Dec. 7, 2015 By Michael Florio
A Manhattan real estate firm will soon call Astoria home.
The Bouklis Group, a real estate company located in the American Express Building on Broadway in Manhattan, is in gear to open a new office at 34-27 28th Ave.
The location will open by Feb. 1, according to Tom Bouklis, founder of the Bouklis Group.
Bouklis, who started the company six years ago, decided to move into Astoria due to his familiarity with the neighborhood and the amount of business the firm currently handles here.
“We have 200 exclusives that we are bringing to market right now in Astoria,” he said. “That was a big reason we decided to open an office here.”
Bouklis, who said he spent a lot of time in Astoria growing up, noted that the neighborhood’s popularity was another reason for opening an office here.
The location itself offers the space Bouklis was looking for, as he hopes to have between 25 and 30 associates stationed at this office.
“It’s going to a big shop similar to our Manhattan location,” he said. “Plus, it is on the corner, and we wanted that.”
This office will focus on residential units in Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside.
“We know everything the neighborhood has to offer,” he said. “Residents want a broker that is in tune with the neighborhood and we can certainly help in that regard.”
“We are excited to be opening here soon and look forward to working with all the home owners and tenants in Astoria,” he added.
The location was previously Rapture Lounge, which closed last year after struggles to pay rent.
Good for them..not so good for us longtime residents. Here 4 generations and we have no say in what our neighbor hood is becoming. Not much of a community anymore…Aggressive realtors who keep bringing our door bells asking if we wish to sell,developers posting 1 million dollars for your home; zoning we voted on visited again by developers who wish to bully there way in to build what they want without regard to infrastructure parking …laughing all the way to the bank as they scurry back to their chic addresses in Manhasset hills, Brooklyn heights . Few longtime realtors give a rat’s ass about homeowners or tenants. Lol…I find it hard to believe blow in corporate realtors will..they all live by the credo Take the money and run.. So they sponsor youth sports teams? No. Do they contribute to parish schools’ scholarships? No…not politically correct.
Finally,..no one can put roots down in astoria…it is a faceless, bland yuppiesville who slum here for a few years on $17.O0 burgers and move on back to toledo where it is cheaper and families can afford to live.