-foot second floor and a portion of the third floor. Target will also have a ground-floor entrance.

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