Between 43-30 24th Street and Skyline Tower:
Source: February 2, 2024 - Highbury Concrete
Even though we all complain about LIC having so many glass boxes, I admit that it gives this skyline its identity compared to the rest in NYC.
It makes sense given its history that there would be a ton of glass boxes I guess. It was mostly low-rise factories before.
Brooklyn and Manhattan have a much deeper residential architectural and commercial history which throws in a ton of stone and masonry in with their glass towers. That being said, LIC does have a section of historical protected brownstones steps away from all of these glass towers. They’re just too short to have much of an impact on the skyline.
I think LIC would be fine as a mostly glass development if the buildings weren’t all boxes. Give us some interesting forms like London has. I’ll take a giant egg looking building (The Gerkin - 591 feet). Or a cheese grater (Leadenhall Building - 738 feet). Or even a walkie talkie (20 Fenchurch Street - 525 feet). I know with LGA we are height-limited but it doesn’t mean all our buildings need to be boring.
A homogeneous skyline here is slightly ironic, given that Queens is probably the most diverse borough in NY. Let’s hope the food remains spicy for the foreseeable future.
Already looks massive compared to the current crop in LIC