The story of Amazon’s selection of Long Island City for the company’s second headquarters stoked the hopes and dreams of many New Yorkers living within the Five Boroughs, with the company’s promise to bring up to 40,000 new jobs averaging $100,000 per year to Queens, by 2033. Unfortunately, due to the actions of a few elected Democrats, these hopes and dreams have now been squashed, as Amazon has now pulled out of Long Island City. Despite petitions and basic organizing advocating for the new HQ2, the combined Twitter presence of a rabid horde of regressive leftists led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez generated sufficient outrage for cancellation.
11 Hoyt is quickly ascending over Downtown Brooklyn. The building’s sculptural and wavy facade is also making its way up the sides, and beginning to give the tower its signature look. Designed by Studio Gang Architects with Hill West serving as the architect of record, the project is being developed by Tishman Speyer while Corcoran Sunshine is marketing the residences, with interiors by Michaelis Boyd Associates. The complex will span 770,000 square feet when complete, and boast expansive views of the Downtown Brooklyn skyline and neighboring brownstone-lined streets.
One of the latest additions to Chelsea is 192 Eighth Avenue, standing between West 19th Street and West 20th Street. The upcoming mixed-use commercial and residential building is now topped-out six stories above Eighth Avenue. It will soon bring five residential units above the ground floor. The building will come with nearly 10,400 square feet of space ,and is being developed by Dennis Druzhinsky with Versatile Engineering serving as the architect of record.
As seen through the green construction netting on-site, large hollow steel pilings are now sitting in the cold weather waiting to be driven into the ground by two piling machines at 9 DeKalb Avenue. Designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS Development and the Chetrit Group, excavation and foundation work for the 1,066-foot-tall supertall is making steady headway in Downtown Brooklyn.
On January 28, the Department of City Planning released the Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) for the proposed Residential Tower Mechanical Voids Amendment, which seeks to limit non-residential floor heights in future apartment towers within high-density districts. The 48-page document, which outlines the proposal and its impact, reveals a troubling foundation of groundless speculation, elusive language, and self-contradictory statements. The proposed amendment ultimately promises to stifle flexible planning, and fails to present a convincing argument in its support.