Astoria

affordable housing, Astoria, housing lotteries

Steinway Estates, Garrett Gourlay Architect, NYC affordable housing, Astoria development, 19-80 Steinway Street

The affordable housing lottery has commenced for 83 brand new apartments at the Steinway Estates in Astoria, per the NYC HPD. Units will range from $895/month studios to $2,586/month three-bedrooms, with annual income requirements varying from $32,023 for a single-person household to $130,260 for a six-person household.

The development at 19-80 Steinway Street is on the edge of the Steinway IBZ (Industrial Business Zone) and was originally known as the Vesta or Vesta Q when it first surfaced as a mixed-use project back in 2008. Exact details on the building aren’t clear, but renderings from Garrett Gourlay Architect show a four-story, corner-lot structure with landscaped outdoor areas and contemporary apartments.

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Architecture, Astoria, New Developments, Rentals

Introducing Astoria’s Newest Rental Building: The ‘L’ @ 31st Drive

By Heather Cooper Vivares, Fri, January 15, 2016

The “L” @ 31st Drive, 23-36 31st Drive, Astora, East River Developments

Future Astoria renters, meet The “L” @ 31st Drive. Located on a sedate block at 23-36 31st Drive, the “L” is a brand-new 22-unit building with rentals ranging from $2,000/month studios to $3,200/month two-bedrooms. The design hewn by Gerald Caliendo Architects features a modern concrete and glass exterior rising five stories in height. Complementing its streamlined exterior, interiors boast floor-to-ceiling windows, light hardwood floors, clean white walls, and stainless steel appliances.

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Architecture, Astoria, New Developments, Rentals

Hallets Point, Tan Architect, 3005 Vernon BLVD Joint Venture LLC, The Pillar, 30-55 Vernon Boulevard (2)

The Astoria waterfront is poised to become the city’s next high-density residential enclave, with more than 4,000 apartments planned within the Astoria Cove and Hallets Point developments alone. Just to the south, and more modest in scale, a six-story, 65-unit condominium building is preparing to rise from a block-through site at 30-05 Vernon Boulevard. City records indicate 3005 Vernon BLVD Joint Venture LLC purchased the lot for $3 million in 2014, and filed demolition permits in November to raze the existing one-story warehouse.

Renderings provided by the building’s architect, Young Kim of Tan Architect, show a white brick building with a glass curtain wall on its east- and river-facing elevations. As required by zoning, on-site parking is provided at ground level, and the garage roof will hold an expansive rooftop terrace. According to Young Kim, the development is moving forward and the team is in the process of filing building permits.

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Astoria, Transportation

The MTA May Revive the W Train Line

By Shiloh Frederick, Wed, July 15, 2015

subway, W train, mta service changes, second avenue subway, q train

Rumor has it that the W train may be returning from the dead.

According to AM NY, the MTA is in talks with both public officials and rider advocates to bring the train back to service once the Q train is diverged to the Upper East Side to the new Second Avenue line in December 2016. Restoring the old line would prevent disrupting subway service in Astoria, an area with thousands of daily strap-hangers and only a few subways to choose from. The MTA hasn’t made any official announcements on the matter thus far, but with the opening of the Second Avenue Subway line rapidly approaching, they are said to be seriously mulling it over.

More on the rumor here

Architecture, Astoria, New Developments, Queens, Rentals

Astoria, Queens, Fogarty Finger, Kaufman Astoria Studios, Museum of Moving Image

An aptly located residential building called the Marx is getting underway in Astoria. The seven-story building at 34-32 35th Street is a “stone’s throw away” from the Museum of the Moving Image and directly across from Kaufman Astoria Studios (think Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live). The building will replace two small houses and a parking lot and sits adjacent to a stalled construction site slated to give way to its own seven-story residential building.

The Marx is designed by Fogarty Finger Architects, who also designed One Murray Park, and will contain 33 units, likely rentals. It will feature a dark grey brick façade of large, evenly gridded square windows (the latest rage in NYC architecture) whose angled metal panels and glazing variations will create an interesting play of light and shadow.

More on the project here

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