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.