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 brand new Hunter’s Point South Living development, located in Long Island City, offers affordable housing in one of the most desirable waterfront locations of Queens. There are nearly 1,000 apartments available with unique layouts, new appliances, and fantastic views, while the complex itself boasts a long list of amenities. You may not think you would qualify for an affordable unit at Hunter’s Point South, but there are actually a wide variety of living arrangements for various household sizes at multiple income levels. Those New Yorkers falling into upper income brackets — between a $55,200 and $224,000 yearly income — can still apply for affordable housing.


Hooray! After a long delay caused by a dispute between the Hunters Point South developers and a window manufacturer, windows are finally being installed at the affordable housing development. Field Condition nabbed photos of construction yesterday, with reports that “the first floor of curtain wall has been installed on the East and North facades of the first tower at Hunters Point South.” The developers expected these windows to arrive back in September, but they didn’t start arriving from Florida until early April. The anticipated competition date of this huge waterfront project is 2015.

Hunters Point South, April 09, 2014 [Field Condition]
All Hunters Point South coverage [Q’Stoner]

Photo by Field Condition


The Wall Street Journal chronicles an ongoing struggle between the Hunters Point South developers and the contractor, particularly over the delivery of $13,000,000 worth of windows for two of the towers. According to the WSJ, “Crews finished the structure for one of the towers in October and the other in January. Since then, the buildings have been wrapped in orange netting, and the lack of many visible signs of progress at the Long Island City site has puzzled a number of Queens residents and office workers.” The windows were supposed to arrive from Florida in September but they didn’t start arriving until last week. More window panes are expected to ship later this week.

There’s been several months of litigation in the Florida state court system and New York federal court over the window dispute — which include disagreements over the contract and payment — but it looks like both parties will settle. The whole issue will likely set the massive affordable housing development back a few months.

At Hunters Point South in Queens, Towers Wait, and Wait, for Windows [WSJ]
All Hunters Point South coverage [Q’Stoner]


Over the weekend the New York Daily News tallied up all the mega developments slated for Queens. These planned high rises will dramatically change the Queens skyline over the next 20 years. Here’s the breakdown of what’s to come:

  • Rockrose Development’s plans for the tallest residential building in Queens will rise 500 feet high. 43-25 Hunter Street, dubbed “Citibank’s girlfriend,” is expected to open in 2016.
  • The Wolkoff family is bringing a pair of 41- and 48-story towers to the 5Pointz site. There will be roughly 1,000 housing units.
  • The Willets Point project (rendered above) is expected to bring buildings as tall as 20 stories. The site will someday house 2,500 housing units, although a mega mall is coming first.
  • When the Hunters Point South project wraps on the waterfront, it’ll rise as high as 41 stories. It will hold 5,000 apartments, 60 percent of which are affordable.
  • The Hallets Point project includes 2,400 apartment units across seven towers. It will rise up to 31 stories, and the project should wrap in 2022.
  • Arriving in 2015, the Astoria Cove project (located right near the Hallets Point development) includes five towers (as tall as 30 stories) and 2,400 units.
  • The long-in-the-works Flushing Commons development is now underway, it will bring 600 luxury condos, a YMCA and a retail complex to a former Flushing parking lot. ETA: 2021.


Just last week the city announced that TF Cornerstone would develop the second phase of Hunter’s Point South, with the Office for Design and Architecture designing the two towers of housing. Untapped Cities published an in-depth look at the architecture — as Untapped Cities says “ODA has taken cues from NYC’s iconic architecture, like Rockefeller Center, Central Park West’s residential skyscrapers and Madison Square Park’s prewar office buildings.”

The architects will use 25-foot wide townhouse-scale vertical modules to create stepped terraces along the facade on the building. The terraces will hold greenery, two urban farming plateaus, rooftop yoga, viewing decks, lounges and playgrounds. The staggered modules also create an interesting window display for ground-floor retail. The architects designed parts of the development differently with varying materials, to make the neighborhood look like it was built over time. And as you can see above, ODA designed the courtyard between the buildings — this allows for a continuous activity strip along the development, which will also connect the courtyard to the waterfront. Check out lots of renderings of the plans over here.

Renderings for Hunter’s Point South Development in Long Island City by Architecture Firm ODA [Untapped Cities]


Crain’s reports big news for the shores of Long Island City: The city tapped TF Cornerstone and the nonprofit Selfhelp Community Services to develop the second phase of Hunter’s Point South. According to the HPD, this is the last and largest development pushed by the outgoing Bloomberg administration. TF Cornerstone will build two towers, 36 and 41 stories, with 1,193 apartments. 400 of them will be market rate, the rest will be affordable for moderate-income families. 100 units will be reserved for low-income seniors. The buildings will feature rooftop gardens, decks, and a children’s playroom. There will be roughly 20,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space with room for a prekindergarten, medical facility, restaurants and a rock climbing gym (doesn’t LIC already have one of those?). The architects of the second phase is the Office for Design and Architecture.

There are already two buildings under construction, with 925 affordable units, for the Hunter’s Point project. The waterfront park and the school are already open. The development spans a total of seven parcels — the second phase will take up three of them — and the de Blasio administration will be in charge of developing what’s left.

UPDATE: Tons of renderings from ODA right after the jump!

Developer Tapped for 1,200 Apts. in LIC, Queens [Crain’s]


This view of the rising Hunters Point South development comes from the Pulaski Bridge. After the jump, check out close-up shots. SHoP Architects designed these two buildings at 1-50 50th Avenue (pictured right) and 1-55 Borden Avenue (left). 1-50 50th Avenue will rise 37 stories and will hold 619 affordable units, 13,739 square feet of retail space and a 220-unit parking garage. There will be 165 studio, 205 one-bedroom, 214 two-bedroom and 35 three-bedroom units. Over at 1-55 Borden Avenue, that building will rise 32 stories and hold 306 affordable units with 3,000 square feet of retail space. There will be 100 studio, 82 one-bedroom, 101 two-bedroom and 23 three-bedroom units. The buildings should be ready for occupancy in 2014 with construction finished in 2015.


Architizer published an interesting piece that examines why the future of urban design lies in our very own borough. The article argues that many urban design and development challenges the city faces are currently in play in Queens. Architizer, in fact, makes a pretty bold statement: “Numerous infrastructure projects and their impact in the oft-ignored polyglot outer borough suggest that the most ethnically diverse urban center in the world presents the most exciting opportunities and challenges for the future of global cities.” The article discusses the long struggle to develop Willets Point against the wish of longtime business owners, emblematic of “the strain between local interests and the pro-development stance of Bloombergian government.” Other major developments include the opposition to demolish 5Pointz for shiny condo towers and the future development of Hallets Point for the now-sleepy Astoria waterfront.

The article also talks about the potential behind the QueensWay and the grassroots movement behind it, pointing to Hunters Point South Park as an example of a sustainable public space that stood up admirably under Hurricane Sandy. Other mentions are given to the Noguchi Museum, the new Far Rockaway Library, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, and the birth of this very website. The ultimate question: will the parks, cheap rents, diversity, and potential for development send Queens the way of Brooklyn and Manhattan? Or, as Architizer says, “Will the open spaces and tradition of entrepreneurialism prevail, offering one of the world’s greatest mixes of grassroots infrastructure and well-designed public and private architectural pursuits?”

Why the Future of Urban Design Lies in NYC’s Easternmost Borough [Architizer] via Curbed
Rendering via NYCEDC


This week, the city opened up a new extension of Gantry Plaza State Park, as part of the massive Hunters Point South development. The city and the Hunters Point developers agreed to build a new continuous waterfront park, along with the mixed-use buildings, adjacent to LIC’s existing Gantry Plaza State Park. According to the Long Island City Partnership, this new park space features a great lawn, a playground, a basketball court and access to the East River Ferry. The park also incorporates historic train tracks, as you can see in the photo above. Looks beautiful! See another photo after the jump.

Photo via LIC Partnership Facebook