Exterior work on Skyline Tower, which is now the tallest building in Queens and the rest of the outer boroughs, is beginning to wrap up as of December 16. Permits were initially filed in February 2016, but initial construction was slightly delayed because of its proximity to LaGuardia airport; initial permits wanted the 68-story skyscraper to be 79 stories tall. As of December 2020, the exterior façade is nearly finished, and the product is near completion.
What Are the Specifics of the Skyline Tower?
The 68-story building is located at 23-15 44th Drive in Long Island City in Queens and residential. Upon completion, it will contain 802 condominiums throughout its 68 floors. The building is 778 feet tall and was designed by Hill West Architects, with the residences themselves designed by Whitehall Interiors. The project has been developed by United Construction & Development Group, FSA Capital, and Risland US Holdings, LLC, with a total overall cost of approximately $1 billion.
What Are Specifics for Potential Residents?
Amenities within the condo complex for residents include:
- A fitness center with a swimming pool
- A sauna and spa
- A yoga room
- A laundry room
- A children’s playroom
- Several lounges for residents
Another amenity for residents includes an entrance to the Court Square–23rd Street subway station on the ground floor to have easy access to the subway. Each condominium’s estimated cost ranges between $500,000 to $4 million, a slightly more affordable price than downtown Manhattan condos. Developers are hoping to attract residents who want a luxury condominium’s amenities but are willing to live outside of Manhattan.
The Skyline Tower is close to the 7, G, E, M, N, R, and W trains, making it an easy commute for residents. For those who commute by car, the Queensboro Bridge is a short drive from the Skyline Tower, as is the Queens Midtown Tunnel at 21st Street leads into Manhattan.
When Is the Project Expected to Complete?
As of December 2020, the ground level still shows a steel barrier around the perimeter, so there is some work to be completed at the ground level and the facade itself. Workers dropped the exterior hoist in mid-December 2020, and the gaps must be filled in on the western side, which is clearly visible. However, most of the work is completed, and it is expected that the project will finish soon. Developers do expect the project to complete in the first half of 2021.