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Watermark Court Square at 27-19 44th Drive. Left: looking southeast from Jackson Avenue. Right: the façade at 44th Drive, with The Edison to the right. Photos by the author.

A Closer Look at the Recently Topped-Out Watermark Court Square, 27-19 44th Drive, Long Island City

At the start of the month YIMBY announced the topping out of Watermark Court Square, at 27-19 44th Drive. The 168-unit rental building had added around 17 floors since the end of May. Building permits place the height at 282 feet, although it is not certain whether the figure includes its mechanical bulkhead. In either case, the 27-story tower now stands among the dozen-tallest buildings in the Court Square district, eight of which topped out less than a year ago.

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115 Delancey Street

Foundation Work Complete for Essex Crossing’s 25-Story, 195-Unit Mixed-Use Tower, 115 Delancey Street, Lower East Side

Foundation work appears to be complete for the 25-story, 195-unit mixed-use building being developed as part of the Essex Crossing mega-development, at 115 Delancey Street, on the Lower East Side. A tower crane was also installed at the site, the Lo-Down reported, which means vertical growth is imminent. The latest building permits indicate the structure will encompass 498,688 square feet and stand 285 feet above street level. The building will have 139,493 square feet of commercial-retail space – in addition to bel0w-grade space that isn’t counted in documents — spread across the cellar through fourth floors. The cellar level, the ground floor, and mezzanine levels will contain retailers, including the new home of the Essex Street Market. This portion will form a third of the Market-Line, a bi-level, 150,000-square-foot retail complex that will connect below-grade to two other buildings in the Essex Crossing development.

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54-21 Roosevelt Avenue

Six-Story, Seven-Unit Mixed-Use Building Filed at 54-21 Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside

Property owner Ai Zhu Lu, doing business as a anonymous Elmhurst-based LLC, has filed applications for a six-story, seven-unit mixed-use building at 54-21 Roosevelt Avenue, in Woodside. The project will measure 9,944 square feet. The ground floor will host 1,826 square feet of retail space, followed by 1,252 square feet of medical offices on the second floor. Residential units, averaging a rental-sized 655 square feet apiece, will be located on the third through sixth floors. Chang Hwa Tan’s Flushing-based architectural firm is the architect of record. The 23-foot-wide, 2,140-square-foot property is currently occupied by a two-story house. Demolition permits were filed in March. The 52nd Street stop on the 7 train is three blocks away.


718 Jefferson Street

Reveal for Five-Story, Four-Unit Residential Building Planned at 718 Jefferson Street, Hoboken

A rendering has been revealed of the five-story, four-unit residential building planned at 718-720 Jefferson Street, in Hoboken, New Jersey. The developer, Hoboken-based Schmitt Capital, also recently broke ground on the project, Jersey Digs reported Tuesday. All four residential units will be condominiums. Each will have three bedrooms and measure over 2,500 square feet, per plans approved by the city in 2015. Amenities include a six-car garage on the ground floor, a 2,000-square-foot rear yard, and a roof terrace. Lee Levine Architects, also based in Hoboken, is behind the architecture. The 5,000-square-foot assemblage was once occupied by a single-story garage and a two-story house (recessed from the street). Completion can probably be expected in 2017.