Officials celebrate final phase of Gotham Point on Long Island City waterfront

Gotham Point
Queens Borough President Donovan Richards helps to cut the ribbon atop the newly completed North Tower of Gotham Point in Hunters Park South. (Photo by Ed Lederman)

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards and city officials joined project executives from the Gotham Organization and RiseBoro Community Partnership for a ribbon-cutting celebration atop the 57-story North Tower, which is nearing completion of the final phase of Gotham Point, the newest residential development in the Hunters Point South waterfront neighborhood of Long Island City.

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Situated on the East River at the mouth of Newtown Creek, Gotham Point consists of two towers, housing 1,132 total residences in two towers including an affordable housing component as well as market rate, and a dedicated senior living wing with special programming led by RiseBoro. The 33-story South Tower was completed in March.

“There are few things more critical for us as a city than ensuring all our communities, regardless of ZIP code, remain affordable and accessible to all who call them home — especially our seniors. With the opening of Gotham Point in Long Island City, we are taking another massive step toward doing exactly that,” Richards said. “With Queens in the throes of a housing crisis, opening hundreds of units of high-quality affordable housing, including nearly 100 units of housing set aside for low-income seniors, in western Queens is a game-changer.”

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards speaks during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. (Photo by Ed Lederman)

Department of Housing and Development Commissioner Adolfo Carrión detailed how the area was developed.

“Hunter’s Point South is the type of transformative project we see once in a generation. Through tremendous vision and hard work, these 30 vacant acres of public land gave rise to a dynamic new neighborhood featuring beautiful parkland and thousands of affordable homes,” Carrión said. “This latest phase at Gotham Point brings another 1,132 new apartments, including 849 affordable homes, as well as retail, arts and cultural space.”

Among the amenity packages which are available to residents of both towers are 24-hour attended lobbies, a rooftop terrace with panoramic city views, resident lounges and sundecks, a state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor fitness club, a children’s playroom and a publicly accessible urban rooftop farm. Residents will have access to dedicated co-working lounges with breakout meeting rooms, private phone rooms and multi-person desks fully equipped with outlets.

“After many years of thoughtful collaboration with the city and RiseBoro Community Partnership, it is incredible to see our vision of a diverse and inclusive community come to life at Gotham Point,” said David Picket, CEO of Gotham Organization. “This project embodies the future of housing in New York City; it is not just a residential tower but a place where the community will thrive and grow.”

Move-ins at the North Tower are starting on Dec. 1 for affordable units and Jan. 1 for market-rate apartments. Within the North Tower, Gotham Point includes small-format retail spaces designed to meet the needs of the community, as well community facility spaces and a below-grade public parking garage. On the ground floor of the South Tower, community facility space is designated for a community boathouse and for Flux Factory’s fourth and newest location, “Flux IV,” to support emerging artists with an artist-in-residence program.

“The delivery of over a thousand affordable, senior and market-rate housing units comes at a quintessential time when New York City needs it most,” said Bryan Kelly, president of development at Gotham Organization. “I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to our incredible partners and everyone who worked diligently to bring Gotham Point to life. I am proud to celebrate the opening of this community-driven project, which I am confident will become a landmark property in Long Island City.”

(Photo by Ed Lederman)

With 98 homes set aside for low-income seniors in an 11-story dedicated wing for independent senior living, Gotham Point meets the needs of New York City’s growing senior citizen population. The senior living community will feature its own dedicated lobby space as well as a lounge and laundry room on each floor, a library and a community room with a shared pantry. The senior wing will also include an outdoor terrace with unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline.

“RiseBoro is thrilled to partner with Gotham Organization and provide low-income seniors with access to safe, stable, independent and affordable housing. This is an incredible addition to the community of Long Island City and most importantly New York City,” said Scott Short, CEO of RiseBoro Community Partnership. “The delivery of these 98 homes will make an impact into the lives of many, and we are proud to celebrate this milestone today.”