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80-Story Tower Planned To Rise Above Citi Tower, Stands To Be Queens’ Tallest

Court Square City View Tower

Source: United Construction

Feb. 8, 2016 By Jackie Strawbridge

A new development is threatening to take the title of Queens’ tallest building from the Citi tower.

Developers filed plans Saturday for a 79-story, 774-unit building at 23-15 44th Drive, next to the CUNY School of Law and across the street from 1 Court Square.

According to City documents, the building is slated to stand 964 feet tall. It would loom over the Citi tower, currently Queens’ tallest tower, and would also be taller than a building planned at 29-37 41st Ave., which made headlines last year for its potential to become Queens’ new tallest tower at 914 feet.

Developers for the 41st Avenue project, known as Queens Plaza Park, could not immediately be reached for an update on that project or comment on this story.

Developer Jiashu Xu, also known as Chris Xu, bought this site from Citigroup last summer, for $143 million. According to a project page at United Construction and Development Group, Xu’s development company, this development will be called “CityView Tower.”

“Manhattan is less than five minutes away by subway or by car. [This site] is surrounded by a vibrant dining scene with some of New York’s most innovative eateries and taverns, lush riverfront parks with playgrounds, fishing piers, and running paths, notable art galleries and studios,” developers wrote on the project page.

Construction plans indicate that retail space and a residential lobby will occupy the ground floor. There will be parking for 103 cars on floor two.

Construction is expected to start in 2017, according to United Construction’s project page.

Xu could not be reached for comment on this story.

Court Square City View Tower

Source: United Construction

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qolspony

Why does it have to be 79 stories? Why can they built 4 buildings about maybe 20 stories so the neighborhood still doesn’t look empty? There is a lot of space to build there and there is no reason why the building can’t be smaller than 20 stories.

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Plum

No words greed is greed Frank don’t act like you don’t get it. you are just willing to co-sign right along with the cabal that all.

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Gennaro D. Massaro

Long island City was always a great place to live. It had some problems but overall it was safe and secure and everyone knew everyone else. The problem that the oldtimers like myself see is that instead of joining with the community that was here and keeping it a great place to live, the developers who came starting with Cityoights ignored the people who were here. They should have built housing that many of the long time residents could have afforded and welcomed them but instead we were treated like vermin and stamped out.

My wife and I who could have easily afforded to stay there decided to sell and move to another area of Queens. The developers who had come in to gentrify Long Island city didn’t want any of the locals to stay. They wanted to attract new people they thought were of higher quality then we were to the area. They were mistaken. If they had built for the long time residents, my mother was born on Vernon Boulevard in 1913 and I was born on 47th road in 1950, as well as for the newcomers they would have just added new residents in what was already a great place to live. Instead the developers as well as the newcomers were not interested in having us there.

Enjoy your community. My family and I did for many years. WE will always love Long Island City. It will always be home.

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Frank

Not higher quality – willing ad able to pay more money. Please remove the chip from your shoulder.

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Dana

Thank you! There are several posters representing builders and real estate interest and so few from residents. One poster takes on multiple names and hammers the same old free market bull-was. That shroud of death kills middle class incomes and drives us to peon status.
As a third world country, with low income workers. Bloomberg and A. Burden brokered the original waterfront buildings with the promise of continuation of present building heights for LIC. Now, the bribes continue…including a grotesque deformity near the Citibank building. Pencil buildings in LIC?
Grotesque.
Non-union labor for any buildings receiving any city support or variance, should be the basis for lawsuits. Let’s sue the base types and ask our elected reps to stand up for us.

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Frank

Dana, you are delusional. One poster with multiple identities? Paranoid much? People think that I “represent developers” but I, as an owner, want the value of the neighborhood to improve. If that means the treasured memories and ideals of long term residents gets push aside in the process, forgive me for not caring. The future is coming – participation is not optional.

Oh, and nonunion labor is in no way illegal. Unions are a remnant of a time past that only serve to overvalue labor. The sooner we are rid of them and their over entitled thugs, I mean, members, the better.

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Proud Dutch Killer

We, in Dutch Kills, got roped into new zoning in 2008. We were promised by Amanda Burden, the then Commisioner of New York City Planning that this new zoning would “Protect what we wanted protected in our community”, she took us for a ride on the order of a Bernie Madoff. The community told EVERYONE who asked that we wanted to protect the residential core of Dutch Kills. Amanda Burden, the haughtiest creature since Marie Antoinette, wasn’t actually listening. She had her own plans for Dutch Kills. We wanted no more garages, mini storage warehouses or other monstrosities invading our quiet low scale blocks.
2.5 years of meetings and phoney testing and what did we get? About 20 high rise hotels in an 8 block radius. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE HOTELS, MANY ARE FAMOUS BRAND NAME CHAINS…EVERY ONE WAS BUILT WITH TEAMS OF EITHER MEXICAN WORKERS OR CHINESE WORKERS. No, these developers are not philanthropists helping the down trodden poor. They contracted with outfits that got them CHEAP, CLEARLY, UNDOCUMENTED workers to SAVE THEM MONEY…..this at a time when legal citizens and documented immigrants were and still ARE starving for work. At the time, I begged our Congressional Representative, Carolyn Maloney, a supposed Democrat to look into stopping this outsourcing of good jobs to foreign workers RIGHT inside NYC. Her chief of staff pushed me out of Maloney’s path at a local meeting in Astoria telling me, “That is below the level of interest of the Congresswoman.” Really? The Holiday Inn on 39th Ave and 29th Street, a lovely beautiful hotel was built entirely by Chinese crews. They were bused into the work site and fed on the work site and never left to wander off of it until they were bused away at the end of work. Sounds almost like chain gang labor…..right here in NYC. I couldn’t get the interest of our 16 year Democratic Congressional representative. Just so we can be clear about what Maloney considers important, the bee in Maloney’s bonnet, the thing she is most energized about, is getting a PANDA for the Bronx Zoo. Evidentally she believes that having a Panda in NYC will bring a lot of Prestige to New York City and to the Representative herself no doubt. But for me, a tried and true Democrat, I should think that all our representatives from the City Council to the U S. Senate should be more energized about retaining and encouraging good paying construction jobs for New York skilled building trades. And I still wonder where the great Union leaders have been hiding, leaders who could rally all New Yorkers to defend good paying jobs for ALL New Yorkers. During the pain of the recession, NYC has been a boom town of construction. Instead of steadying our economy, we have ALLOWED the wealth to be siphoned off by the developers and those who are the contractors of low paid foreign labor. Why are no stories about this open job drain going on for years on the front page of the NY Times? Why because the Times covers “what’s doing” in Istanbul more than they cover ” what’s doing” in Queens. To be clear, I hold no animus against those poor foreign workers, they work harder than anyone, but we must protect our middle class jobs or we will end up a City and a Country of the Super Rich and the very poor. So you down in Hunters Point, we join you in objecting to the roll over of your once quiet neighborhood by the interests of large developers and their helpers in government. We’ve been through it already.

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Frank

Ah…you see the rub. Those foreign workers work “harder than anyone”. And you wonder why they are preferred over lazy Americans with an overinflated sense of their value?

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Plum

your off colored remark is said for the purpose of wanting to take the poster off message ‘get a life’ why don’t you try shinning apples dude to support your house dogs.

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Plum

you know this is a sad story. but I’m glad you told it and told it well. the democrats and the unions sold out labor a long time ago. how people get tied to the democratic party that is more to the right of center these days is bad. they talk to talk but forget about walking the walking. when will voters learn. your post is just excellent and point to the problems: immigrant issue and how the wedge is planted, income inequality, and dems maintaining the status quo and their comfortable positions. VOTE THEM OUT!

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Marcus

It’s more than just every square foot of this area will be tall glass towers. It’s the lack of services and stores. This isn’t just about Court Square but any newly upscale area. I’m curious to know something. Landlords now seem to raise the rent upwards of 5 times the amount, forcing stores and restaurants to close. Those spaces end up staying empty for years on end. What kind of tax break are they getting that it makes more sense not to rent than to rent at reasonable rates? When all these tens of thousands of people finally move into this area, who will be able to fill these spaces other than the chains?

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Frank

Commercial leases can last a decade or more. It makes perfect sense to forgo a lease at 25% of market rate for a few years to get one at market rate, especially in an area where commercial rent is increasing. it has nothing to do with tax breaks.

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Plum

Once these upscale rentals go up all the rents increase and price people out. that is not whining. that’s bread and butter issues. and developers know it. forget mom and pop or your corner butcher. it’s a racket. a rotten racket and tha’s the problem.

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MRLIC

The injustice I speak is the unaffordable rents for the longtime residents. Many I know don’t like what has happened here in LIC. Why should longtime residents be pushed out of their own neighborhood. Many post here and feel how I feel. You :Frank” sir sound “Entitled”. I haven’t had my toys taken away just my neighborhood. Sometime you should listen to the voice of the people and not just yourself.

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Frank

“Why should longtime residents be pushed out of their own neighborhood?”

Easy – if it is rent increases that are pushing them out, they don’t own where they live; someone else does. Or are you saying that a resident’s rent should never go up and the owner of the building should lose money just because said renter has lived there for a long time? THAT would be the attitude of an entitled brat.

Let’s look at this a different way. Should your paycheck never go up because your boss has been there for a long time? Should the price of food never go up? Maybe you want to put in price controls because, you know, they have always worked out oh so well.

Instead of listening to some idyllic “The People”, perhaps you should try some logic.

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Frank

The answer to your question is easy. If you don’t own your home, your right to be there is exclusively determined by your ability to pay rent. If the value of your home goes up, why shouldn’t your rent? Should your landlord be forced to lose money just because you have been there for a long time? If you believe that, then you are a poster child for the spoiled entitlement brat, pure and simple. Yes, MRLIC believes that the rules of the economy should be suspended just for him and his closest friends.

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MRLIC

The injustice is being forced out of your long time Apartment or home by rising prices and Over Development. You must be a newcomer “Frank” you sound” Entitled” . You need about a yearly salary of about $100,000 to live in NYC ‘s 5 boroughs these days. Most people I know don’t like what has happened to LIC and don’t make $100,000 a year.

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MRLIC

To the commenter who said : I have hijacked the site. I just tell the truth. There is much injustice here for the long time tenants. I have been here a long time and watched the neighborhood degrade and become overcrowded. LIC infrastructure cannot handle the amount of people here now and what GREEDY Developers will bring here in the future. I am not immature or uneducated,again as I just tell the truth. Assemblyman Tony Avella said he believes the #7 train is at capaity nowand wants the MTA to conduct a study.Many commenters on this site feel how I feel.

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Frank

Here is another bit of truth: the neighborhood has improved over the past decade by pretty much any objective measure. That is why rents are going up.

And please explain the “injustice” inflicted on the long time residents. You sound like a spoiled child who had his toys taken away from him. Please do us all a favor, stomp your feet and threaten to hold your breath until you get your way. At least then you would shut up with your whining drivel.

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Plum

your statement is unreasonable. people have a right to have input into say what is happening in their community. of course people will take sides when it comes to change. they have the right to be concerned how their communities will be affected by development that usually caters to only a certain CLASS

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Chris

My family has lived in Long Island city for 76 years. 3 generations, and to say we have seen change is an understatement. This community has gone thru a lot of change but it’s all for the better. I am 28 years old and I was born and raised here. No one in their right mind would of thought to purchase property let alone move to this area. Now with its cobble stone streets and new high rise buildings LIC is on the rise once again and is quickly becoming 1 of the most hottest spots in all of nyc. I live by the water so I am happy that this building will not be going up near the waterfront. The building looks beautiful but the car ratio of 103 spots doesn’t make to much sense. It will be located right next to queensboro plaza which will be great for people getting to and from the city. I just really hope this job will go to our union workers. The project will most likely be handled privately due to the owner being Asian but I really hope we can get our guys the jobs they need and deserve. I think this is a great addition to lic. Although the buildings might change the community Will always be the same. Such a safe neighborhood and it’s refreshing to see kids playing and riding bikes in the street and our elders playing checkers and dominos on the sidewalks. This neighborhood has a lot of rich history and tradition and it’s a great mix of new and old school New York
Locals only
Chris

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Plum

why are you glad it wont be on the waterfront. I wonder why they did not build on the waterfront.

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Gogo

What would we really want in LIC, we need to tell our city councilman
We need
Schools
A hospital
More food options
Better supermarkets ( keywest got better, food cellar is just so expensive and frankly seems generic )
Retail space
Offices which includes building proper commercial buildings not just residential . Incentives for people to come to LIC for work

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Plum

you sound too reasonable they are not interested, but of course you are absolutely right. but the community needs to come up with alternatives to present and organize, get assistance from others in community organize organize organize.

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Former LIC

Fled LIC, and NY, driven by cost of living. Miss my old neighborhood blog but that’s all. Best of luck to those who stay. To those who don’t: remember, life can be remarkable in many other places.

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MRLIC

brooklynmcI have not hijacked this site, I am just stating facts and echoing what other people on the site have written. I say certain things you may not like but they are true facts and I have witnessed them. Some may sound harsh but they are true, I have lived here a long time, if you have then you know what I am talking about. You sound immature and uneducated because you probably are a Newbie and like gentrification. You would not like if the shoe was on the other foot. Not trying to be mean but just stating facts. The neighborhood was better before Bloomberg’s rezoning.

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MRLIC

Marcus hit the nail right on the head. GREED by developers and King Bloomberg’s rezoning of neighborhoods for gentrification by the rich newbies (Yuppies & Hipsters) who make neighborhoods such as LIC antiseptic along with the large Ivory towers. Older residents whom you say are mean don’t like what’s happening in LIC. Can you blame them? The neighborhood was safer then than it is now. With these Ivory towers and rich NEW residents come robberies and snobberies along with overcrowding. Who needs an 80 story building in Court Square? We have one that Citicorp has practically abandoned when their office boom dream in LIC tanked a few years ago. Not many Citicorpers left in LIC.

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brooklynmc

Marcus did it in a nice, level headed way. He sounds educated and mature. Unlike you. You are just an insulting loud mouth who has hijacked this site calling himself MRLIC.

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Marcus

I think the point is, there has been zero city planning in this neighborhood. What could have been a great chance to create a “new” neighborhood, becomes just about greed. Who needs an 80 story building right in the middle of Court Square? Thank you, Bloomberg, for changing the zoning to help all your fatcat real estate friends.

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MRLIC

Mel is right LIC is not a cesspool it has/had charm. Rustic old buildings. thank heaven they saved the old Pepsi sign on the river. When a neighborhood loses it’s history(over development) and people (gentrification) it is no longer a neighborhood. Change the name to Manhattan West or Manhattan 2. The neighborhood is now antiseptic and boring.

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brooklynmc

I never said LI City is a cesspool. I said half of LI City is a cesspool. I stand by that statement. There is also a lot of charm. That is why I like it here. The Pepsi sign is great even though I don’t believe the government should pay for what is basically advertising. I agree that a lot of what is being built is cheap and that is sad but unfortunately, that is a sign of our times. We don’t use brick and wood anymore. The views and parks are amazing. The location can’t be beat. I wish there was some nice old brick buildings and brownstones but they are few and far between.

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Anon

With the antiseptic and boring towers come the antiseptic and boring people. They are also rude unfortunately. I have witnessed many rude incidents and one or two have happened to me. One actually happened after the snowstorm, I was walking on the sidewalk on a clear path that was very narrow. There was a couple walking towards me, but next to each other somehow. Instead of one moving over to allow me to pass and continue walking, they didn’t move and kept walking next to each other. They made sure to look down at me while I practically had to climb a snowbank to get out of the way. No apology or any acknowledgment of how rude they were. I know they were neighborhood newbies because the “newbies” are extremely easy to spot. This is only part of the issue with over development and gentrification- many of the new people who have moved in. Their attitudes leave much to be desired.

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Anonymous

The rudest people by and large in the neighborhood are the old timers who scream at children, dogs etc… like they had some eternal right to be the only ones living in this neighborhood

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the_the

Yeah, skanky hookers underneath all of the elevated subway trains. Those were the days.

sc

neighborhoods in new york city have been evolving forever. a city evolves, or it dies. that’s the way it works. the LIC that YOU remember from 25 years ago is vastly different from the LIC that the cranky old timer who was there BEFORE you remembers, and the LIC 25 years from now will be vastly different than the LIC I remember. this is not some new phenomenon.

Frank

Or, more likely, by increasing the number of people in an area there is an increase in the possibility of running into a jerk. The fact that you can make a blanket statement about the new people in the neighborhood all being “antiseptic and boring” simply shows that you must have been the resident jerk in those Golden Olden days of, as Brooklynmc put it, half a cesspool. Hopefully you will be priced out sooner rather than later to grace another neighborhood with your presence.

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Anon

Unless there are two people posting as “Frank”- I’ve seen you make numerous comments on these boards about pushing people out of the neighborhood (as you mention about hoping I’m priced out) which is exactly the attitude I’m describing. It’s also rude to assume there couldn’t have been any people from the “Golden Olden” days who can afford to stay. Thanks for your comments.

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Frank

There is nothing rude about hoping that closed minded jerks who make sweeping assumptions about the newcomers leave the neighborhood. Given the general braying about rising rents by the old timers, it is entirely reasonable to assume that is the most likely way people would be pushed out. This neighborhood isn’t great because of you; it is great despite you and your ilk.

Plum

it’s about displacing people not preserving what keeps a community intact. so, one community goes down and then another and for some that’s the way to go.

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brooklynmc

You need to wake up an realize that you are lumping thousands of strangers into a group. You are the one that is apparently sitting on a high horse looking down on people that you call antiseptic, boring, rude and newbies. If you are so wonderful and polite, why do you come off as so angry, mean and rude. As one of the “rich” “rude” “newbies” sitting in my “ivory tower” I would have to say that the natives are savages.

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Anon

I realize it is somewhat anecdotal, however, I have seen MANY, MANY instances of this rude behavior in the new LIC. Too many to list here. I do also realize how my comments might seem a bit mean but we’ve lost so much diversity in LIC it absolutely feels antiseptic to me.

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How?

What do you mean by diversity? I don’t live over on center but I see many ethnicities and nationalities represented over there. Even folks who may not be primary us citizens.

brooklynmc

I know this is not the popular feeling here but I am psyched. This will put LIC on the map. Some of you have been here for a little while, a few of you have been here a long time, but this is NYC and neighborhoods change. I have bounced all over the city in search of cheaper rents and I get pushed out all the time. Am I bitter, no. I move on. Yes, the subways and schools will be overburdened. That is why they are building new schools. The subways will suck so de Blasio recommended a trolley system. You can bitch all you want but LI City is one stop from Manhattan and is overdue for growth. I say build them and build them tall. It is not like they are knocking down beautiful historic buildings. Half of LIC is a cess pool.

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Mel

I beg your pardon? Lic is not a cesspool nor it ever was! You clearly how no idea regarding the history of this neighborhood!

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brooklynmc

I was not born here so I don’t have the attachment that you might have but lets be real. The ugly industrial buildings, cab depots, gas stations and no-mans-land blocks divided by LI railways, raised subways and bridge entrances and exits. There is a reason that there were tons of strip clubs here. At night, half the city is awkward at best. Long dark streets with no people. The largest public housing complex in the country. You may detest the high rises on Center Blvd or at Court Square, but I love them and so do many people. Hunters Point, in my opinion, is one of the best places in NYC to raise kids.

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History

Cesspool
1 : an underground reservoir for liquid waste (as household sewage)
2 : a filthy, evil, or corrupt place or state

Newtown Creek
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Newtown Creek is a 3.5-mile (6-kilometer) long estuary that forms part of the border between the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, in New York City. Channelization made it one of the most heavily used bodies of water in the Port of New York and New Jersey and thus one of the most polluted industrial sites in the US, containing years of discarded toxins, an estimated 30 million US gallons (110,000 m3) of spilled oil, including the Greenpoint oil spill, raw sewage from New York City’s sewer system, and other accumulation from a total 1,491 sites. Newtown Creek was proposed as a potential Superfund site in September 2009, and received that designation on September 27, 2010.

“The indictment also alleges that between October 2012 and January 2015, Singh fraudulently obtained federal disaster relief funds by preparing and filing false and fraudulent documents and invoices with FEMA. These documents claimed that the Singh entity, “The Water’s Edge,” which operated a restaurant in Long Island City, New York, suffered losses following Hurricane Sandy. The invoices inflated the amount of losses, often by double or triple the actual amount. Singh also submitted or caused to be submitted to FEMA fraudulent receipts from vendors that inflated the value of the contents of the building that housed the restaurant. As a result, Singh fraudulently received approximately $950,000 in disaster relief funds from FEMA.”

http://www.justice.gov/usao-edny/pr/long-island-businessman-harendra-singh-indicted-bribery-fraud-and-obstruction

“As NYC became less industrialized in the latter part of the 20th century, LIC became a ghost town of unused warehouses and factories.”

http://queenswestvillager.com/about/detail/history_of_long_island_city

Also, development here isn’t exactly a new thing:

Origins of Hunter’s Point

Hunter’s Point, a low island farm that was above tidewater, was owned by Captain George Hunter and his wife Ann on the banks of Newtown Creek. By 1833 both Captain Hunter and his wife had died. Three years after Ann Hunter died her will stated that her three sons should sell Hunter’s Point and share the profits. The entire estate of 210 acres was sold in 1835 for $100,000. It was resold in 1837 for $200,000. The “Point” part of Hunter’s Point comes from the area of land that juts into the East River and lies just west of the mouth of Newtown Creek. Between 1852 and 1853 the 200 acres of Hunter Farm were leveled of all its hills, streets carved out and building lots created for sale to home buyers.

And transportation issues aren’t novel either:

Transportation to the Steinway factory from Manhattan where most of their employees still lived was a difficult problem to solve. The Steinways first built a stage coach route along Steinway Avenue to a 92nd Street ferry and then in 1875 the Long Island City Shore Rail Road opened a street car line all along Vernon Avenue which connected to the Steinway Settlement and the 92nd Street ferry.

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Anonymous

Every day when I ask myself what LIC needs, the answer is always “another massive glass tower full of rentals”

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MRLIC

Give it time and LIC rents will overshadow or equal Brooklyn and Manhattan because Greed prevails in NYC and most places.

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James

This area will be like Manhattan it will provide high paying jobs to all the LICers moving in. Don’t like it? Move.

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LICisOver

It only brings jobs to construction workers, doormen and maintenance workers that will work for the building. How else does it bring jobs exactly when potential commercial and office space is all becoming residential? I wish the real estate people commenting on this site would take their greed glasses off. The rest of us aren’t falling for it.

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LICisOver

Edited to add: I know traditional office space is on the way out but no one is even TRYING to get creative with anything in LIC. I’m sure people are looking for coworking spaces or maybe there are companies tired of paying Manhattan or Brooklyn rents. LIC can offer something a bit cheaper, I’m sure. BUSINESSES will bring more jobs.

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Phil

No one who can afford this is going to deign to live in Queens, especially that half-industrial mess of a neighborhood

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Amadeo Plaza

It’d be one thing if this were an office tower, but another residential tower? Seriously? I live around the corner, and I think we’ve got enough residential buildings coming online in the next few years. We need more businesses, not more beds.

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MRLIC

Wow, 79 stories, what’s next something bigger than the Freedom Tower? LIC is becoming Manhattan and is ruined forever . What lies they said about the neighborhood sites for food and fun. How many people can you put on the 7 train which is at capacity now according to Tony Avella who wants the MTA to conduct a study against heir will of course. Can’t we fight this development. Van Bramer and DeBlasio want all this garbage to be built. Both of them need to be voted out of office in the next election.

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Mel

Yeah wow we really have so much variety to choose from for food & fun! Yippy yay! And don’t forget that we are only less than a five minutes drive to Manhattan! What are they smoking?

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Frank

Accidents are significantly more likely to occur when people actually do work, so I suppose you are right.

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Chris

Hahaha you’re funny those last several crane accidents are with Union People. Did you not read the article about 3 years ago. Someone was paying the inspector under the table. Yep love unions. Sorry but they need to go!!

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Anon

No clue but with this, 5 Pointz and the other four or five construction zones planned/in progress on 44th Drive, it’s going to be a nightmare. Then you have that “street improvement” project on to of it. They need to stop building and go ahead with the improvement projects before anything else.

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Yuck

Disgusting. And don’t even start on the crane accidents that could come up. And the parking to residents ratio is stupid.

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Mary Ann Sawka-Ofarrell.

I’m not sure why a building this tall is upsetting. My problem is why can’t we build structures for low or middle class people ??? Why is the establishment running people out of our Boroughs. ??? I’m in a apartment who’s rent is very reasonable because it was originally my mom’s . I would love to move where I want to live but if I do I would have to give up things such as medical care for my animals, gifts to my family, air conditioners because of the bill,. Basically everything I should easily be able to afford . Build , but build so we can help people, not to shut us out.

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the_the

Queensbridge and the other projects are already there for – using your term – “low class” people.

Now I’ll go off and cry about your lack of mobility because you are probably paying a rent that doesn’t even pay for your share of heating the building.

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None

You sound so ignorant. Queensbridge and other places like those arent good places. Not everyone has the income that the fortunate do.

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climber

completely misleading rendering.. it is missing Linc and that new building at eagle electric site

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Anon

Attend community board meetings, write letters to the representatives (include some cash in the envelopes). Seriously though just speak up anywhere and everywhere where it counts.

Anonymous visitor

this owner goes by two (2) names unbelievable — when will it ever stop — enough is enough

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Frank

Actually, it is not uncommon for many Asians to adopt a Westernized first name as a courtesy to Westerners who might have difficulty with their given names.

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Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

Long Island City teen sentenced in fatal shooting of ‘beloved’ school teacher at Queensbridge Houses in 2020: DA

A Long Island City man on Friday, Jan. 28, was sentenced to 19 years in prison for the 2020 fatal shooting of a public school social studies teacher who was out walking his dog when he was caught in the crossfire during a confrontation between gang rivals in broad daylight, just blocks from his home, according to Queens District Attorney’s office.

Ike Ford, 19, of 12th Street, in Long Island City, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree before Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder. The teacher, George Rosa, 53, was shot in his abdomen by a stray bullet fired by Ford, who was just 17 years old at the time of the shooting but was sentenced as an adult given the severity of the crime, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.