Watch out Hudson Yards, Midtown is moving east to Queens. The glassy ghetto formerly known as Long Island City is sprouting a small city worth of skyscrapers, ushering in thousands of new residents, hundreds of hotel rooms, and a few hundred thousand square feet of office space. To help us visualize the neighborhood’s upcoming transformation, the dynamos at Rockrose Development commissioned visualization experts Zum-3d to produce this exceptionally accurate depiction of the changes afoot. Inspired by the rendering, 6sqft has put together a rundown of the nearly 30 under-construction and proposed projects for the ‘hood.
Gerald J. Caliendo Architects
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.
Rendering of 2183 Third Avenue via Gerald J. Caliendo Architects (L); The project site prior to construction(R)
Here’s our first look at 2183 Third Avenue, an under-construction mixed-use project in East Harlem being developed by Sharon Kahen and Haim Levi’s East 119th Street Development LLC. The parcel at the northeast corner of East 119th Street and Third Avenue is giving rise to a 12-story, 64,000-square-foot building designed by the prolific Gerald J. Caliendo Architects. The building will contain 59 rental units, retail space, and a medical facility at ground level.
In 2003, East Harlem underwent a 57-block rezoning spearheaded by the Bloomberg administration’s City Planning chair Amanda Burden. The revision, the neighborhood’s first in 40 years, increased density allowances along First, Second, and Third Avenues, while preserving the human-scaled midblocks in between. Over the past decade, more than a dozen residential mid-rises, roughly 8-12 stories, have blossomed along the area’s wide, well-trafficked corridors. Recent developments spurred by the rezoning include Barry Rice’s 119th & Third, Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work, and Kahen and Levi’s own CL Tower at Third Avenue and East 121st Street, two blocks north of their current project site.