Conversion of Historic Piano Factory to Condo Project Completed

By Anuradha Kher, Online News EditorLong Island City, N.Y.–The landmark Sohmer Piano Factory, a historical structure dating back to 1886, has been converted into a 69-unit condominium in Long Island City, N.Y. Sales for the building have begun and occupancy is expected by fall 2010.Caliendo Architects have transformed the six-story building, located at 31-01 Vernon Blvd., on the corner of 31st Ave. and the East River. “These residences capture the historical, industrial aesthetic of Long Island City, while offering a comfortable and modern lifestyle,” says Andy Gerringer, managing director of the Prudential Douglas Elliman Development Marketing Group.  The Piano Factory will offer studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units ranging from 412 to 1,692 sq.-ft., many of which feature private terraces or balconies and views of the East River and Manhattan skyline. Prices start from $270,000 to $1.44 million. Each unit features white oak plank flooring and soaring ceilings up to 12 ft. high.  Kitchens are fitted with stainless steel appliances, Caeserstone countertops, glass tile backsplashes and European gray oak cabinetry. The master baths have Neptune Zen soaking tubs, and custom tiled showers with dome ceiling-mounted showerheads and four body sprays. Finishes include ceramic tiles, custom white oak vanities and elegant Watermark fixtures. Amenities include a 24-hour doorman, a fully equipped fitness center with yoga room, oversized laundry facilities, a common media/screening room, and a convenient pet spa. Personal storage space includes a refrigerated storage room and a bike room. Leased parking is also available.