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Flushing Commons

Flushing Commons Gets New Rendering, First Phase On Track For 2017 Delivery

Early in 2014, YIMBY revealed renderings of Flushing Commons, a 1.8-million square-foot mixed-use development coming to downtown Flushing, located on the former municipal parking lot between 37th and 39th Avenues, and Union and 138th Streets. Last summer, the developers broke ground on phase 1, which includes 148 condominiums and 220,000 square feet of commercial space, and now The New York Times has an updated rendering, showing buildings with slightly more glass than before.


27-21 44th Drive

Work Begins On 27-Story, 120-Unit Mixed-Use Building At 27-21 44th Drive, Long Island City

Nearly a year ago, YIMBY reported on the initial filings for a 27-story, 120-unit mixed-use building at 27-21 44th Drive, in Long Island City, and then over the summer, schematic drawings were posted to the on-site fencing. Now, excavation and foundation work has begun, per The Court Square Blog. The latest filings call for a 112,376 square-foot tower, featuring 5,850 square feet of ground-floor retail, and units averaging 883 square feet on the floors above. Silvercup Properties is developing, while GF55 Partners is designing, and completion is expected in late 2017.


A view of 481 Midland Avenue from the street, rendering by AB Architekten

Designing a Resilient Home in Staten Island After Hurricane Sandy

When a storm surge slammed into Aimann Youssef’s house on Midland Avenue in Staten Island during Hurricane Sandy, he was devastated. Nearly three years later, the 45-year-old Syrian immigrant is taking steps to rebuild his house at 481 Midland Avenue, even if he can barely afford it. Tribeca-based AB Architekten, headed by Alex Blakely, created a simple, modern design for the two-family home.

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685 First Avenue

42-Story, 550-Unit Mixed-Use Tower Filed At 685 First Avenue, Murray Hill

Developer Sheldon Solow has filed applications for a 42-story, 770,812 square-foot mixed-use building at 685 First Avenue, Murray Hill, located five blocks from of Grand Central Terminal. The building will contain 550 residential units across nearly 705,000 square feet, for average units of 1,282 square feet. Retail space on the ground floor will measure 10,088 square feet, and amenity space will span the second and third floors, featuring a pool, fitness center, library, and private recreational and assembly spaces.


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