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Long Island City's rapid development captured in before and after photos

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See the rentals, hotels, and offices that have transformed the neighborhood

Long Island City has seen so much rapid development in the last few years, that mini neighborhoods within the neighborhood like Hunters Point are experiencing development booms in their own right. There are dozens of projects that have recently opened, others that are nearing completion, and others still that are in various stages of construction. The apartment search website, RENTCafé is now looking at some of the development sites that were at the forefront of this development push in a series of before and after photos.

Linc LIC

Rockrose Development completed this 42-story rental tower in 2014. It brought 709 apartments to the neighborhood. Apartments here range in size from studios to three bedrooms, and amenities in the building include a two-level fitness center, a basketball court, a squash court, and a roof deck.

Two Gotham Center & 27 on 27th

On the right side in the picture below is the first phase of 1.5 million square foot Gotham Center project. Two Gotham Center, as the office building is known currently houses the city’s Health Department and was completed in 2011. On the left, is the 27-story rental tower developed by Heatherwood Communities. That building features a total of 142 apartments, and was also completed in 2011.

East Coast 4, 4545 Center Blvd, Primary/Intermediate School 78, Quik Park, 4540 Center Boulevard

At least three residential buildings can been in the image below—TF Cornerstone’s 4545 Center Boulevard, which is chock-a-block packed with amenities and has a staggering 820 apartments is one of them, and the same firm’s 4540 Center Boulevard with 345 rentals is another. Also pictured here are a school (PS78) and a 1,000-car parking garage.

4610 Center Boulevard

Located behind the recently landmarked PepsiCola sign, this 584-unit rental is another TF Cornerstone creation and was completed in 2014. All are part of development firm’s larger East Coast LIC project that includes five buildings and over 2,100 apartments.

The Pearson Court Square

Developed by L+M Development Partners, this 197-unit rental, was completed in 2014, and comes with some pretty swanky amenities like on-site rental cars, an outdoor basketball court. The building was designed by SLCE Architects and achieved LEED silver certification.


This 17-story building at 23-10 41st Avenue that was marketed towards middle-income families will perhaps best be remembered for the scandal surrounding its fenced off outdoor spaces for the low-income tenants in the building. That apart, the tower has a total of 117 apartments and was completed in 2014.

Hilton Garden Inn

This 183-room hotel was completed in April 2015 and became the 25th hotel to open in the neighborhood. As RentCafe points out, just seven years ago, only a single hotel served the neighborhood. Several others are currently under-construction in the area.

Holiday Inn Long Island & Nesva Hotel

Here are two more hotels. The one on the left is the 136-room Long Island City Holiday Inn. On the right is a boutique hotel known as Nesva Hotel.

In previous years, RentCafe has tracked similar development trajectories in before & after photos in Williamsburg and Downtown Brooklyn, and in the Bronx. Moving away slightly from RentCafe’s focal point, there’s also a massive amount of development taking place on Jackson Avenue in Long Island City.