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    So, 70 stories - does that mean Kevin Maloney sold the air rights to the clock building or is that still getting razed?

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    Agree that the UOVO Fine Art Storage is a big disappointment. Just a gigantic windowless box plopped down. Since it's not exactly a secret what is being stored there, you would think the least they could have done is draped some pictures/banners of fine art around those massive walls. At least then it would be kind of interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tone99loc View Post
    Agree that the UOVO Fine Art Storage is a big disappointment. Just a gigantic windowless box plopped down. Since it's not exactly a secret what is being stored there, you would think the least they could have done is draped some pictures/banners of fine art around those massive walls. At least then it would be kind of interesting.
    That can still be done, they could easily drape something interesting over the sides. It's pretty crappy that anything built across from the projects is always second rate and poorly thought out.

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    03.24.15
    23-10 Queens Plaza South


    44-35 Purves Street


    29-07 Queens Plaza North


    22-22 Jackson



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    That 22-22 Jackson is pretty sweet.

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    Yes 22-22 is nice. I would like to see a thread - but can't get it today . That building is sweeeet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanshnookenraggen View Post
    That 22-22 Jackson is pretty sweet.
    Awesome.



    http://queens.brownstoner.com/2014/0...ackson-avenue/

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    First Look at New York's Tallest Tower Outside of Manhattan

    March 30, 2015, by Jessica Dailey



    Before summer, construction will likely begin on not only the tallest tower in Queens, but in all of New York City outside of Manhattan. The 915-foot-tall, 930-unit behemoth will rise beside—and partially consume—the iconic clock tower, dwarfing the 14-story landmark hopeful. A preliminary rendering by SLCE Architects revealed in the New York Times shows that the new skyscraper and the 1927 former bank will share a base, and the tower, which looks similar to SLCE's 388 Bridge Street, will rise behind the Art Deco structure. It may look like the 77-story skyscraper will completely and totally overshadow the clock tower, but according to the developers, Property Markets Group and the Hakim Organization, the development is giving "the building the prominence it deserves." Sure.


    Rendering by SLCE Architects

    The tower will hold 930 market rate apartments, and the clock tower will be kept as office space for tech companies. The developers agreed to build a public 1.25-acre park, and preservationists will be pleased to learn that theysupport the landmarking of the clock tower—though they may not be pleased by the design plans. However, it's worth pointing out that combining historic buildings with glassy towers is not foreign territory for Property Markets Group; they are doing something similar with Steinway Hall and SHoP's skinny tower at 111 West 57th Street.

    The new tower is made possible thanks to air rights from the clock tower, as well as 478,000 square feet of development rights purchased for $56 million from the MTA. The money will go toward transit improvements, but the deal was not necessarily an easy one for the authority to make. Initially, the developers wanted to buy 750,000 square feet in order to build a 90-story (or more) tower, but the question of affordable housing and transit access brought the building size down.

    Some members of the board felt that the MTA should strike a deal that required the developers to include affordable housing, but that would have meant less money for the authority.

    Ultimately, the majority of the board, including chairman and chief executive, Thomas F. Prendergast, decided that "their responsibility was to riders, not residents," and the sale was approved.

    As such, the developers are not required to include any affordable housing at all, yet they will still qualify for the 421-a tax break if they break ground before the program expires in June since Long Island City is one of the areas where this is inexplicably how the program works. Affordable housing advocates are pushing to change the 421-a rules, so after June, developers will likely be required to include affordable units.

    At 915-feet, the new tower will be the tallest in the city outside of Manhattan. Currently, the tallest is 658-foot One Court Square, and there are several buildings in the works that will top it.

    Property Markets Group is also building a 775-foot SHoP-designed tower in Downtown Brooklyn, and Heatherwood Communities is developing a 635-foot apartment tower very near to the clock tower at 42-12 28th Street. At one point, that would have nabbed the title of the tallest residential tower in Queens, but no longer.

    New Queens Plaza Skyscraper Gets Help From Historic Clock Tower Next Door [NYT]
    Imagining a 77 Story Clocktower in Long Island City [Nick Normal]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/0..._manhattan.php

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    I obviously understand the proximity to Manhattan and I'm often in that area, but it's kind of mind blowing that people are paying these luxury prices for "Queens next to an off-ramp in a desolate industrial area". I mean, I know the neighborhood amenities will follow but right now there is nothing there except a subway station, and off-ramp, and a handful of small business. These are major league buildings going up with huge lease/mortgage bills, are the Madison Avenue Execs in high heels and wall street brokers really beating down the door to live there?

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    I dunno, I mean, the last time my wife and I looked at apartments over here the discount compared to the access was still huge. Although even as recently as last year it was big. Take two similar new build rentals. The place with the market over in hells kitchen by the UPS garage (I'm blanking on the name, but I'll find it later). It's not particularly close to anything, but the cheapest 1BR units in the building were renting for over $4k a month. At the same time, the cheapest 1BR units in the Rockrose (TF Cornerstone? I never remember) there in queens plaza were $2700. That's a pretty steep discount. And you end up with a brand new grocery store in your building anyway. You're also a short walk to Dutch Kills, which is still one of the best cocktail bars around all these years later. So there's that.

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    I think that one was Gotham West - I think you and I saw it at OHNY, with some of those units looking over the UPS garage.

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    Yes! Thank you, and it might even be a few years ago, but I find it hard to believe the gap has closed. There's no way hells kitchen has gotten cheaper, and new buildings in LIC are not more expensive yet.

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    Plus I think the Queens buildings are for roommates etc. so that lowers the price even further per person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastMillinocket View Post
    Hotel at Dutch Kills Park






    12 April 2015


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tectonic View Post
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    44-35 Purves Street


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    Here's another view from yesterday:


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