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New Looks at Long Island City's Exoskeleton-Touting Condos

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Renderings courtesy of GF55.
Renderings courtesy of GF55.

A nine-story, 86-condo building is on the rise at the corner of 43rd Avenue and Hunter Street in Long Island City. Developer Ekstein tapped architecture and design firm GF55 Partners to create a building for the site that sits on top of a subway tunnel. Because of the site's limitations, GF55 developed an exterior brace system not totally dissimilar from 170 Amsterdam's, which gives the new development an industrial vibe while also, importantly, making sure the building stays standing. It's rising on the former site of a three-story house and two small factories that have since been razed. The building is expected to be complete in 2017.

According to a press release reiterated by Real Estate Weekly, here's a broad idea of what the building will have:

The lobby will feature a hanging wood ceiling with pendant lights, large wall mural, metal wall panels, and a textured wall. The tenant lounge is adjacent to the lobby and carries through the material palette along with metal drapery. The ground floor has 17 residential parking spaces and a bike room for 45 bicycles. The 2nd floor will have residential units, an outdoor terrace, and recreation space. Floors 3 thru 9 will have residences ranging from studios to 3 bedrooms. The unit interiors will have hard wood floors, high-end stainless steel appliances and contemporary fixtures. The rooftop has a public terrace with an entertainment area/bar and 2 private terraces. · First Look: New Renderings For LIC's Ekstein Development [REW]
· Ekstein's New Long Island City Condos Get Rendering [Curbed]