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Long Island City’s thousands of incoming apartments, mapped: These developments are poised to usher

In early November, Amazon confirmed that it would open one of its two new headquarters in Long Island City, once again thrusting the Queens neighborhood’s massive development boom into the spotlight. A 2017 study found that the once-industrial area has given rise to more new apartments since 2010 than any other neighborhood in the country, and that figure is only rising.

Amazon’s scaled-back HQ2 is expected to create 25,000 new jobs, and those employees will likely benefit from the thousands of new apartments that are in various stages of development in the neighborhood. (One thing to consider: Prices in the area are already sky-high, and experts say Long Island City and its surrounding neighborhoods will likely get even more expensive in the coming years.)

Here, we’ve mapped the Long Island City developments that are proposed or in progress, from rentals to condos to Amazon’s waterfront-hugging HQ2. Did we miss one? Leave a comment or send a note to the tipline.

1. Steel Haus

41-32 27th St

Long Island City, NY 11101

Foundation work was completed at this site, developed by the Hakimian Organization, in May 2016, allowing the 15-story rental building to begin its rise. The building will have 43 apartments designed by David Howell Design while ARC Architecture + Design Studio is the overall project architect. Construction was originally scheduled to wrap at the end of 2017, but work is still going; leasing has yet to get underway.

2. 24-16 Queens Plaza South

24-16 Queens Plaza S

Long Island City, NY 11101

Greystone Development is transforming a five-story office building into a mixed-use space with 3,600 square feet of retail topped by 117 apartments. The 18-story addition topped out in July this year at just over 300 feet. Amenities will include private dining areas, a rooftop terrace, and an outdoor pool. The building, designed by Woods Bagot, is expected to wrap construction sometime next year.

3. 29-37 41st Avenue

29-37 41st Ave Long Island City, NY 11101

A massive residential tower is poised to rise behind Long Island City’s landmarked clock tower. The Durst Organization purchased the site in December 2016, and plans to build a 710-foot skyscraper designed by Handel Architects. The building will have 985 rentals, of which 300 will be affordable, and the interiors will be designed by Selldorf Architects. When complete, the tower will briefly hold the title of Queens’s tallest building before it is overtaken by the project at 23-14 44th Drive.

4. 42-20 27th Street

42-20 27th St

Long Island City, NY 11101

The Rabsky Group and ODA New York are transforming a parking lot into an 18-story mixed-use building with 195 apartments. Construction on the site was temporarily halted last summer, when six construction workers were injured on the job. Per DNAinfo, part of the eighth floor fell onto the seventh floor a few hours after concrete had been poured. Construction resumed later in the year, and as of March 2018, the building had topped out. Work on the project will likely wrap sometime next year.

5. Star Tower

27-17 42nd Rd

Long Island City, NY 11101

After years of delay, the vacant site at 27-17 42nd Road is finally on the path toward becoming the 25-story Star Tower. According to The Real Deal, Eastern Star Development filed an offering plan in April for 182 one- and two-bedroom condos and is aiming for one of the priciest sellouts in the borough’s history at $253.3 million. That means condos here would have an average asking price of $1.4 million. Sales are expected to launch early next year, and the building will be ready for occupancy by the middle of next year.

6. Amazon HQ2

4-42 44th Dr

Long Island City, NY 11101

In early November, Amazon confirmed that it would be opening one of its two new headquarters around Anable Basin in Long Island City. Amazon’s complex could stretch anywhere from 4 million to 8 million square feet spread out over land owned by the city and Plaxall Realty. Governor Andrew Cuomo has intimated that Amazon will circumvent the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) and instead adopt a general project plan, the strategy used for the expansion of Javits Center, and the Penn Station redevelopment.

7. 5-40 44th Dr

5-40 44th Dr Long Island City, NY 11101

A little over a year after the city issued a request for proposals (RFP) for this Hunters Point South development site, TF Cornerstone proposed a massive mixed-use project that will be comprised of 1,000 apartments, 300,000 square feet of commercial office or light manufacturing space, 400,000 square feet of office space, 19,000 square feet of retail, an 80,000-square-foot public elementary school, and a one-acre waterfront park. The development still needs to win approval through ULURP before it can move forward.

8. 29-00 Northern Boulevard

29-00 Queens Blvd

Long Island City, NY 11101

This 355-foot tower will bring 82 apartments to the neighborhood, with each measuring about 678 square feet on average. Plans for the building have been filed by Zand Development LLC, while Li Architect Associate is listed as the architect on the project. The building will also have retail on the first three floors, and amenities on the fourth floor. There’s no word yet on when construction will get underway.

9. Jackson Park

28-34 Jackson Ave

Long Island City, NY 11101

Previously dubbed Gotham Center, this Tishman Speyer-developed mini-megaproject spans six buildings and nearly three million square feet of space. The first project to be complete was the 22-story Gotham Two, which wrapped construction in 2011 and currently houses offices for the city’s Health Department. The residential portion of this development comprises three buildings, which will bring a total of 1,800 apartments to the neighborhood, in addition to a five-story, standalone amenities building. Tishman is also developing two 27-story office towers—WeWork has already leased space in one of them. Construction on the office buildings will wrap in 2019. Meanwhile, the residential buildings have already welcomed their first tenants.

10. 21-21 44th Drive

21-21 44th Dr

Long Island City, NY 11101

An 88-apartment building designed by Hill West Architects is coming to this site at the behest of developers Slate Property Group and Carlyle Group. A two-story office building was demolished to make way for this condo, and construction is currently underway.

11. Jackson East & West

27-01 Jackson Ave

Long Island City, NY 11101

The site of a Gas Trac gas station will eventually give way to a residential building dubbed Jackson West, though it doesn’t seem like the project is making swift progress. In April, the LIC Post reported that the developer, the Lions Group, had struck an air rights deal with the city which will allow the firm to build 481 apartments spread out over this site, and another one across the street, which will be dubbed Jackson East. There will be a total of 150 affordable apartments spread out between the two buildings.

12. 21-59 44th Drive 21-59 44th Dr

Long Island City, NY 11101

In January 2016, developer Stavrinou Kyriacos filed plans with the city to bring a seven-story, 20-apartment building to a small site alongside the elevated E/M tracks. Demolition plans were filed in February this year so work is moving forward slowly but surely. The site is currently undergoing asbestos abatement to prepare for construction.

13. Court Square City View Tower

23-15 44th Dr

Long Island City, NY 11101

Meet the skyscraper that’s poised to claim the title of Queens’s tallest tower at 752 feet (previous estimates said it would stand 984 feet tall). Designed by Hill West Architects, Court Square City View Tower will have 802 apartments with “unparalleled” skyline views and all of the typical luxury amenities like a fitness center, pool, and communal terrace. As of February this year, construction was finally moving forward at the site. The building is also set to be the first in Queens to surpass $1 billion in sales.

14. Corte

21-30 44th Dr Long Island City, NY 11101

Inspired by the architecture of Buenos Aires, this eight-story condo, which has a focus on outdoor space, will have 85 apartments. Sales launched in August with condos asking from $560,000. The priciest apartment here will ask $3 million. The project is partly being developed by the South American real estate company Planet Partners and co-designed by Argentinian firm Dieguez Fridman Arquitectos & Asociados. Sales and marketing are being handled by Modern Spaces, and construction will wrap sometime next year.

15. 11-24 Jackson Avenue

26-11 Jackson Ave

Long Island City, NY 11101

In early 2017, the city issued a request for proposals to build over a rail yard in Long Island City. The project would use the same type of decking infrastructure used to build Hudson Yards in Manhattan. The city’s Economic Development Corporation and the MTA are hoping for a third party to build a mixed-use facility that will bring affordable housing, a community facility, and publicly-accessible outdoor space to the neighborhood. There hasn’t been any development on the project since the announcement last year.

16. Paragon Paint

45-40 Vernon Blvd

Long Island City, NY 11101

Long Island City’s old Paragon Paint Factory is being converted into a series of three SHoP Architects-designed buildings that will rise eight, 14, and 28 stories, and have a total of 296 apartments. Rather than razing the factory, developers Simon Baron Development, Quadrum Global, and CRE Development will incorporate it into the base of one of the towers. The project will also include a new waterfront esplanade but it’ll be a while before things get underway since the former industrial site will likely need to be remediated.

17. Hunters Point Townhouses

45th Rd Long Island City, NY 11101

GDC Properties is reshaping a portion of the block between 45th Road, 11th Street, 46th Avenue, and 21st Street into 38 two-family townhouses that are marketed as catering to young families. Each of the four-story homes will be divided into two rentals with lower level duplexes that offers finished basements and private backyards; the upper duplexes will include a penthouse level with a roof deck and Astroturf faux-lawn. The majority of the apartments are three-bedrooms and range from 1,900 to 2,300 square feet. Rent is expected to run around $7,000/month.

18. 44-46 Purves Street

44-46 Purves St

Long Island City, NY 11101

The once warehouse-lined Purves Street is the center of a lot of Long Island City’s new real estate action and this 11-story building is no exception to the rule. The building, with an alternate address of 28-27 Thomson Avenue, is being developed by Jewel Liton LLC and will have 49 apartments. Construction was originally scheduled to wrap in April this year, but work is still ongoing.

19. 46-20 11th Street

46-20 11th St

Long Island City, NY 11101

This former two-story warehouse was demolished in March 2017 so a seven-story residential building can rise on the site. Plans on file with the city indicate that the 42-apartment building will be designed by architect Raymond Chan. The project topped out in March this year, and is expected to be complete in the spring of 2019.

20. 22-43 Jackson Avenue

2243 Jackson Ave

Long Island City, NY 11101

In April 2016, developer Circle F Capital announced plans to bring a relatively small condo building to Long Island City, across from the 5 Pointz site. The building will have 71 small-ish condos spread out on floors two through seven. Plans also call for three retail spaces on the ground floor. YIMBY got its hands on the first renderings for the condo in March this year. Construction began in August 2017 and will wrap up sometime in 2020.

21. Former 5 Pointz site

22-44 Jackson Ave

Long Island City, NY 11101

New York City’s erstwhile graffiti mecca is now firmly a thing of the past as the residential development of the site by 5 Pointz whitewasher Jerry Wolkoff moves full steam ahead. Construction work has been moving along swiftly on the 41- and 48-story rental towers, poised to bring 1,115 apartments to the neighborhood. The graffiti artists whose work was destroyed thanks to this development won a settlement of $6.7 million earlier this year, but the developer has decided to appeal it. The towers debuted their facade in early November, and construction is scheduled to wrap next year.

22. 5-25 47th Road

5-25 47th Rd

Long Island City, NY 11101

This one-story brick building was demolished for a four-story, 14-apartment building at the behest of Rising Developers Group. Plans filed with the city show the forthcoming building will also have a common roof deck and five parking spaces.

23. Galerie

2218 Jackson Ave

Long Island City, NY 11101

Galerie—probably a reference to its location across from MoMA PS1—will bring 182 condos to the neighborhood. The project pairs ODA New York with Paris Forino as the architect and interior designer on the project, respectively. Sales on the 11-story building’s studio through three-bedroom homes launched this past February from $595,000. Construction is expected to wrap sometime in the summer of 2019.

24. 5-33 48th Avenue

5-33 48th Ave

Long Island City, NY 11101

Back in 2014, a developer masked by an LLC announced plans to add three stories to an existing four-story manufacturing building and bring 43 condos with ground floor retail to the site. This project has been moving at a snail’s pace, but in January, the developer acquired a $23 million construction loan to move forward with the development. Sales are expected to launch before the year’s end.

25. Hunter's Point South Phase

21-50 50th Ave

Queens, NY

The second phase of the Hunter’s Point South megaproject is back on track after a slight bump in the road when an Amtrak tunnel and power lines were discovered beneath the site. The city has selected Gotham and RiseBoro Community Partnership Inc., to build a 1,120-unit apartment complex on the southernmost tip of the micro-hood. TF Cornerstone is also developing a nearly 1,200 unit apartment complex and a 600-seat elementary school as part of phase 2. A massive waterfront park that’s part of the megaproject debuted in late June this year.

26. 2-22 51st Ave

2-22 51st Ave

Long Island City, NY 11101

In March 2017, NG Architects filed plans with the city’s Department of Buildings to bring 10 new apartments to this Hunters Point site. YIMBY first reported on the new five-story building, where apartments will measure just under 900 square feet on average. Plans also call for retail on the ground floor.

27. 10-64 Jackson Avenue

1064 Jackson Ave

Long Island City, NY 11101

Plans to demolish this two-story office and warehouse building near the Pulaski Bridge were finally filed in January 2017, about a year and a half later, plans for a new apartment building with offices were filed with the city. If all goes forward according to plan, this site will sprout a seven-story building with 24 apartments and two floors of office space.

28. 5-20 51st Avenue

5-20 51st Ave

Long Island City, NY 11101

This project near the Long Island City LIRR stop will include two five-story buildings that will sit side by side at 5-18 and 5-20 51st Avenue. Plans were filed in the summer of 2015, but the DOB didn’t approve them until early 2017. Both buildings are being designed by Isaac & Stern Architects and will come with three apartments each.

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