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Long Island City

25-19 43rd Avenue

Foundation Work Underway At 25-19 43rd Avenue, Nine-Story, 86-Unit Residential Building, Long Island City

This past July, YIMBY brought you renderings of Ekstein Development’s planned nine-story, 86-unit residential building at 25-19 43rd Avenue, in Long Island City, and now foundation work has commenced at the site, according to The Court Square Blog. Dubbed Dutch, the building will contain relatively small condominiums, averaging just 792 square feet each. GF55 Partners is designing, and completion is expected in January of 2017.


44-02 Vernon Boulevard

Major Mixed-Use Project Proposed At 44-02 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City

Bruce Teitelbaum and a group of investors are proposing a mixed-use, multimillion-square-foot development at 44-02 Vernon Boulevard, on the East River, in Long Island City. According to Politico New York, the vacant 212,670 square-foot property will likely be rezoned for a residential tower of more than one million square feet. Teitelbaum is also planning to acquire the six-story office building at 44-36 Vernon Boulevard, currently owned by the city. If successful, the project may also include open space, affordable housing, a public school, and a hotel.




5-17 47th Avenue

CUNY’s Graduate Center Acquires Site At 5-17 47th Avenue For Dormitory Project, Long Island City

The City University of New York’s graduate center has purchased the vacant lot at 5-17 47th Avenue, in Long Island City, from O’Conner Capital Partners for $22.5 million, according to The Wall Street Journal. CUNY plans to build a dormitory for graduate students and faculty. The property could accommodate a building of six stories and 200 residential units, and is located a few blocks from subway stations for the 7 and G trains.



21-16 44th Drive

Eight-Story Residential & Hotel Building Filed At 21-16 44th Drive, Long Island City

Early last year, crews demolished the single-story warehouse building at 21-16 44th Drive, in Long Island City, and then posted a mysterious rendering, but later removed it. It appears the site has changed hands now that The Court Square Blog spotted pre-filings for an eight-story mixed-use building by the developer Amsterdam Hospitality. Retail space will be located in the cellar and ground floors, and a 70-key hotel will span the building’s four lower stories. Above, there will be 29 apartments topped by a roof deck.


38-04 11th Street, rendering by Gradient Architecture Studio

Revealed: 38-04 11th Street, Long Island City Hotel

While the city could decide to ban hotels from manufacturing zones, developers have only pushed forward with their plans to build them, even in fairly remote parts of the outer boroughs. Yesterday, new building applications were filed for an eight-story hotel at 38-04 11th Street, at the northern edge of Long Island City. And YIMBY has the reveal for the project, which will replace an auto shop on the corner of 38th Avenue.

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42-50 27th Street

Demolition Begins At 42-50 27th Street, Site Of Nine-Story, 32-Unit Building, Long Island City

Nearly a year ago, applications were filed for a nine-story, 32-unit residential building at 42-50 27th Street, in Long Island City, and now those plans have been approved, with demolition underway to remove the existing two-story structure, per The Court Square Blog. The new building will measure 24,860 square feet, which works out to an average unit of 775 square feet. Ampiera Group is developing, and Jon K Yung’s Flushing-based MY Architect is the applicant of record.


22-44 Jackson Avenue

Excavation Begins At 22-44 Jackson Avenue, Site of Two-Tower, 1,116-Unit Mixed-Use Project In LIC

Permits were filed and YIMBY revealed renderings last summer of G&M Realty’s planned 48- and 41-story, 1.2 million-square-foot mixed-use development at 22-44 Jackson Avenue, at the former site of 5 Pointz in Long Island City. Now, excavation is finally in full swing, The Court Square Blog reports. Thomas O’Hara’s HTO Architect is designing the 1,116-unit project, which also includes 39,765 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Completion is currently expected in the winter of 2017.