By Daniel J. Bollinger

Hop on the No. 7 subway to Main Street, Flushing and you’ll be whisked into a frenzy of Chinese, Korean, Thai, and other Asian dialects. Here is Queens, New York. What used to be an enclave of mostly Irish, Italian, German immigrant families is now home to Little Asia noted for its incredibly inexpensive restaurants offering everything from dim sum to eclectic dishes that will impress. It is also home to The Grand at Sky View Parc, the second phase of Sky View Center, the largest mixed-use development in Flushing, Queens. The development comprises three luxury glass towers containing 750 units housing studio-to-four bedroom residences which offer sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. There is no lack of transportation near The Grand: It’s a few steps to the No. 7, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), and major highways. This prime location is also close to some great parks and sporting institutions including CitiField, Flushing Meadows Park, and Arthur Ashe Stadium which hosts the U.S. Open. All this, plus minutes from LaGuardia Airport. Yes, Flushing is the place to be!

The residences at The Grand at Sky View Parc shine with simple elegance: sleek lines and minimalism create timeless, classic interiors. Open kitchens with breakfast counters, gallery style layouts with floor-to-ceiling windows create modern, spacious apartments. Adding to the amenities, The Grand spares no expense with top tier finishes and appliances with Scavolini cabinets, Grohe faucets, Kohler tubs, and Bosche appliances like a washer and dryer. Under cabinet lighting helps define the simple elegance these residences encompass. Every unit has a glass balcony (corner units have wrap around balconies), so there are never-ending panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. A nice feature is customized California Closets that can be built to suit your taste—at a discount.

Sky View is a mixed-use development. Onex has built the residential portion of this development on top of a 785,000 square-foot mall called Sky View Center. Sky View Center houses some large retailers including Target, BJ’s Wholesale, Nordstrom Rack, and Bed, Bath, & Beyond to name a few. But Sky View Center also has some stores that add to this community’s diversity including Sky Foods, a 33,000-square-foot Asian supermarket carrying many imported delicacies. Not to be overlooked are Flora Sweet House, Fay Da Bakery, and Coco for a large selection of sweets, smoothies, teas, and juices. All of your shopping needs are met right at the base of your residence. Another feature of The Grand is that you have private access to the mall via a keyed elevator.

Speaking of conveniences, Sky View offers six acres of rooftop space which houses a dog run, children’s playground, outdoor kitchen, barbecue grills, and a yoga studio. Also offered are two full-court tennis courts, a running track, and an outdoor swimming—not too many developments can boast these features. Still want more? They also have The Grand Club which consists of a fitness center, spa, and a residential lounge. Onex put equal emphasis on Life and Style in designing these amenities. For those whose lifestyle includes staying fit there are many activities available. Another unique comfort is private residential valet parking. After a day of shopping, who doesn’t dream of dropping your packages with a 24-hour concierge—and have your car parked, too?

Helen Lee, Sales Director for The Grand, points out this six-acre rooftop amenity park is nearly silent—showcasing an almost peaceful, serene atmosphere. It is a rooftop oasis far above the dense, bustling atmosphere of Flushing. There is a reason why sales were strong in the first phase of this project. A self-contained community is a rare find in New York City, especially of this scale and size. The quality of the design and construction, the magnitude of shopping right at your doorstep, a number of amenities offered—it’s a rare gem. The Grand at Sky View Parc is located at 40-26 College Point Blvd., Flushing, NY. You can visit to learn more about the residential condos; visit to find out more about the development.

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