LIC, Manhattan garner further attention for building tall.

Michael Arad of Handel Architect designed Durst’s latest project in LIC. The Clock Tower is in the foreground.

Durst’s Big Plans for LIC Clock Tower Site

The Durst Organization has big plans for 29-55 Northern Boulevard in Long Island City (LIC) in Queens: a 63-story building containing approximately 760 residential rental units and 8,700 sq. ft. of commercial space, The Real Deal reported. The project, near the site of the historic Clock Tower, was designed by Michael Arad of Handel Architects and encompasses nearly 1 million sq. ft. By unit count, it promises to be one of the largest residential developments in Queens. Durst has been busy throughout the city and particularly in Queens, with plans there for approximately 2,400 apartments in multiple buildings along the waterfront in Astoria (ELEVATOR WORLD, December 2014).

Way for Tower

The turn-of-the century Beaux Arts Kaskel & Kaskel building at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 32nd Street in Manhattan will be replaced by a 40-story mixed-use tower designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), DNAinfo New York reported. KPF filed plans to build the 539-ft.-tall tower with the New York City Department of Buildings in July. The project includes lower-level retail, condominiums starting on the eighth floor and resident amenities. Kaskel & Kaskel was a men’s clothier that catered to the rich and famous, including President Theodore Roosevelt.

GAL Launches New Website

GAL Manufacturing Co. has launched a redesigned website that it says will “provide customers with a richer, more engaging user experience. . . specially tailored to the needs of today’s mobile and PC-based audiences.” The new site, www.gal.com, offers visitors a “rebranded corporate appearance” and includes an easy-to-navigate interface with quick access to libraries of company sales, product and informational literature; a media section with updated corporate news; and an up-to-date calendar of events.

Steven Ort, vice present of sales and marketing, said the site will offer customers quick access to information and allow GAL to continue to deliver unsurpassed service. “Providing our customers with more accessible and comprehensive information makes them far more productive, which we believe will make their experience with our company more satisfying and rewarding overall,” he said.

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