Astoria has, for the last few years, been an anomaly of moderate affordability for a New York City waterfront neighborhood. But if there’s ever a sign its time is coming, it’s AKI Development’s Graffiti House; the neighborhood’s new rental development offering up “the most luxurious accommodations found on the East River waterfront.” At least that’s what the building’s website says. (It also makes the claim that Astoria is the most culturally diverse neighborhood in Queens, which might be stretching the truth a little.)
At that, the rentals at 11-07 Welling Court do indeed look cushy. Most of the 28 apartments come with “sizable private outdoor spaces” and all kitchens are outfitted with Calacatta Caesarstone countertops and backsplashes; apartment-sized Bertazzoni cooktops and microwaves/convection ovens; Summit washer/dryer and dishwashers; and recessed under-cabinet lighting (oh, fancy!) Bathrooms come equipped with radiant heat flooring; floating Duravit toilets; and glass-enclosed showers.
The building’s biggest amenity is its landscaped roof deck with lounges and an outdoor kitchen, but its most unique is its art program. Graffiti House takes its name from its location within the boundaries of Ad Hoc’s Welling Court Mural Project—explained as the New York City equivalent of Miami's Wynwood Walls—and the development doesn’t shy away from that identity. The elevator shaft doubles as a nine-story art installation, viewable from the glass-backed elevator. The building’s parking garage, lobby, and hallways also serve as a backdrop for murals.
First listings for the building were dropped onto StreetEasy in early November to stoke interest in the project, but the rentals officially hit the market today with five different one-bedroom, one-bathrooms priced from $2,544 to $2,933 per month. Move-ins will start in December.
- Graffiti House [official]