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Long Island City’s Race to the Top

Queens, NY – Things continue to look up for Long Island City. In fact, the newest towers under construction in the perennial hotspot will rival midtown Manhattan at 60 and 70 stories high. 

In a virtual race to the top, the neighborhood has seen a handful of noteworthy buildings vying for the title of “tallest building in Queens.” That distinction currently belongs to the Citigroup building at 49 stories, but will soon be eclipsed next year by City View Tower at 66 stories and Queens Plaza Park at 70 stories.

The glass tower procession is part of an concerted effort by developers to appeal to young professionals seeking amenity rich living at somewhat discounted prices from midtown.  

Following are the area’s most exciting new residential and mixed-use skyscrapers coming to the market:

5Pointz Towers, 22-44 Jackson Avenue
Set for 2019, 5Pointz Towers at 22-44 Jackson Avenue will be comprised of 2 residential towers rising 48 and 41 stories with 1,115 units overlooking a common 5-story podium with an extensive array of amenities. The building’s interior design features graffiti style artwork throughout as homage to the iconic former street graffiti mecca it replaced. The mixed-use property will also include 50,000 square feet of retail space and parking for 250 cars. Amenities include a courtyard, event room, climbing wall, fitness center, game room with shuffleboard and pool tables, laundry room, lounge, on-site parking, pet grooming services, basement storage, bike room, children’s playroom, and 10,000+ square foot gymnasium with pool.

Queens Plaza Park, 29-55 Northern Boulevard
To be completed in 2020, Queens Plaza Park will be LEED-certified with 63 floors containing 954 apartments. The new development will incorporate the existing landmarked Queens Clock Tower Building, a half-acre public park and renovated Queens Plaza subway entrance acquired in the property purchase. Amenities will include a pool, children’s playroom, fitness center, storage, laundry room, bike room and library, and a large backyard with kids play sets and plenty of grass.

Court Square City View Tower, 23-15 44th Drive
Set for 2020, City View Tower will rise 66 stories and contains 800 units. The sleek monolithic structure will feature an all glass facade with 360 degrees views and a skylit amenity space on the fourth and fifth floors, including a fitness center, full service garage, lounge, on-site parking, pool, spa/therapy room and terraces/balconies.

Jackson East, 26-32 Jackson Ave
Jackson East, soon to be followed by Jackson West down the block, is a 37-floor tower featuring an eclectic mix of glass and brick, with building corners glazed with floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies siding many mid- and upper-floor units. The complex will also include storefronts along Jackson and 43rd Avenue.

The Forge, 44-28 Purves Street
Completed in 2017, The 38-story Forge is a stylistic descendant of 30 Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, and includes long continuous bands of multi-pane windows. The building hopes to achieve LEED Silver status and has wind and solar panels. The interior will feature art installations by local artists. The 272 apartments are decidedly modern, with KitchenAid and Bosch stainless-steel Energy Star appliances, Bosch washers and dryers, European white oak floors, quartz kitchen countertops. Amenities abound, including a double-height lobby, a coffee shop, a 75-car garage, bicycle storage, laundry room, children’s playroom, fitness center, a private conference area with kitchen and fireplace, a second-floor courtyard with a pool, a grill, a bar area and a movie screen, billiards room, wet bar, terrace, concierge and tenant storage. The ground floor also features 2,000-square feet of retail space.

42-50 24th Street
This 70-story tower by Dynamic Worldwide Group will be composed of a square masonry base and a sweeping glass tower with front-and-center views of Midtown Manhattan. It will rival the city’s largest buildings at one million square feet.

43-30 24th Street
Currently in pre-construction, this Stawksi Partners project will rise 66-stories and include 921 rental apartments, 17,000 square feet of retail space, a library and an indoor swimming pool.

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