Manhattan and Brooklyn, and the changes going on everywhere around those boroughs (seemingly all the time) take up most of my energy on this blog. But Queens is the city’s largest borough, size-wise, it’s second only to Brooklyn in terms of population, AND there have been at least three mega-scale developments (or possible developments) making news of late, all of which are certain to transform the neighborhoods in which they’re slated to rise.
Huge Apartment Towers are Part of the Large-scale Development Planned in Queens
Long Island City is no stranger to massive, neighborhood-changing projects, both over by the water in Hunters Point South and in the area around Court Square. But LIC residents about to get a whole lot of new neighbors. Right next to the skyline-defining Citigroup building Rockrose Development has plans to construct a 50-story, 500-foot, 975-unit apartment tower, stats which will be both the tallest and largest residential building in all of Queens. Rockrose is currently demolishing a series of low-level warehouse to make room for the new building, and this seems like it’s definitely going to happen.
Meanwhile, over near the East River, an area that is now is being called Hunter’s Point South, construction is moving ahead on “Parcels A and B”–which will include two residential buildings totally 925 affordable housing units, as well as 17,000 square-feet of new retail–the city is actively soliciting developers for Parcel C, and the whole project’s meandering, 11-acre waterfront park is going to open as early as next month.
Hallets Point in Astoria has both Park and Housing Planned
Up the river a ways, at the western end of Astoria Boulevard and just south of Astoria Park, juts the long-inviting, still-under-developed Halletts Point peninsula section of Astoria. Though that seems about to change, the under-developed part. Last week the city, under the auspices of Community Board 1, took the first step toward constructing 11 new buildings, from 11 to 30 stories tall, directly on the waterfront area. A total of nearly 2,500 new apartments, 483 of which would be designated “affordable”. In addition to river views, these new Halletts Point residents will enjoy a multitude of new green spaces and parks.
Finally, the saga continues in the 25,000-seat Major League Soccer Stadium that the city wants to build in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The team itself seems like a done deal–co-owners will be Manchester United and the New York Yankees–is lot more set than the stadium, which has met with stiff opposition from local Queens activists and politicians, who don’t want to give up park space. The Yankees have since counter-announced that there are going to consider other locations in addition to the original Queens stadium. Stay tuned.