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Tallest tower in NYC outside of Manhattan to go up in Queens

The latest rendering of Queens’ tallest tower shows the borough best known as home to working class anti-heroes like Archie Bunker, is moving on up.

The image of the 800-plus foot tall luxury condo at 29-37 41st Avenue in Long Island City reveals a glimmering tower in the sky, rivaling any of Manhattan’s “supertall” buildings.

Once completed in 2019, the 800-unit luxury condo, Queens Plaza Park, is expected to be the tallest tower in New York City outside of Manhattan.

The building will also incorporate Queens history, by wrapping itself around the landmarked Clock Tower, built in 1927.

The developers, Property Markets Group and the Hakim Organization, snagged air and development rights and fee parcels from the MTA for $56 million in June.

In return, they’ll build a public open space and commit to maintain it. They’ll also work on expanding subway access at the Queens Plaza station in Long Island City. But none of its units will be affordable, though the developers are expected to receive tax breaks to build.

Records show the developers have submitted plans to the Department of Buildings to build a 772 square foot, 70 story building — but they are expected to amend the project to build much higher. The project is not within the direct flight path approach to LaGuardia Airport and is not restricted by airport zoning height limits, city sources said. But it will have to provide aircraft safety/warning lights above its water tanks or other obstructions on its roof.

The tower will likely fit in a category called “supertall,” defined as any tower 800 feet tall or higher.

There are currently at least 16 “supertalls” that have broken ground in New York City. Their greatest concentration, six, is near Central Park in an area now known as “Billionaire’s Row.”

The latest rendering was revealed this week on the blog 6sqft.

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