Emerging from a former industrial wasteland, a series of towering structures promise the most affordable housing units built in one New York development since the 1970s. In a plan reminiscent of Brooklyn’s Starrett City, Hunters Point South will eventually have 5,000 apartments across multiple towers, creating a new neighborhood for New Yorkers of all income levels.
In the current phase of construction, developer TF Cornerstone is adding 1,194 rental units in two new buildings, 719 of which will be affordable. The pair joins the first two towers built on site in 2015 by Related Companies, which include a combined 925 units.
Located along the western Queens waterfront, the mega-project sits alongside the second phase of Long Island City’s newest gem: Hunters Point South Park.
Completed in 2018, the 11-acre landscape is now a central part of life in the neighborhood, with hundreds of locals and tourists pouring into the park everyday. It also serves as an ecologically resilient buffer against future storm surges, and will eventually help protect the 11 new buildings that, when finished, will fill out the southernmost point of Long Island City.
Stretching from 50th Avenue to 57th Avenue where the East River meets Newtown Creek and over to Second Street, the development stems from a Bloomberg-era initiative to create over 5,000 rental units with 60 percent affordable housing for low- to moderate- and middle-income residents.
For decades, the 30-acre area was overgrown with plants, weeds and hundreds of trees that made up a dense waterfront woodland. It was an urban adventurer’s paradise, created from the rubble of demolished industrial buildings, including a Daily News printing plant and the National Sugar Refinery.
After Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg left office, the New York Economic Development Corporation managed the build-out of the second and final phase of Hunters Point