New development rarely arrives in Forest Hills, Queens, thanks to restrictive zoning and a densely built landscape of co-op buildings and single-family homes. But the city upzoned a small piece of the picturesque neighborhood just south of Queens Boulevard in 2009.
Development sites in East Harlem are disappearing fast, as investors snap up the neighborhood’s once-derelict lots and vacant buildings. But one developer managed to snag a vacant lot at 228 East 118th Street, between Second and Third Avenues. New building applications were filed earlier today to erect a seven-story apartment building on the 55-foot-wide lot.
Exterior completion is approaching for one of the most dramatic additions to the Downtown skyline in decades. The Helmut Jahn-designed residential skyscraper at 50 West Street reached its full height of 784 feet in September. As of today, most scaffolding has been removed from the crown, revealing a slanted concrete halo. The elegant concrete band will soon be obscured by a cocoon of curvy glass, which is being installed only nine floors below.
As the administration’s East New York rezoning marches through the public review process, small market-rate developments are growing on the neighborhood’s outskirts, away from the rezoning area south of Atlantic Avenue. One such project is in the works in Cypress Hills, the northern section of the neighborhood that stretches from Atlantic up to the acres of cemeteries along the Brooklyn-Queens border.
The flatiron-shaped facade at 10 Sullivan Street in Soho has most of its hand-laid Norman bricks and curved glass, and workers are busily installing bathroom tile and gas fireplaces. The building will eventually top out at 16 stories and hold 22 condos on a triangular lot wedged between Sullivan Street, 6th Avenue, Spring, and Broome Streets.