Literacy is the cornerstone of modern society, and libraries stand as the foundations of thriving communities. While Long Island City’s rebirth manifests itself through its skyrocketing skyline, its most significant public building steadily rises at the waterfront. The Steven Holl-designed Hunters Point Library will join the iconic gantries and the Pepsi-Cola Sign to form the borough’s new public face, while becoming a new focal point for the rapidly growing community.
While most ongoing projects in booming Long Island City involve ground-up construction, 5-33 48th Avenue, two blocks east of the East River, is a conversion of the type more commonly seen in the borough across that river. The renovation and expansion of a four-story manufacturing building into a seven-story residential property is well underway. The project will feature 36 units, as well as retail at the ground floor. Joseph A Sultana of JLS Designs Architecture is indicated as the general contractor on the project’s work permit.
Back in June, YIMBY brought you news of a 28-story mixed-use tower planned for the site of the former Paragon Paint Factory at 45-40 Vernon Boulevard in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City. We know its 295 feet will shine and thanks to an interview with SHoP principal architect Gregg Pasquarelli, we know more about what will become of the factory building itself, which will connect to the new tower.
Over the summer, YIMBY reported on applications for a 28-story, 296-unit residential building with retail space at 45-40 Vernon Boulevard, in Long Island City’s Hunters Point neighborhood. Renderings surfaced last week of the ShoP-designed project, which will actually include two additional new buildings, taking the form of smaller 14- and eight-story structures. Also, the existing and dilapidated four-story Paragon factory will be redeveloped rather than razed. A zoning variance must first be obtained, and besides the Paragon factory, other warehouses will need to be demolished. Simon Baron Development and Quadrum Global are developing.
A seven-story apartment building with offices and retail may soon replace this odd little garage at 10-67 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, on the corner of 50th Avenue near the Pulaski Bridge.