YIMBY Tours Skyline Tower, Queens’ Future Tallest Building

23-15 44th Drive. Photo by Michael Young

YIMBY recently went on a hard hat tour of Skyline Tower, aka 23-15 44th Drive. The residential skyscraper will eventually rise 778 feet over Long Island City and become the tallest building in Queens, as well as the tallest building in New York City outside of Manhattan. Work has progressed to the 26th floor of the future 67-story tower, and construction crews have been pouring the reinforced slabs at a rapid rate of two floors per week.

Hill West Architects is the building’s designer, while Whitehall Interiors is in charge of the interior design. United Construction & Development Group is the developer and Modern Spaces is the exclusive marketing and sales agency for the 802-unit project. Prices will range from $500,000 to $4 million. Skyline Tower is also the first project in Queens to break the $1 billion price mark.

Looking up the southern elevation. Photo by Michael Young

The Midtown skyline from the 26th floor. Photo by Michael Young

The Lower Manhattan skyline from the 26th floor. Photo by Michael Young

Long Island City from above with Midtown in the background. Photo by Michael Young

30 Hudson Yards, The Chrysler Building, One Vanderbilt, and the Turkevi Center seen from Skyline Tower. Photo by Michael Young

The Queensboro Bridge. Photo by Michael Young

22-44 Jackson Avenue seen from the 26th floor of Skyline Tower. Photo by Michael Young

The 38,000-square-foot site is located directly next to the CUNY School of Law building along 23rd Street, between 3 Court Square and 44th Road. The closest subways include the 7 train at Court Square, the E and M trains at Court Square—23rd Street Station, the N, W, and 7 trains at Queensboro Plaza, and the E, M, and R trains at Queens Plaza Subway Station.

Skyline Tower rising in the background while 22-43 Jackson Avenue rises in the foreground. Photo by Michael Young

The first curtain wall panels have also started to go up on the lower floors of the northern elevation.

The glass panels beginning to go up surrounding a future outdoor courtyard. Photo by Michael Young

Several residential units on the upper floors of the upcoming glass skyscraper will have private outdoor terraces. The building will afford residents panoramic views of Long Island City, Greenpoint, Downtown Brooklyn, Midtown, and Lower Manhattan. Amenities will include a fitness center with a swimming pool, a sauna and spa, a yoga room, laundry room, a children’s playroom, and multiple lounges for residents.

23-15 44th Drive. Rendering: MAQE, via Hill West Architects.

The project is expected to be finished sometime next year, while topping off could happen as early as this September.

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