A hospitality haven is rapidly rising at the northern fringe of Long Island City, in an area that overlaps into Dutch Kills to the east and Ravenswood to the west. Despite its convenient location just minutes away from Midtown via subway, the neighborhood north of Queens Plaza was largely ignored by the city and developers for most of the 20th century. During that time, local street character ranged from quiet residential enclaves to fenced-off commercial and industrial facilities to seedy, crime-ridden nooks that the casual visitor best stay away from. Since Long Island City has become one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods, a dozen hotels sprung up within its northern portion, with several more currently in progress. Upon completion, the 10-story one at 29-12 40th Avenue, which will be run by a yet-to-be-announced operator, would bring 75 rooms to the booming neighborhood.
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Property owner Syed S. Hassan has filed applications for a two-story, two-unit mixed-use building at 86-01 Range Street, located on the corner of Hillside Avenue in the Ballaire section of Queens Village. The structure will measure 6,278 square feet. It will host 1,860 square feet of medical offices on the ground floor, followed by two residential units on the second floor. The units should average 930 square feet apiece, indicative of family-sized configurations. There will also be three off-street parking spaces, one of which will be housed in a 280-square-foot garage. Nasir J. Khanzada is the applicant of record. The 50-foot-wide, 5,000-square-foot property is currently occupied by a two-story, single-family house. Demolition permits were filed in last December.
Since being two stories up in January, the 10-story, 79-unit residential project under development at 41-29 24th Street, in the Queens Plaza section of Long Island City, has topped out. A picture of the construction site…
Most of the new construction in Long Island City dwarfs what it replaces, whether the new buildings are 50-story towers or mid-rise apartment buildings. However, every once in a while, someone tears down a wood frame house to build a slightly larger townhouse.
Brooklyn and Queens may already have more hotel rooms than they need, but developers keep building hotels in Long Island City. Last week’s crop of filings brought plans for a five-story hotel at 38-23 38th Street, between 38th and 39th avenues in the Dutch Kills section of the neighborhood.