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Long Island City is on metaphorical fire. This formerly industrial city-within-a city is spawning residential developments all over the place.

Titanic among titans is waterfront affordable housing complex Hunter’s Point South, which is slated to open its first two towers next year, with a total of 925 units. TF Cornerstone is developing the ambitious project’s second phase, which will have 1,193 units. The last phase will include approximately 3,000 units.

But what about burgeoning Court Square and Queens Plaza, away from the water? Inspired by Curbed‘s LIC new development map of the area, we went on a mission to hit up all the residential construction sites in 90 minutes (and it nearly killed us). As a general rule, we focused on non-waterfront projects that were in progress, leaving out completed developments.

Here are the febrile fruits of our yesterday labor, mapped out below. The interactive map encompasses about 4,900 impending new units over 20 projects. Sites with no activity yet (no workers, no construction fencing, no demolition of existing structures, no posted permits or signage) are marked as “preconstruction.”

Of the 400-unit-plus developments on our list, QLIC at 41-42 24th Street was the furthest along. The World-Wide Group rental project near Queens Plaza will have 21 stories and 421 units.

41-42 24th QLIC 1

Residences will range from studios to three-bedrooms; there will be approximately 5,000 square feet of amenity space, including a rooftop outdoor pool, landscaped deck, gym, gardens, indoor parking and bike storage. Completion is slated for Fall 2015, according to on-site signage.

41-42 24th QLIC sign

The three biggest developments on our map are the redevelopment of graffiti haven 5Pointz (1,000 units), Rockrose’s 43-25 Hunter Street (975 units), Rockrose’s 43-22 Queens Street (780 units) and Heatherwood Communities’ 41-42 28th Street (477 units).

5Pointz: In October 2013, G&M Realty’s David Wolkoff reached an agreement with the City Council to build two condo towers on the 5Pointz site, Brownstoner Queens reported. As part of the agreement, Wolkoff boosted the number of affordable units from 75 to 210 and increased the amount of artist studio and gallery space to 12,000 square feet, available at “reasonable rents.” Also planned is a 32,000-square-foot public park, more than 50,000 square feet of retail space and a 250-car public parking garage.

43-25 Hunter Street: Permits were first filed in February 2013 for the 50-story mega-project, which finally received partial approval last month, Court Square Blog reported. The building will hold about 767,305 square feet of residential space and 18,800 square feet of retail space. Site below:

43-25 Hunter Rockrose

43-25 Hunter Rockrose 2

43-22 Queens Street: Rockrose snapped up this 94-year-old warehouse, formerly an Eagle Electric plant, for $48 million in 2012. The developer plans to transform the vacant six-story building into 780 luxury loft apartments, while preserving most of the original warehouse and creating an adjacent residential structure.

41-42 28th Street: In October 2013, Heatherwood filed plans to build a 58-story development near its luxury rental building 27 on 27th. Designed by Goldstein, Hill and West, the 41-42 28th project will have ground-floor retail, storage, bike storage, parking, a third-floor pool, gym and roof terraces.

Research and photos by Yoori Oh. More photos and writing by Joyce Chen.

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