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Real estate giant Halstead to open on Vernon Blvd, its first office in Queens


July 22, 2015 By Christian Murray

The residential real estate giant Halstead is opening an office in Long Island City–its first foray into Queens.

The office will be located at 47-12 Vernon Blvd and is expected to open in late August, according to Diane Ramirez, Halstead’s chief executive officer.

Ramirez said that the opening of the Long Island City office is just the beginning of the firm’s entry into Queens. She said the firm is likely to grow in Queens much like it did in Brooklyn.

Halstead, which opened 30 years ago and has 1,200 agents, entered the Brooklyn market 13 years ago and now has six offices in the borough.

“Where better place to start in Queens than in Long Island City,” Ramirez said. “Long Island City is so vibrant right now—the great developers are all here—and it has great access to Manhattan.”

The office will have 18 desks, although Ramirez said that there will probably be more agents working out of the Vernon Blvd location than that. “Agents are typically out showing property and going from appointment to appointment,” she said.

Halstead is entering a competitive market joining Nestseekers, Douglas Elliman, Modern Spaces and Space Market Shop on Vernon Boulevard, with Dream Property located just steps away from Vernon Blvd on 48th Avenue.

However, Ramirez said “We love competition,” adding that Halstead is a “technology focused and marketing focused company and will a wonderful breath of fresh of air in Long Island City.”

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Oh no

You guys know how many more units are coming, right? This is far from the last new real estate office you’ll see.


But it seems to me that the other could handle the volume of the new units. Also, these fancy newer buildings are mostly rentals and have management companies (with phone numbers psoted on the side of each building) that handle the process of finding new tenants. They don’t really need a middle man like a realtor. It’s a stupid useless job.


it is true. we can handle the current and incoming inventory of new condos to the area.

at this point it is only expected to be around 500 units tops. honestly, there is no inventory for Halstead to even grab a hold of, and they haven’t been seeing much action out here aside from some of the original sales they did for condos in 2007-2009


Please no more brokers. I’m begging. You offer nothing for the neighborhood. Nothing…….

new lic resident

The area is in desperate need of another grocery store. Went to Food Cellar and Co. yesterday — $6 for some shredded cheese! And $5 a pound of apples (I guess them being organic means they can gouge the prices). Later stopped by the Key Food near Court Square and saw a package of snow peas that had a sell-by date of July 6!!! Hope it was a typo on the label. Is it too much to ask for another grocery store with affordable prices? The housing bubble has got to burst here.


We really do not need ANOTHER real estate office. Anything but a real estate office would be great (well, save for a nail salon).


This is absurd. We have more real estate offices in a 5 block radius than we have ANYTHING else. What a waste of prime real estate.

Where was the CB2 meeting to vote on allowing this?


AS much as I would love to blame CB2, they doesn’t get to chime in on what a landlord chooses to put in their space. They only get to say if there is a zoning issue or if its a liquor license. It’s the landlord to blame not CB2.

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Please don’t come to the neighborhood Halstead. Last thing we need………….


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