Some of the largest office projects in decades are currently under construction in the outer boroughs of New York.
“Not since the Citigroup Building in Long Island City and MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn were completed have we seen so much office construction in the boroughs outside Manhattan,” said Carlo A. Scissura, president and CEO New York Building Congress.
A total of 6.9 million square feet of new office space is currently under construction or in the planning stages in Brooklyn, and another 3.6 million square feet is in the development pipeline in Long Island City, according to Cushman & Wakefield. Of that 10.5 million square feet, 8.5 million square feet could be ready for occupancy by 2021.
Top projects include The JACX, Tishman Speyer’s 1.2 million square foot development in the Long Island City section of Queens, and Dock 72 (pictured), a 675,000-square-foot office building being co-developed by Rudin Management and Boston Properties at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
“Rather than looking to the outer boroughs as a cheap alternative for a number of back-office operations, developers want to be there because that’s where the creative workforce wants to be,” said Scissura.