NEW YORK | 44-02 Vernon Boulevard | FT | FLOORS

Eager to embrace an Amazon wave, developers are also dusting off old plans. The Durst Organization, one of the city’s largest developers, hopes to build on a huge site it has controlled for years, a Durst spokesman said. The site, at 44-02 Vernon Boulevard near Anable Basin, can accommodate 1 million square feet of apartments.

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MaryAnne Gilmartin’s L&L MAG is planning a large, mixed-use project on the waterfront at 44-02 Vernon Boulevard, adjacent to Amazon’s abandoned site, according to Commercial Observer.

The site’s current zoning allows 1 million square feet of residential development and 60,000 square feet of commercial space.

Bruce Teitelbaum, once a chief of staff to former mayor Rudy Giuliani, is one of the investors who own the site. In 2015, Teitelbaum pitched a mixed-use development at the site that included a pedestrian bridge connecting Long Island City to Roosevelt Island, but the project stalled.

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hopefully SHoP cooks up something better than their towers for Hunters Point South

SHoP Architects, which was involved in the original development proposal, will oversee the design of the new complex built by L&L MAG.


About time they develop that lot. Thats extremely good news though: development is slowly creeping towards Anable Basin, perhaps meaning a rebirth in development proposals for the area (since the previous Amazon proposal never came to fruition).

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It’s been voted down. LIC High-Rise Tower Voted Down By Board Over Neighborhood Concerns | Astoria, NY Patch

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“But the board has no formal power to stop the project, which will head next to the Board of Standards and Appeals — a far quicker process than ULURP, which often drags on for a full year.”

Hopefully it passes through the board


Good news. There’s no reason this shouldn’t be built.


I hope this is exactly what they build here (rendering from developer).

Also, since Anable Basin is right next door to this, the LIC waterfront skyline will soon be EXTREMELY EXPANSIVE with both this project and whatever is built at the Basin. The entire LIC waterfront will be completely densified. Not to mention the skyscrapers deeper into the mainland near Queens Plaza station.

44-02 Vernon

Of course, the LIC waterfront will only be densified UP TO this development (highlighted below with :x:). As you reach near the Queensboro Bridge, waterfront development is somewhat obsolete. Not to mention, the Ravenswood Plant and Queensbridge Park totally blocks out any development from happening north of the QB bridge. Just imagine… it would be so freaking cool to see massive towers and development surrounding the waterfront section in between the Queensboro and Roosevelt Bridges.

I highlighted below the area in which it would be cool to see massive towers rise up along the waterfront. (Besides the park)

After some research, there WAS proposed a massive development DIRECTLY ADJACENT to the QB bridge, as seen below (Silvercup West, there’s a thread for it here). Contamination cleanup was completed for the site in 2018. Silvercup West Contamination Cleanup Completed, Paves Way for Long Stalled Development on Waterfront - LIC Post . It’s been 4 years now, though. IDK what they’re doing here at this point.

More waterfront development action, that has been hushed since 2015 Major Mixed-Use Project Proposed At 44-02 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City - New York YIMBY