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May 14th, 2005, 09:20 AM
A view

May 14th, 2005, 04:26 PM
Ach, why?

May 14th, 2005, 10:29 PM
Nice pics, more from today. (May,14)

An appropriate stop sign.

It will be interesting how they turn the monolithic base into units.


Long Island City Development thread here:

May 15th, 2005, 12:45 PM
Nice pics and nice work, CMANDALA!

May 20th, 2005, 07:44 AM
I'm the Yardmaster at the LIRR LIC yard and those smokestacks were yet another part of the over 100 year history of the LIRR (passenger and freight) in this town. It is quite a shame to lose them.

I don't know if they still have them, but there is a neat little coffee shop for the increasing artiste community (PS 1 art museum is nearby) called "10-63" and they were selling a LIC T shirt with the smokestacks on it.

May 22nd, 2005, 06:32 PM
What a shame the stacks had to go. Here's a rendering of the original proposal:

. . . and an excerpt from the Daily News about the reasons behind the demolition:

Old chimneys swept
Sunday, April 17th, 2005

One hundred years after they first rose above the East River waterfront, the smokestacks atop the old Pennsylvania Railroad power station in Long Island City started coming down this week.

As work began to convert the old, crumbling plant into luxury condominiums, construction workers erected tall scaffolds, draped with black anti-dust sheets, around the four 275-foot-tall chimneys.

The original plan called for restoring the smokestacks and raising a 10-story cubic glass structure between them, said Karl Fisher, the project's architect. However, a city regulation that limits the building's height to 120 feet thwarted that plan.

"We had a very nice design that would have given a very unique identity to the building," said Cheskel Schwimmer, vice president of the Brooklyn firm CGS Builders, which bought the property last year. "But we couldn't justify starting a variance process." The $100 million project, which will add four to six brick floors to the existing structure, should be completed in about 20 months, Schwimmer said. The first phase will include 200 high-end condos, with another 200 to follow.

March 10th, 2008, 06:57 AM
Powerhouses to the People

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/03/09/realestate/09post-600a.jpg Patrick Andrade for The New York Times
JOLTS FROM 1909 A Long Island City, Queens, condo first designed as an electrical plant.

By C. J. HUGHES (http://query.nytimes.com/search/query?ppds=bylL&v1=C. J. HUGHES&fdq=19960101&td=sysdate&sort=newest&ac=C. J. HUGHES&inline=nyt-per)
Published: March 9, 2008

AS long as lights go on when switches are flipped, most people don’t think much about where power comes from. But what if you lived, shopped, or sipped drinks inside a former power plant?

Developers have recently taken an interest in reusing these large-scale industrial relics, even if converting them may require cleaning soil, adding floors and removing smokestacks.

The PowerHouse Condominium at 50-09 Second Street in Long Island City, Queens (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/classifieds/realestate/locations/newyork/newyorkcity/queens/?inline=nyt-geo), for example, will have 447 units on the site of a structure designed by McKim, Mead & White in 1909 to provide electricity for trains.

The $200 million project, which is being developed by the Brooklyn (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/classifieds/realestate/locations/newyork/newyorkcity/brooklyn/?inline=nyt-geo)-based CGS Developers and Zigmond Brach, is going up in three phases.

The first, to be completed in August, offers 177 units, from 500-square-foot studios to 1,500-square-foot three-bedrooms, with walnut floors and washer and dryer hookups. They are priced from $500,000 to $2 million, and 30 percent have sold since October, says Cheskel Schwimmer, a CGS principal.

These first apartments are also the only ones to be contained in actual sections of the former plant, which retained its tall arched windows but lost its four 275-foot chimneys.

It came close to losing a lot more than that. The original proposal was to raze it, which would have saved $40 million. But the community outcry forced Mr. Schwimmer to alter his plans, he said.

Preserving at least some of the building may work to his advantage. “People like history and want to live in historic businesses,” he said.

The restoration might also spur a neighborhood revitalization, as is hoped in Jersey City, which has already coined the name Powerhouse Arts District in honor of a plant yet to be converted on Washington Boulevard and First Street.

First, an attached substation for the PATH subway needs to be relocated, a four-year process that will begin in April, according to Robert Antonicello, the executive director of the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency.

His group also recently hired the architecture firm Beyer Blinder Belle as part of a $3.2 million effort to stabilize the water-damaged 1908 structure, Mr. Antonicello said.

By 2013, the plant is to have 180,000 square feet across five floors, filled with galleries, restaurants and offices, under a $90 million plan from the Cordish Company, a developer that has transformed plants in Baltimore, where it is based, and Richmond, Va.

The progress in Jersey City may be welcome news to the Athena Group, a developer that has three residential projects at various stages of development nearby.

The first, which has been completed, is A Condominiums, with 35 stories and 250 units — from 515-square-foot one-bedrooms to 1,366-square-foot two-bedrooms — priced from $300,000 to $1.2 million. Ninety percent have sold since November 2006, said Eugene Cordano, an agent at Halstead Property.
The fate is less certain for an 80,000-square-foot power plant on the Hudson, in the Glenwood section of Yonkers.

The REMI Companies of Manhattan (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/classifieds/realestate/locations/newyork/newyorkcity/manhattan/?inline=nyt-geo) had planned to build 400 units there until a few weeks ago, when talks fell apart with the seller, Kenneth Capolino, a contractor based in White Plains, said Erik A. Kaiser, REMI’s chief executive.
The new plan has been scaled down by $100 million, to $150 million, and calls for 250 units, he said.

Although the plant would lose its two chimneys, Mr. Kaiser says, the bulk of its design won’t be compromised — an aspect essential to marketing.

Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company.

March 17th, 2008, 01:27 AM
However, a city regulation that limits the building's height to 120 feet thwarted that plan.

Once again zoning proves to us its use as a regulatory tool is far more pernicious than enriching.

April 21st, 2009, 03:04 PM
Raped the factory.


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May 2nd, 2009, 12:17 AM
would have turned out nice if it weren't for those cylindrical things.

May 2nd, 2009, 05:05 PM
Thanks very very much for all of the pictures and all of the posts about Lond Island City Powerhouse.