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Lions Group NYC
building on Hunter Street. "We have a big variety in the projects
we do," he adds.
With Lions Group NYC leading the way on the residential side,
other developers and builders are working to fill out the neighborhood with retail and commercial uses as well as schools and parks.
"Now that people are here, city planners are focusing on other
things needed to make the neighborhood livable," Shirian says.
Even amidst its growth, Long Island City is still below the radar
of many, a fact the company hopes to change. "When you hear
about development in the outer boroughs, you're mainly hearing
about Williamsburg [in Brooklyn]," Shirian says. "There's a very
distinct difference between what's going on there, where a neighborhood was gentrified, and what we're doing. There weren't very
many people living here at all when we started.
"Long Island City is a very special area that I think deserves
more attention than it gets - there is a unique energy here of a city
being built," he adds. "It grew up at the same time I did, and I feel
I've grown up with it."
Shirian credits the work of its contractors and vendors with
Lions Group NYC's success. The company's contractor partners
include Sampogna Contracting. "Aside from their quality work-
manship, we always appreciate the open lines of communication
Sampogna Contracting keeps with us," Shirian says. "It helps us coordinate and makes for a smooth operation overall."
Albert and Ramin Shirian started Lions Group NYC in 1984. The
company's first project was a single-family home on land Albert
helped clear by "renting a chainsaw and cutting the trees down
himself," his son says.
Albert and Ramin raised their sons Aaron, Jake, Allen and Eric to
be similarly hands-on in their work. "We grew up on construction
sites," he adds. "My father literally bought us tools instead of toys so
we could build our own toys. We went to jobsites every weekend
and went over architectural and structural plans as children."
Although Lions Group NYC is involved with many different aspects of development and construction, the Shirian family's love of
building remains at its heart. "It's just as common to us [to be] on a
job site jackhammering rocks or driving an excavator as it is to see
us in suits in an architect or accountant's office," Aaron Shirian says.
"We are builders first.
"We are on every jobsite every day, and no task is too small for
our attention," he adds. "We are usually the ones who close the jobsite at the end of the workday before we go back to the office." )
Lions Group NYC's developments include the Vista, located on Purves Street in
the Long Island City section of Queens.
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