TF Cornerstone’s Two-Towered, 1,197-Unit Hunters Point South Project Officially Breaks Ground in Long Island City

Hunter's Point South RedesignHunter's Point South Redesign rendering, courtesy TF Cornerstone

The official groundbreaking ceremony for TF Cornerstone‘s two-towered Hunters Point South project in Long Island City will be held today. In addition to over 1,000 new apartments, the site will give rise to what will temporarily become the tallest skyscraper on Queens’ East River waterfront. Fresh renderings have also been released, revealing additional exterior details of the buildings as well as the landscaped greenery and waterfront esplanade. The buildings’ addresses are 52-03 and 52-41 Center Boulevard.

Looking southwest towards the East River.

YIMBY previously reported on the permit filings for the two towers back in 2017 and 2018. The shorter building will rise 46 floors and yield over 400,000 square feet of space, with 394 apartments to be located atop a small ground-floor retail component.

5210 Center Boulevard looking north.

The larger tower will stand 587 feet to its rooftop with a total scope just shy of 800,000 square feet. There will be 800 apartments located within its 56 floors, as well as a 600-seat elementary school. The combined high-rises will yield 1,197 apartments, and 800 of those units will be affordable housing.

While the burgeoning plans for the site are certainly impressive, additional redevelopment in the vicinity has been temporarily stifled thanks to local opposition to Amazon’s HQ2, which would have resulted in several new towers rising on adjacent lots to the north of 52-10 Center Boulevard. For the time being, plans for land that what would have become Amazon’s HQ2 have seemingly returned to the drawing board.

A completion date for the two towers has not been formally announced yet, but with work now underway, a 2021-2022 estimate would not be unreasonable.

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9 Comments on "TF Cornerstone’s Two-Towered, 1,197-Unit Hunters Point South Project Officially Breaks Ground in Long Island City"

  1. 800 affordable apartments out of 1200 total? That’s has got to be a typo. No way would the city allow for a project of such intelligence.

    • David in Bushwick | April 5, 2019 at 12:48 pm | Reply

      Yes! Two-thirds of the apartments are “affordable” which makes you wonder why all of these other new projects aren’t required to do the same.
      The City also needs to investigate all of the thousands of apartments illegally removed from rent stabilization. Those apartments can and should be returned to their legal stabilized rent rates with the landlords lucky they aren’t sent to Rikers.

  2. The Amazon site is hardly adjacent to this project and is completely irrelevant to it, so even mentioning it is just petty and gratuitous. It would have made more sense to update us on the development site just to the south of this one, which will hopefully break ground soon. Weird that you didn’t, since you mention this development featuring the temporary tallest. More focus please.

    • Indeed, more focus and less politicizing would be welcome here.
      LIC is – and will be – booming with or without Amazon.
      In the end, it will be much more their loss than ours.
      If they prefer the compliant & bucolic boondocks that’s their problem & choice.
      And next time- no secret backroom deals please.

      As for the “affordable apartments”. if theor rentals are calculated in line with the already
      expensive market in the LIC area the prices will be far from afffordable for all too many.
      The afordable apartment rent formula needs to be reexamonedin terms of what it inclues,
      and made more fair to more people.

  3. Maybe Mackenzie Bezos can build some spec towers there, she just got 37 billion from the divorce settlement

  4. Priscilla Wright look o be | April 5, 2019 at 8:04 pm | Reply


  5. JAMES EDSTROM | April 6, 2019 at 7:40 pm | Reply

    I think that total is for the whole project of 5000 apartments, some of which have not started. This means 7000 more tenants, because more than one person lives in most of these apartments and another 3000 dogs. It is not going to be easy anymore around here. Let’s at least hope we get a real supermarket.

  6. When Amazon wanted to move in every complained about infrastructure, crowded subways, traffic!!!! But 7000+ new residents will not be an issue? What a joke!!

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