At 44 stories, 1 QPS comprises 391 rental apartment units, ground-floor neighborhood retail, and a large complement of accessory parking. Once a hardscrabble, underutilized industrial area, Long Island City began sprouting dozens of residential high-rise towers starting in 2000, primarily as the result of a major rezoning.
1 QPS is flanked on two sides by an elevated subway, imparting a hip vibe to this new neighborhood, as the building itself resides hard up against a six-story warehouse structure once used primarily to repair taxis and other service vehicles. This 60-foot-tall “blind” space, while unsuitable for residential units, proved ideal for the building’s amenity package, which sports 16,000 square feet of fitness center, billiards, a professional rock-climbing wall, library, home-away-from-office space and work areas, communal kitchen, fireplace, and children’s playroom; all within a club-like setting. SLCE has contributed at least a dozen buildings and counting since 1996 to this new and vibrant neighborhood lying across the East River from Midtown Manhattan.