When Eric Benaim began brokering apartments in Long Island City, back in 2006, convincing people to move there required imagination.
“I had to paint a picture of what this neighborhood would eventually be like,” he says, recalling how desolate it looked. “I don’t have to do that anymore,” he adds.
Today, the East River waterfront brims with sleek high-rises, some of which rival those of Manhattan in grandeur. “Buildings here have so many amenities, they’re almost like cruise ships,” says Benaim, founder of the LIC-based brokerage Modern Spaces.