Long Island City is quickly becoming home to the tallest towers outside of Manhattan. So we weren’t surprised to spot applications for a 700-foot-tall tower at 43-30 24th Street, in the transit rich area near Court Square and Queensboro Plaza.
The 66-story building would fill an entire block between 23rd Street, 44th Road, 24th Street, and 44th Avenue. The elevated 7 train tracks also run along the west side of the property. The development would include 17,400 square feet of ground floor retail and 838,000 square feet of residential space. There would be 921 apartments, and the average unit would weigh in at roughly 900 square feet.
The first floor would mostly go to retail and amenities, including a storage room for 223 bikes, a library, an office, and outdoor space. A parking garage would occupy the second floor, followed by shared offices, a gym, recreation rooms, a terrace, and a pool on the third and fourth floors. Apartments would begin on the fourth floor, ranging from four to 16 units on each story. The cellar would host a 39-car garage and 280 bike storage spaces, and the second-floor garage would add another 170 parking spots.
Parking isn’t required in Long Island City, and the second-floor garage will likely be a public, commercial garage.
This sizable project is allowed because the lot is zoned R10, which encourages dense, tower-in-the-park style development. The development site is also huge, spanning 79,250 square feet and two lots. A single-story warehouse and a five-story office building currently occupy the site. Bergdorf Goodman leased the industrial building, and a Pennsylvania-based firm called SunGard Data Systems once occupied the office building.
Goldstein, Hill and West Architects applied for the permits, and the developer is German-born Axel Stawski of Stawski Partners, who owns several office buildings in Manhattan. Stawski has owned both properties since 2001.
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