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Old Posted Aug 29, 2009, 2:14 PM
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Smile NEW YORK (Queens) | Gotham Center (Phase 1) | 325 FT / 99 M | 22 FLOORS | T/O

So now that I have actual photos, and the building(s) is(are) truly under construction looking, I think it's separate thread time for this monster. Just as a quick reminder, here's the only render seemingly ever (thanks curbed):


And here's the outline of the building care of the DOB:


From all of the press releases, it looks like they are starting with the 21 (according to the DOB, now 22) story building on the right (the one the DYCDOH is committed to renting). If that's the case, then the first render is set facing the site from just past the Queensboro Plaza station. From reading the filings, it looks like the basement and first floor are a big chunk of parking. The 22nd floor is mechanical, although not the elevator rooms, as those are listed as being above the 22nd floor.

The various filings for the new building can be found here.

And here's some photos from Thursday evening:






Crane TBD:




And a photo care of liqCity from June 4th to gauge progress:
     
     
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Another cool addition to Long Island City. Here's to hoping that another skyline coalesces there.
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I’m excited to see this and have been waiting for more development such as this since Court Square (Citicorp Center) many years back. Hopefully this will reignite a development trend for LIC which will lead to a stronger skyline in the area.
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Wow. didn't even know the parking garage came down. sweet. new construction in LIC!
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Didn't know we had lost the thread for this one. Didn't know it was under construction either, great news....
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Just for everyone's reference, here's what had been on the site previously:

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honestly, architecturally, it's a little boring and conventional looking. but i'm happy to see they are really truly starting to develop long island city and add more skyscrapers to the skyline. because it is in a prime area that is between manhattan and long island and is directly across from midtown manhattan with a great transporation system consisting of bridges, tunnels, subway and LIRR, it will only attract more businesses and residents and will continue to develop as an extension to manhattan and surpass downtown brooklyn and jersey city as a skyscraper and business hub.
     
     
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...and surpass downtown brooklyn and jersey city as a skyscraper and business hub.
In all seriousness though, that is a far far way away, if ever.
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In all seriousness though, that is a far far way away, if ever.
its sooner than you think.
     
     
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Just for everyone's reference, here's what had been on the site previously:

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Oh wow, that thing came down? Forgotten NY was really hating on this garage...
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Oh wow, that thing came down? Forgotten NY was really hating on this garage...
The Queens Municipal Garage was, roughly, the ugliest thing ever. But now it's gone and being replaced at least something pleasant, if not architecturally striking. Not sure when I'll be over there to take photos again, but this building is going to go up FAST. From the first week I was by and noticed they were steeling up the ground floor to a week later, they already had this next floor up and this was all before the tower crane.
     
     
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...it will only attract more businesses and residents and will continue to develop as an extension to manhattan and surpass downtown brooklyn and jersey city as a skyscraper and business hub.
I think the new Sunnyside Station to be built as part of the larger East Side Access project will likely serve as a catalyst to further development. Right now, although there's an LIRR station at Hunter's Point, very few trains stop there even though all trains headed to Penn Station pass through the area. Once Sunnyside Station is open, many more LIRR trains (and some Metro North trains, too) will stop here making it more attractive to businesses.
     
     
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Just a quick non-photo update. I was over at Dutch Kills (both the bar AND the neighborhood) last night, and this building is now at 13 stories, but no glass yet. The curve is really pronounced. The whole thing really stands out too because it has much larger floor plates than anything else in the immediate area. It's also about to be quite a bit taller too.
     
     
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So I had wanted to post photos, but the pictures won't be linked, and I don't want to just grab this guy's photos and stick them on my site, so you can follow the link.

http://www.restlus.com/2010/02/hunte...one-green.html
     
     
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its sooner than you think.
Highly unlikely.
     
     
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Did someone say news?

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New York, NY (PRWEB) February 24, 2010 -- Tishman Speyer President and Co-CEO Rob Speyer welcomed Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber and Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda Gibbs and a host of Queens and citywide government, labor, civic and business leaders yesterday for a ceremony celebrating the "topping out" of Two Gotham Center, a 21-story mixed use tower in Long Island City.

Tishman Speyer - Gotham Center Tower
Tishman Speyer - Gotham Center Tower

Other notable participants in the ceremony included New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President Seth Pinsky and New York City Building & Construction Trades Council President Gary LaBarbera. During the ceremony, members of Ironworkers Local 361 raised the final beam of steel, which was signed by construction workers and dignitaries in attendance, to a height of 325 feet.

The office portion of the 662,000 square-foot, Class A office tower, which is being developed by Tishman Speyer on the corner of Queens Plaza and 28th Street, will be occupied by the New York City Department of Health (DOH). Once the tower is completed in early 2011, the DOH will begin relocating staff members from many of its 15 Manhattan locations.

The $316 million project, which replaces the Queens Plaza Municipal Parking Garage, also will include approximately 8,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 160 parking spaces. The tower is the first phase of the proposed 3.5-million-square-foot Gotham Center development. This initial stage is responsible for the creation of about 1,400 construction jobs.

"The multimillion-dollar Gotham Center project is a welcome sight that will bring jobs and economic activity to an area that is a gateway to Queens," said Queens Borough President Marshall. "In recent years, the private and public sectors have worked together to bring growth here in housing, retail and office space, while making the entrance to Queens greener with more efficient energy sources and new landscaping. On behalf of the people of Queens, I thank Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Tishman Speyer, the Modell Family and the Long Island City Business Improvement District and Development Corporation for making today possible."

"Long Island City has long been poised for growth and development, and Tishman Speyer's commitment to build Gotham Center on the former site of the decaying Queens Plaza Garage is a testament to this area's future," said Deputy Mayor Lieber. "Gotham Center along with the infrastructure and streetscape investments along Queens Plaza and Jackson Heights will transform the gateway to Long Island City's commercial core while catalyzing additional private investments and bringing much needed retail amenities to the area. Congratulations to the Tishman Speyer team and the several agencies including NYCEDC and the Department of Health for their dedication to this project and to Long Island City."

"The relocation of Department of Health and Mental Hygiene employees to a state-of-the-art facility in Long Island City will help us achieve our goal of creating greater operating efficiency and enhanced environments for workers and clients of City agencies," said Deputy Mayor Gibbs. "The new space also will utilize an open-space office design long championed by Mayor Bloomberg for its ability to increase workplace effectiveness and lower operating costs."

"The public and private sectors' ongoing investment in Gotham Center serves as a vote of confidence for Long Island City's future," said Rob Speyer, President and Co-CEO of Tishman Speyer Properties. "We thank New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his team, the New York City Comptroller's Office, as well as the elected, civic and community leaders of Queens for their support. We also thank our partner, the Modell family, and our construction lenders -Wells Fargo Bank, HSBC Bank, Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale, Landesbank Hessen Thuringen and Bank of Ireland. Most importantly, we are indebted to the men and women of the construction industry for turning this vision into a reality."

"Today's topping off ceremony is a significant milestone in the progress we're making in transforming Long Island City into one of the City's great Central Business Districts," said NYCEDC President Pinsky. "New corporate tenants and two major infrastructure projects currently underway are making the area even more inviting to businesses, residents and visitors alike. By locating the headquarters of the Department of Health in the new 21-story tower, Gotham Center is also helping to fulfill Mayor Bloomberg's commitment to relocating City employees in boroughs outside of Manhattan. I commend Tishman Speyer for its commitment to the future of Long Island City and look forward to the ribbon-cutting in early 2011."

Added Mr. LaBarbera, "Gotham Center demonstrates the successes that can be achieved when New York City government, developers, contractors and union labor work together to expand economic activity and create meaningful jobs across all five boroughs. Given the difficult economic times we are living in, this sense of shared commitment is more important now than ever before."

Long Island City is already home to an array of corporate tenants, including Citigroup and the UN Federal Credit Union. In addition, the Bloomberg administration is undertaking substantial capital improvements around Queens Plaza and Court Square that will make the area more attractive to businesses and inviting to residents. The project includes a new public plaza, new plantings, lighting, street furniture and a public median from Queens Plaza to Court Street and a greenway from Queens Plaza to the East River. These improvements, combined with its proximity to Midtown Manhattan and accessibility to seven different subway lines and numerous bus routes, will serve to attract new businesses.

Tishman Speyer was selected to acquire the property and develop the project as a result of a Request for Proposals issued by NYCEDC. The New York City Employees' Retirement System and the Teachers' Retirement System are committing up to $9.3 million each in equity towards the project.

Designed by Moed De Armas & Shannon, Two Gotham Center will incorporate green building technology and is anticipated to achieve LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Buildings Council for its interiors, as well as LEED Gold Certification for its core and shell.

Key members of the development team include architect of record Gensler; construction manager Bovis Lend Lease; structural engineer Cantor Seinuk; and mechanical engineer Jaros, Baum & Bolles.

About Tishman Speyer

Tishman Speyer is one of the leading owners, developers, operators, and fund managers of first-class real estate in the world. Since 1978, Tishman Speyer has acquired, developed and operated over 325 projects totaling over 116 million square feet and a property portfolio of over US$54.2 billion in total value across the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia, including signature properties such as New York's Rockefeller Center and Chrysler Center, Berlin's Sony Center and Torre Norte in São Paulo, Brazil.
     
     
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Two Gotham Center, the 21-story office building that's been wowing many a 7-train rider zipping through Queens Plaza, has topped out. (That's a recentish photo above.) Will the rest of Tishman Speyer's ambitious Gotham Center get built? Baby steps, people. Two Gotham Center will house the city's Department of Health when completed in early 2011.
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An AWESOME pic from curbed that I was just headed here to post. It sure would be nice to see the second, much taller tower go up on the space at right. It's unfortunate things have gone so wrong for the star tower (hole to the left in the photo). The building that's there was pretty nice, and I think the new tower would be very nice too, but they've had serious problems. It's the same group that did the Fusion across the street (tan building dead center below the crane) and the Bridgeview 59 Apts (white and blue glass building just north of the 59th st bridge). I guess we'll just have to wait and see. I'm really happy how this one is coming out. The glass looks sharp. It's not the most earth shattering of designs, but both building meet the street nicely instead of having the curved sides facing out creating a dead pedestrian zone.
     
     
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