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Long Island City towers, LIC skyscrapers, Queens apartments, 23--15 44th Drive, NYC skyscrapers New renderings of Court Square City View Tower; Image credit MAQE via Hill West
After yesterday's announcement of the retirement of founding member Alan Goldstein, the architectural office of Goldstein Hill & West has debuted a new website. The site, emblazoning a new name, Hill West, gives us a glimpse of the firm’s new direction and, with it, the myriad of residential projects they have in the works. Probably their most ambitious project will be the Court Square City View Tower, which also happens to be their tallest to date.
Permits were filed in 2016, as initially reported by The Real Deal, for a 79-story, 964-foot building, but new details reveal that the building's stature has been scaled back to 66-stories —still yielding the tallest building in Long Island City. The new renderings differ slightly from those previously released, showing that the bulkier tower, with less robust setbacks, was scrapped for a sleeker design.

As the project page demonstrates, the building will house 800 condominiums with unparalleled 360 degree views of Manhattan and the surrounding skyline. The building's façade will be clad in two shades of glass, “neutral blue” and “clear green” and balconies will be discreetly arrayed within several of the tower’s corner insets. The site described the edifice as a “glass curtain wall building [that] is a sleek, monolithic structure with re-entrant corners articulating the form and creating a place for balconies”.
LIC towers, Court Square CIty View TOwer Street Level; Image Credit MAQE via Hill Wes
There will be double-height amenity space with a lounge that will overlook a third-floor swimming pool. An extravagant fitness center, complete with a yoga room and sauna, and a residents' storage room will occupy other floors. The tower's podium will hold a parking garage and will be concealed by architectural metal fins; there will be a direct access point to the Court Square subway station at ground level.
Also noteworthy is that the site at 23-15 44th Drive is positioned next to an elevated portion of the 7-train line and lies directly adjacent to Two Court Square. The mid-rise office building was designed by Citigroup back in 2011 and was planned for vertical and horizontal expansion onto the current City View Tower site. Since then, Citigroup scaled back on its expansion plans and nearly half of Two Court Square is now occupied by CUNY Law School.
Long Island CIty, 23-15 44th Drive, Hill West Project Site; CityRealty
Long Island CIty, 23-15 44th Drive, Hill West Project Site; CItyRealty
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