Queens

Astoria, real estate trends

married with roommates

Roommate app Roomi recently compiled data based on the 20 to 36-year-olds searching for someone with whom to split the rent, and the top neighborhood for this trend is Astoria. DNAinfo shared the analysis, which found that nearly 38 percent of Roomi’s users looked for housing in the up-and-coming Queens ‘hood, and each applicant in this area gets about 20 applicants, almost double all other neighborhoods.

What other ‘hoods top the list?

Art, Green Design, Long Island City, Urban Design

It never hurts to think of warmer months on days like today, and MoMA PS1’s announcement of whose design will fill their courtyard this summer certainly does the trick. The winner of their 18th annual Young Architects Program is Jenny Sabin Studio. The Ithaca-based experimental architecture studio created “Lumen” in response to the competition’s request for a temporary outdoor installation that provides shade, seating, and water, while addressing environmental issues such as sustainability and recycling. The result is a tubular canopy made of “recycled, photo-luminescent, and solar active textiles that absorb, collect, and deliver light.”

More renderings and info on Lumen

Apartment Deals, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Rentals

FREE RENT: A roundup of NYC’s latest rental concessions

By Ondel Hylton, Fri, February 17, 2017

New York City Rental Concessions
  • HOUSE39 Launches Leasing; New Curving Glass Tower Offers Two Months Free of Early Occupancy [link]
  • Teaser Site Launches for Newly-Dubbed Hudson Yards Rental, ‘Henry Hall’ [link]
  • Listings Debut at Hub with One Month Free; Apartments in Brooklyn’s Tallest Tower from $2,450/Month [link]
  • FiDi’s 180 Water Street Announces March Opening; Now Leasing No Fee Rentals + One Month Free [link]
  • Special Offers Through February 28th at 45 Wall Street in the Financial District; Studios from $2,655/Month [link]
  • Two Months of Free Rent + More Offers at Midtown West’s 455W37; Studios Starting from $2,650/Month [link]
  • Grand Opening of Theater House, Murray Hill Rentals Priced from $3,200/Month [link]
  • One Month Free at LIC High-Rise with Rooftop Health Club, Glass Enclosed Heated Pool [link]
  • One Month of Free Rent at The Fairmont; Upper East Side Living on East 75th Street in Lenox Hill [link]
  • Clinton Hill’s 105 Grand Avenue Offering One Month Free With 14-Month Leases [link]
  • April Occupancy Announced for Karim Rashid’s East Harlem Rental; Listings Hit Market from $2,500/Month [link]

SEE MORE RENTAL NEWS AND OFFERS HERE >>

Images (L to R): HUB, House39, Theater House and Henry Hall

Apartment Deals, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Rentals, Uncategorized

FREE RENT: A roundup of NYC’s latest rental concessions

By Ondel Hylton, Mon, February 13, 2017

rental concessions
  • More Amenities Unveiled at Extell’s Midtown Rental 555Ten; Leasing Continues with Free Rent Offer [link]
  • Stonehenge Offering Two Months Free + $1,000 Security Deposits at 101W15 in Chelsea [link]
  • Long Island City’s 1QPS Tower Launches Leasing with Two Months Free; Studios from $1,989/Month [link]
  • 100 West 143rd Street Offering One Month of Free Rent on Newly Renovated Residences [link]
  • Lauded Rental High-Rise in Long Island City Offers Two Months of Free Rent + $1,000 Deposits [link]
  • One Month Free with One Year Leases at The Lucerne on the Upper East Side [link]
  • New Karl Fisher Rental Opens in Greenpoint; 544 on the Park Kicks Off Leasing with Half-Month’s Free Rent [link]
  • Williamsburg’s Bright & Cheery 34 Berry Street Offering One Month of Free Rent [link]
  • Special Rental Offers at 140 Riverside Boulevard Apartments on the Upper West Side [link]

SEE MORE RENTAL NEWS AND OFFERS HERE >>

Images (L to R): 4545 Center Boulevard, 555Ten, 1 QPS Tower and 140 Riverside Boulevard

Brooklyn, Queens, Transportation

New Yorkers living in the outer reaches of Brooklyn and Queens may soon find some relief when it comes to their daily commutes. The MTA’s New York City Transit Riders Council (NYCTRC) is looking to make travel more efficient and affordable for those residing in the city’s transit deserts through a “Freedom Ticket” pilot initiative that will, says Gothamist, temporarily offer discounted flat-fee tickets for bus, subway and commuter rail travel with unlimited free transfers.

more details here

Apartment Deals, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Rentals

FREE RENT: A roundup of NYC’s latest rental concessions

By Ondel Hylton, Fri, February 3, 2017

rental concessions
  • Co-Living Rental ‘Common Baltic‘ Makes its Debut, Offers Leases with One Month of Free Rent [link]
  • An Astounding Four Months of Free Rent with Two-Year Leases at Brooklyn Rental, The Williams [link]
  • Live in Downtown Art Deco High Rise with Two Months of Free Rent; Studios Starting from $2,775 [link]
  • Hoboken Rental, The Rivington, Offers New Renters Up to Two Months of Free Rent [link]
  • 976 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill Debuts, Offers Renters One Month Free [link]
  • Two Months of Free Rent at Park West Village, Only One Block from Central Park [link]
  • Park Towers South on Columbus Circle Offering One Month of Free Rent or One Month OP [link]
  • Sutton Place High-Rise Re-Introduced as Oriana, Sets March 2017 Leasing Launch with Two Months Free [link]
  • Grand Opening of Five-Story Rental Building on Newel Street in Greenpoint [link]
  • Select Units at 21 Chelsea Offer One Month Free + $500 Security Deposits [link]
  • Free Rent at 40-Story Waterfront Residence in Williamsburg; Studios Starting From $2,829/Month [link]
  • 70 Pine Offering One Month Free + One Month Owner Paid Commission; Studios to Three-Bedrooms + Two Full Floors of Amenities [link]
  • 21 West End Avenue Now Leasing with Two or Three Months Free on All Listings; Studios from $2,950/Month [link]
  • Leasing Launches at Newly Constructed Astoria Rental, The Academy [link]

See full list of rental concessions and special offers here >>

Images (L to R): Oriana, 21 West End Avenue, 21 West Street and The Academy.

 

 

Architecture, Long Island City, New Developments, Rentals

View of residential towers from Queens Plaza as of last week, via CityRealty

Of the 30+ under-construction and proposed projects in Long Island City, many of the tallest and bulkiest are located near Queens Plaza, including this trio of slab-glass rental towers from Tishman Speyer and H&R Real Estate Investment Trust that will bring nearly 1,800 new apartments to the area. The residential buildings–located at 28-34 Jackson Avenue, 28-10 Jackson Avenue and 30-02 Queens Boulevard–are directly adjacent to Tishman’s two-towered commercial venture that will be home to WeWork, Macy’s, and a food hall. CityRealty recently stopped by the construction to see how things are shaping up at the rentals, which from the looks of it are well on their way to welcoming in LIC’s newest batch of residents.

Find out more this way

Celebrities, Queens

Going, going, gone… Today reports that Donald Trump’s childhood home has traded hands once again, officially selling at auction last week to an undisclosed buyer for an undisclosed amount. As 6sqft previously reported, the Jamaica, Queens house was purchased by Manhattan real estate developer Michael Davis for $1.4 million in January from a couple who had owned the Trump memento since 2008 (they shelled out just $782,500). Davis’ intent from the outset was to flip the property for a hefty return, and while no auction price has been revealed, early estimates projected a closing figure of around $10 million—much thanks to the Donald’s presidential win (Trump himself even joked about buying it on the Tonight Show). New photos from the auction also give us additional views into the modest Tudor abode.

see more here

Cool Listings, Far Rockaway, Quirky Homes

Houseboat Far Rockaway Arverne

Set sail for home in Jamaica Bay on this $59,000 houseboat, now for sale. According to its listing, the 400-square-foot model is good for year-round living and is equipped with central cooling, carpeted floors and wonderful waterfront views. Plus this “single family” vehicle has one bed, one bath, a very large covered deck and “great solar potential”—not to mention you’ve got the ocean as your playground. The listing says the houseboat, a 2007 Custom Flo-Lodge, was hauled a year ago across the Verrazano Narrows to its current docking point at Far Rockaway’s Marina 59, and has been floating there ever since.

Yo ho a pirate’s life in Queens

Apartment Deals, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Rentals

FREE RENT: A roundup of NYC’s latest rental concessions

By Ondel Hylton, Wed, January 11, 2017

Rental concessions, special offers, no fee apartments, NYC rentals
  • The Eugene, Midtown’s Tallest Rental Skyscraper, Gears Up for Early 2017 Leasing [link]
  • Grand Opening: Leasing Begins at 681 Franklin in Crown Heights [link]
  • Grand Opening: Leasing Begins on No Fee Bed-Stuy Apartments at 766 Lafayette Avenue [link]
  • One Month Free on Select Units at Brodsky’s Midtown West High-Rise, One Columbus Place [link]
  • One Month Free on Select Units at East Harlem’s Eco-Friendly Rental, Tapestry [link]
  • Two Months Free on Newly Renovated Apartments in Brooklyn Heights [link]
  • Hallet’s Cove, Boutique Astoria Rental, Offers No-Fee Apartments with One Month Free [link]
  • No-Fee Rentals Launch with One Month Free at New Bed-Stuy Rental ‘The Dekalb‘ [link]
  • Stately Prewar Tower in Morningside Heights Leasing with Two Months Free + $1,000 Security Deposits [link]
  • Have Stunning City & Waterfront Views from 200 Water Street, Now Leasing with One Month Free [link]
  • At Epicenter of Upper East Side, High-Rise Rental ‘The Colorado‘ Offering Up to Three Months Free [link]
  • LIC’s Tower 28 to Begin Leasing in March with Units Priced from $1,900/Mo., See new Renderings and Model Interior Photos [link]
  • Grand Opening: Leasing Launches with One Month Free at Historic Townhouse Conversion in Bed-Stuy [link]

Images (L to R): One Columbus Place, 200 Water Street, Stonehenge NYC, The Colorado

Architecture, Long Island City, New Developments, Rentals

When it’s completed in March, Long Island City‘s Tower 28 (formerly 28 on 28th) will be the tallest residential building in Queens at 647 feet and 57 stories–that is, until it’s taken over by the 66-story Court Square City View Tower nearby (this will also overtake the 673-foot 1 Court Square as the tallest overall building in the borough). Though its superlative will be short-lived, Heatherwood Communities‘ rental at 42-12 28th Street will still offer panoramic views, which new renderings from architects Hill West tell us will be taken in from a top-floor observatory, as well as a host of swanky amenities to “rival any vacation destination.” According to CityRealty, the new exterior and interior views also come with news that leasing will begin in March, ranging from $1,900/month studios to $7,500/month three-bedrooms.

More renderings and details ahead

Celebrities, Jamaica, Recent Sales

85-15 wareham place, donald trump, fred trump, trump childhood home, historic homes, jamaica estates, auctions, Queens

At the end of last month, 6sqft revealed that an anonymous New York investor had bought Donald Trump‘s childhood home in Jamaica Estates, Queens with plans to flip it at auction this month and turn a hefty profit. The Post has now learned that the mystery buyer–and democrat-turned Marco Rubio supporter–is Manhattan real estate mogul Michael Davis. Without ever having driven past the Tudor-style home at 85-15 Wareham Place, Davis dropped $1,390,500 on the piece of Trump ephemera, which he still plans to bring to auction next week.

Find out more

Architecture, condos, Long Island City, New Developments

23-15 44th Drive, Court Square City View Tower, Hill West, Long Island City condos, tallest building in Queens

When plans were originally filed in February 2016, the Long Island City skyscraper since dubbed Court Square City View Tower was set to reach 964 feet. In April, it got bumped up to supertall status at 984 feet, making it Queens’ future tallest building. It’s since been dropped to 66 stories, but according to a new project page from architects Hill West (formerly Goldstein Hill & West), it will still be Long Island City’s tallest tower, and therefore the tallest in the borough. CityRealty first noticed the updated details, which come with the first true renderings of the 800-unit condominium at 23-15 44th Drive. In addition to 360-degree views of Manhattan, the tower will offer an all-glass curtainwall facade, a retail base, and a slew of corner-apartment balconies.

More details ahead

Far Rockaway, Queens, Transportation

John F. Kennedy International Airport, JFK airport, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Tishman Construction Company

“We shouldn’t settle for second best on anything,” Governor Cuomo proclaimed at the opening of the Second Avenue Subway this past weekend, and he was serious. This afternoon Cuomo announced that John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) will receive a massive overhaul that will transform the dated hub into a modern, state-of-the-art facility that can finally “meet the needs of a 21st century economy.” As laid out by the governor’s office, the revamp will address three main issues: unifying all the terminals with an interconnected layout so the airport is more easily navigable; improving road access to the airport; and expanding rail mass transit to meet projected passenger growth. In 2016 the airport served 60 million passengers, and this number is expected to increase to 75 million by 2030 and 100 million passengers by 2050.

more details and renderings this way

Long Island City, New Developments, Rentals

5pointz, Mojo Stumer, 22-44 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City developments

It’s been three years since Long Island City‘s beloved graffiti mecca 5Pointz was whitewashed overnight and a year and a half since renderings first surfaced of the bland 41- and 47-story rental towers that would replace the site at 22-44 Jackson Avenue. Despite a perceived lack of respect towards the artistic community, G&M Realty’s David Wolkoff eventually said he planned to set aside 20 artists’ studios and displays to make up for those lost at 5Pointz, and it looks like he’s making good on his word. HTO Architect, who designed the towers, initially put forth views of a large public park and rotating mural exhibit that would fill the space between the buildings, and now 6sqft has uncovered renderings from Mojo Stumer of the artsy entryway, lobby and pool, which reveal the graffiti-inspired logo for the project.

See it all right here

Celebrities, Jamaica

85-15 wareham place, donald trump, fred trump, trump childhood home, historic homes, jamaica estates, auctions, Queens

Hoping to cash in on Trump-mania, an anonymous New York investor scooped up the President Elect’s childhood home in Jamaica Estates, Queens in the hopes of bringing it to auction next month and turning a profit. Mansion Global got the news from auctioneers Paramount Realty USA, who say the bidding will take place on January 17th. Previous reports have estimated that the six-bedroom, Tudor-style home that Trump’s father Fred built could fetch up to ten times its most recent $1.2 million ask, or a whopping $10 million.

Get the full scoop

condos, Long Island City, New Developments, Queens, Rentals

Back in 2015, Property Markets Group and the Hakim Organization announced plans to erect the tallest tower outside of Manhattan in Long Island City at 29-37 41st Avenue. The residential building, then dubbed Queens Plaza Park, would rise 914 feet atop a Queens Plaza site and boast high-end condos and a projected $363.2 million sellout. However, in July 2016, the developers abandoned those plans, putting the site up for sale for an undisclosed amount. Now, as the Times reports, the Durst Organization has scooped up the site for $173.5 million and is considering going forward with the massive construction, but as a rental tower with more than 1 million square feet.

Read more

Architecture, Hotels, Queens, Transportation

JFK’s TWA Hotel breaks ground, gets new renderings

By Dana Schulz, Fri, December 16, 2016

TWA Hotel, TWA JFK, JFK Hotel, TWA Flight Terminal, Eero Saarinen, MCR Development

The shovels were out at JFK’s TWA Flight Terminal yesterday, as MCR Development and JetBlue broke ground on their project to turn Eero Saarinen‘s mid-century modern masterpiece into the high-end, 505-room TWA Hotel. According to a press release, Governor Cuomo attended the festivities, noting that the conversion “will preserve this iconic landmark while cementing JFK’s status as a crown jewel of aviation.” The news also came with two renderings that show the two, six-story, crescent shaped hotel buildings that will rise on either side of the existing structure.

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affordable housing, Far Rockaway, housing lotteries

4-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Beach Green Dunes, Curtis + Ginsberg, Passive House Queens

Edgemere is a small neighborhood in the Rockaways that was full of beachfront hotels and bungalows back at the turn of the century. After Robert Moses tore down its most magnificent hotel and replaced it with a parking lot in 1941, the area soon fell into disrepair and became a ghost town. Just this year, however, the city released its Resilient Edgemere Community Planning Initiative to repair Sandy damage, protect the neighborhood from future flooding, improve transportation, and build resilient housing. One of these new projects is called Beach Green Dunes, a brand new Passive Building at 44-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard with amenities like a roof garden, courtyard, parking, and fitness center. An affordable housing lottery for its 100 units opens today, ranging from $653/month studios to $1,597/month three-bedrooms.

Find out if you qualify

Architecture, Hotels, Queens, Transportation

Eero Saarinen, JFK Airport, MCR development, Mid-century Modern, Neo-Futurist, TWA Terminal

After sitting vacant at JFK Airport for 14 years as a vestige of jet-age architecture, Eero Saarinen‘s iconic 1962 TWA Flight Terminal received a new life in the summer of 2015 when it was announced that the neo-futurist structure would be reborn as a high-end hotel. MCR Development teamed up with JetBlue and the Port Authority to develop a “505-room LEED-certified hotel with restaurants, 40,000 square feet of meeting space and a 10,000-square-foot observation deck,” as 6sqft previously described. Initial reports referred to the project as the “TWA Flight Center Hotel,” but the Times now confirms that it’ll simply be the “TWA Hotel.” And with construction four months in, Curbed noticed that signage for the hotel has gone up, preserving the airline’s logo and font.

See the sign ahead

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