Moving this Year? 9 Neighborhoods with New Stuff in 2019

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January 3, 2019

If your heart is set on living in an area with shiny, new things, check out these nine neighborhoods in 2019.

They are chock full of new apartments, office space and cultural attractions. Parks renovations and transit station upgrades are wrapping up, while new pre-K programs or schools will soon open, too.

This list was compiled by Localize.city, a real estate knowledge platform that creates dozens of insights for every address in New York City to help buyers and renters know what’s happening before signing a contract or lease. The platform offers a one-stop shop, telling you, among other things, where new things are coming like new buildings, schools, park upgrades and improved infrastructure.  (You can also sign up for updates to stay posted as things change at a particular address.)

Looking holistically at a variety of projects currently underway across the five boroughs, Localize.city’s data scientists and urban planners identified nine neighborhoods as particularly noteworthy for what is expected to open in 2019. The list also includes the number of apartments under construction in each neighborhood as of Oct. 10, 2018, to give a bigger picture of the ongoing evolution of these areas.

“Not only are thousands of new apartments — including a lot of affordable units — opening in several neighborhoods throughout the boroughs, this year will also see the culmination of many projects that will make areas more livable, from transit and park upgrades to new schools and cultural attractions,” said Localize.city urban planner Beth Kancilia. “Queens and the Bronx are getting new big music venues, Staten Island is getting the city’s first outlet mall, the final piece of the High Line will open in Manhattan, and Brooklyn is getting a taste of the suburbs with the city’s first Wegmans supermarket.”

The team fine-tuned the list based on the larger context of what the coming year is expected to bring. With the L train shutdown expected for 15 months starting in April the report shied away from areas dependent on that line, even though areas like Williamsburg and Bushwick are seeing a lot of development. Also, while all eyes will remain on Long Island City as it preps for Amazon, this analysis looked for some alternatives to that booming area. Only about 700 Amazon employees are expected to be hired for the LIC outpost in 2019, and frankly, many may be looking to live away from the company’s office space and its helicopter pad. (Complaints about helicopter noise is another issue Localize.city flags for addresses.)

If you’re moving in 2019, these 9 neighborhoods are where it’s at.

  • Astoria, Queens

Median Monthly One-bedroom Asking Rent: $2,000
Total Units Currently Under Construction: 1,958 units in 71 buildings

“An influx of new bars, restaurants, and major development projects is already well underway, but the pace is likely to accelerate with Amazon’s HQ2 coming to Long Island City and the ongoing growth of the Cornell Tech Campus,” Localize.city urban planner Alon Goldstein said. “Hundreds of new units are expected to open at Astoria Cove and Halletts Point. Rents and home values are likely to increase, especially along the waterfront by the ferry stop and where Amazon’s campus will be a short bike ride away.”

A bevy of park and playground upgrades
  • The majority of Astoria’s parks and playgrounds have been — or are in the process of being — renovated, an impressive claim to fame for such a large neighborhood. At Astoria Park, the neighborhood’s largest green space, a new dog park, sports courts, and public plaza should open next year, with a turf soccer field and overhauled track to debut a few months later. At least four other playgrounds are expected to reopen in 2019 with new play equipment, seating and landscaping.
Most subway station upgrades will finish in 2019
  • Astorians have had to deal with the headache of six N/W station renovations over the past couple of years, including the complete closure of four stops. But most of the work will be complete by early 2019 when modernized 39th Avenue, Broadway, and Astoria Ditmars Boulevard stations reopen. Astoria Boulevard (the last remaining stop to be overhauled) is expected to be closed for much of 2019 and reopen in 2021.
A good year for the music and foodie scene
  • Music lovers can look forward to a concert hall for up to 2,000 people set to open in the Kaufman Arts District. The Arc is expected to host emerging and established musicians, provide recording space for artists and feature a 24-hour cafe with food from local vendors.
  • A new food hall is expected to open in a space formerly housing a print shop, dollar store and restaurant supply store on 35th Avenue. Housed within the single-story brick building will be eight 2,000-square-foot spaces for local artisanal vendors. It could include a coffee roaster, microbrewery and dessert bakery.
  1. Hudson Yards, Manhattan

Median Monthly One-bedroom Asking Rent: $3,475
Total Units Currently Under Construction: 1,003 in four buildings

“While the Hudson Yards mega-development may seem like old news, 2019 will be its biggest year yet,” Kancilia said. “By the spring, 15 Hudson Yards will offer the development’s first residences — for those who can dish out at least $4 million. And although Long Island City and adjacent areas will feel the greatest impacts of Amazon’s arrival, Hudson Yards’ ultra-luxury condos may appeal to some Amazon execs because of its convenient transit connection.”

A closer look at residential and commercial development opening in 2019
  • The super-tall buildings at 30 and 35 Hudson Yards will also open in 2019. The former is an office tower (the observation deck likely won’t be open to the public until 2020); the latter is a high-end hotel and nearly 140 residences.
  • Nearby, the Manhattan West mega-project is expected to see its first building completed in 2019: The 67-story office tower at 1 Manhattan West will be the first in a development with two new office buildings, two residential buildings and a hotel.
New retail, public space and parks
  • A mile of high-end retail will open at The Shops and Restaurants. Also in March, the public will get access to The Shed, a visual and performing arts center, and the iconic structure of the Hudson Yards Public Square, Vessel.
  • The last section of the High Line will also open in April 2019. The Spur will extend east along 30th Street, ending above 10th Avenue, providing more lushly landscaped public space for programming and art.
  1. Melrose, Bronx

Median Monthly One-bedroom Asking Rent: $1,595
Total Units Currently Under Construction: 1,902 units in 19 buildings

“This year promises to bring a lot of new, attractive affordable housing to Melrose along with the Bronx Music Hall,” Kancilia said. “Performances in the 300-seat space in the Bronx Commons development will pay homage to famous local musicians and hip-hop’s roots in the South Bronx, as well as lesser-known music from the area, like salsa, jazz, and doo-wop, and the musical contributions of immigrant communities. The Hall will be the home of the Bronx Music Heritage Center, an educational space hosting a digital archive of the cultural treasures from the Bronx.”

A closer look at new residential development opening in 2019
  • The Bronx Commons project will offer 305 affordable housing units, new retail and recreation space.
  • Additionally, the first phase of La Central mega-project could wrap late in the year, bringing three of the five buildings online. The first two 13-story buildings will have nearly 500 units, as well as retail, a state-of-the-art YMCA, a BronxNet production studio, landscaped green space and an urban farm. A third building will house 160 units earmarked for formerly homeless individuals, those with special needs, and low-income New Yorkers.
  • Another 12-story, 175-unit affordable development and charter school at 600 E. 156th St. may wrap by the end of the year, though it could stretch into 2020.
New parks coming
  • The brand-new Melrose Commons Park should open by late summer, offering an acre of much-needed public green space. It is the long-awaited final piece of the redeveloped area known as Melrose Commons and will have a restroom, a large open lawn, multiple playgrounds, and tree-shaded paths with seating.
  1. Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn

Median Monthly One-bedroom Asking Rent: $3,140
Total Units Currently Under Construction: 718 units in seven buildings

Downtown Brooklyn has been awash in new development, and a variety of projects will wrap up construction in 2019,” said Goldstein. “Besides the plethora of new residential units continuing to open, including projects by high-profile architects like Morris Adjmi’s 211 Schermerhorn St. and ODA’s 10 Nevins St., the area is also getting some noteworthy commercial and cultural projects. The new Brooklyn home of the Center for Fiction will include a bookstore, cafe, library, classrooms and a 160-seat auditorium, cementing the borough’s reputation as home to many writers. With the 13-story, 285-room Ace Hotel at 61 Bond St., will the hip brand’s Brooklyn outpost be a game changer like it was for the Flatiron? And a 620,000 square foot office redevelopment atop Macy’s on Fulton Street is angling to fill its space with creative companies.”

More grocery options a bus ride or car share away
  • Wegmans is expected to open by late 2019. The highly-anticipated store is the chain’s first in New York City and will be more than 10 times larger than nearby grocers. A number of other destination retailers and local stores will also enliven this stretch of Flushing Avenue, which has long been walled-off from the community.
Park and other renovations on the horizon
  • Also not too far from the area: walking and cycling eastward along Flushing Avenue is expected to become a lot easier next spring, when a mile-long protected bike path and pedestrian walkway is expected to open. It’s part of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, an ongoing project to build a contiguous landscaped cyclist and pedestrian path between Greenpoint and Bay Ridge.
  • After being shuttered for more than a decade, overgrown BAM Park will finally reopen to the public as soon as next spring. It’ll feature new landscaping, paths, and seating. The imposing perimeter fence will also be removed, opening up the park to the street.
  1. Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Median Monthly One-bedroom Asking Rent: $2,400
Total Units Currently Under Construction: 1,754 units in 42 buildings

“The opening of developments like the Gibraltar, the Greenpoint and Greenpoint Landing’s One Blue Slip is the start of a major transformation of Greenpoint’s waterfront to an upscale residential district,” Kancilia said. “While projects had been slow to start following a 2005 rezoning, today, no fewer than five major developments are underway. And with Amazon’s move to the neighborhood next door, across Newtown Creek, you can expect buyers and renters to be even more interested in Greenpoint’s waterfront.”

 A closer look at residential development opening in 2019
  • You can expect the 40-story Greenpoint and the eight-story OTTO to be occupied early in the year. The 18 apartments in an old church at 120 Java St. may also open by the end of 2019, while leasing should start at Greenpoint Landing’s 2 Blue Slip around the same time. Additionally, a new 70-room hotel at a former rope factory in the Greenpoint Terminal Market will also likely open in 2019.
Local library overhaul
  • The library at 107 Norman Ave. was demolished a couple of years ago to make way for a new two-story building that will offer more than just books. An Environmental Education Center, green roofs and gardens, a public plaza, outdoor classrooms and performance space, more indoor space for age-based reading rooms, and community event areas are all promised by summer 2019.
Transit improvements expected
  • Greenpoint will also benefit from improved train service via the G line. Before the L train closes in late April 2019, the G will double in size from four to eight cars, and three more trains will run every hour — changes that are supposed to increase capacity by 160 percent. While riders should expect packed trains for the 15 months that the L is down, the improvements to G train service will continue even after repairs are complete.
  1. East New York, Brooklyn

Median Monthly One-bedroom Asking Rent: $1,600
Total Units Currently Under Construction: 2,264 units in 44 buildings

“It has been three years since a vast portion of the neighborhood was rezoned,” Kancilia said. “Last year, the neighborhood ranked second citywide for building permits filed, and while it will take several years to see those plans come to fruition, there had already been a steady uptick in plans filed over the last few years, meaning the new year could be the beginning of a slew of new housing. Perhaps most notably for 2019, the first phase of the new Shirley Chisholm State Park will open over the summer along Jamaica Bay. At 407 acres, it will be the largest state park in New York City.”

A closer look at public space upgrades and new community amenities coming in 2019
  • A number of improvements to public open spaces are also set to wrap in the new year, just in time for warmer weather. Sperandeo Playground will get new handball and basketball courts and netted fencing around the baseball diamond early in the year. By the summer, City Line Park will get a new multi-purpose turf-field, skate park, basketball court, and fitness equipment, and Highland Park will see reconstructed basketball courts, refreshed landscaping and seating, and new play equipment including a rock climbing area.
  • Some new community amenities are hoping to absorb a growing population, including the neighborhood’s new 1,000-seat school on Atlantic Avenue, but that’s not likely to open until 2020.
Free pre-K for 3-year-olds coming a year earlier than expected
  • In September 2019, School District 19 is expected to begin offering free preschool for all 3 year-olds. The 6-hour-and-20-minute school days will be offered during the academic year, with after-school care sometimes offered. They will operate in elementary school or community organization buildings, standalone centers run by DOE staff, or private/parochial schools. City officials estimate that free preschool saves families an average of $10,000 a year.
  1.  Financial District, Manhattan

Median Monthly One-bedroom Asking Rent: $3,900
Total Units Currently Under Construction: 972 units in 11 buildings

“As the Financial District’s residential development continues to soar, the area is seeing an exciting new culinary scene flourish and a focus on more family-friendly amenities,” Goldstein said. “At Pier 17 in the Seaport District, highly anticipated restaurants are expected to open from Jean-Georges, David Chang and Andrew Carmellini along with Malibu Farm, a Southern California farm-to-table restaurant.”

A closer look at community amenities coming soon
  • At 74 Trinity Pl., the lower floors of a new 26-story office building will feature a parish center for Trinity Church, cafe, gymnasium, and classroom and art/music studios. Completion is expected by late next year. Meanwhile, a new elementary school should open by 2020 at 77 Greenwich St., as part of a 500-foot residential tower.
  • By mid-late 2019, residents may finally get a reprieve from the Warren Street reconstruction project that’s caused agonizing noise, dust, and street and sidewalk closures for more than two years. The reward should be a more attractive streetscape with newer and smoother pavement, sidewalks, and curbs.
  1. Jamaica, Queens

Median Monthly One-bedroom Asking Rent: $1,800
Total Units Currently Under Construction: 1,322 units in 14 buildings

“Of several new housing developments expected to open in 2019, most notable is the 30-story affordable residential tower known as The Crossing at Jamaica Station,” Kancilia said. “It is one of the first big developments in Jamaica in decades. Adjacent to the JFK AirTrain terminal, the structure is comprised of a high-rise and a smaller 14-story tower. All 669 apartments are earmarked for low- or middle-income earners. It will house up to 2,000 residents, and offer ground floor retail and restaurant space, as well as community amenities.”

A closer look at residential development opening in 2019
  • By early 2019, all 379 affordable units at Alvista Towers should be occupied and the development officially opened, while the Tree of Life affordable development — along with its church-run community facility — will also open its doors by the spring. Other buildings debuting this coming year include the 324-unit residential structure that replaced the former Mary Immaculate Hospital and the smaller Parthenon Two at 148-36 89th Ave. that will open in June.
Improved transit on the Long Island Rail Road
  • By late 2019, a new platform — Platform F — at the Jamaica LIRR station will offer more frequent service to Atlantic Terminal, reducing bottlenecks and making service more reliable.
  1. Saint George, Staten Island

Median Monthly One-bedroom Asking Rent: $1,600
Total Units Currently Under Construction: 120 units in two buildings

“Two major new waterfront developments will be complete by mid-2019, part of the North Shore’s ongoing transformation into a more vibrant mixed-use community,” Goldstein said. “The first, Empire Outlets, will be New York City’s first outlet mall once it opens in April. The massive open-air mall will feature 100 stores, a 190-room hotel, and indoor and outdoor restaurants — all with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. Meanwhile, Lighthouse Point will bring an office building, 116 apartments, artisanal market and food hall, and a Westin hotel to the former U.S. Lighthouse Service Depot. All but the hotel should be complete by next summer.”

Transit upgrades… of a sort
  • Ferry commutes should get a little more pleasant next year, but not in the way you’d expect. The Ferry Terminal’s two large fish tanks are being remodeled, with new habitat in a style more reflective of Staten Island.
More preschool options
  • In September, Saint George preschools will begin offering free “3-K.” The program will operate in elementary school or community organization buildings, standalone centers run by DOE staff, or private/parochial schools. Moreover, the Learning Experience, a private preschools chain, is aiming to open a new location on Bay Street in time for the 2019-2020 school year.
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