One of the few remaining vacant lots in East Harlem is about to become an apartment building. New building applications were filed yesterday to erect a seven-story residential project at 221 East 105th Street, between Second and Third Avenues.
A residential complex is nearing completion at 498 Lorimer Street on the southern edge of Greenpoint. Though it stands as a single structure, it functions as three conjoined buildings at 498, 500, and 502 Leonard, where each one is accessed via a separate entrance for its eight units. The combined 24 unit complex rises four stories high, with a penthouse level above set back from the main façade. In terms of urban context, its design makes it a transitional component between the rowhome neighborhood to the east and a new cluster of mid-rises facing McCarren Park one block west.
New York City neighborhoods are shaped by a strange patchwork of zoning designed for ideal properties in convenient locations. But thousands of lots don’t fit into a perfect, rectangular mold. They’re irregularly shaped, up against the railroad tracks, in a flood zone, or cross between two different zoning districts. That last situation is what brought an Astoria developer to the City Planning Commission on Monday. Great Neck-based owner George Elliott hopes to build a five-story apartment building at 30-70 38th Street, between 30th and 31st avenues.
Yet another home in one of New York City’s suburb-like neighborhoods is getting an expansion. Last Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved changes to the home at 240-02 42nd Avenue. That’s in the Douglaston Hill Historic District in Queens.
Backhoes have just begun tearing up the earth to make way for a slim condo building at 42-44 Crescent Street in Long Island City. Now, YIMBY has snagged the first rendering of the project near Queensboro Plaza.