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An updated map of Long Island City's development boom has been published here.

Once upon a time, Long Island City was a hotbed of industry, but over the last decade, it's become a hotbed for residential development thanks to a 2001 rezoning. Since then, roughly 5,000 units have been added to a 37 block area that encompasses the LIC microhoods of Court Square and Queens Plaza. Many more are still in the planning stages, and many others were completed years ago (no L Haus, Murano, One Hunters Point, or East of East here). To keep up with the current boom, we tracked 26 projects that are in the works or were completed within the last year. From warehouse conversions to the tallest residential building in Queens, there is a lot on the rise. Did we miss one? Leave a comment or send a note to the tipline, and we'll gladly add it to the list.
—With research and writing by Angely Mercado

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1. Hunter's Point South

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1-50 50th Avenue
Queens, NY 11101
Hunter's Point South is the largest affordable housing complex to be built in NYC since the 1970s. Currently, the first two towers are under construction, and when they open next year, they will bring 925 units to the neighborhood, some of which will be affordable do a different range of incomes. TF Cornerstone was selected to develop the 1,193-unit phase two, and the city recently took the first steps for the creation of the final phase, which will add 3,000 residential units to complex. This final phase will also include the second part of the waterfront park, which opened last summer. A school, community space, and retail are also included in the development.

2. 5 Pointz

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4623 Crane St
Long Island City, NY 11101
White washed overnight late last year by developer and owner David Wolkoff, 5 Pointz, NYC's graffiti holy land will go from an artistic landmark to yet another luxury housing building in LIC. City Council approved the plans for two residential towers last October. The development will include 1,000 apartments (210 of which will be affordable), 32,000-square-foot public park, 50,000-square-feet of street level retail, and a 250 space public parking garage.

3. Queens Plaza and 28th Street

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Queens Plaza South & 28th Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Tishman Speyer and H&R Real Estate Investment Trust just announced plans for a 1.2-million-square-foot megaproject on a site adjacent to 2 Gotham Center. The plan to build out the project in three phases, the first of which will include a 42-story, 700-unit rental tower. Construction on phase 1 should begin next year, with the tower's completion in 2017. All told, the project will host 1,600 units and approximately 30,000 square feet of retail space.

4. The Clock Tower in LIC

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29-27 41st Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
Bought by residential developer, Criterion Group for a record $15 million this May, LIC's Clock Tower is probably destined to become a residential space. The Art Deco tower was constructed in 1927 for the Bank of Manhattan, and in recent years, it housed offices and different art groups such as the Holocaust Art Group. In May, Criterion said they have no plans in place for the building, but given the residential boom, apartments are likely.

5. 46-09 11th Street

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46-09 11th St
Queens, NY 11101
Ekstein Development's new project on 11th Street hit the market this spring and was 50 percent leased in about two months. Designed by GF55 Partners, the building replaced a warehouse that was torn down after Ekstein acquired the property. The 6-story building will hold 59 studios, one-bedrooms, and two bedrooms. Rent for the one bedrooms start at $2,545 and two-bedrooms start at $3,616. Tenants will access to a fitness center, parking lot, and bike storage.

6. 4545 Center Boulevard

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4545 Center Blvd
Queens, NY 11109
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TF Cornerstone's huge glass contraption/residential building, was completed summer of 2013 and was fully leased by February. The 41-story, 820-unit building is part of the East Coast megaproject, and has perks like a 50,000-square-foot amenities deck with a pool, sand beach volleyball court, a dog run, a sun deck, and two tennis courts.

7. 4610 Center Boulevard

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4610 Center Blvd
Queens, NY 11109
(718) 606-9440
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TF Cornerstone's final installment in their East Coast development opened for leasing in April. The 26-story tower has 584 apartments, and it was designed by Arquitectonica, with interiors by Yabu Pushelberg. Studios start at $2,160, one-bedrooms at $2,800, and two- and three- bedrooms rent from $3,890 and $5,330, respectively. Units range in size from 490-square-feet to 1,318-square-feet. Amenities include a club room, private garden, landscaped terraces, a 24-hour concierge, and a fitness center.

8. Linc LIC

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43-10 Crescent Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Completed last November, Linc LIC is the first of several other residential projects by Rockrose Development Corp, this time near Court Square. The new 42-story building will hold 709 units composed of studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. Studios start at $2,215 and come along with amenities like a two-floor fitness center, a children's room and a lounge. The ground floor will have a Food Cellar supermarket.

9. The Pearson Court Square

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45-50 Pearson Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Another recently launched rental in Court Square is on Pearson Street, and it's bringing 197 new residential units to the neighborhood. Developed by L+M Development Partners, 45-50 Pearson will be composed of studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments. The Pearson will also have three wind turbines in order to power the building's common areas (not any other part of the building), which include a yoga studio and a roof deck.

10. 24-12 42nd Road

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24-12 42nd Road
Long Island City, NY 11101
A two-story building on 42nd Road owned by the Queens-based Ampiera Group will soon be demolished to makeway for an 8-story residential building that will house 36 units. The ground floor will hold a commercial space, and renderings show that many units will have balconies. Prices have not yet been announced.

11. 41-07 Crescent Street

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41-07 Crescent Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
An empty lot will soon hold a 48-unit building designed by Fogarty Finger and will be developed by Ranger Properties. According to a recent rendering of the site, the completed project will be nine stories tall and feature a brick and glass facade. There will be ground floor commercial space and a full-floor penthouse at the top.

12. 41-42 24th Street

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41-42 24th Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
The new luxury rental rising at 41-42 24th Street will add 421 new apartments and 21 stories to what is still a largely industrial area. The glassy, red-terraced structure was designed by Perkins Eastman and is being developed by World-Wide Group. Once finished, the building will host perks such as a 10th floor pool, game room, and a tenants' lounge. Construction began earlier this year and the building is expected to be completed by 2015.

13. 42-12 28th Street

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42-12 28th Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Heatherwood Communities' 477-unit building on 28th Street will stand 646-feet tall, taking the title of the tallest residential building in Queens (once destined to belong to 43-25 Hunter Street). Designed by Goldstein and Hill & West, it'll be swathed in glass (as usual), and the project is expected to be completed June 2017.

14. 11-51 47th Avenue

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11-51 47th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
A stone's throw away from MoMA PS1, Charney Construction is building a 54-unit condo tower. Unlike the other glass-wrapped buildings going up in the area, designer Fogarty Finger is leaning towards and industrial aesthetic. Unit sizes will cater to families and will be 50 percent two-bedroom apartments. The rest will be one- and three-bedroom apartments. Permits have not yet been filed for the proposed building.

15. The QE7

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29-26 Northern Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11101
Christened "The QE7" due to its vicinity to those train lines, the new tower at 29-26 Northern Boulevard will add LED-bedecked (pinball/Vegas type) building to the constantly expanding LIC skyline SBJ Group design the futuristic building, which is being developed by Simon Baron Development Group. It will hold 415 units, and offer tenants panoramic views, and amenities such as a basketball court, and a rooftop bar and lounge.

16. Ivy28

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42-37 27TH STREET, LONG ISLAND CITY
NY, 11101
Ivy28, named for the 28 residencies and ivy-covered courtyard walls, hit the market in April. Units in the eight-story structure are mostly studios and one-bedrooms, prices range from $521,000 to $609,000. It was developed by Queens Plaza 27 and designed by Gareth Tseng, and the ground floor will hold commercial space.

17. The Millstone

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41-18 27th Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Dubbed The Millstone" in honor of Queens Plaza's memorable millstones, this eight-story residential building went on the market early this April. It was designed by George Konnaris of GKA Design, and units range from one-bedrooms to two-bedroom apartments, all of which have built-in closets, granite kitchen countertops, and teak floors. There are 14 units in total and prices start at $480,000.

18. 11-55 49th Avenue

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11-55 49th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
A parking lot on 49th Street will soon host a 12-story, 140-unit building by Maddd Equities. Plans were revealed this past December. The building is designed by Aufgang Architects and 50 percent will be two-bedroom apartments, with the rest of the units being studios and one-bedrooms. Twenty-eight apartments will be reserved as affordable. If construction begins this year, the project could potentially be completed by 2017.

19. 5-33 48th Avenue

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5-33 48th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
Permits were approved by the Dept. of Buildings in early 2013 to convert a warehouse at 5-33 48th Avenue from industrial to a mixed-use building with 36 apartments, some parking space below the ground floor, and commercial space on the first floor. JLS Designs Architecture is leading the conversion, and it seems like previously approved plans for a two-story addition have been discarded.

20. 44-41 Purves Street

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44-41 Purves Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
What was once planned as two separate buildings will now be one 25-story, 284-unit building. The initial two-building project was going to be developed by Criterion Group, but was then the developer sold the site to Simon Dushinksy’s Rabsky Group. Units in a nearby building sold out, so this new project might be a hit once apartments are on the market. Construction is underway, and it should be complete by 2017.

21. 23-10 Queens Plaza South

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23-10 Queens Plaza South
Long Island City, NY 11101
A warehouse on Queens Plaza South is destined to have an awkward 44 stories added on in the form of a tall, shiny tower. This glassy addition will be developed by Property Markets Group and designed by SLCE. Those 44 stories will hold 345 units, and the warehouse will be converted into offices and parking space.

22. 42-77 Hunter Street

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42-77 Hunter Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
This proposed 10-story condo building is going to be the awkward new kid on the block and tower its low-rise neighbors. The new structure is being developed by JMS Hunter Street LLC, and construction should be complete by the end of August.

23. 43-25 Hunter Street

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43-25 Hunter Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Rockrose's plans to build Queens' second tallest residential building have been stalled by the Department of Buildings, which recently rejected plans for the 50-story development Rockrose had intended to begin construction in late 2013, but the lot remains eerily empty and void of any action. If the building is eventually constructed, it will rise 500 feet and hold 975 units, definitely among the giants in LIC, but not the tallest.

24. 26-16 Jackson Avenue

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26-16 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
What used to be Dykes Lumber site is now an almost completed residential building developed by Ekstien Development. Once it's open for potential renters, the building will be 20 percent affordable. Those monthly rents will range from $539 to $893 per month. Tenants will enjoy the services of a doorman, a fitness room, and a laundry room among other things, and the building will hold 5,000 square feet of commercial space on the first floor. This site is also known as 26-14 on the Ekstein Development website and the new teaser site.

25. The Maximilian

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5-11 47th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
The Maximilian (pinkies up!) is probably the fanciest-named building in LIC. Designed by SLCE Architects and developed by Rose Associates, the building's 188 apartments went on the market early last fall with studios starting at $1,975. Like all the other spiffy dwellings in the vicinity, the elevated prices come with some pretty sweet perks that include a rooftop deck and an outdoor movie theater.

26. 22-25 Jackson Avenue

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22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
ODA designed a boxy, 182-unit mixed-use building planned for a site just down the road from MoMA PS1. The building will also hold 5,723 square feet of retail, with bike storage, a library, pool, gym, lounge, communal rooftop recreational space, enclosed parking and private terraces. The developer is Jeff Gershon.

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1. Hunter's Point South

1-50 50th Avenue, Queens, NY 11101
Hunter's Point South is the largest affordable housing complex to be built in NYC since the 1970s. Currently, the first two towers are under construction, and when they open next year, they will bring 925 units to the neighborhood, some of which will be affordable do a different range of incomes. TF Cornerstone was selected to develop the 1,193-unit phase two, and the city recently took the first steps for the creation of the final phase, which will add 3,000 residential units to complex. This final phase will also include the second part of the waterfront park, which opened last summer. A school, community space, and retail are also included in the development.
1-50 50th Avenue
Queens, NY 11101

2. 5 Pointz

4623 Crane St, Long Island City, NY 11101
White washed overnight late last year by developer and owner David Wolkoff, 5 Pointz, NYC's graffiti holy land will go from an artistic landmark to yet another luxury housing building in LIC. City Council approved the plans for two residential towers last October. The development will include 1,000 apartments (210 of which will be affordable), 32,000-square-foot public park, 50,000-square-feet of street level retail, and a 250 space public parking garage.
4623 Crane St
Long Island City, NY 11101

3. Queens Plaza and 28th Street

Queens Plaza South & 28th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
Tishman Speyer and H&R Real Estate Investment Trust just announced plans for a 1.2-million-square-foot megaproject on a site adjacent to 2 Gotham Center. The plan to build out the project in three phases, the first of which will include a 42-story, 700-unit rental tower. Construction on phase 1 should begin next year, with the tower's completion in 2017. All told, the project will host 1,600 units and approximately 30,000 square feet of retail space.
Queens Plaza South & 28th Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

4. The Clock Tower in LIC

29-27 41st Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101
Bought by residential developer, Criterion Group for a record $15 million this May, LIC's Clock Tower is probably destined to become a residential space. The Art Deco tower was constructed in 1927 for the Bank of Manhattan, and in recent years, it housed offices and different art groups such as the Holocaust Art Group. In May, Criterion said they have no plans in place for the building, but given the residential boom, apartments are likely.
29-27 41st Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

5. 46-09 11th Street

46-09 11th St, Queens, NY 11101
Ekstein Development's new project on 11th Street hit the market this spring and was 50 percent leased in about two months. Designed by GF55 Partners, the building replaced a warehouse that was torn down after Ekstein acquired the property. The 6-story building will hold 59 studios, one-bedrooms, and two bedrooms. Rent for the one bedrooms start at $2,545 and two-bedrooms start at $3,616. Tenants will access to a fitness center, parking lot, and bike storage.
46-09 11th St
Queens, NY 11101

6. 4545 Center Boulevard

4545 Center Blvd, Queens, NY 11109
TF Cornerstone's huge glass contraption/residential building, was completed summer of 2013 and was fully leased by February. The 41-story, 820-unit building is part of the East Coast megaproject, and has perks like a 50,000-square-foot amenities deck with a pool, sand beach volleyball court, a dog run, a sun deck, and two tennis courts.
4545 Center Blvd
Queens, NY 11109

7. 4610 Center Boulevard

4610 Center Blvd, Queens, NY 11109
TF Cornerstone's final installment in their East Coast development opened for leasing in April. The 26-story tower has 584 apartments, and it was designed by Arquitectonica, with interiors by Yabu Pushelberg. Studios start at $2,160, one-bedrooms at $2,800, and two- and three- bedrooms rent from $3,890 and $5,330, respectively. Units range in size from 490-square-feet to 1,318-square-feet. Amenities include a club room, private garden, landscaped terraces, a 24-hour concierge, and a fitness center.
4610 Center Blvd
Queens, NY 11109

8. Linc LIC

43-10 Crescent Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
Completed last November, Linc LIC is the first of several other residential projects by Rockrose Development Corp, this time near Court Square. The new 42-story building will hold 709 units composed of studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. Studios start at $2,215 and come along with amenities like a two-floor fitness center, a children's room and a lounge. The ground floor will have a Food Cellar supermarket.
43-10 Crescent Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

9. The Pearson Court Square

45-50 Pearson Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
Another recently launched rental in Court Square is on Pearson Street, and it's bringing 197 new residential units to the neighborhood. Developed by L+M Development Partners, 45-50 Pearson will be composed of studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments. The Pearson will also have three wind turbines in order to power the building's common areas (not any other part of the building), which include a yoga studio and a roof deck.
45-50 Pearson Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

10. 24-12 42nd Road

24-12 42nd Road, Long Island City, NY 11101
A two-story building on 42nd Road owned by the Queens-based Ampiera Group will soon be demolished to makeway for an 8-story residential building that will house 36 units. The ground floor will hold a commercial space, and renderings show that many units will have balconies. Prices have not yet been announced.
24-12 42nd Road
Long Island City, NY 11101

11. 41-07 Crescent Street

41-07 Crescent Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
An empty lot will soon hold a 48-unit building designed by Fogarty Finger and will be developed by Ranger Properties. According to a recent rendering of the site, the completed project will be nine stories tall and feature a brick and glass facade. There will be ground floor commercial space and a full-floor penthouse at the top.
41-07 Crescent Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

12. 41-42 24th Street

41-42 24th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
The new luxury rental rising at 41-42 24th Street will add 421 new apartments and 21 stories to what is still a largely industrial area. The glassy, red-terraced structure was designed by Perkins Eastman and is being developed by World-Wide Group. Once finished, the building will host perks such as a 10th floor pool, game room, and a tenants' lounge. Construction began earlier this year and the building is expected to be completed by 2015.
41-42 24th Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

13. 42-12 28th Street

42-12 28th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
Heatherwood Communities' 477-unit building on 28th Street will stand 646-feet tall, taking the title of the tallest residential building in Queens (once destined to belong to 43-25 Hunter Street). Designed by Goldstein and Hill & West, it'll be swathed in glass (as usual), and the project is expected to be completed June 2017.
42-12 28th Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

14. 11-51 47th Avenue

11-51 47th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
A stone's throw away from MoMA PS1, Charney Construction is building a 54-unit condo tower. Unlike the other glass-wrapped buildings going up in the area, designer Fogarty Finger is leaning towards and industrial aesthetic. Unit sizes will cater to families and will be 50 percent two-bedroom apartments. The rest will be one- and three-bedroom apartments. Permits have not yet been filed for the proposed building.
11-51 47th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

15. The QE7

29-26 Northern Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11101
Christened "The QE7" due to its vicinity to those train lines, the new tower at 29-26 Northern Boulevard will add LED-bedecked (pinball/Vegas type) building to the constantly expanding LIC skyline SBJ Group design the futuristic building, which is being developed by Simon Baron Development Group. It will hold 415 units, and offer tenants panoramic views, and amenities such as a basketball court, and a rooftop bar and lounge.
29-26 Northern Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11101

16. Ivy28

42-37 27TH STREET, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY, 11101
Ivy28, named for the 28 residencies and ivy-covered courtyard walls, hit the market in April. Units in the eight-story structure are mostly studios and one-bedrooms, prices range from $521,000 to $609,000. It was developed by Queens Plaza 27 and designed by Gareth Tseng, and the ground floor will hold commercial space.
42-37 27TH STREET, LONG ISLAND CITY
NY, 11101

17. The Millstone

41-18 27th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
Dubbed The Millstone" in honor of Queens Plaza's memorable millstones, this eight-story residential building went on the market early this April. It was designed by George Konnaris of GKA Design, and units range from one-bedrooms to two-bedroom apartments, all of which have built-in closets, granite kitchen countertops, and teak floors. There are 14 units in total and prices start at $480,000.
41-18 27th Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

18. 11-55 49th Avenue

11-55 49th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
A parking lot on 49th Street will soon host a 12-story, 140-unit building by Maddd Equities. Plans were revealed this past December. The building is designed by Aufgang Architects and 50 percent will be two-bedroom apartments, with the rest of the units being studios and one-bedrooms. Twenty-eight apartments will be reserved as affordable. If construction begins this year, the project could potentially be completed by 2017.
11-55 49th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

19. 5-33 48th Avenue

5-33 48th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
Permits were approved by the Dept. of Buildings in early 2013 to convert a warehouse at 5-33 48th Avenue from industrial to a mixed-use building with 36 apartments, some parking space below the ground floor, and commercial space on the first floor. JLS Designs Architecture is leading the conversion, and it seems like previously approved plans for a two-story addition have been discarded.
5-33 48th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

20. 44-41 Purves Street

44-41 Purves Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
What was once planned as two separate buildings will now be one 25-story, 284-unit building. The initial two-building project was going to be developed by Criterion Group, but was then the developer sold the site to Simon Dushinksy’s Rabsky Group. Units in a nearby building sold out, so this new project might be a hit once apartments are on the market. Construction is underway, and it should be complete by 2017.
44-41 Purves Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

21. 23-10 Queens Plaza South

23-10 Queens Plaza South, Long Island City, NY 11101
A warehouse on Queens Plaza South is destined to have an awkward 44 stories added on in the form of a tall, shiny tower. This glassy addition will be developed by Property Markets Group and designed by SLCE. Those 44 stories will hold 345 units, and the warehouse will be converted into offices and parking space.
23-10 Queens Plaza South
Long Island City, NY 11101

22. 42-77 Hunter Street

42-77 Hunter Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
This proposed 10-story condo building is going to be the awkward new kid on the block and tower its low-rise neighbors. The new structure is being developed by JMS Hunter Street LLC, and construction should be complete by the end of August.
42-77 Hunter Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

23. 43-25 Hunter Street

43-25 Hunter Street, Long Island City, NY 11101