Manhattan-based Greystone Development has entered the burgeoning Long Island City marketplace with an innovative strategy of adaptive re-use.
Greystone CEO Jeffrey Simpson is preserving an existing 5-story office building and constructing an 18-story tower on top. The end product is a 23-story, 100,000-square-foot residential tower holding 117 rental units and 3,600 square feet of ground-floor retail space, according to Crain’s.
Woods Bagot Architects has a strikingly contemporary design for the property located at 24-16 Queens Plaza South.
The existing structure serves as a podium to the residential components above. There is a respectful transition from the pre-war, masonry facade to a modern, undulating glass exterior. The upper levels are articulated with horizontal bands and accented with curves that peel away from the facade to form outdoor balconies.
Northern Architectural is supporting the concept by designing and fabricating high energy-efficiency windows and walls that greatly reduce street noise. The result – residents will get unparalleled accessibility to services and transportation, along with quiet vistas of the sweeping Queensboro Bridge, as it leaps across the East River & Roosevelt Island towards Billionaires’ Row in Midtown Manhattan.