Queens Plaza Park’s glass façade is rapidly ascending at 27-29 Queens Plaza North in Long Island City. Construction of the curved reinforced concrete superstructure is nearing the halfway mark of the residential skyscraper, known as Sven, which will eventually stand 755 feet tall, making it the second-tallest building in Queens and the outer boroughs. The 67-story project, also addressed as 29-37 41st Avenue, is designed by Handel Architects and being developed by The Durst Organization. Selldorf Architects is in charge of interior design.
New Rochelle recently granted approvals for the construction of what will be the largest-ever mixed-use development in the city’s history. Located at 11 Lawton Street, the dual-tower development will feature 143 condominiums, 453 rental units, and a 190-key hotel. Additional components include 8,102 square feet of restaurant and bar space, 2,953 square feet of retail space, and 627 on-site parking spaces.
Robert De Niro has plans to bring a 650,000-square-foot facility dedicated to film, television, and augmented and virtual reality to Astoria, Queens. Initial renderings from Bjarke Ingels Group reveal a “vertical village” over the former site of a Steinway & Sons Piano Storage Facility at 87 19th Avenue. The $400-million project will house offices, production support, stages, and lounges.
The Prime, a 120,000-square-foot mixed-use development at 22-43 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, Queens, is taking shape. Scaffolding and netting shroud the entire façade, with work on the blue-colored waterproofing membrane visible behind the screen. SRA Architecture + Engineering is the designer of the 11-story building, which is being developed by Circle F. Ryan Serhant of The Serhant Team and Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing: New York is head of sales and marketing for the 71 residential units, which average around 900 square feet apiece. Interiors are being designed by Andres Escobar of Lemay + Escobar.
YIMBY recently went on a hard-hat tour of Jeanne Gang’s 620-foot-tall, 57-story skyscraper at 11 Hoyt Street in Downtown Brooklyn. The wavy, rippling precast façade has reached the flat roof parapet, while work on the podium and lower floors is headed toward completion. Tishman Speyer is the developer and Hill West is the architect of record for the Studio Gang-designed residential project. Edmund Hollander of Hollander Design is in charge of landscaping for the outdoor green space above the motor courtyard and podium section.