Construction on Queens Plaza Park, aka 27-29 Queens Plaza North, is progressing above the streets in the dense downtown neighborhood of Long Island City. The concave, curvilinear southern elevation of the 67-story tower is becoming more visible as the massive reinforced concrete structure rises. The project, which is also addressed 29-37 41st Avenue, will eventually top off at 755 feet tall and become the second tallest skyscraper in the outer boroughs. The 978,000-square-foot project is being designed by Handel Architects, while The Durst Organization is the site’s developer. Selldorf Architects will be designing the interiors.
Photos from YIMBY users Waymond Womano and baronson show how the construction site looks.
The skyscraper will have no setbacks, rising uniformly from the street level to the roof. This means each floor plate is identical in size and shape, and thus should make the vertical construction process much simpler and quicker. It will nevertheless still be a couple more months until Queens Plaza Park begins to make a prominent impression on the ever-changing Long Island City skyline.
The development will create a total of 958 residential units, of which roughly 287 will be dedicated to affordable housing. Amenities for residents include an outdoor swimming pool, a 20,000-square-foot fitness center, a private residential library, co-working space, a children’s playroom, and a demonstration kitchen.
Queens Plaza Park will be eclipsed by Skyline Tower by only 23 feet. Both residential towers will still dominate the district and provide wide views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the rising and setting sun.
No formal completion date for Queens Plaza Park has been announced, but topping out should happen sometime next year.