5th Street Lofts

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5-9 48th Avenue, Long Island City, NY

5th Street Lofts

Exterior of 5th Street Lofts
Building Information
Developer Toll Brothers City Living
Architect H. Thomas O'Hara Architects
Number of Units 121
Number of Floors 8
Year Built 2007
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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5-9 48th Avenue, Long Island City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning M3-1
Title of Land Condominium



The luxury development of 5th Street Lofts - which is also known simply as "5SL" - was built by Toll Brothers City Living and was completed in 2007. This luxury building's developer is the luxury leading homes builder, and features amenities like a 24 hour concierge, high-end fitness center, children's playroom, on-site garage parking, landscaped common roof terrace, and cold storage for groceries.

Exterior of 5th Street Lofts
Fifth Street Lofts is a clean-cut residential structure made up of two separate buildings that are connected by a garden and landscaped courtyard. The architect on the project was H. Thomas O'Hara Architects, which provided a contemporary and striking exterior appearance of the lofts.

5th Street Lofts is located in Long Island City (LIC), Queens, and is just one subway stop away from Grand Central in Manhattan. Long Island City is known for its museums, galleries, restaurants, and parks. The building is under the 15 Year 421-A Tax Abatement, allowing all residents to benefit from an exemption in property taxes until 2022.

The building is located on a corner lot at the corner of 48th Avenue and 5th Street, and is also known as 47-39 and 47-45 5th Street, 5-01 and 5-25 48th Avenue and 5-22 and 5-28 47th Road.[1]


5th Street Lofts is located in the Hunter's Point neighborhood of Long Island City, also abbreviated as LIC, east of Manhattan and north of Brooklyn. The building borders and overlooks the greenery of Hunter's Point Park, and is also nearby other outdoor attractions such as Andrews Grove and Gantry Plaza State Park on the shore of the East River.

John F Murray Playground is also within walking distance. The East River Ferry terminal is just five blocks south east from the residences, providing quick access to Manhattan. The nearest subway station is three blocks east of the building, providing easy access to the surrounding areas, and other public transportation routes are even closer.

Vernon Mall, Gordan Triangle, and Bridge and Tunnel Park are also nearby. The Queens Midtown Tunnel is easily accessible, providing a quick commute to downtown Manhattan. Many schools, coffee shops, shopping, restaurants, and grocery stores are within walking distance, as well as car and bike share programs. There are over 20 public transportation routes within the nearby vicinity of 5th Street Lofts.[2]


The eight story residence is comprised of two buildings made of concrete, with an exposed concrete façade, that are connected with a common courtyard and garden. The building's exterior is a white and grey color scheme, with clean architectural lines and a flat roof-line. The building has many multi-pane, inset windows, some of which are wrap-around corner windows, and features a setback above the sixth floor.

The building was completed in 2007 by Toll Brothers City Living, and features and underground parking garage. The building has no balconies but does feature some private terraces for sixth floor residences, as well as a common roof terrace for all residents to enjoy.

The building's top floor is less wide and deep than the rest of the building, providing a tiered appearance at its roof. The roof has a water tank, which is barely visible from ground level.[3]

Layout and Features

Studios, one, two, and three bedroom layouts are offered at 5th Street Lofts. These open layouts provide large windows with plenty of natural light, and high-end finishes. Large living areas have dark hardwood flooring that matches the dark wood cabinetry in the kitchens.

Gourmet kitchens provide quality stainless steel appliances with names like Bosch, an in-sink garbage disposal, Caesarstone counter tops with under-mount sinks and lighting, glass tile back splashes, and Liebherr refrigerators.

The bathrooms feature large slab porcelain tile floors, Kohler fixtures, over-sized showers, limestone counter tops, Allmilmo cabinetry, and double sink vanities. Each residence features dishwashers and in-unit washers and dryers.

The large, paneled windows provide an openness with a slightly industrial feel, while the designer colors tie the spaces together. Kitchens are neatly tucked off the living spaces and are separated with a breakfast eating bar and island.

Designer light fixtures and some recessed lighting is found throughout. Some units feature light oak, wide paneled hardwood floors. Some layouts also feature large terraces, while all of the residents get to enjoy the roof top deck with views of Manhattan.[4]

Floor Plans

112 floor plans are available for 5th Street Lofts. Here is a quick overview.


Amenities offered to residents at 5th Street Lofts include:

  • 24 Hour Concierge
  • Common Roof Deck
  • Common Gardens
  • Fitness Center
  • Children's Playroom
  • Cold Storage
  • Live-in Super
  • On-site Parking


5th Street Lofts Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • 5th Street Lofts is a pet-friendly building
  • Rentals are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions on ownership
  • Barbecues are allowed on roof deck


5th Street Lofts feature energy-efficient features and is made up of sustainable materials such as concrete that will not require much upkeep and will stand for a long time. The interior sustainable features include:

  • Sustainable wood materials
  • Energy-efficient appliances and lighting
  • Many windows for natural light
  • Double-pane windows that are energy-efficient
  • In-sink garbage disposals

Other features that the building offers include its convenient location that is within walking distance to many daily necessities. The residents can also take advantage of the nearby public transportation routes, and lead a sustainable lifestyle that is friendly to the environment.


Queens Midtown Tunnel

An easily spotted landmark which puts Long Island City and 5th Street Lofts on the map is the roadway connecting Manhattan with Queens. The connecting highway is actually an underwater tunnel called the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, which is also known simply as the Midtown Tunnel. This highway tunnel is a toll road that crosses under the East River, connecting the city of Manhattan with the Borough of Queens.

The tunnel was designed by Ole Singstad and was constructed over a period of time in the 1900s, and was opened to the public on November 15, 1940. The tunnel's design consists of twin tubes that carry four traffic lanes and runs a total of 6,414 feet in length. The tunnel once carried New York State Route 24.

Owned by the City of New York, the tunnel has become an attraction for visitors and a popular back drop for on-screen adventures. Films such as Men in Black have used the tunnel in their fictional films, with Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith conducting a scene involving a Ford LTD car that clears the tunnel upside down on its ceiling.

Every spring the tunnel is closed for a few hours to allow for the annual Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Animal Walk. Before the circus opens at Madison Square Garden, the elephants walk through the tunnel into Manhattan, which has become an annual tradition for many New Yorkers and an attraction for many visitors.[5]


  1. Street Easy
  2. Walk Score
  3. City Realty
  4. Elliman
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queens%E2%80%93Midtown_Tunnel Wikipedia]

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