25-01 Queens Plaza North Rises Above Street Level In Long Island City, Queens

25-01 Queens Plaza North. Designed by Handel Architects

Crews have built up the first level of the reinforced concrete superstructure of 25-01 Queens Plaza North, the site of a 26-story residential building in Long Island City, Queens. Designed by Handel Architects and developed by Grubb Properties, which purchased the property for $63 million in 2021, the 311-foot-tall mixed-use project will yield 417 rental units with 124 reserved for affordable housing, as well as 7,600 square feet of ground-floor retail space. 25-01 QPN Consigli Construction is the general contractor and King Contracting Group is responsible for brick and CMU installation at the project, which is located between Crescent and 27th Streets, directly adjacent to the elevated Queensboro Plaza station servicing the 7, N, and W trains.

Recent photographs show a dense network of metal shoring, wooden concrete formwork, and scaffolding holding up the ceiling, walls, and columns of the first level. We can see workers walking and working across the second level with steel rebar around the inner structural components of the building, and around the perimeter for the continuous set of columns.

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Meanwhile, a new and updated rendering for 25-01 Queens Plaza North offers more detail looking at the facade and overall design of the building. We can see the dark brick cladding encompassing the majority of the fenestration, while the scattered set of recessed square and narrow rectangular floor-to-ceiling windows punctuate the brickwork. There are some sections of the outside that will have an all-glass skin, particularly near the southern corner of the lower half of the building’s southern elevation, and on the eastern and western sides of the upper rectangular volume. This will be supplemented with a vertical stack of balconies lined with glass railings facing towards the Queensboro Bridge, the East River, and the Midtown skyline. The top two levels show a wraparound set of open-air voids in the envelope, which could be home to an outdoor rooftop terrace for residents. At the ground floor are large windows for the retail frontage.

25-01 Queens Plaza North is also helping to upgrade the elevated subway entrance to the Queensboro Plaza station, thanks to Grubb Properties successfully gaining a 20 percent floor area bonus in exchange for the expansion of the staircase and the creation of a street-level elevator for ADA accessibility. YIMBY last reported that the MTA is also going to add two additional elevators, one that connects to the Queensboro Plaza’s mezzanine level and another that will provide access to the mezzanine and the 7 train platforms directly above. The below rendering from the City Planning Commission gives a street-level perspective of the new subway entrance with the staircase and elevators tucked within the footprint of 25-01 Queens Plaza North.

The new subway entrance at 25-01 Queens Plaza North. Developed by Grubb Properties

It was last reported that 25-01 Queens Plaza North will be built in one phase over the course of 42 months from demolition to completion. Construction is anticipated to be finished sometime between the end of next year or early 2025 at the very latest.

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14 Comments on "25-01 Queens Plaza North Rises Above Street Level In Long Island City, Queens"

  1. Glad to hear the subway platform will be upgraded. I worked across the street at MetLife, formerly an automobile factory. Brick facade is a welcomed change from the soulless glass towers in the area.

  2. David : Sent From Heaven. | October 11, 2023 at 9:54 am | Reply

    Photos from afar are exciting, and new subway entrance I can now see it on rendering. As likewise floating bridge I’ve seen before walking into a plane, beautiful color: Thanks to Michael Young.

  3. I think Long Island City would be taken more seriously if they could just have normal addresses like everywhere else! These hyphenated numbers seem very shabby, why can’t they settle on ONE number?!

    • Spoken like someone who obviously hasn’t ever lived in Queens. All street addresses in Queens are hyphenated numbers because Queens originally was three separate towns (Long Island City, Jamaica, and Flushing) that each had streets with a lot of the same names. So, when Queens was consolidated into New York City the street numbering had to be set up like it is to avoid confusion.

    • Sound like a transplant Stanley. Either learn the number system or let someone else thats more curious and smarter take your place in the city

    • I agree with the first reply. I’m a 75 y/o retired NY trial lawyer, now living out West. Queens is the one borough that should NEVER gift up the memory of its village communities. I grew up in Fresh Meadow three blocks north of Horace Harding and one block west of Francis Lewis, so that my address was Flushing 65, NY and my phone number was BA5-****. I’m proud that Queens never became Brooklyn, NY, New York, NY, Bronx, NY or Staten Island, NY, all of which don’t use dashes and localities, such as “Murray Hill, NY, or Gravesend, Brooklyn. “Queensites” still use Fresh Meadows, NY, Bayside, NY, Elmhurst, NY, Woodside, NY, Glen Oaks, NY, Little Neck, NY, etc.

      By the time the vote was held in 1897 to create the “Greater City of New York,” the City of Brooklyn had already annexed all of the towns in Kings County. Not so in Queens County, which at the time was comprised of the city of Long Island City, and the towns of Newtown, Flushing, Jamaica, North Hempstead, Hempstead and Oyster Bay; the latter three voted against becoming part of the Greater City of New York and became the County of Nassau in 1899 after the state legislature created it in 1898, except for the rump of Hempstead called Far Rockaway, which remained part of Queens County.

      • Thanks for the background on this. Still don’t see the point in the hyphenated numbers, especially if as you guys say, Queens is recognized as comprised of all these distinct towns by the post office. Wouldn’t that make it OK to be known as 25 Queens Plaza North – LIC, even if there is a Queens Plaza North in all the other “towns” of Queens?

        • The first part of the hyphenated number is the block number, the second is the building number.

          Most cities have some variation of this, but Queens for whatever reason has the hyphen.

          So no, it can’t be 25 Queens Plaza North, but 2501 Queens Plaza North.

      • Thanks, Roy—we all learned a lot today!

  4. The Subway Elevated Bridge Tunnel was a very thoughtful idea. It connects people from the building with the subway station. This could really help those in wheel chairs.

  5. Same old B–sh–t
    124 Units for affordable Housing
    that is so not affordable
    for average persons
    Design to keep folks in a demeaning environment

  6. Very elegant project i will love to live in me and my wife

  7. It going to open in 2025 for real

  8. The hyphenated street numbers in Long Island City especially are extremely useful.

    The 25-01 Queens Plaza North should basically be read this way.

    The building is on Queens Plaza North, after 25th st. And the 01 is the actual building number (so if there was another building right next to it, it would be something like 25-09 Queens Plaza North (I haven’t understood how the building code is determined but they do maintain keeping odd abd even on 1 side).

    The 1 piece of confusion here is that 25th st technically doesn’t exist since it’s named Crescent St instead.

    The numbering also works the other way. So, for example, you have 41-42 24th St.

    That means the building is on 24th st, right after 41st Avenue, and the building # within that block is “42”

    The hyphenated addresses can help you immediately place a unit if you know there is a logic to it.

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