For more than a decade, the West Queens skyline has transformed with real estate development, and this trend will continue into 2022.

High-rise towers at Hunters Point South alter the skyline of Long Island City’s waterfront

The Affordable Housing Lottery app opened in fall 2021 for Gotham Point, two residential towers at the mouth of Newtown Creek and the East River waterfront. The development consists of two towers that will include 1,132 residences in total with 75% of the units at affordable prices, senior housing, shared amenities, community facilities and retail space.

Gotham Point’s South Tower, or Plot G, will have 33 floors and is expected to be completed in early 2022 between Second Street. The North Tower, or Plot F, will have 57 floors and is expected to be completed in 2022.

A total of 98 residences will be reserved for low-income seniors in a dedicated 11-storey wing, with its own personal reception area, living room and laundry room on each floor, as well as a library and a community room with a shared pantry. RiseBoro will also run special programming for the senior community.

In addition to the rooftop terraces offering breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, the amenity spaces available will include several lounges for residents, an indoor-outdoor health club, a children’s playroom, an urban farm on the roof accessible to the public and a community boathouse. Residents will also have access to coworking lounges with breakout meeting rooms, private phone rooms, and multi-person desks to facilitate collaboration and a sense of community within the building.

Additional components include a publicly accessible underground parking garage, ground level retail in the North Tower, and a 3,000 square foot community facility in the South Tower.

TF Cornerstone to open two towers at Hunters Point South Park

Render of 5203 Center Blvd. by TF Cornerstone. development. (Photo courtesy of TF Cornerstone)

In early December, TF Cornerstone cut the tape for its new towers across Center Boulevard from Hunters Point South Park. A housing lottery has opened for the nearly 1,200 apartments, 60 percent of which have been designated as affordable. The 55-story North Tower is located at 52-03 Center Blvd., while the South Tower is located next door at 52-41 Center Blvd. and is 44 stories tall.

“TF Cornerstone’s Hunter’s Point South project is a victory for Long Island City, creating more than 700 affordable housing units and providing the neighborhood with many amenities that will benefit current and future residents,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards. “I congratulate everyone who helps Hunter’s Point South reach its full potential as a vibrant and sustainable mixed-use community.

QNS innovation will transform an entire district of Astoria

Rendering of QNS Innovation. (Photo courtesy of QNS Innovation)

The developers behind Innovation QNS’s $ 2 billion proposal to transform five blocks of “vacant or underutilized” properties near Kaufman Astoria Studios into “a vibrant hub of activity and new hub. ‘Anchoring Opportunities’ in the neighborhood are gearing up for its first public hearing at the city’s public review process.

The project would provide more than 2,800 mixed-income housing and office space for startups and other businesses in the creative and technological sectors, supported by more than 5,400 on-site jobs, including 1,700 permanent jobs and more than 3,700 during construction. The development is a collaboration between Kaufman Astoria Studios, Silverstein Properties and BedRock Real Estate Partners.

The project team designed Innovation QNS after three years of dialogue with local stakeholders, and the plan includes 700 permanently affordable apartments for people earning an average of $ 50,000, including affordable housing for seniors.

The project also includes over two acres of open public spaces that will be programmed with community input. There are also plans for a new state-of-the-art cinema and community arts and culture center as well as a full-service grocery store on site, which spans five blocks and is centered at the intersection of the Steinway Street and 35th Avenue. .

The developers expect to get final approval by fall.

City to build massive Northern Boulevard high school

Render of the exterior of Northern Boulevard High School. (Photo courtesy of SCA)

While real estate development has exploded in West Queens for more than a decade, critical infrastructure improvements have lagged far behind the needs of its growing population.

In early December, the School Construction Authority kicked off construction of the massive, state-of-the-art 3,066-seat Northern Boulevard High School in Woodside, which will be the largest facility ever built by SCA.

Construction is already underway on the sprawling Northern Boulevard and 54th Street lot, which was the location of a former Sports Authority store and recently housed one of the city.

The new six-story school building will be a fully air-conditioned and accessible facility and will contain 94 regular classrooms, six resource rooms, a 55-seat auditorium, a library, a full kitchen complex with two student dining rooms, as well as as a competition-sized gymnasium with bleachers and changing rooms.

The new building will house three high schools, including a District 75 program that provides educational support to students with special needs. The school is scheduled to open at the start of the 2025-2026 school year.