Queens Plaza

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41-26 27th Street, Long Island City, NY

Queens Plaza
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Building Information
Architect Karl Fischer Architects
Number of Units 101
Number of Floors 10
Year Built 2004
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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41-26 27th Street, Long Island City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning M1-5/R9
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Exterior of Queens Plaza

The Queens Plaza located in the Hunters Point neighborhood of Long Island City, Queens is a 10 story residential condominium building completed in 2004. The building offers 66 one and two bedroom residences in a convenient location that is changing rapidly and expanding into a cultural center. The neighborhood of Hunters Point has recently experienced a revitalization due to the presence of the Contemporary Arts Center.

Queens Plaza is easily accessible by a myriad of subways and buses, making it just minutes away from midtown Manhattan. The area has been said to be known as a new Dumbo, which is a sought after neighborhood in Brooklyn.

The area of Hunters Point has a deep history, and was first incorporated into the city of Long Island City on May 4, 1870, along with several other surrounding areas. Because of its geographical area on the peninsula surrounded by waterways Hunters Point became a highly industrialized area during the 19th century. Industrialization declined in the area in the 1970s and 1980s, leaving many abandoned warehouses and factories. The area now is an exciting, up and coming neighborhood with a historic charm.[1]

Location

The Queens Plaza, with its location in Hunters Point, offers a diverse neighborhood of Queens that is one subway stop from Midtown Manhattan. With easy access to Manhattan and other parts of Brooklyn, residents can enjoy the luxuries of suburban living without being too far from the city. The # 7 subway makes its first stop in Hunters Point, which is about a five minute ride from Grand Central. The G line offers transportation between Queens and Brooklyn, and the NY Water Taxi offers an alternative connection from Hunters Point to Wall Street's Pier 11.

Located just north of the Queensboro Bridge and Queensboro Plaza, the nearest subway station is located five blocks west. Many nearby outdoor attractions exist, which includes Queensbridge Park on the shore of the East River overlooking Roosevelt Island, Rafferty Triangle, Court Square Park, and the John F Murray Playground.

There are many highly sought after schools in the area that include the Academy of American Studies, Newcomers High School, and Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School.[2]

Construction

The Queens Plaza building's exterior façade exudes old-world, historic charm with its red brick and also appeals to modern architecture with its many curved balconies and off-white two story base. The ten story building is built of concrete, and has a very simple architectural design that resembles an early 1900s factory or warehouse. The building has a flat roof and many windows, and many inset balconies. A mosaic pattern can be seen at the sides of the building's front exposure on 27th Street, that plays with the white and red color scheme.

The balconies are inset but protrude slightly, acting as an overhang for the floor below. No roof overhangs or setbacks are utilized in the design of The Queens Plaza. The old-world charm is extended by the cast iron balcony railings, the imitation gas lamps found around the building's exterior, and the three-paneled windows found in each residence.[3]

Layout and Features

Modern, open kitchens feature GE stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops with under mount sinks, and plenty of cabinetry that includes Sapele base cabinets and glass upper cabinets.

Bathrooms feature limestone and waterfall shower-heads with six foot soaking tubs and custom vanities with wood cabinetry and granite counter tops, as well as a glass medicine cabinet. Oak hardwood floors are found throughout the residences, as well as large walk in closets in the master bedrooms.

Building amenities include a part time doorman, a fitness center, onsite parking and storage, a common roof deck, and washers and dryers in each residence.[4]

Floor Plans

16 floor plans are available. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities

Amenities included at The Queens Plaza are:

  • Part-time doorman
  • Fitness center
  • Common roof top deck
  • On-site parking
  • On-site storage

Bylaws

Queens Plaza Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • The Queens Plaza is a pet-friendly building
  • Rentals are unrestricted
  • There are no age restrictions on ownership
  • BBQs are allowed on the common roof deck

Sustainability

The Queens Plaza offers sustainable features such as double pane windows for extra energy efficiency, low energy lighting and appliances, and easy access to many nearby public transit routes. Car and bike share programs are also located nearby, which offer an eco-friendly alternative to commuting.

Residents can practice a sustainable lifestyle by taking extra measures in their daily lives such as:

  • Turning off lights and unplugging electrical cords when not in use
  • Adding a recycling component to their kitchens
  • Running cold water laundry cycles


Trivia

Queens Plaza Redevelopment Rendering

A nearby attraction and what the building is named after is the Queens Plaza itself, which is a plaza located on Queens Boulevard between North Plaza Street and South Plaza Street. The plaza is underneath the Queensboro Bridge, which was built in 1914. The plaza has subway stations for the E, M, and R trains.

Looking back on the Plaza's history, the plaza was built in 1909 and it was initially the center of the 18th century village called Dutch Kills. Dutch Kills was a crucial location during the American Revolutionary War.

The plaza was built for the connection of Queensboro Bridge and Queens Boulevard. During the 1920s and throughout World War II the plaza accommodated many factories and warehouses. The area now has plans for redevelopment that includes new residential projects. The Plaza is currently budgeted for a $75 million dollar transformation.


References

  1. Street Easy
  2. Walk Score
  3. Street Easy
  4. Estately


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