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Long Island City Rezoning:

Executive Summary - updated October 2, 2001

Elements of the Queens Plaza Subdistrict

The Queens Plaza Subdistrict regulations apply to the 34 blocks illustrated at right. The subdistrict has four areas where a Residence District is paired with a Manufacturing District and special FARs are established:

Areas A-1 and A2: M1-6/R10 ~ 12.0 FAR
Area B: M1-5/R9 ~ 8.0 FAR
Area C: M1-5/R7-3 ~ 5.0 FAR

Special provisions for use, bulk, parking and loading, mandatory sidewalk widenings and other urban design requirements are stipulated in the Queens Plaza Subdistrict to supplement the underlying pairs of zoning districts.

NEW YORK | 43-25 Hunter St | 509 + 145 FT | 50 + 14 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 25-19 43rd Ave | 99 FT | 9 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 22-22 Jackson Ave | 125 FT | 11 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 44-18 Purves St | FT | FLOORS
NEW YORK | 25-05 43rd Ave | 100 FT | 9 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 42-14 Crescent St | 158 FT | 13 FLOORS
NEW YORK | Jackson Park (Tishman Speyer LIC) | 590 + 504 + 442 FT | 53 + 45 + 42 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 41-42 24th St (Q LIC) | 228 FT | 21 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 42-60 Crescent St (42-66 43rd) | 100 FT | 10 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 43-22 Queens St | 598 FT | 54 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 43-25 Hunter St | 509 + 145 FT | 50 + 14 FLOORS
NEW YORK | ALTA LIC (29-22 Northern Blvd) | 473 FT | 45 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 44-41 Purves St | 308 FT | 25 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 1QPS (23-01 42nd Rd.) | 481 FT | 44 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 27-01 Jackson Ave | 336 FT | 27 FLOORS
NEW YORK | Tower 28 (42-12 28th St) | 646 FT | 58 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 5Pointz Towers (22-44 Jackson Ave) | 498 + 440 FT | 48 + 41 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 45-03 23rd Street | 544 FT | 50 FLOORS
NEW YORK | Hero (24-16 Queens Plaza S) | 300 FT | 22 FLOORS
NEW YORK | One Queens Plaza (42-10 27th Street) | 212 FT | 18 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 41-02 - 41-10 Crescent St | 189 FT | 17 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 42-43 27th St | 75 FT | 8 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 41-21 - 41-31 28th St | 185 FT | 16 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 22-12 Jackson Ave | 120 FT | 11 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 29-37 41st Ave | 300 FT | 30 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 41-32 27th St | 150 FT | 15 FLOORS
NEW YORK | Watermark Court Square (27-19 44th Drive) | 302 FT | 27 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 21-16 44th Drive | FT | 8 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 5 Court Square (25-24 – 25-28 Jackson Ave) | 125 FT | 11 FLOORS
NEW YORK | The Harrison (27-21 44th Drive) | 282 FT | 26 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 28-27 Thomson Ave | 108 FT | 9 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 42-35 Crescent St | FT | 11 FLOORS
NEW YORK | The Jackson | 125 FT | 11 FLOORS
NEW YORK | The Forge (44-28 Purves St) | 374 FT | 33 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 25-20 41st Ave (41-02 27th St) | 75 FT | 8 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 42-44 Crescent St | 92 FT | 8 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 42-15 Crescent St | 122 FT | 11 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 27-45 Jackson (42-57 Hunter) | 196 + 86 FT | 18 + 8 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 41-21 29th St | FT | FLOORS
NEW YORK | 29-21 Queens Plaza North | 150 FT | 16 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 29-07 Queens Plaza North | 328 FT | 31 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 27-01 - 27-07 43rd Ave | 93 FT | 9 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 24-12 42nd Rd | 84 FT | 8 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 41-21 24th St (Packard Sq West) | 100 FT | 11 FLOORS
NEW YORK | 41-07 Crescent St | 104 FT | 9 FLOORS

Conley penned a letter to city officials proposing four swaths of land that could be rezoned to allow for taller buildings and potentially denser developments with affordable housing set aside.

They include part of Queens Plaza in Long Island City, a triangle in Woodside — bound by Broadway, Northern Blvd. and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway — and an area in Sunnyside near Northern Blvd. between 43rd to 48th Sts.

Conley also proposed building on top of the Long Island Rail Road tracks on Woodside Ave. between 63rd and 65th Sts.

Developers taking advantage of the new zoning would have to make at least 30% of their buildings’ units affordable, Conley said.



The de Blasio administration promised a new era of affordable housing in New York, and their latest trick will be a first for the city. The Observer reports that the city is looking to give away the development rights, at no cost, to a developer who will build “an affordable housing program that maximizes both the number of housing units and the level of affordability,” according to the request for proposals issued by the Economic Development Corporation. The units would need to be permanently affordable and be available to a range of incomes, no greater than 165% of Area Median Income. No additional subsidy would be provided for the development.

The sites in question are city-owned pieces of land beneath the Queensboro Bridge in Long Island City, and they can not be developed themselves because of the bridge on-ramps. The air rights would need to be used on an adjacent site within the same block and zoning district, but applicants do not need to already own an adjacent site. If the site isn’t adjacent, a zoning merger can let the new development be built nearby, on a pass-through lot. The largest side has 397,600 square feet of rights available, while the two smaller sites offer 66,366 and 30,533 square feet. Developers can submit proposals for all or a portion of the rights.

Developers can also submit proposals for market rate developments, but then they’ll have to pay cold, hard cash for the rights.


Fantastic source for all of the developments within the proximity:

  1. Rockrose’s project at 43-25 Hunter Street. We’ll have an update on this tomorrow, but according to permits, the 50-story building will have 767,305 square feet of residential space and 18,800 square feet of retail space.2
  1. Rockrose has a line of buildings that are former industrial buildings. They plan on turning these into the retail hub of the area, though they’ve been vacant since they were bought out. Construction began in 1Q 2014.3
  1. In August, Rockrose reported that Linc LIC (42-story, 709-unit building), located at 43-10 Crescent Street was 100 percent leased.4

  1. Originally filed as a nine-story residential build,5 the new permits in September called for 27-07 43rd Avenue to have 108 hotel rooms and nearly 50,000 square feet commercial space.
  1. 25-19 43rd Avenue will turn into a 86-unit condominium with “a fitness center, roof deck, parking, bike storage and other amenities.”6
  1. 42-60 Crescent Street will have 44,006 square feet of residential space (40 units) with 2,309 square feet of ground floor commercial space.7
  1. 23-01 42nd Road will rise to be 44 floors featuring 306,446 square feet of residential space and 30,650 square feet of commercial space.8
  1. QLIC at 41-42 24th Street will hold 421 units and 8,707 square feet of commercial space.9
  1. We’re not sure what this will turn into, but 42-48 27th Street had demolition permits filed back in the fall.10
  1. 42-15 Crescent Street is a conversion building that will bring 11 stories with 124 residential units and ground floor retail.11
  1. Ivy28, located at 42-37 27th Street came to market back in April, but we haven’t heard much about it since then.12 From what we can see, no one is living there yet, so perhaps ModernSpace is waiting until the spring to kick sales into high gear. The boutique 28-unit building has apartments in the $500-600K range, and also has a ground floor retail space that is currently vacant.
  1. 24-12 42nd Road used to be home to an eyesore of a junk yard, but it was demolished in the middle of the year. The developers filed an application for an eight story build that contains 29,403 of residential space and 4,328 of commercial space.

  1. 42-77 Hunter Street 11,845-square-feet of residential space (14 units) and 654-square-feet of commercial space.14 It topped out earlier in the year and some units went to market, but like with Ivy28, ModernSpaces is likely to wait until spring to amp up sales efforts.
  1. Tishman Speyer began demolition across the street from where the ’14’ is located. The plans are to build three residential towers on the site, a total of 1.2 million square feet of new development holding 1,600 rental apartments and 30,000 square feet of ground floor retail space.15
  1. The LIC Clocktower located at 29‑27 Queens Plaza North was sold to a developer earlier in the year, and locals have sought to try to get the space landmarked.

Setting Sights on More High-Rises in Long Island City

It may be hard to believe given the amount of construction in recent years, but more cranes could be on their way to Long Island City.

City Hall is targeting the Queens neighborhood along the East River and just north of the Long Island Expressway for a possible rezoning that would promote the construction around Queens Plaza of more high-rise apartment buildings, including ones with lower rents.

In 2001, the city rezoned 34 blocks of Long Island City between Queens Plaza and Court Square to spur residential high-rises while looking to maintain a mix of manufacturing and commercial space.

Since 2006, more than 8,000 units have been built in the neighborhood, and nearly 20,000 are under construction, according to the Long Island City Partnership, a nonprofit local development corporation.

But in the eyes of some residents and community leaders, the changes have created an enclave of shiny towers that looks more native to Miami than New York City.

Median rents in northwestern Queens rose 5.9% to more than $2,800 a month in the past year alone, according to a report released Thursday by Miller Samuel Inc. and Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

“At the beginning people really wanted to see development, but that’s going back 25 or 30 years. But now that development is exploding that’s a different story. I think we really need to step back,” said Lisa Deller, chairwoman of the local Community Board 2 land-use committee.

The community board asked the planning department to study adding more density to the neighborhood, with the understanding that the department would also review issues such as schools and transportation.

The Department of City Planning is starting a study of an approximately 100-block area that includes the Queens Plaza and Court Square neighborhoods as well as adjacent sections of Jackson Avenue, Northern Boulevard, and Queens Plaza.

John Young, director of the Queens office of the city planning department, said that in addition to promoting housing for people with a range of incomes, it would look “to support the mixed-use character of the area and create opportunities for new businesses and jobs to grow here, especially those in the creative arts and tech industry sectors.”

Long Island City is one of 15 neighborhoods that New York City is looking to rezone, in part to require that additional affordable apartments be built.

The plans to encourage more high-rise development have the support of City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, who represents the area. Mr. Van Bramer said he also wanted to ensure that development is accompanied by improvements to schools, transportation, space for technology companies and affordable housing for artists.


New Housing to Benefit as Citigroup Sells Queens Site

By Charles V. Bagli on February 23, 2015

Citigroup sold One Court Square in Long Island City, above, in 2005. The area has been inundated with residential development. Credit Jake Naughton for The New York Times

In 1989, Citigroup, the financial services giant, erected New York City’s tallest tower outside Manhattan in Queens, where city officials hoped to establish a new commercial district.

A few years later, the bank, once the largest in the world, put up a second, smaller building next door. But the office district in the Long Island City neighborhood never quite caught on.

Now, Citigroup is selling an adjacent development site that will most likely house an apartment complex in what has become one of the city’s hottest residential neighborhoods.

The bank could receive as much as $150 million for the site, nearly one acre bound by 44th Road, 23rd Street and 44th Drive in Court Square, according to real estate brokers.

Construction cranes rise on seemingly every corner in the neighborhood as developers rush to meet the demand for housing. Housing construction is also a priority for Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose administration plans to rezone Long Island City to spur additional construction. The neighborhood, which is well served by public transportation, has become an appealing place to live because of its proximity to Manhattan.

Edward Skyler, a spokesman for Citigroup, said, “Given the direction of our real estate footprint and the city’s need for housing, we believe that this site has great potential that can be unlocked.

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7 Train provides an excellent vantage point for much of the development

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some LIC pics.


Didn’t know where to put this, but here it is, Two Gotham Center, one of the first after One Court Square…what a long time.



Nice colors tonight in Jackson Heights…


wow thats nice…whoever did this should do it again now, it changed even more. This just shows how fast LIC is changing.

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42-50 27th Street - 9 floors - Topped Off


What LIC may look like in 50 years


Cellphone shot from the FDR :stuck_out_tongue: Best place to juxtapose the 2 LIC clusters


Aw man, you were across the river today? :frowning:

I was at the park to the left of your 3rd shot.

Where you by any chance sitting at a bench? I saw two men and overhead talking about skyscrapers today when I was taking pics?


I was riding passenger in the traffic.



photo by Asok Thirunavukarasu, found on flickr.

NYC by Asok Thirunavukarasu, on Flickr