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Hyatt Place hotel at 27-07 43rd Avenue. Looking north from Jackson Avenue. Photos by the author unless indicated otherwise.

Ninth and Final Floor Underway at Hyatt Place, 27-07 43rd Avenue, Long Island City

Long Island City’s incredible construction boom continues as the Hyatt Place hotel at 27-07 43rd Avenue reaches its final, ninth floor. The 108-room hotel, developed by Prakash Patel with Triborough Construction Service Inc. serving as the general contractor, is among the five new hotels under development in the Queens Plaza/Court Square district. The 59,411-square foot building is designed by Michael Kang Architect. The firm was also behind the design for the seven-story, 162-room Comfort Inn built at 42nd Road and Crescent Street, which, in 2003, became one of Long Island City’s first hotels. Although the spring 2016 completion date indicated on this project’s board is unrealistic, construction seems to be moving at a reasonable pace. Completion in the second half of the year seems probable.

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54-08 74th Street

Four-Story, 28,000-Square-Foot Medical-Retail Building Filed at 54-08 74th Street, Maspeth

Flushing-based leasee Grand Centurion Construction has filed application for a four-story, 28,231-square-foot multi-use commercial building at 54-08 74th Street, in eastern Maspeth, located three quarters of a mile from the Grand Av-Newtown stop on the M/R trains. The structure will feature 7,903 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The second through fourth floors will contain 11,044 square feet of medical space. The project will include a 2,200 square-foot parking garage in the cellar. Maspeth-based Architects Studio is the architect of record. The 7,903-square-foot lot, at the corner of Grand Street, is currently occupied by a single-story auto-service business. Demolition permits have not yet been filed.


1636 DeKalb Avenue

Four-Story, Eight-Unit Residential Project Coming to 1636 DeKalb Avenue, Bushwick

Property owner Leonor Nevarro, doing business as an anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 1636 DeKalb Avenue, in northern Bushwick, located right above the DeKalb Avenue stop on the L train. The structure will measure 7,752 square feet, which means its residential units should average 969 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. There will be two apartments per floor, although the two units on the fourth floor will feature additional space on an upper mezzanine level. Charles Mallea’s Brooklyn-based M Architecture is the architect of record. The 40-foot-wide, 4,000-square-foot site is currently occupied by a two-story townhouse.


873 Pacific Street

Four-Story, Eight-Unit Residential Building Planned at 873 Pacific Street, Prospect Heights

Joseph Cohen, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 873 Pacific Street, in Prospect Heights, located two blocks from the Clinton-Washington Avenues stop on the C train. The structure will encompass 14,403 square feet, and its residential units should average 1,241 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. Amenities listed in the Schedule A include private storage space, a two-car parking garage on the ground floor, and a 1,146-square-foot recreational space on the building’s penthouse level. Anthony Morena’s Chelsea-based Mortar ARCH + DEV is the architect of record. Demolition permits were filed in March to remove the 50-foot-wide site’s existing three-story townhouse.


685 Fifth Avenue

New Developer to Construct Five-Story Office Expansion Atop 20-Story Commercial Building at 685 Fifth Avenue, Midtown

Earlier this week, YIMBY reported on applications to expand, by five stories, the 20-story, 115,000-square-foot multi-use commercial building at 685 Fifth Avenue, located on the corner of East 54th Street in Midtown. It was previously reported that Michael Shvo was in contract to acquire, from property owners General Growth Properties and Thor Equities, 90,000 square feet of office space (the entire office portion). That deal has since fallen through, and now, Gulaylar Group is in contract for the office space, according to The Real Deal. As part of the deal, the new owner will also develop the five-story office expansion. The sale is expected to close later this year. The lower portion of the building is currently undergoing a retail redevelopment. Its 23,400 square feet was leased to Coach in February and will become the retailer’s flagship store.


161 Maiden Lane

New Renderings Revealed of 60-Story, 80-Unit Condo Tower at 161 Maiden Lane, Financial District

Back in September of 2015, new details were revealed of the residential tower planned at 161 Maiden Lane, in the Financial District, notably that the project would rise 60 stories, or 670 feet above street level, up from a previous 51 stories. Now, YIMBY can reveal new and up-close renderings of the glassy tower. Dubbed 1 Seaport, the project will have 80 condominium residences ranging from one- to four-bedroom configurations, averaging 1,726 square feet apiece. The 192,473-square-foot tower will be topped by two duplex penthouses. Amenities, located across three floors, will include a fitness center with yoga and training rooms, an infinity pool and spa featuring a “rain shower,” a sauna, and a “relaxation lounge.”