Articles on Queens

A 'High Line' in Queens

 
The High Line, a park on Manhattan's west side that was formerly a railway, can be viewed as one of the most innovative outdoor spaces in New York. Even in other parts of the US, the concept has given rise to similar efforts like The 606 in Chicago and Rail Park in Philadelphia. But New Yorkers may soon get another version of the High Line, as there is a plan for something like it in Central Queens. 

A New Story in Astoria: Astoria Cove and The Hallets Point Projects

 

Over recent years, Queens has become increasingly more attractive to Manhattan developers starting projects in the outer boroughs. Long Island City has been at the center of many of the developments, and now developers are betting big on Astoria.

Queens Districts Shift and Swell, Home Prices Soar

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Queens home prices have increased more than 10 percent for the first quarter of 2014 compared to first-quarter data for 2013, according to a report published by real estate firm Douglas Elliman. Major developers are redefining the typical Queens neighborhood. Queens communities that were once industrial and residential wildernesses that framed Manhattan's burgeoning landscape are turning into New York's yuppie hubs of the future. 

 

Borough Presidents Discuss Future Development

NYC Boroughs

In a forum hosted by Crain’s, the five borough presidents of New York City made a joint appearance last week, where they discussed their visions for future development in their respective boroughs. Four of the presidents are brand new to their office, and though they only play an advisory role in the land use review, their opinions are influential; a borough president can potentially cultivate or extinguish a project.

Demolition of 5Pointz Temporarily Suspended

5Pointz Long Island City

We thought it was over for Long Island City’s 5Pointz when New York’s City Council approved plans for the demolition of the so-called “Graffiti Mecca.” However, a recent lawsuit filed by a lawyer representing the artists resulted in a federal judge granting a 10-day restraining order to the group. This last-ditch effort is halting any construction on the site until at least October 28th.

REBNY Reports Record High Sales in Outer Boroughs

With all those mega high-rises going up in Manhattan and on the newly tapped waterfront areas, it’s easy to forget about New York City’s outer boroughs and the many neighborhoods throughout. We already know that places like Williamsburg and Long Island City are hot markets, but a recent report released by the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) shows that they aren’t the only popular neighborhoods. While Williamsburg and LIC are doubtlessly contributing to the popularity of Brooklyn and Queens, other areas have helped contribute to a 6-year high in home sales. 

Simply Irresistible: Long Island City Attracting Manhattan Developers

Long Island City from Manhattan

And the next stop on the lucrative New York City real estate rocket train—which is shooting at extraordinary speeds down the tracks of development—is… Long Island City!

Long Island City: Once Gritty City now Sitting Pretty

Long Island City New Construction Condos

Long Island City, though technically a part of Queens, is often seen today as an extension of Midtown Manhattan or North Brooklyn. A boom in new construction has resulted in the once industrial neighborhood to transform into a residential community with luxury condos, as well as a world-class art and cultural center of New York City.