Newest LIC rental building 26-14 Jackson Ave. is 50 percent leased


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Photos courtesy of MNS Real Estate

In a sign that the heated Long Island City real estate market is still on fire, developers of the neighborhood’s newest rental building, 26-14 Jackson Ave., announced Monday the tower achieved 50 percent leasing after just one month.

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Big turnout at first Hunter’s Point South affordable housing forum


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Photo courtesy of NYC EDC

Judging from the turnout of the first Hunter’s Point South affordable housing forum on Monday, apartments in the Long Island City waterfront properties are likely to be filled quickly.

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Astoria Cove gets green light from City Planning Commission


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Rendering courtesy of STUDIO V Architecture

The 2.2-million-square-foot project along the Astoria waterfront cleared a major hurdle Monday as the commission voted to approve its land-use application despite the push back from community members with a majority vote of 10 yes, two abstentions and one partial no.

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Parks Department collecting bids to reconstruct Astoria’s Paul Raimonda Playground


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Rendering courtesy of Department of Parks and Recreation 

The Parks Department is collecting bids to renovate Astoria’s Paul Raimonda Playground and expects to begin construction in the spring of 2015.

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Take a first look at new interior of Sandy-wrecked Peninsula library as construction is set to begin soon


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Renderings courtesy of Queens Library

The long chapter of devastation is coming to an end for the Peninsula library in Rockaway Beach. The building on Beach 92nd Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard was “the hardest hit” library in the borough by Hurricane Sandy, according to a Queens Library spokeswoman, and has yet to reopen after nearly two years.

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Doughnut Plant opening first LIC production facility and shop


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Photos courtesy Doughnut Plant

Manhattan-based Doughnut Plant, which has been gaining popularity throughout the city and in Japan with its new versions of the classic pastry, is coming to Long Island City.

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Selfhelp unveils new Flushing senior housing development


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Photos courtesy of Selfhelp Community Services

Selfhelp Community Services hosted a grand opening Tuesday of Selfhelp Associates, a new development in Flushing, which looks to ease the need for more affordable housing for seniors.

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Modern Spaces set to open new Astoria office in October


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Logo courtesy of Modern Spaces  

Real estate firm Modern Spaces, which Eric Benaim launched in Long Island City in 2008, announced Monday that it is opening its sixth location in six years and its second in Astoria in October, hoping to hit a home run with the area as it did with its original neighborhood.

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Silvercup Studios seeking permit approvals again for delayed expansion


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Renderings courtesy Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners LLP

The stalled Silvercup West development, a planned $1 billion expansion of Silvercup Studios in Long Island City just south of the Queensboro Bridge, is back in the spotlight — for special permit renewals.

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