Hunter's Point South

Last Updated February 09, 2015

Hunter's Point South is poised to become a vibrant, sustainable, and well-designed affordable housing community and waterfront park in Long Island City.

The Project

Hunter's Point South is a proposed mixed-use, affordable housing development situated on approximately 30 acres of prime waterfront property in Long Island City, Queens. Up to 5,000 housing units, 60 percent of which will be affordable to middle income families, are expected to be developed on the site.

Phipps Houses, Related Companies, and Monadnock Construction have been selected to complete Phase I construction of the project. This includes two mixed-use buildings of more than 900 housing units and roughly 20,000 square feet of new retail space. 100 percent of the housing in this phase will be for low, moderate and middle-income families. Other additions will include five acres of new waterfront parkland, a new school, new retail space, and parking. Phase I construction is expected to finish in 2014.

The new housing units are a part of Mayor Bloomberg's $7.5 billion New Housing Marketplace Plan to build and preserve 165,000 units of affordable housing over ten years - the largest municipal affordable plan in the nation. Learn more about the affordable housing being proposed at the project: Hunters Point South Affordable Housing.

In addition to housing, the Hunter's Point South will also include retail space, community/cultural facilities, school space, parking and a new continuous waterfront park.

High resolution images are available for download in our Press Images section.

Development Plan

Design principles informing the development of Hunter's Point South include:

  • Establish and protect views 
  • Create a dynamic waterfront park 
  • Develop pedestrian and bicycle friendly streetscapes 
  • Ensure a smooth transition from Hunter's Point neighborhood to waterfront 
  • Create a new urban fabric 
  • Present a varied and compelling skyline 
  • Incorporate high quality and sustainable design practices 
  • Encourage alternative transportation

Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park - June 2009

Site Plan -  September 2007

Community Involvement

On November 19, 2009, Community Board 2 held a public hearing for the proposed development at Hunter's Point South. The proposed  project plan was presented by representatives of NYCEDC and the New York City Parks Department. There was an opportunity at the end of the presentation to ask questions and to make comments on the proposed project plan. The presentation is available for download below.

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Community Board November 19, 2009 Presentation

Environmental Review

The Hunter's Point South project was subject to an environmental review process pursuant to the Rules of Procedure of City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR).   Under CEQR regulations, proposed projects which involve discretionary government actions (e.g., re-zoning, street mapping) require the preparation of an Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) to determine if there exists the potential for significant environmental impacts from the proposed project. The Hunter’s Point South project involved several public actions which required environmental review, including zoning text amendments, zoning map amendments, de-mapping streets, and mapping of new streets and parks.  Together these actions are referred to as the Hunter’s Point South Rezoning & Related Actions.  

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, as lead agency, issued a Positive Declaration for the Hunter's Point South Rezoning and Related Actions Project and directed that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) be prepared. The Public Scoping Meeting was held on November 15, 2007 to receive comments on the Draft Scope of Work for the DEIS. On March 28, 2008, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development issued the Final Scope of Work for the DEIS which incorporated, as appropriate, comments received on the Draft Scope of Work. On April 2, 2008, the Notice of Completion for the DEIS and the DEIS were issued. The project was certified into the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) on April 21, 2008. The public hearing on the DEIS was held in conjunction with the public hearing on the ULURP applications for this project on Wednesday, August 13, 2008. Comments on the DEIS were accepted until 5:00 PM on Monday, August 25, 2008.

On September 12, 2008, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development issued the Notice of Completion for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Hunter's Point South Rezoning and Related Action Project.

Notice Of Completion And FEIS


Inside Cover

Table of Contents


Executive Summary

Chapter 1 - Project Description

Chapter 2 - Land Use, Zoning and Public Policy

Chapter 3 - Socioeconomic Conditions

Chapter 4 - Community Facilities

Chapter 5 - Open Space

Chapter 6 - Shadows

Chapter 7 - Historic Resources

Chapter 8 - Urban Design and Visual Resources

Chapter 9 - Neighborhood Character

Chapter 10 - Hazardous Materials

Chapter 11 - Natural Resources and Water Quality

Chapter 12 - Waterfront Revitalization Program

Chapter 13 - Infrastructure

Chapter 14 - Solid Waste and Sanitation

Chapter 15 - Energy

Chapter 16 - Traffic and Parking

Chapter 17 - Transit and Pedestrians

Chapter 18 - Air Quality

Chapter 19 - Noise

Chapter 20 - Construction Impacts

Chapter 21 - Public Health

Chapter 22 - Mitigation

Chapter 23 - Unavoidable Significant Adverse Impacts

Chapter 24 - Alternatives

Chapter 25 - Irreversible and Irretrievable Commitment of Resources

Chapter 26 - Growth-Inducing Aspects of the Proposed Actions

Chapter 27 - Comments and Responses


For information about the application process and eligibility requirements for specific buildings please refer to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) website.

Qualified applicants for specific apartments must fall within the annual income range assigned to that apartment. HPD does not rent apartments. Instead, the agency collaborates with real estate professionals and community-based organizations who market apartments. HPD requires that City-subsidized developments comply with HPD’s Open Lottery System for initial marketing to ensure the fair and equitable distribution of housing to eligible applicants.

Phase l construction is expected to begin in 2012. Marketing of the housing units in each of two buildings will begin when construction of is 50% complete. Wait lists are not kept for the lottery.  Advertising will appear in local and city-wide newspapers, as well as on the HPD website hyperlink above.

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