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Work Starts at Hunter's Point Affordable Housing Complex

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The last time we checked in on the new affordable housing complex (with 925 apartments, the biggest to be built since the 1970s) + 1,100-seat school + waterfront park + retail space planned for Hunter's Point South in Long Island City, the zoning plan had just been approved. And today, presided over by Mayor Mike... ta-da, ground was broken. Intricate details of the two sites (one at 1-50 50th Avenue, the other at 1-55 Borden Avenue) in the complex have also been released. Expect amenities like public terraces, a fitness center, children's playroom, tech center, bike storage and party rooms in each building. The 50th Avenue site will also have a community garden. The five-acre waterfront park includes a playground, basketball court, dog run, train track "rail garden," and a dedicated space for recreation.

Aaaaand it's all designed by SHoP Architects, who are just all over the place these days (see their Domino plan, released last night). An improvement from the artistic teaser trailer released months, ago, now we have a bit more insight into what Hunter's Point South will actually look like.

· Breaking Ground on First Two Residential Buildings at Hunter's Point South [mikebloomberg.com]
· Hunter's Point South coverage [Curbed]
?Renderings via Flickr/NYC Mayor's Office