A cleared site at 37-10 24th Street in northern Long Island City awaits construction of a 13-story, 122-room hotel. The 54,573-square-foot building would provide 45,906 square feet of commercial space, with Gurpal Cheema’s New Generation Development acting as owner and developer, MS Savanti Architect PC as the designer, and Sunny Builders NY Corp as the general contractor.
The three companies are also building an 11-story, 93-unit hotel on an adjacent site at 37-11 23rd Street. The two construction sites currently appear merged. The construction board at 37-10 24th Street creates confusion by featuring the rendering and building permit for its 23rd Street counterpart, where façade work is currently in progress.
37-10 24th Street is slated to eclipse its neighbor, which stands 135 feet tall to the top of the bulkhead according to zoning documents filed with the Department of Buildings. The new tower would measure 140 feet tall to the main roof and 174 feet to the top of the water tank bulkhead enclosure.
Aside from the massive Ravenswood Generating Plant on the East River waterfront, the hotel would stand as Ravenswood’s tallest building, matching the scale of the high-rise hotels that rose on the mixed residential-manufacturing blocks to the south in recent years. The windows of the restaurant proposed at the 12th floor would open upon panoramic views of Manhattan to the west, the growing Court Square skyline to the south, and Dutch Kills to the east.
The 100-foot-wide, 93-foot deep lot at 37-10 24th Street previously housed a single-story, brown-brick-faced warehouse. The Jung Sun Laundry Corp., which provided bulk cleaning services to hotels, hospitals, and restaurants, was the most recent tenant. New Generation Development purchased the property for $3.3 million in September 2012. The lot was cleared and fenced off by 2014.
The new building permit was filed in June 2014. Zoning diagrams filed with the Department of Buildings show a setback-free tower with a staggered façade that narrows in its northern portion. The structure would be set 15 to 19 feet away from the sidewalk, which allows for a small entry plaza, a skylight that illuminates the cellar, and access to the ten-and-a-half-foot-wide driveway along the north edge of the site. The 28-foot-wide rear yard would likely hold outdoor parking next to a small service area.
Permits and zoning diagrams list the 12-story building at 13 floors because the 160-square-foot service bar at roof level qualifies as commercial floor space. The bar would open onto a roof deck, partially enclosed by a glass canopy.
The hotel sits near the junction of several neighborhoods. Astoria, which starts a block north at 36th Street, chiefly consists of low-rise, pre-war residences. The mixed residential-manufacturing district of Dutch Kills starts a block east and covers northeast Long Island City, where a construction boom is in progress. The six-story The Lanes residence nears completion one block east at 37-10 Crescent Street, next door to the six-story Hephaistos Building Supplies building under construction at 37-02 Crescent Street. Seven-story 25-10 38th Avenue and 25-11 38th Avenue are in progress half a block further.
37-10 24th Street sits within the M1-3 light manufacturing district in Ravenswood. The neighborhood stretches along the East River and straddles northwest Long Island City and southwest Astoria. The new hotel, along with its adjacent counterpart, push the development frontier into a neighborhood of warehouses, workshops, and parking lots, which has changed little in recent decades.
The de Blasio administration advocates upzoning large sections of Long Island City, yet its ongoing drive to restrict hotel construction within industrial districts makes nearby hotel proposals less likely. Still, an abundance of underdeveloped properties, convenient transit options, and proximity to Midtown make Ravenswood a logical candidate for future rezoning and development.