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A still image of the DOB's new interactive map showing all active building permits in the city.

A new interactive, real time map released by the Department of Buildings this week shows that Queens has approximately 21 million square feet of apartment space under construction, among other findings.

As announced in a press release on Aug. 22, the map shows the entirety of New York City’s nearly 200 million square feet of building space currently under construction, complete with details about each individual project and links to online copies of building permits. The map is the latest installment in the DOB’s initiative to share data with the public, following the release of the interactive map of sidewalk sheds earlier this year.

“New York has always been defined by change, and that remains true today, with major construction projects taking place in every neighborhood across the five boroughs,” said Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler, P.E. “This real-time map puts the power of DOB’s data in the hands of all New Yorkers giving detailed information about construction on your block, your neighborhood, and citywide. The public owns this data, and we are committed to putting it to work for all New Yorkers.”

The map shows all active permits that have been filed with DOB, including new buildings and alteration projects. It automatically updates in real time as new permits are issued and existing permits expire. Users have the ability to filter through the data shown by building type, number of dwelling units, square footage, estimated cost, general contractors, community board boundaries and boroughs.

When filtered to show just the building projects in Queens, there are several interesting facts about the borough’s buildings.

There are a total of 2,450 active permits in Queens that comprise a total of 37,642,187 square feet of building space under construction in Queens. Of that, approximately 12 million square feet of space is being built in Community Board 2, covering Long Island City and Sunnyside.

One of the main culprits of that space is the whopping 1.2 million square foot building in Long Island City at 22-44 Jackson Ave. As the largest active-permit building in the borough, it is also the tenth largest in the city and it has the most dwelling units of any building in the city, the map points out.

In total, Queens has 29,451 dwelling units in the pipeline, and five buildings under construction in the borough rank in the top ten most dwelling units in the city.

New Line Structures & Development is the busiest contractor in the borough with 2.6 million square feet of work, which ranks it inside the top ten citywide for companies with the most square footage of projects.

The 21 million square feet of residential space in the works in Queens is only a small fraction of the 120 million citywide, which is the vast majority of all active permit space.

To find out more about how the DOB is leveraging data to share with the people of New York City, visit the Data & Reporting page on its website.



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