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These were the 10 largest NYC developments to open in 2017

Queens' biggest rental tower topped the list
By Chava Gourarie | January 18, 2018 03:30PM

More than 500 buildings in Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs received the green light from the city to open for business in 2017. They including both residential and commercial new construction, and collectively span an eye-popping 26.3 million square feet.

The 10 largest developments alone brought 6 million square feet of new space to the city. Nine of 10 were residential properties — the only exception being FreshDirect’s Port Morris facility — with a total of 5,842 rental and condo units. Of the 10, several broke records, including the tallest buildings in Brooklyn and Queens, and Manhattan’s tallest rental tower. While the developments were spread across the boroughs, three were in Long Island City alone.

Here are the 10 largest developments to receive a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy in 2017, ranked by size:

1. Hayden, 43-25 Hunter Street, Long Island City

Queen’s tallest residential tower got the go-ahead from the city in January, and launched leasing in February. The Hayden, a 51-story tower built by Rockrose Development, spans 786,105 square feet. It houses 974 rental units, of which 195 are affordable. SLCE Architects designed the building, located at 43-25 Hunter Street in Long Island City.

One West End Avenue

2. 1 West End, Upper West Side

One West End, a 43-story tower from Elad Group and Silverstein Properties, opened to residents in the summer of 2017. The 755,669-square-foot building was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli and Hill West Architects, with 362 apartments. The building is the first of five buildings at the Upper West Side complex formerly known as Riverside Center. Its 116 affordable units are accessible through a separate entrance. The developers recently picked up a $308 million condo inventory loan for 109 apartments. Marketing started in 2015.

The Eugene

3. The Eugene at 425 West 31st Street, Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards’ first rental building, the Eugene at 425 West 31 Street, stands 62 stories high, with 844 apartments across 748,279 square feet. Brookfield Property Partners developed and SLCE Architects designed the building, which is Manhattan’s tallest rental property.

4. 2 St. Ann’s Avenue, Port Morris

Grocery delivery service FreshDirect received a TCO for their 639,394-square-foot headquarters in Port Morris in the Bronx. The city provided $87 million in subsidies for the online grocer to move from Queens to their new space at 2 St. Ann’s Avenue.

5. Hub at 333 Schermerhorn Street, Downtown Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s tallest tower is Steiner NYC’s Hub at 333 Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn, which received its TCO in September. The 55-story tower, designed by Dattner Architects, spans 627,394 square feet and has 750 units.

6. 33 Bond Street, Downtown Brooklyn

TF Cornerstone’s 25-story rental building in Downtown Brooklyn began welcoming residents in June 2017. The 714-unit building at 33 Bond Street, designed by Handel Architects, spans 599,375 square feet. The building is an 80/20 building, with 80 percent of units market-rate and 143 affordable.

7. Jackson Park, 28-10 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City

The first building in Tishman Speyer’s Long Island City megacomplex Jackson Park started leasing in 2017. The 640-unit building at 28-10 Jackson Avenue was designed by Hill West Architect. The 1,800-unit complex includes a standalone building for amenities.

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8. Level, 2 North 6th Street, Williamsburg

Douglaston Development’s waterfront tower in Williamsburg, the Level, debuted in June with 554 apartments. The 40-story tower at 2 North 6th Street was designed by the Stephen B. Jacobs Group and spans 513,453 square feet. Its amenities package includes a pool with Manhattan views.

9. Tower 28 at 42-12 28th Street, Long Island City

Tower 28 is another Hill West Architects creation and was the tallest tower in Queens for a mere few months. Heatherwood Communities’ 57-story tower at 42-12 28th Street in Long Island City has 451 apartments across 398,072 square. It is attached by way of a walkway on the 28th floor to a second Heatherwood building with additional apartments.

10. 325 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg

Two Trees Development got the greenlight for the first of their buildings at the Domino Sugar Factory site in Williamsburg in July. The 522-unit rental building at the redeveloped 325 Kent Avenue was designed by SHoP Architects and spans 382,746 feet.

Top TCOs Issued in 2017 by Square Feet
Source: TRData analysis of NYC Dept. of Buildings records, only including new building projects that were issued temporary certificates of occupancy in 2017
RankAddressSquare FeetResidential UnitsDeveloperArchitectTCO Issue DateBuilding Type
1Hayden at 43-25 Hunter Street, Long Island City786,105974Rockrose DevelopmentSLCE Architects1/24/17Residential
21 West End Avenue, Upper West Side755,669362Elad Group and Silverstein PropertiesHill West Architects7/11/17Residential
3The Eugene at 425 West 31st Street, Chelsea748,279844Brookfield Property PartnersSLCE Architects2/3/17Residential
42 St. Ann's Avenue, Port Morris639,3940FreshDirectCybul Cybul Wilhelm Architects9/29/17Storage
5Hub at 333 Schermerhorn Street, Downtown Brooklyn627,394750Steiner NYCDattner Architects1/4/17Residential
633 Bond Street, Downtown Brooklyn599,375714TF CornerstoneHandel Architects6/28/17Residential
728-10 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City594,421671Tishman SpeyerHill West Architects11/30/17Residential
8LEVEL at 2 North 6th Street, Williamsburg513,453554Douglaston DevelopmentStephen B. Jacobs Group7/10/17Residential
9Tower 28 at 42-12 28th Street, Long Island City398,072451Heatherwood CommunitiesHill West Architects10/19/17Residential
10325 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg382,746522Two Trees DevelopmentSHoP Architects7/7/17Residential
11The Park Clinton at 535 West 52nd Street, Columbus Circle346,181392Clinton Housing DevelopmentHandel Architects5/24/17Residential
12HOUSE39 at 225 East 39th Street, Tudor City343,187372Fisher BrothersHandel Architects1/23/17Residential
13461 Dean Street, Prospect Heights319,608303Forest City RatnerSHoP Architects8/1/17Residential
14507 West 28th Street, Chelsea309,463372Lalezarian PropertiesAvinash K. Malhotra Architects5/17/17Residential
152655G Richmond Avenue, Heartland Village301,6650General Growth PropertiesDesman Associates11/3/17Mall