While Manhattan buyers typically pay a great premium for a park-front address, a single subway stop away in Long Island City, a new condominium aptly named [email protected] Murray Park North will begin sales with homes starting around $400,000. Developed by George Xu and Century Development Group, the six-story, 39-unit building will house a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments designed by Queens’ own Raymond Chan Architects.
[email protected] Murray Park North is located at 11-35 45th Avenue along the northern frontage of the 2.5 acre Murray Park/Murray Playground. Similar in size to downtown’s Gramercy Park, the community jewel is LIC’s largest green space not situated along the East River. The park is also across from the neighborhood’s sole historic district and is positioned centrally between the area’s two booming high-rise nodes–the master-planned Hunter’s Point waterfront community and the Court Square-Queens Plaza business district.
A $1.3 million renovation of the park in 2013 created a new central green space lined with 1964 World’s Fair-styled benches and a performance space with a stage and tiered seating. In addition, renovations in 2010 and 2012 spruced up the playground and its two playing fields.
While historically lined with a mix of pre-war walk-ups and low-slung industrial buildings, the park’s perimeter is now witnessing a burst of activity with several new projects aiming to take advantage of the park’s light and air. [email protected] Murray Park’s neighbor One Murray Park opened in 2012 with 45 live/work lofts designed by Fogarty Finger. Near the park’s northwest corner, Ekstein Development is building a 100-unit 80/20 project slated to open later this year. Along the park’s southern edge, GDC Properties acquired an industrial site and is planning a large townhouse development and directly east, Century Development is planning a sister building called [email protected] Murray Park South.
Besides providing leafy views, [email protected] Murray Park’s homes will include hardwood floors, Pedini-designed kitchens, and bathrooms furnished with Kohler bathtubs and Pedini vanities. Building amenities include a part-time doorman, fitness center, bicycle storage, and a communal rooftop. Modern Spaces has been retained as the exclusive marketer. Sales are expected to begin later this spring.
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