Construction is now fully complete on Skyline Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Long Island City and all of Queens. Addressed as 23-15 44th Drive, the 68-story, 778-foot-tall edifice is designed by Hill West Architects and developed by United Construction & Development Group, FSA Capital, and Risland US Holdings LLC. Yielding 802 residences designed by Whitehall Interiors and marketed by Modern Spaces, residences range in price from $500,000 to $4 million. The site is located at the corner of 23rd Street to the west and 44th Drive to the south.
Since our last update in December 2020, the remainder of the glass curtain wall has been installed, most prominently enclosing the gap left from the removal of the exterior hoist.
The envelope’s color appears to change throughout the day and in varying weather and lighting conditions. The skyscraper is topped with a sloped crown composed of a tight network of thin, vertically oriented louvers that enclose the mechanical equipment above the roof parapet. From the East River, Skyline Tower stands prominently over the rest of the structures in Long Island City, and could hold its title as the tallest tower in Queens for the foreseeable future. Our article from October 2019 showcases the panoramic views of the city from the skyscraper.
A new ground-floor subway entrance opened back in the beginning of March, providing access to the Court Square-23rd Street station that services the E and M trains that run into Manhattan. Station improvements provided by the project include a wide staircase, a new elevator, a ramp, ADA-accessible gates, and turnstiles at a cost of around $16 million. There will also be an additional elevator built in the near future that will connect the Manhattan-bound platform to the rest of the Court Square station servicing the nearby 7 and G trains.
John Caravella Esq., is a construction attorney and formerly practicing project architect at The Law Office of John Caravella, P.C., representing architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, and owners in all phases of contract preparation, litigation, and arbitration across New York and Florida. He also serves as an arbitrator to the American Arbitration Association Construction Industry Panel. Mr. Caravella can be reached by email: John@LIConstructionLaw.com or (631) 608-1346.
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