Long Island City's Jackson Avenue is already. one of the city's corridors that most illustrates its neighborhood's rapid change, and that change just keeps on coming. After years of planning, Japanese budget-friendly hotel brand Toyoko Inn is finally moving forward with plans to construct a 50-story hotel in Long Island City, reports YIMBY. At 50 stories and 514 feet, it would be one of the tallest buildings in the borough.
Plans for the hotel have been in the works longer than Quooklyn's been a thing. Back in 2010, word flitted about that the hotel would consist of 640 pod rooms, but it seems that’s no longer the case. The plans that have been filed with the Department of Buildings show that the company now has ambitions for a 1,260-room hotel with nearly 261,000 square feet of commercial space.
If approved, the building will rise on a vacant lot at 24-09 Jackson Avenue near 23rd Street. The site is across the street from where graffiti mecca 5 Pointz once stood, and where a set of controversial rental towers are on the rise. It will be the brand’s first hotel within the U.S.