27-Story Watermark Court Square at 27-19 44th Drive Rises One-Third of the Way to Its Final Height

Watermark Court Square, the 27-story luxury rental building at 27-19 44th Drive in Long Island City, has risen past its tenth floor, about a third of the way to its final 282-foot height. The LEED-certified building is developed by Twining Properties, with The Ashforth Company as an investment partner. TG Nickel & Associates is the general contractor for the project, which Handel Architects designed as a slender stack of floor-to-ceiling windows set within a grid of grey and dark brown brick. Completion is expected in 2017.

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Rendering of 242 West 53rd Street. Via CetraRuddy.

Foundation Work Complete for 62-Story, 426-Unit Mixed-Use Tower at 242 West 53rd Street, Midtown

YIMBY last brought you a construction update in December, when foundation work was underway, on the 62-story, 426-unit mixed-use tower planned at 242 West 53rd Street (a.k.a. 239 West 52nd Street), in Midtown between Eighth Avenue and Broadway. Since then, foundation work has largely wrapped up, as seen in photos by Vertical Gotham via the YIMBY Forums, which means construction can now proceed skyward. Residential units in the 542,276-square-foot, 675-foot-tall tower should average 1,024 square feet apiece. There will also be 16,514 square feet of ground floor retail space. Amenities will include a 90-car parking garage, storage space for 247 bikes, a fitness center, a swimming pool, a basketball court, a golf simulator, and a private entertainment area. There will also be outdoor terraces on the second, third, and 61st floors. Algin Management is the developer, while CetraRuddy is behind the design of the exteriors and interiors.

1065 57th Street

Three-Story, Two-Family Residential Building Coming to 1065 57th Street, Borough Park

Israel Friedman, doing business as an anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for a three-story, two-unit residential building at 1065 57th Street, in Borough Park, located six blocks from the Fort Hamilton Parkway stop on the N train. The structure will measure 10,628 square feet. There will be a duplex unit located on the ground and second floors, followed by a single unit on the third floor. If the residential space is divided like so, the duplex unit should measure 5,284 square feet, and the third-floor unit should measure 2,642 square feet, and those numbers are indicative of condominiums. Brooklyn-based Asher Hershkowitz is the architect of record. An existing two-and-a-half-story, wood-framed house must first be demolished.

2349 Coney Island Avenue

Twin Three-Story, Two-Unit Mixed-Use Buildings Planned at 2349 Coney Island Avenue, Sheepshead Bay

Brooklyn-based GY Properties has filed applications for twin three-story, two-family mixed-use buildings at 2349-2353 Coney Island Avenue, in Sheepshead Bay, located six blocks from the Avenue U stop on the Q train. From north to south, they will measure 6,439 and 6,498 square feet respectively. The ground floors in each structure will host 1,901 and 1,925 square feet of retail space. Across both buildings, the project’s four full-floor residential units should average 1,304 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. Danny Isla’s Long Island-based Isla Engineering Service Company is the applicant of record. The 40-foot-wide plot is currently vacant.

81-14 101st Avenue

Four-Story, Seven-Unit Residential Project Planned at 81-14 101st Avenue, Ozone Park

Richmond Hill-based Amar Marketing Enterprises III has filed applications has filed applications for a four-story, seven-unit residential building at 81-14 101st Avenue, in Ozone Park, located two blocks from the 80th Street stop on the A train. The structure will measure 5,012 square feet, which means its residential units should average 716 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. There will be two apartments per floor on the ground through third levels, followed by a single unit on the fourth floor. Barry J. Bank’s Kew Gardens-based engineering firm is the applicant of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,506-square-foot lot is currently occupied by a metal garage structure.