Tag Archives: TF Cornerstone

More retail coming to Long Island City waterfront


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy of Winick Realty Group

More retail is on its way to Long Island City.

Leasing for the retail spaces in real estate company TF Cornerstone’s East Coast Development, a mixed-use project of six buildings located on the Long Island City waterfront, has been completed by Winick Realty Group.

Of the six buildings, eight retail leases were signed at 45-45 Center Blvd., 45-40 Center Blvd., 46-10 Center Blvd., 46-15 Center Blvd. and 46-30 Center Blvd., according to the realty group.

“Through the strong market knowledge we have gained by working with many Long Island City developers, as well as assisting many active retailers, we were able to achieve record rent numbers and secure strong tenants on behalf of TF Cornerstone,” broker Aaron Fishbein said.

Joining New York Kids Club, which announced last August that it would be opening up a 5,003-square-foot space at 45-45 Center Blvd., will be three new tenants that range from fitness to children’s clothing.

Fitness program I Love Kickboxing has leased a 2,967-square-foot studio at the location, and children’s salon and clothing store Mimi & Mo is expected to open a 1,239-square-foot shop as well. European Wax Center, offering waxing services for men and women, has also signed up to occupy 1,252 square feet at the site.

An Italian restaurant from TD Restaurant Group, which is still unnamed, has signed a lease for a 7,733-square-foot ground floor restaurant at 46-10 Center Blvd. located directly behind the Pepsi-Cola sign. The restaurant will also occupy a 2,200-square-foot outdoor terrace overlooking the East River. Latin fusion restaurant Blend, Sweetleaf Coffee and Espresso Bar and Crank Cycling Studio are also located within the building.

“Working together with Winick Realty Group, we have been able to craft an incredible mix of retailers that will serve the residents in the East Coast Development, as well as the entire Long Island City community,” said Steve N. Gonzalez, head of retail leasing for TF Cornerstone.

 

RECOMMENDED STORIES

 

 

TF Cornerstone celebrates sixth building opening on LIC waterfront


| editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of The Marino Organization

SALVATORE LICATA

TF Cornerstone kicked off the opening of its final project in the six-building Center Boulevard complex on the Long Island City waterfront last week.

The real estate company celebrated on June 12 the opening of the luxury apartment tower 4610 Center Boulevard, a 26-story building which curves around the iconic Pepsi-Cola sign by the East River.

Designed by architecture firm Arquitectonica, 4610 Center Boulevard is made up of 584 units including studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments.

The final project also marks a decade of the company helping pioneer the western Queens waterfront.

TF Cornerstone’s six-buildings encompass 2.6 million square feet and include 2,800 rental units, 184 condominiums, 35,000 square feet of retail space, and acres of parkland and open space.

“When TF Cornerstone purchased this property in Long Island City, more than 10 years ago, our vision for the neighborhood went beyond just developing beautiful buildings,” said Jon McMillan, director of planning for TF Cornerstone. “We sought to create an entire new waterfront community for our residents.”

The Center Boulevard development is a four-minute subway ride away from Midtown Manhattan on the 7 train, and accessible by the G, E and M trains.

 

RECOMMENDED STORIES

2014 LIC Arts Open kicks off Wednesday


| editorial@queenscourier.com

© Luba Lukova

The art scene in Long Island City is heating up and opening its doors during the fourth annual LIC Arts Open – a 5-day extravaganza where over 250 artists will occupy galleries, performance studios and open their studios to visitors.

The event, which this year begins Wednesday and runs through May 18, started several years ago as a two-day, open-studio event, mainly showcasing visual artists and now just keeps on getting bigger.

This year the festival has more than 85 exhibitions and events taking place, with over 160 artists holding open studios. Every event is free and open to the public.

“We were a hidden gem for years, but that’s quickly changing,” said Festival Director Richard Mazda. “Word is getting out that LIC is home to a community of tremendously talented artists, from the emerging Stef Duffy, to rising stars like Luba Lukova—who designed the festival’s poster—to the celebrated, like Matthew Barney, Murakami and legendary sculptor Joel Shapiro. LIC Arts Open continues to be a fantastic way for us to showcase the thriving arts community in Western Queens.”

The schedule for the festival is:

May 14-18, 12 -6 p.m. Exhibition hours
May 14-16, 5-10 p.m. Most openings happening by district over three days:
Wednesday: Vernon Blvd district
Thursday: Court Square district
Friday: Queens Plaza district
May 14, 7:30 -10 p.m. Opening Party
May 16, 6 – 9 p.m. 10Squared exhibition and reception at Gotham Center
May 17-18, 12-6 p.m. Open Studios
May 18, 6 – 10 p.m. Closing Party and Silent Auction

Some highlights of the 4th Annual LIC Arts Open include:

  • Luba Lukova, whose striking images are currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art and Denver Art Museum.
  • Four vacant apartments in a TF Cornerstone waterfront development overlooking LIC’s iconic Pepsi-Cola sign that will be transformed into pop-up galleries.
  • Best known for his WWII photography, and his fashion photography, Tony Vaccaro in his exhibit “The Golden Age of Formula One: Through Tony’s Lens.”
  • After laboring for years as an art fabricator for artists like Frank Stella and Louise Bourgeois, Bernard Klevickas is emerging as an artist in his own right.
  • The Sunhwa Chung/Ko-Ryo Dance Theater, reviewed in The New York Times, will premiere “Life is Every Day: So Close Yet So Far Away.”
  • Over 100 artists are creating original works for the 10Squared exhibition. During the Closing Party, the works will be sold at silent auction for charity.
  • Eleven of Matthew Barney’s assistants formed the Crew, and created a provocative, unexpectedly interactive exhibition.
  • Big Whirlygig will feature Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart), Ernie Brooks (Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers) and Peter Zaremba (Fleshtones).
  • Acclaimed comedy group Face Off Unlimited will bring BATSU!, NYC’s only live Japanese game show and a Time Out New York critics pick to LIC.
The complete festival guide can be found on here. For the latest updates on artists and exhibitions, visit licartsopen.org/new-blog, and follow @LICArtsOpen on Facebook and Twitter.
RECOMMENDED STORIES

Waterfront tower that hugs LIC Pepsi sign begins leasing


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of The Marino Organization

The Long Island City waterfront is welcoming new residents.

The luxury apartment tower 4610 Center Boulevard, a 26-story building which curves around the iconic Pepsi-Cola sign by the East River, has begun leasing apartments. This project is real estate company TF Cornerstone Inc.’s sixth and final building on the waterfront.

“Following on the heels of 4545 Center Boulevard, which leased up in record time, 4610 Center Boulevard will accommodate the continued influx of new residents to the vibrant and bustling neighborhood,” said Sofia Estevez, executive vice president for TF Cornerstone. “The opening of this building is a significant milestone in the history of the New York City waterfront and is a true sign of the area’s immense residential transformation since its day as an industrial hub.”

Designed by architecture firm Arquitectonica, 4610 Center Boulevard is made up of 584 units including studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. The residences feature stainless steel appliances, custom closets, wood strip floors and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Residents will be able to enjoy amenities, designed by design firm Yabu Pushelberg, such as a spacious lobby with a Wi-Fi lounge, private garden, modern fitness center and a resident club which opens to a landscaped terrace.

The luxury waterfront tower is accessible by the 7, E, G and M trains, the East River Ferry and is just minutes away from Manhattan.

For more information on 4610 Center Boulevard call 718-606-9440 or email 4610leasing@tfc.com.

 

RECOMMENDED STORIES

LIC’s largest luxury rental building 100 percent leased


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of TF Cornerstone

Long Island City‘s real estate continues to be on fire, as the neighborhood’s largest luxury rental building has become fully leased.

In eight months, TF Cornerstone’s 4545 Center Boulevard 41-story, 82- unit luxury building has rented all of its units.

“We knew this would be a sought-after location and leasing activity was brisk from the day it started, but renting up the building this quickly surpassed even our expectations,” said Sofia Estevez, executive vice president of TF Cornerstone Inc. “This is a testament to the high demand for Long Island City as the area continues to grow and offer more and more for residents.”

The building offers a seventh floor 50,000-square-foot landscaped amenity deck with a volleyball court with real sand beach, two tennis courts, a reflecting pool and a sun deck with barbecue grills, lounge chairs and benches. Residents will also be able to use a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor parking garage, children’s play room, shuttle bus service and more.

“We are thrilled to welcome these new residents and to see them discover new things about the area every day,” said Estevez. “Residents will not only take advantage of the property’s amenities, but can also enjoy some of the city’s finest restaurants and nightlife.”

TF Cornerstone is set to open a new building on the Long Island City waterfront in the spring, located at 4610 Center Blvd. This building has become known for its modern design that curves around the neighborhood’s iconic Pepsi Cola sign. 

 

RECOMMENDED STORIES

Winick Realty Group markets big-box retail space in LIC


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

30-30 Northern Blvd

New retail space is opening up in Long Island City.

Winick Realty Group President Steven E. Baker announced that together with brokers Aaron S. Fishbein and Jeremy Schwartz, he will be marketing close to 150,000 square feet of retail space at the new building located at 30 -30 Northern Blvd. Winick Realty Group is marketing the space on behalf of Alma Realty Corp.

“This is a perfect opportunity for a big box retailer to make their presence known in Long Island City,” said Baker, who worked with the leasing of Long Island City’s waterfront retail on behalf of TF Cornerstone. “We are pleased to be a part of this incredible project that will help reshape the Long Island City retail landscape as we know it.”

The retail space will be within the new building, which will begin construction this year and includes three floors of retail space under 200,000 square feet of office space. The building will be connected to Long Island City’s iconic seven-story “Apple Building” and will include about 3,000 employees. Two levels of underground parking with valet services are also included.

The new building, which will be near Queens Plaza and the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, is also expected to bring a large additional amount of foot traffic to the area.

“Long Island City has everything from three millions square feet of Class A office in the immediate area to 10,000 high rise luxury residential units and now the largest hotel brands in the world, including the Hilton, Marriot and Crowne Plaza,” said Fishbein. “Long Island City needs real retail to service the many growing elements of the neighborhood, and we are bringing the necessary amenities.”

Winick Realty Group is looking for tenants of “all use groups,” including restaurants and lounges, which could utilize the multiple rooftop spaces. The group also encouraged big-box or large retail tenants to take the opportunity.

“Long Island City is an incredibly dynamic neighborhood,” said Steve Valiotis, owner of Alma Realty. “Together with Winick Realty Group, Alma Realty embraces the opportunity to create a synergy of development in the neighborhood and bring this groundbreaking big-box retail opportunity to market, further complementing the new residential and office uses in the immediate vicinity.”

For more information on Winick Realty Group, visit the company’s website.

 

RECOMMENDED STORIES

TF Cornerstone selected to develop Phase II of Hunters Point South


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Renderings courtesy of ODA

TF Cornerstone, a real estate developer that has built several residential buildings along the Long Island City waterfront, has been selected to build the second phase of the city’s Hunter’s Point South project.

TF Cornerstone is part of a team with Selfhelp Community Services that will develop a total of 1,193 new apartments in two high-rise buildings at the Long Island City site, the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) said Friday.

Of those units, which will be a mix of with studio, one- , two- ,and three-bedroom, 796 apartments will be affordable, with 100 reserved for low-income senior citizens, according to HPD.

“When TF Cornerstone broke ground on our LIC Waterfront project more than ten years ago, we envisioned the creation of a multi-faceted, family-friendly community with diverse retail options, top-of-the-line schools and expansive park space. [This] designation by HPD enables us to continue our pursuit of these goals in what is now an already-thriving LIC waterfront, while creating greatly needed affordable housing,” said K. Thomas Elghanayan, chairman and co-founder of TF Cornerstone.

The buildings will feature a fitness facility, rooftop gardens and decks, children’s playroom, an on-site senior recreational center and other amenities, said the HPD.

There are also preliminary plans for a pre-kindergarten, a medical facility, a rock climbing gym, and new restaurants at the site’s 20,000-gross-square-feet of commercial space. It also has 10,000-gross-square-feet of new community space that will be “programmed with local arts-based community groups.” Additionally, the site design incorporates numerous community green spaces, according to HPD.

Designed by ODA, the buildings will also have impressive features.

Their design “enhances the Queens skyline” with “stepped terraces that echo the Art Deco skyscrapers of Manhattan.”

 

RECOMMENDED STORIES

 

LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market: One of a kind gifts, food and fun


| editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYC Trees

The LIC Flea & Food Market is back for a fun-filled holiday season.

Starting Saturday, December 7, the LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market will feature a wide selection of Flea favorites and new vendors.

Vendors will be selling food, jewelry, clothing, furniture, arts and crafts, antiques, collectibles and more.

Shoppers can also buy fresh Christmas trees, wreaths and other handmade decorations from brothers Louis and Harold DeLucia of J&L Farms, who provided shoppers with fresh produce during the outdoor LIC Flea market. The brothers have now launched NYC Trees, selling Christmas trees in Astoria, Manhattan and elsewhere in Long Island City.

“It just seemed the next step to be there for the holiday market,” said Louis DeLucia. “We want to keep the relationships going and continue to provide the Long Island City residents fresh products, trees and produce.”

The DeLucias will be bringing shoppers top quality, full foliage fraser fir trees that have not been sprayed with chemicals and were picked from local farms to take home and decorate for Christmas. For a small additional fee, the trees could also be delivered to your apartment.

The brothers will be selling handmade wreaths of different sizes, made from the same trees, and decorated with pinecones and ribbons. Their LIC Flea stand will also feature kissing balls, made from tree trimmings, and winter bouquets made of white birch.

Christmas trees are also available on the NYC Trees website at www.nyctrees.com where shoppers can purchase the perfect tree and have them delivered, with installation included.

Aside from the countless vendors, LIC Flea will host live holiday music, including the Danny Wellington Band, free pictures with Santa and activities from ping-pong to soccer with the New York Cosmos soccer club, the new NASL Soccer Bowl Champions.

The New York Cosmos players will be signing autographs at the holiday market each day from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., with names of players still pending. Visitors will also be able to practice kicks using inflatable goal stands.

Before the newly-launched LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market’s opening day, the LIC Partnership will be hosting a VIP Holiday Party on Thursday, December 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the site of the market. The celebration, sponsored by Modern Spaces, will include networking, a sneak peek of a selection of the Flea’s unique vendors, and installation by local artists. To RSVP for the party email yhuang@licpartnership.org.

This holiday’s LIC Flea will run Saturdays and Sundays, starting December 7, in the warehouse connected to the original outdoor lot at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue.

The site is walking distance from the No. 7, E and G trains, and the LIC East River Ferry stop. It can also be accessed directly from Gantry Park’s walkway, along Anable Basin. A parking garage is available on 5th Street.

LIC Flea has partnered with the East River Ferry, Queens Economic Development Corporation, TF Cornerstone, the champion New York Cosmos and LIC Partnership.

Interested vendors can still apply by visiting www.licflea.com or calling 718-866-8089.

 

LIC FLEA & FOOD HOLIDAY MARKET VENDORS:

Tea N Milk
djinaba konde
Stella Sparkle Jewelry
Frank Gabrielson
J&L Farms
Bibingka-esk
Handpie
Infanata
Oconomi
Laila Alexander
Elephants Factory
Vint & York
Imran Jewl
Baked Apple
Forever B, LLC
Sweet Drift
Clean Plate
Hormans Pickles
Vivian Jewelry
Al Finnie
Zachary Alexander
Spoil My Bitch
Bills Balls
Latif
C Designs
Jam Jar
Rebecca Dolber Collections
Jessy’s Pasteries
Woody’s Cabin
Fav’s Treatery
Broadway Silk
Topisec
Amaki
Wonderful World of Hoz
Butcher Bar
Pita Pan
Back Thennish
Khao Man Gai
Ceil Witherspoon
Antique Antiques
Goen
Strung Out
Olive Brooklyn
Wolfy Knits
Kafe con arte
Cat Jones NY
Jessica LoBuo
2 Fab Chicks
Ice & Vice
Nomad Truck
Calmer Sutra Tea
Carmen Anderson NY
Glam Mom NY
Lynn Ellis Naretti
Filthy Farm Girl
Mushpa y Mensa
Robert Espirel
Counter Clockwise Antiques
New Amsterdam Baking
Carib Delights
Nuts & Bolts Brooklyn
JJ Fondrisi

 

RECOMMENDED STORIES

Celebrate Halloween with your pet at LIC Flea


| editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos Courtesy Spoil My Bitch

Our four-legged friends are coming to LIC Flea & Food for an early Halloween.

With just two weeks before the spooktacular holiday, LIC Flea is hosting a pet costume contest this weekend. On Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20 visitors will be able to bring their four-legged furry friends to participate in the first pet costume Halloween contest.

If you don’t have a costume for your pet, LIC Flea vendor Spoil My Bitch mobile pet boutique will have a selection of costumes for small to big dogs you can purchase. Options include a fantasy dragon, duck, sailor, basketball player, sailor and even a cow.

“I’m so excited,” said Spoil My Bitch owner Roger Quesada, whose two-year-old Miniature Schnauzer Nina will also be at LIC Flea in costume. “When I started this business I wanted to sell cute outfits and I didn’t know how big the costume business was for dogs. It will be really fun to see people coming to the event and dressing up the animals.”

Kiki Pet Photography will be taking photos of all the participants and a winner will be awarded on Saturday, October 26. Prizes include LIC Flea & Food Bucks, a gift card from Ricky’s, a free 20-day potty break packaged from LIC Dogwalk, a free dog consult from Pooch Pals, a free office exam from City Vet and a discounted photo session with Kiki Pet Photography. The contest is also sponsored by LIC Doghouse and TF Cornerstone.

Visitors will also be able to donate clean dog items and unopened food and treats to “Rock & Rawhide” for dogs in need. Those people looking for a furry friend to call their own will also have the chance to adopt a pet through the pet adoption agency Zani’s Furry Friends, which will be at LIC Flea.

Even with the cute pets in costumes, people will not be left behind. The following weekend on Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27 visitors of all ages are welcomed to come in their best Halloween costume and have their pictures taken. Winners will be selected to get LIC Flea & Food Bucks and the chance to be published in The Queens Courier.

You can sign up for the contest online or at the LIC Flea, located at 5-25 46th Avenue in Long Island City.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

 

TF Cornerstone officially opens LIC building’s 50,000-square-foot amenity deck


| editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Mike DiBartolomeo

TF Cornerstone officially opened its 50,000-square-foot amenity deck at 45-45 Center Boulevard, the 41-story rental tower on the Long Island City waterfront, now over 65 percent leased.

Designed by award-winning architecture firm Arquitectonica, 45-45 Center Boulevard’s amenity deck is an expansive, landscaped terrace off the seventh floor. The deck features a real sand beach volleyball court, two tennis courts, a reflecting pool, sprawling lawn, and sun deck with BBQ grills, lounge chairs and benches.

The building’s other amenities include club rooms with a catering kitchen, bicycle storage, indoor parking garage and a 24-hour concierge and valet. Especially appealing to families is a children’s playroom, designed in collaboration with apple seeds, an award-winning children’s play center. The indoor playroom and outdoor playground will spark the imagination of kids of all ages with an infant crawling area, Lego tables, interactive exhibits and more. These kid-friendly amenities will be complemented by the 5,000-square-foot NY Kids Club set to open on the ground level in fall of 2014 with three sunlit classrooms, a state-of-the-art gym and an outdoor play space.

The building’s 820 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments provide for open-air, modern luxury and comfort. Starting at $2,200 a month, residents relish spaciously laid-out apartments with hardwood floors, gourmet kitchens with natural stone countertops and stainless steel appliances, and generous closet space. The floor-to-ceiling windows along the building’s glass façade maximize exclusive views of the East River, Gantry Plaza State Park and Manhattan.

Frank D. Vasta, Executive V.P. TF Cornerstone ; Connor Atkinson, V.P. Wells Fargo; Tom Elghanayan TF Cornerstone; Michael Kaczynski, Senior V.P. Wells Fargo

Kevin P. Singleton, Executive V.P. TF Cornerstone; Andrew Gerstein, Senior V.P., Treasurer  TF Cornerstone; Frank D. Vasta, Executive V.P. TF Cornerstone

Sofia Estevez, Executive V.P. TF Cornerstone, and Tom Elghanayan, Chair, TF Cornerstone

Joshua Schneps, Co- Publisher Schneps Communications, Nicole Chin-Lyn, Asst. Account Executive, The Marino Organization; Cara Marino Gentile, Vice President, The Marino Organization; Elizabeth Ferrara-Latino, Account Executive, The Marino Organization

Douglas Elliman Real Estate Brokers; Rick Rosa, Ebony Grevious, Emmanuel Molina, Lauren Bennett, Alexander Pereira 

Sofia Estevez, Executive V.P. TF Cornerstone; Tom Elghanayan, Chairman TF Cornerstone; Joshua Schneps, Co- Publisher, Schneps Communications

Ivan Urgiles, TF Cornerstone Leasing agent; Margaret Nieves, Director of Leasing TF Cornerstone

Armondo Chavez; Scott Walsh, TF Cornerstone; Michele Beaudoin, LIC Real Estate Broker/Owner

TF Cornerstone employees: Steve Gonzalez, Amy Polanik, Irene Malatesta, Denisse Recinos, Chip Sealy

 

 

Kids Club coming to Long Island City


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Pam Wolf/ NY Kids Club

As more families come to Long Island City, a leading children’s enrichment center has decided to call the area home.

New York Kids Club, founded in 2001, has announced it will open its 11th location in New York and the first in Queens on the ground-floor commercial space at 45-45 Center Boulevard in TF Cornerstone’s new waterfront tower.

“We’re so excited,” said Pam Wolf, NY Kids Club’s founder and CEO. “So many families have been telling us about Long Island City.”

The 5,000-square-foot center is expected to open in September 2014. The facility will include a state-of-the-art gymnastics center space with a giant trampoline, balance beams and sprung floors. The waterfront location will also feature three sunlit classrooms and an outdoor play space located on an outside terrace.

“There has been so much excitement for this location,” said Wolf. “Our goal is for social, emotional and academic growth for every child.”

NY Kids Club offers a wide range of classes such as fitness, art, music, Spanish, cooking, dance and theater for children up to age 12. The center also offers a preschool program for children ages 2 to 3. All classes are unique to each center and written by trained teachers.

Wolf said she has her eye on opening sites in Jackson Heights and Forest Hills in the future.
“We’ve had a positive response,” said Wolf. “We definitely want to find another location.”

The NY Kids Club in Long Island City is now enrolling for its 2014-2015 preschool programs. For more information or to sign up your child, you can visit www.nykidsclub.com.

 

RECOMMENDED STORIES

 

TF Cornerstone ‘tops off’


| editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Mike DiBartolomeo

TF Cornerstone, in celebration of its newest LIC milestone – 46-10 Center Boulevard — hosted a “Topping Out Block Party” on Friday, July 12.

Residents were treated to food, fun and treats galore.

Leonardo, Sr.; four-year-old Leonardo, Jr. and mom, Michelle Garcia

Sarah Rinaldi of Citibabes paints pink flowers on the arm of three-year-old Ava Austad

 

RECOMMENDED STORIES

LIC building opens with 50,000-square-foot terrace of outdoor amenities


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Renderings courtesy of the Marino Organization

The luxury real estate market in Long Island City is getting a little bigger. A 41-story waterfront tower at 45-45 Center Boulevard is taking applications for new residents.

“Our newest tower has reinvented residential living along Long Island City’s waterfront,” said Sofia Estevez, executive vice-president of property owners TF Cornerstone. “45-45 Center Boulevard is a perfect match for residents looking for a healthy and spacious neighborhood with the excitement and convenience of city living.”

The seventh floor features more than 50,000 square feet of landscaped terrace. Amenities include a volleyball court with beach sand, two tennis courts, a reflecting pool, dog run, a lawn and sun deck with barbecue grills, lounge chairs and benches. Other services will include club rooms, an indoor parking garage, a 24-hour concierge and valet and a fitness center.

“With the most impressive amenity package in all of Long Island City, a location that boasts panoramic views, and 12 acres of parkland, 45-45 is in a league of its own,” said Estevez.

The building, designed by Arquitectonica, offers 820 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments that feature hardwood floors, gourmet kitchens and floor to ceiling windows providing residents with views of the East River and Manhattan.

Along with these amenities, the waterfront tower provides family-friendly features including a children’s playroom designed in partnership with Apple Seeds, an award-winning children’s play space in Manhattan. The playroom will have an infant crawling area, Lego tables and interactive exhibits.

45-45 Center Boulevard is TF Cornerstone’s fifth and largest building in Long Island City, with a sixth property expected to be completed by the end of the summer.

 

RECOMMENDED STORIES

Operator, contractor cited in Long Island City crane collapse


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

The Department of Buildings (DOB) has issued 12 violations to several parties involved in the Long Island City crane collapse that injured seven workers earlier this month.

According to the DOB, combined, these violations have a minimum penalty of $132,800, and $64,000 of that amount was issued to the crane’s operator, Paul Geer.

“Cranes are complex pieces of equipment that serve as the driving force of any major construction project. They must be properly operated and maintained, and when that fails to occur, there can be serious consequences. In this case, neither the crane operator nor his supervisors made sure the operation was being performed according to approved plans,” said DOB Commissioner Robert LiMandri.

A preliminary investigation by the DOB found that Geer tried to lift 23,900 pounds of lumber at the 46-10 Center Boulevard site, more than double the crane’s weight capacity. The DOB also said that that Geer couldn’t see what he was picking up and was lifting the materials outside the approved loading zone.

Geer and the contractor, Cross Country Construction, LLC, received five violations for operating a crane in an unsafe manner, failure to inspect equipment prior to operation, work that does not conform to approved construction documents, failure to safeguard all persons and property affected by construction operations, and failure to post proper load chart for crane.

The site safety manager, Arthur Covelli, and the property owner, TF Cornerstone, were also each issued a violation for failure to safeguard all persons and property affected by construction operations.

 

RECOMMENDED STORIES

License of operator in Long Island City crane collapse suspended


| editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

The man operating the crane that collapsed at a Long Island City construction site Wednesday, injuring seven, has had his license suspended by the city, said the Department of Buildings (DOB).

A preliminary investigation by the DOB found that operator Paul Geer tried to lift 23,900 pounds of lumber at the 46-10 Center Boulevard site, more than double the crane’s weight capacity.

The DOB also said that that Geer couldn’t see what he was picking up and was lifting the materials outside the approved loading zone. A Stop Work Order for crane operations remains in effect while the DOB’s investigation continues.

The crane’s owner, New York Crane, was also involved in a deadly collapse on the Upper East Side. James Lomma, who owns the company, was tried for manslaughter, but acquitted last April.

During the trial, prosecutors claimed that the crane’s operator tried to lift too much weight and that Lomma used a cheap, unqualified Chinese company to do repairs.

A representative from New York Crane declined to answer questions, stating that they “had been advised not to speak at this time.”

The building where the accident took place is being developed by TF Cornerstone, the same company that has overseen several towers built as part of the revitalization of the Long Island City waterfront.

“Site safety is always our first priority as it relates to construction, and we are cooperating fully with all relevant authorities to try and determine what caused this occurrence,” read a statement from the developer.
Work at the site was subcontracted to Cross Country Construction, according to a TF Cornerstone spokesperson.

According to a spokesperson for Elmhurst Hospital, the seven injured workers, most of whom were in their 40s and 50s, were all treated and released by the end of last week.


RECOMMENDED STORIES