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.
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.
The first curtain wall panels have also started to go up on the lower floors of the northern elevation.
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.
The project is expected to be finished sometime next year, while topping off could happen as early as this September.