Some of the very lucky winners of the lottery for affordable units in the Hunter’s Point South development have been notified by the city’s department of Housing Preservation and Development according to the LIC Post. Those who have been notified are being brought in for interviews.

The city began accepting applications for the 924 affordable apartments in October. More than 92,000 people submitted applications for the units. The 37-story building at 1-50 50th Avenue will have 619 affordable units and 1-55 Borden Avenue, a 32 story tower, will have 306 affordable units. Studios for the lowest income tenants are $494 a month. The most expensive income-restricted units are three-bedroom apartments for $4,346 a month.

The agency expects to continue to interview those placed high on the list over the course of the next few months until all of the units are filled.

Winners of Hunter’s Point South Lottery are Starting to be Notified [LIC Post]
All Hunter’s Point South Coverage [Q’Stoner]


The Durst Organization has finally closed on the final parcel needed for the huge Hallets Point development according to The Real Deal.

In September Durst paid over $100,000,000 for a 90 percent stake in the project. This fall the development hit a snag. Durst could not close on the final parcel of land it needed. Lincoln Equities, which spent years acquiring the properties necessary for the mega project, had passed along a contract for sale for one of those properties (1-02 26th Avenue in Astoria) when it sold the 90 percent stake to Durst. But the owner balked at selling. In October it sued Durst and Lincoln, asserting that it had accepted less than fair market value for the property in exchange for equity in the project. With the sale of the development to Durst, the owner would no longer receive any equity. Lincoln planned to buy the lot for $7.5 million. Durst is reported to have just paid $15 million for it.

When completed the seven-acre development will have seven residential buildings with 2,200 units. Twenty percent of the units are designated as affordable. The development will also include a public school, supermarket and waterfront esplanade. With the final roadblock out of the way, construction should begin in October and will last for six years.

Durst Closes on Final Parcel Needed for Hallets Point Mega Project [TRD]
All Hallets Point Coverage [Q’Stoner]

Rendering via STUDIO V Architecture/James Corner Field Operations


Steel framing is going up at the site of this conversion and expansion in Ridgewood. The original two-story structure at 482 Seneca Avenue, a former factory, will be turned into 16 residential units. Though the permit is for a four-story, 50-foot tall building, the rendering shows a six story building, a contradiction first pointed out by Wyckoff Heights. It’s not entirely clear from the framing how many stories the building will be. Right now it looks like five.

Steel Rising at 482 Seneca Avenue [Wyckoff Heights]
Crazy New Rendering for a Conversion and Enlargement Project in Ridgewood [Q’Stoner]

Photo: Wyckoff Heights


Renderings are up for a new apartment building in Long Island City’s Court Square area. The 24-unit, six-story building is at 11-30 45th Road and right across the street from the John F. Murray Playground. The rendering is by the architect, Raymond Chan, and the developer is Century Development Group. The developer is calling the project Murray Park South.

Century has completed a number of projects in the borough, many in Flushing. It also has another Long Island City building in the works, Murray Park North at 11-35 45th Avenue, just on the other side of the park. According to the developer’s website it will have 39 units and should be completed this year.

Revealed: 11-30 45th Road [New York YIMBY]

Photo: Raymond Chan via New York YIMBY


A massive, mixed-use development that will bring retail and office space as well as condominium units and open public areas to downtown Flushing broke ground today. Elected officials and community leaders joined project managers and business leaders to celebrate the first construction phase of Flushing Commons, a sprawling development on a five-acre site located near 39th Avenue, Union Street and 138th Street. The proposed $850 million project includes a 1.5-acre town square consisting of an open space with a fountain and plaza that will be large enough to support community-sponsored cultural events and performances; 1,600 parking spaces with short-term parking at below-market rates; a 62,000-square-foot state-of-the-art YMCA featuring a swimming pool, basketball courts, a running track, an exercise room and daycare; 36,000 square feet of community space; 235,000 square feet of retail space; 185,000 square feet of office space; and roughly 600 residential condominium units. Sounds like there is something here for everyone. The project is expected to be completed by 2020. More images and a rendering of the final project after the jump.


Renderings were recently submitted for the 50-story tower at 43-25 Hunter Street. The images, first put up by NY YIMBY show a tall glassy tower and a smaller 14-story building adjacent to it. The project received partial approval on Friday, according to The Court Square Blog.

When completed, the building will have 974 apartments — 20 percent set aside as affordable — and 19,400 square feet of ground-floor retail space. According to NY YIMBY, the developer, Rockrose, plans to include a billiard room, basketball courts and a yoga studio. The roof deck will be on a 38th floor setback.

The building will be 509 feet tall, making it one of the tallest in all of Queens. Another Court Square tower, at 42-12 28th Street, which is being developed by Heatherwood Communities, will be 646 feet tall when completed. Click through to the jump to see more renderings.

Revealed: 43-25 Hunter Street [NY YIMBY]
Rockrose Mega Project at 43-25 Hunter Street Gets Partial Approval [Court Square Blog]
Photos by SLCE Architects via NY YIMBY


Man, it is hard to keep track of all the development in Long Island City. Here are two new projects in the works for 24-12 42nd Road (between 24th and Crescent Streets) and 25-19 43rd Avenue (between 27th and Crescent Streets). 24-12 42nd Road — rendered above — is an eight-story, 36-unit building with 4,328 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. New York IMBY reports that it’ll be developed by The Ampiera Group. There’s currently a two-story building on the development site, but it’s slated to be demolished soon.

Then the DOB issued permits for a new building at 25-19 43rd Avenue, where Ekstein Development plans a nine-story, 86-unit condo. No renderings available yet, but the architect of record is GF55 Partners, who have done a lot of work throughout Queens. BuzzBuzzHome reports that the corner development, which spans four different lots, “will measure about 68,145 square feet, with parking for 17 cars, bicycle storage and a resident lounge.” (Public records show that Ekstein paid around $13,349,000 to acquire all those parcels.) Demolition work began this March; Ekstein plans to launch condo sales next year.

Revealed: 24-12 42nd Road [New York IMBY] GMAP
Permits in for Ekstein Development’s 25-19 43rd Avenue in LIC [BuzzBuzzHome] GMAP


Yesterday we wrote about the sale of the 4,829-square-foot building on the northwest corner of St. Nicholas Avenue and Palmetto Street. We also wondered what was in the future for the site, but turns out Wyckoff Heights already knew! Earlier this month the blog reported that developers filed an application to demolish the existing building. They proposed a four-story, 14-unit residential build in its place. The development will have bicycle storage and cellar parking for eight cars. The architect of record is Sean Styles.

While the brokerage firm representing both the buyer and seller reported that this sale came in at $1,500,000, public records show the building sold to 335 St. Nicholas LLC for $1,200,000. UPDATE: Due to a clerical error on the broker’s side, the price was misstated as $1,500,000. The actual selling price is $1,200,000.

Demolition, New Building Planned for St. Nicholas & Palmetto [Wyckoff Heights]
Corner Lot in Ridgewood Sells for $1.5 Million [Q’Stoner] GMAP


The developers Sithonia LLC recently filed a building application to erect a 40,999-square-foot residential build at 14-33 31st Avenue, between 14th and 21st Streets. The location in question is nestled right between Astoria and Long Island City, and just a few blocks from the waterfront. New York IMBY first spotted the DOB application, which also specifies that there will be 56 apartments total. It does not look like the developers will include any commercial space. The architect of record is Gerald J. Caliendo.

The L. B. Russell Chemical Plant formerly occupied this lot, meaning that site remediation efforts are probably in store. The DOB issued demolition permits for the one-story warehouse in October of last year.

Permits Filed: 14-33 31st Avenue [New York IMBY] GMAP


Today Astoria Ugly revealed the unfortunate facade of the reborn Hephaistos Building Supplies building off Crescent Street and 37th Avenue. The building had been shrouded in scaffolding for quite some time. As Astoria Ugly says: “I am so glad Neo-Hellenic architecture is not dead in Astoria. With all the recent green-glass condos, I was afraid this art form, which promotes the glory of ancient Greece, was being lost.”

The building is even outfitted in gold Greek letters…. yikes. GMAP