Construction is complete on 21-59 44th Drive, a six-story mixed-use building in Long Island City, Queens. Designed by Z Architecture, the rectilinear reinforced concrete structure yields 20 residential units, 2,600 square feet of ground-floor retail space, and 361 square feet of community facilities on a plot of land bound by 44th Drive to the south and 23rd Street to the east.
The finishing touches have been completed since our last update in late December, when green construction boards still surrounded the ground-floor perimeter.
The light-colored brick masonry walls and floor-to-ceiling windows surrounded by metal paneling, and glass-lined balconies give the building a modern yet conventional appearance.
21-59 44th Drive yields 14,000 square feet of residential space for an average of 740 square feet per unit. Residential amenities include indoor-outdoor recreational space on the second floor, an outdoor landscaped roof deck, and storage facilities for both packages and bicycles. The retail frontage on the southern and eastern elevations facing 44th Drive and 23rd Street span the entire ground floor. The main entrance for residents is positioned on the northern corner. The closest subways are the E and M trains, located to the west along 44th Drive at the Court Square-23rd Street station, and the G and 7 trains at the nearby Court Square station.
Previously shown day- and nighttime renderings depict the fenestration and the multiple tiered landscaping, outdoor seating, and shrubbery. Glass railings line these exterior spaces, which receive abundant daylight exposure.
Though far from the massive scale of some of the recent projects surrounding it in Long Island City, 21-59 44th Drive’s quality design and craftsmanship nonetheless contribute handsomely to the positive renewal of the rapidly growing neighborhood.