We got off the Water Taxi to Long Island City on a recent afternoon and saw the first signs of construction at 1-55 Borden Avenue, at the corner of Second Street, in the Hunter’s Point South redevelopment project. A few pieces of what looks like the first floor of this building are jutting up, and we’ll undoubtedly see more soon. The names of the project’s developers, the Related Companies, Phipps Houses, and Monadnock, were posted on the construction fence. You can see why the city decided to pick this area to develop: The LIRR train station is across the street and there are some very pretty views of the Manhattan skyline. The building at 1-55 Borden Avenue will be 32 stories tall and 306 units, while a nearby tower at 1-50 50th Avenue will have 619 units. SHoP Architects designed the buildings, which broke ground in March and are expected to finish up next year. We’ll see if Hunter’s Point South is able to turn into a full fledged new neighborhood without displacing the businesses that are already there. GMAP
Some renderings and a view across the river after the jump.
Photos: Roland Li / Renderings: SHoP