Six of the seven subway lines that connect Queens to Manhattan converge at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge, where Queens Plaza meets Queens Boulevard, Northern Boulevard, and Jackson Avenue. There, the elevated Queensboro Plaza station handles the N, Q, and 7 trains, while the E, M, and R serve the underground Queens Plaza stop. The two stations face increasing pressure from steady growth in both Long Island City and the borough as a whole, as well as the impending overflow of Brooklyn commuters displaced by the L train shutdown. The need for a transfer connection between them has become more pressing than ever.
Last year, Tishman Speyer paid two tenants $25 million to vacate a small apartment on its development site in Hudson Yards. The hefty settlement cleared the way for the commercial real estate developer to build a massive office tower at 509 West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th avenues. Now the firm has filed plans for the 64-story building, which has been named “The Spiral” and comes with a second address at 66 Hudson Boulevard.
As three residential skyscrapers begin their ascent skyward at 28-10 Jackson Avenue, in Long Island City, renderings for them have finally surfaced per the Wall Street Journal. The towers will stand 43, 45, and 53 stories, respectively, and will together encompass an enormous 1,687,776 square feet. There will be 1,900 residential units and 13,807 square feet of ground-floor retail space. In addition to a slew of amenities, the complex will sport a private 2.5-acre park in the center. Goldstein, Hill, & West Architects is behind the design. Tishman Speyer and H&R Real Estate Investment Trust are the developers.
YIMBY readers may be getting used to announcements of Long Island City superlatives, such as the tallest hotel in Queens nearing completion close to the borough’s tallest residence, which was recently surpassed by the city’s tallest apartment building outside of Manhattan. Even against these headlines, the complex rising at 28-10 Jackson Avenue, designed by SLCE Architects, takes scale to a new level. With over 1,900 units, 28-10 Jackson Avenue nearly doubles the offerings of the massive, 974-unit Hayden under development a few blocks west.
A rendering has been revealed of Tishman Speyer’s planned two-tower, 1.1-million-square-foot office complex at 28-07 Jackson Avenue (a.k.a. 28-10 Queens Plaza South), in the Queens Plaza section of Long Island City. The towers – dubbed One and Three Gotham Center – will stand 27 stories, or 396 feet, in height. As YIMBY reported in June, new building applications indicate a common four-story base will include roughly 30,000 square feet of retail space, restaurants, a food hall, and a parking garage for cars and bikes. The rendering also depicts an outdoor terrace on the fifth floor. 800,000 square feet of office space in the complex has already been pre-leased. One tenant includes WeWork, which is set to take 250,000 square feet. Another is Bloomingdale’s, which has reserved 550,000 square feet of office space, Crain’s reported. Doha-based Qatari Diar is co-developing the project, while Financial District-based MdeAS Architects is designing. Excavation is expected to begin in early 2017, with completion scheduled for 2019. One and Three Gotham Center will join the 22-story, 700,000-square-foot Two Gotham Center located immediately to the north. Tishman Speyer developed that in 2011.