Apartments & Houses for Sale and Rent in Hunters Point, Queens

Quick Profile

Hunters Point is a neighborhood inside a neighborhood. Technically, it’s part of the larger nabe of Long Island City. In recent years it’s stepped out from behind LIC’s shadows and become a desirable place to live. Besides its proximity to Midtown, it has breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. It offers art galleries, craft breweries and a thriving culinary scene on the north side too. It’s safe to say Hunters Point is all the buzz. Young professionals and families are flocking to the neighborhood in search of new frontiers, a little more space and buildings with modern amenities.

Hunters Point is bounded by Astoria to North, Newton Creek to the south, Sunnyside to the east and the East River to the west. Long Island City is often referred to as Hunter’s Point and vise-versa. They are generally referring to the same area. 

Just one subway stop from Grand Central Station, the working-class and industrial neighborhood of Hunter’s Point has had quite the makeover as of lately. Especially the waterfront park, which defines the neighborhood. The 11-acre stretch of continuous waterfront green space is so big that they had to create it in phases over many years. Some consider the development one of the most ambitious waterfront projects in New York City history.

The first phase, completed in 2013, sits along the banks of the East River. It has a playground, basketball courts, dog run, multipurpose field, sand-filled volleyball courts and food concessions. It has unique winding paths with rocky outcrops, native plants and park benches along the way. In addition, the NYC Ferry Service operates a ferry landing within the park and whisks commuters to Manhattan and Brooklyn. 

The second phase of the waterfront development was completed in 2018. Once overgrown with weeds, shrubs, and trees, the development’s land served as a legitimate dumping ground for construction rubble and excess soil. The post-industrial wasteland was renovated into an award-winning park that offers a cantilevered viewing platform overlooking the East River. Traverse the salty marshes along some of the coolest elevated and sustainable footpaths New York City has to offer. The landscape architecture of the park protects the nearby apartment buildings from flooding and storm surges.

Not all of Hunters Point is shiny and new with world class parks. The Hunters Point Historic district represents a small but nostalgic glimpse of how things used to look. The district spans the block of 45th Avenue between 21st and 23rd Streets and contains red-brick brownstones from the late 19th century. You’ll also see many other styles of architecture in the district.

Destination Spots

Gantry State Park – You can’t miss this one. It’s located in a former dockyard and manufacturing district. Two giant gantries rise up and overlook the 12-acre state park. Several piers, which are open to the public, extend out into the East River and give you the best views of the Manhattan skyline. When the 4th of July firework display sets up on the river you’ll have front row seats.

Hunters Point Library – It’s a must see for any architecture fan. Built in 2019 and designed by Steven Holl Architects, this 22,000 square foot public library is tantalizing both on the inside and out. It offers a rooftop patio and public park and it’s a work of art.

What You Might See

Industrial buildings and warehouses are scattered throughout the neighborhood. It makes for an interesting aesthetic and certainly adds to the vibe of Hunters Point. Some structures have been refurbished into housing, while others are still operational.  

What You Don’t Know

There are public art installations all throughout the waterfront park in Hunters Point. Just take a stroll and you’ll come across them as you explore. Try and find “Luminescene” by Nobuho Nagasawa. 7 domed sculptures (representing the 7 phases of the moon) are on exhibit. They absorb light during the day and at night they glow a different color.

Living in Hunters Point

What’s in the Future

Hunters Point South is a work in progress, so you’ll see more developments in the near future. Gotham Point is one such development. Designed by Handel Architects and developed by the Gotham Organization and RiseBoro Community Partnership. It rises 57 stories and contains 689 units. An Intermediate High School and a 33-story, 443-unit building is also slated for the parcel. 

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