Nov. 23, 2016 - City Realty

When this project, which is known as The Hayden, at 43-25 Hunter Street near Court Square in Long Island City was first announced in 2013 by Rockrose Development, it was planned as the tallest building in Queens.

When it was topped out in May, 2016 at 50 stories and 535 feet high, Rockrose had planned a taller rental tower at 43-22 Queens Street that will rise 598 feet and be known as the Eagle Electric Factory development.

This tower, which was designed by SLCE Architects, however, is planned to have 924 apartments while Eagle Electric will have only 783.  It is scheduled for completion in early 2017.

The Hayden will be the city’s largest “80-20” project outside of Manhattan as 20 percent of its units, or 195 apartments, are “affordable.”

Rockrose, one of the city’s major residential builders, however, is not destined to hold the title of building the borough’s highest building.

Property Market Group swooped in with a 772-foot-high condominium apartment tower at 29-37 41st Avenue.  It will contain 930 apartments and is due for completion in 2019.

Before that tower is completed, however, United Construction & Development is expected to complete in 2017 a 964-foot-high building at 22-15 44th Drive.


No cookie-cutter development, this large rental apartment project looks like it has conquered the blender with its strong mix of façade patterns and building massing at the convenient heart of Long Island City.


While this tower lost its race to height supremacy in the borough, it is still in the running for most eye-catching base for a tall building in the borough as its low-and mid-rise components are like a storm-tossed flurry of wave caps in a blue-glass sea as their light-colored piers appear with random heights and spacing and bear no relation to the tall tower.

The tower, meanwhile, has an angled plan with a setback and an asymmetrical balcony plan that is in sharp contrast with the very handsome symmetry of the Citibank tower nearby that has been the borough’s most prominent landmark for many years.

The building will have 19,400 square feet of retail space on its ground floor and 18,000 square feet of amenities.

It is close to several subways.


The building has a fitness center, a basketball court, a billiard room, a rooftop solarium, a yoga studio, a Zen garden, a screening room, a library, and children’s playroom, and a “great lawn.”


The building will have 348 studios, 459 one-bedrooms and 167 two-bedrooms.