Exterior work is shaping up on 21-16 44th Drive, an eight-xstory mixed-use building in Long Island City, Queens. Alternately addressed as 21-18 44th Drive, the structure is designed by C3D Architecture and developed by Amsterdam Hospitality and will yield a mix of ground-floor retail space, 40 hotel rooms measuring around 250 square feet each, and 29 homes averaging just under 700 square feet apiece. The site is located along 44th Drive between 21st Street and 23rd Street.
Photos show the state of work on the project since our last update in August 2020, when vertical progress appeared stalled. Since then, the reinforced concrete superstructure has topped out and façade work is progressing behind black netting and scaffolding. Though much of its main northern elevation is obscured, a closer inspection reveals the presence of metal stud frames in preparation for the installation of the windows and ventilation grilles. On the rear southern side, the cinder block walls are being covered with a waterproof membrane.
Excavation and foundation work for 21-16 44th Drive first occurred in the early half of 2018 and construction steadily moved along until pausing in 2020. It’s good to see this development continue and soon we will see the dark brick façade and window grid as depicted in the main rendering. Railings line the top of the structure, likely indicating outdoor terrace space for future residents. The closest subways are the E and M trains at the Court Square-23 St Station and the G and 7 trains at the Court Square station.
It’s unclear as to when 21-16 44th Drive will be completed, but YIMBY estimates sometime between the end of the year and early 2022.
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Thank goodness this is almost done. They’ve been messing up that sidewalk with scaffolding for years.