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Pre-war Queens Plaza building to get 18-story ‘vertical enlargement’


Oct. 11, 2015 Staff Report

A five story pre-war office building in the heart of Queens Plaza is likely to get a whole lot bigger, based on recent filings with the Dept. of Buildings.

The existing structure, located by the Queensboro Bridge at 24-16 Queens Plaza South, will be getting a so-called vertical enlargement, where 18 stories will be built on top of it—converting it into a 23 story, 117-unit apartment complex.

The current building has been used for retail and office space for decades and there are still signs up for lawyers and a dentist. The US Post Office had a branch here– although the branch closed recently.

The new plans calls for 4,343 square feet of commercial space and 86,230 of residential.

The addition will cost the developer $15 million, according to the filing.

The owner of the property is Roy Kirsch who could not be reached for comment.

For a copy of the building permit, click here

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@Joe at the Berkley You are so right like always. The only saving grace is when the project is complete there will be no evidence of 24-16 Queens Plaza South. It was an eyesore when our grandparents were kids. It was an eyesore when we were kids. Its still an eyesore. Did they even name that dump? I don’t know what some of these people are talking about “applaud preserving the original structure”, There will be no trace of the original structure. Dg27 go to Jackson Heights if you want to see some pre -war architecture worth preserving.

Joe at the Berkley

This building has absolutely no architectural significance or beauty. It was even built on the cheap. The building is only being spared the wrecking ball as a cost saving measure. Just because something is old doesn’t mean it’s worth preserving. Trust me I fought to preserve the Jackson Heights historic district. Now these buildings were worth saving not this monstrosity.


@guy_on_the_corner I agree with you, “maintain at least some character of the neighborhood”. Bring back the “tranny” hookers.


Sorry, the idea of knocking down any prewar building is a step in the wrong direction. New York has become a city where nothing of our past is being preserved. We have too many lifeless glass towers. While I don’t applaud the vertical enlargement, I do applaud preserving the original structure.


Exactly. Enlargement and re-use of the existing structure will at maintain at least some character of the neighborhood.

Thumbs up to the owner.


like the Eagle Lofts. could be really interest. i’m already disappointed in the glassy facade of the newest 1000 unit rockrose tower though.


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