Renderings by DHD Architecture and Interior Design have revealed their proposed six-story rooftop addition to a five-story building at 37-06 36th Street, in Long Island City, Queens. The images depict a slick metal façade, matching the painted black of the bricks on the lower floors, while contrasting with the white-red design of the existing structure.
Permits have been filed for a 19-story hotel to be built at 157 West 24th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenue, in Chelsea. The site is less than a block from a Whole Foods grocery store and has easy access to subway stations along 23rd Street, including the F and M trains on Sixth Avenue, the 1 and 2 trains on Seventh Avenue, and on Eighth Avenue, the C and E trains. Jin Sup An’s 157 West 24th Street Lodging LLC will be responsible for development.
Permits have been filed by an anonymous LLC for a hotel on two lots, at 38-22 and 38-26 11th street, in Long Island City, Queens. The area is popular for hotel construction, and is located just a third of a mile from the 21st street – Queensbridge station, the first stop on the F train as it arrives from Manhattan. Stations serviced by the E, M, and 7 trains are also nearby, as is the burgeoning Hunters Point, which boasts MoMA PS1, Gantry Plaza State Park, and waterfront views of Midtown Manhattan.
New York City has a problem. As local politicians have consolidated their grip on power over the past several decades, many have become increasingly prone to serving specific groups of constituents instead of overarching ideals, noble, or otherwise. The Five Boroughs are no stranger to this kind of issue, with periods of historical stagnancy well-documented. But with electoral participation at staggeringly delegitimizing lows, local leaders like Gale Brewer will easily cruise to re-election. Amidst a backdrop of surging NIMBYism that is now more than glad to co-opt the tactics of Fake News, the outlook for the next few years on election day is rather bleak, as the politics of New York’s inward-looking regressive leaders will put up far greater barriers to entry than any potential wall along the Mexican border.