A recently cleared lot at 37-27 31st Street in northeast Long Island City awaits construction of a 61,510-square-foot structure containing a ground-level manufacturing facility, topped by 76 residences stacked in a pair of six- and seven-story towers.
The arrangement is similar to several adjacent properties spanning through-block sites, which share a common zoning-driven formula. These new projects, combining a ground-level podium containing manufacturing uses with upper-level residential towers that open upon raised rear yards, form a unique district within Long Island City.
The first project of this kind was the Alma at 37-21 31st Street, which replaced a warehouse in 2012. The Alma’s red, graffiti-covered lot wall runs along the northern edge of the cleared site at 37-29 31st Street, adjacent to the elevated Astoria Line train.
The 16,832-square-foot lot, which has slightly-notched trapezoidal shape, stretches 180 feet across the block to 32nd Street to the east. A single-story podium with a cellar would span the entire property, with the towers massed along either