42-59 Crescent Street’s Façade Takes Shape in Long Island City

42-59 Crescent Street. Photo by Michael Young

Façade installation is moving along at 42-59 Crescent Street, a nine-story hotel in Long Island City, Queens. Designed by Gwo-Shenq Wey Architect and developed by Royal One Real Estate, the 38,540-square-foot project will bring 88 hotel rooms to the growing neighborhood.

Recent photos show the state of work at the 4,416-square-foot site, which is located at the intersection of Crescent Street and 43rd Avenue and flanked to the north by the elevated roadway of the Queensboro Bridge. The exterior consists of a mix of light and dark panels surrounding a grid of small, spaced-out windows. The irregular shape of the parcel accounts for the building’s angled and asymmetrical massing. Sidewalk scaffolding and boards cover the entire ground floor.

42-59 Crescent Street. Photo by Michael Young

42-59 Crescent Street. Photo by Michael Young

42-59 Crescent Street. Photo by Michael Young

42-59 Crescent Street. Photo by Michael Young

42-59 Crescent Street. Photo by Michael Young

It’s remarkable how much things have changed in Long Island City since YIMBY last reported on the project in December of 2016, as illustrated by the below Google Maps image that was used in our last article. No official rendering has been released, but the final product shouldn’t be too different from what we see today.

42-59 Crescent Street

42-59 Crescent Street back in 2016. Image via Google Maps.

The property will include laundry facilities, a business center with meeting rooms, a lounge, a bar/restaurant in the cellar, a café, and outdoor terraces on both the ground floor and rooftop levels. The nearest subways are the 7, N, and W trains at Queensboro Plaza to the north, as well as the E, M, and R trains to the east at Queens Plaza.

It is unclear when 42-59 Crescent Street will be completed, though sometime in 2021 seems likely.

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4 Comments on "42-59 Crescent Street’s Façade Takes Shape in Long Island City"

  1. I will agree, the LIC skyline has transformed significantly in past few years, more than any part of NYC I think.
    As for 42-59 Crescent Street, I think it looks quite ugly…

  2. There’s a disconnect between the photographs and text in this article. This looks like a seven-story building. Are there two more floors with really deep setbacks on the three sides we can see?

  3. Confused in St Louis | August 16, 2020 at 1:23 pm | Reply

    Are we seeing the final panels? They seem wavy and ill fitting. Maybe there’s another stage in the construction process that fixes this?

  4. This project is 100% Chinese import construction workers. It’s a shabby mess like a lot of Chinese construction. The site was abandoned for a long time but has sprung back to life in recent weeks.

    My guess is that it will be a Chinese-language hotel catering to the ever-growing number of Chinese residents in the area. Most of the hotels in the area are terrible, bug-ridden messes. I don’t except much different from this place.

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