The 30+ year history of Lions Group begins with Albert and Ramin Shirian. The brothers arrived in the United States,as Iranian Immigrants escaping persecution as Jews amidst the Iranian Revolution. In 1984, two years after Albert graduated college, he and his brother embarked on their first project, a ground-up two family home in Glen Cove, NY, and Lions Group was born. For the following decade Lions Group excelled in ground up development of single-family homes in the New York area (primarily on Long Island), gradually increasing the size and scope of projects and eventually moving to build mansions in prime luxury markets.

In the early 1990’s, Lions Group began building larger apartments in areas of the outer boroughs such as Woodside, Bayside and Flushing. The size of these developments grew continuously from two and three family homes to projects like a 30-unit, 6-story residential building in Kew Gardens and a 7-story building on Mulberry Street in Lower Manhattan.

In 2004, Lions Group made history by becoming the very first developer to build under the 2001 rezoning in Long Island City. The first development was located at 44-27 Purves Street (15 stories, 65 units). After tremendous success on that project, Lions Group experienced explosive growth by continuing to be among the most active developers in Long Island City as its real estate soared in the following decade.


Exclusive Sales & Marketing


Modern Spaces is a professional Real Estate group that was founded and developed in Long Island City. Our passion and love for the neighborhoods we reside in resonates through all of our agents at our LIC, Astoria, Williamsburg, and Chelsea offices.  

Through the use of social media and neighborhood involvement, Modern Spaces has been able to reach out and integrate itself seamlessly with the local community. 

The Modern Spaces specialized sales team, primarily comprised of neighborhood natives and a creative but targeted marketing approach has been the driving force behind our great success in the neighborhood and beyond. In just eight short years we have energized the area’s residences, while also expanding into a total of 3 boroughs.

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Mural Artist


Jojo Anavim is a New York City based mixed media artist. With a background in fine design, his art depicts subversive & nastolgic plays on icons of the past and present, using a wide range of techniques and mediums including vintage collage, acrylic and aerosol paint, diamond dust and resin.

Anavim’s work hangs throughout the world in prestigious private collections, museums, and hotels- including the Dream Downtown in NYC, The Coca-Cola Archives Museum in Atlanta, The New York Yankees City Seats collection and The Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY. Anavim’s work has also been featured in global media publications including Forbes, Vanity Fair, Million Dollar Listing LA, and counts celebrities such as Seth McFarlane, Amare Stoudemire, Sheldon Adelson, Russell Simmons, Alesso, Kylie Jenner and Daymond John as just a few of his notable collectors.  In addition, Anavim supports and donates his work to many non profits including Art For Life, amfAR, National Meningitis Association, FIDF, and The World Values Network.