Long Island City Rises: Tracking 2016 Skyline Progress and Looking Ahead

Comments (14)
  1. David says:

    Thanks for a very long describing, now I’m busy and I will turn back to read this story soon.

  2. Theresa says:

    Typo. Second paragraph. 21st Street to the west. Not 21st Ave

  3. David says:

    Complete. (^_^)

  4. Vitali Ogorodnikov says:

    Thanks Theresa. Fixed.

  5. Rnsone says:

    This is truly amazing! I grew up in Long Island city. I’ve seen it in the 70’s, so to see it now and what it will become is truly breathtaking. Thanks for the article!

  6. Janette says:

    Great article.

  7. mediawatcher says:

    Very informative article, well-balanced and comprehensive. The last paragraph with its Scott Fitzgerald quotation was an especially nice touch, gave me a full-body tingle with goosebumps. Thanks!

  8. hhash says:

    excellent article!

  9. Tyrone Phillips Knox says:

    Thanks for the article. It was so informative of the new city being built. I attended Laquardia Community college. Im glad for all the improvements.

  10. cecil b says:

    are these 20/80? how does someone with low income apply to get buy an apartment in any of these buildings?

  11. Rick Altabef says:

    Great article. The L-closing crisis can be ameliorated and Long Island City made even more Manhattan accessible by running the G train into Manhattan via the 60th Street BMT tunnel. This would require minimal new construction since the “11th Street Connector” currently used by the R train, already connects the Queens Plaza local tracks to the 60th Street tunnel. It is a few yards away from the G tunnel, which runs under Jackson Avenue. If the N is substituted for the R on the Queens Blvd line and brought into Manhattan through the 63rd St tunnel (now only half-utilized by F trains); and if the R substitutes for the N on the Astoria line, the 11th Street connector would be freed-up to accommodate G trains. Since the 60th St tunnel currently accommodates N,R and Q trains, it will be able to accommodate R, W and G trains when the Q moves from Astoria to the 2nd Avenue line at the end of 2016.

  12. Willy says:

    Great comprehensive article on the development history of LIC’s Court Square district and predictions for its future. However there are some glaring omissions when it comes to sound city planning. The height, bulk, density hyperbole neglects 3 major issues that threaten the livability of the district and could have serious ramifications in marketing the area compared to other NYC neighborhoods:
    1. Lack of public open space. Through-out recorded history it is the availability of open space that measures the quality of democracy and progress of civilization via the events that take place in them. Two NYC examples would be Foley Square and Union Square. The under construction 11,000 new residential units, 1800 hotel rooms and over 1M square feet of commercial space combined with planned future projects and what’s already here all within less than a fifth of a square mile will grace the district with the worst open space ratio (open space to resident) in the City. This gross inadequacy will guarantee high turn-over. Adding one block of Hunter Street is grossly inadequate.
    2. Lack of usable public transportation. Yes, most (not all) Queens subways stop in the district, but before they get to LIC stations during rush hour, they are already at or over capacity. This situation at the Number 7 Vernon/Jackson station is so dire that you have to que up just to get down the stairs and prepare to let several trains go by before there is room. Relying on a painfully slow moving trolley ½ mile away will not suffice.
    3. Lack of foresight. The equivalent of this amount of development proposed in climate change savvy places such as northern Europe, China, and even the Middle East would feature buildings that decarbonize energy use, contain place destinations such as water parks, provide photovoltaic panels, skywalks, etc. This lack of 21st c. planning will make the district obsolete by 2030.
    For future assessments how about less erection competition stats with other boroughs and more quality of life matters – especially those that address 21st c. issues.

  13. jeanne davis says:

    WOW very interesting..amazing but scary that all those high rises with very little outdoor space.

  14. Clifford Carlson says:

    I will never get the excitement for the Brooklyn Queens streetcar. Instead of extending the G a few miles, DeBlasio wants a streetcar that will zero compatibility with existing infrastructure. Cuomo and deblasio need to give their inane turf wars a rest already.

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