Tag: Durst Organization


Welcome to the New Noguchi Museum Director

Welcome to the New Noguchi Museum Director

Astoria groups, local officials and arts-minded community members gathered last week at the Noguchi Museum, in a courtyard housing magnificent examples of the work of the Japanese sculptor who located his studio in our neighborhood. Brett Littman, formerly Executive Director of The Drawing Center, succeeds Jenny Dixon, who led...


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A Beach on the Astoria Waterfront

A Beach on the Astoria Waterfront

Trying to make the best of a bad situation, the Durst Organization has announced plans to create a temporary Cultural Center and Beach Area on the site of the stalled Hallets Point project. There will be no access to the water on the “Beach”. The site will be at...


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Durst and the Astoria Waterfront

Durst and the Astoria Waterfront

Following is an interesting interview with Helen Rose Durst on their investments in Queens. We at OANA want to acknowledge that without Durst’s commitment to the revitalization of our waterfront, the prospects of improved quality of life in our neighborhood would be much more difficult. Rendering of the first...


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Rendering of Queens Plaza Park courtesy of Durst Organization via SkyscraperPage

Durst Clock Tower

The first renderings of Queensboro Plaza skyscraper developed by the Durst Organization at 29-37 41st Avenue in Queens have been revealed. The 751-foot-tall building will  dwarf the clock tower at its base. The renderings show a massive concave tower, sheathed in a glass curtain wall, set back from the rear of the 90-year-old landmarked Clock...


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Halletts Point Building One

Halletts Point Building One

The Durst Organization has provided new renderings of Building One at 10 Halletts Point of the Halletts Point Development on the Astoria waterfront. This building has 405 units, 81 of which are “Affordable”, with rents at 60% of AMI. They also announced the launch of the lottery for the...


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Withdrawal of Hallets Point Funding Probed

Withdrawal of Hallets Point Funding Probed

The New York City Council is investigating the withdrawal of $43.5 million in financing from the affordable housing project at Hallets Point, that would also have provided money for boiler repairs at the nearby Astoria Houses, in November 2017, shortly after a public dispute between Mayor Bill de Blasio...


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Halletts Point Building one is nearly completion

Halletts Point Building one is nearly completion

After 2 years of construction, Building One (At 10 Halletts Point) of the Durst Organization’s Halletts Point Development is nearing completion. Leasing is set to begin this summer! Also, a much-needed supermarket, Brooklyn Harvest Market, will occupy the first floor. A fitness Center, Recreation Rooms for Kids, and Public...


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Keeping the arts alive in gentrifying neighborhoods

Keeping the arts alive in gentrifying neighborhoods

Chashama is a nonprofit organization that provides artists with affordable working space, living space, and presenting space throughout New York City. They reach out to local developers and solicitate primarily temporary space for artist workplaces. Historically as a neighborhood gentrifies, the artists that helped create the atmosphere that allows...


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Durst Secures $1 Billion Loan Package

Durst Secures $1 Billion Loan Package

The Durst Organization has secured a a $1 billion financing package from a group of lenders led by Citi Private Bank. The Real Deal reports that some of the $1 billion may be used for property acquisitions. Durst has recently acquired the $175 million Clocktower development site in Long...


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Durst Organization Building at 29-55 Northern Blvd

Durst Organization Building at 29-55 Northern Blvd

Would you love to live close to the LIC waterfront and steps away from the N and R subway lines? New York YIMBY reports  that the Durst Organization has filed applications for a 63-story, 763-unnit mixed-use building at 29-55 Northern Boulevard. The Handel Architects project will include rental residential  units from...


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Big News from Durst on Hallets Point Development

Big News from Durst on Hallets Point Development

The Durst Organization has a couple of important announcements about the Hallets Point Development! First Durst has awarded the operation of the Supermarket in Building one (Already under Construction) to Brooklyn Harvest market. They currently operate in Brooklyn. Services include: Full Service Deli Meat Department Fresh Produce Department Dairy...


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Halletts Point Development Stalled by Albany Stand-Off

Halletts Point Development Stalled by Albany Stand-Off

Although the construction of Building 1 in the Halletts Point housing development is going ahead, the rest of the project is on hold due to the expiration of the program known as 421-a. Launched during New York City’s fiscal crisis of the 1970s, 421-a encouraged the building of residential...


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STREETCAR FROM ASTORIA TO BROOKLYN PROPOSED

STREETCAR FROM ASTORIA TO BROOKLYN PROPOSED

Have you heard about the BQX Connector? It’s a proposed streetcar line running from along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront from Astoria to Sunset Park. When Mayor DiBlasio announced the project a few weeks ago he said that a ride from Astoria to Williamsburg would take about 27 minutes and cost...


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