This major housing complex is largely unknown outside of Queens, tucked away as it is on the waterfront in Whitestone. Comprising more than 3,000 apartments over 32 buildings, originally there were four apartments per floor on each building meaning that each apartment had a corner terrace. The campus also includes swimming pools, tennis courts, a beach, and other recreation facilities.
Sited at the top of a steeply sloped street, the house is essentially built into the side of a hill. There is a two car garage under the house and living spaces above with the private space at the back of the property. The entrance is tucked away into the corner L of the building. The entire exterior is covered in natural redwood with some stone veneer at the base.
The last major development of a community on this curve of land in Whitestone, along with Cryder Point Apartments and Levitt House, this 20 story building dominates the shoreline. The building includes a wide curving entrance canopy, glass terraces, and a private beach to take advantage of the location and only occupies 10% of the expansive site. Privacy is a distinct consideration with a gatehouse, on property parking, and a brick wall surrounding the property. Hausman & Rosenberg were chosen for this last piece while George Miller did the lower-rise adjoining developments.
The Woodside Savings and Loan is now an Astoria Federal Savings and the clock adorning the white enameled brick end pier is different but otherwise this building is largely the same. The front facade consists of a large two story wall of glass with white enamel brick and porcelain panel accents. The planting area originally to the right of the entrance seems to be gone; parking is in the rear.
The Russ Togs building is a large blank building, its facade of blocks of tan brickface intersected at regular intervals by narrow vertical lines of dark windows. There is a central core differentiated by a slightly higher facade wall, dark grey brickface, and a wall of windows above the entrance. The structure housed a prominent clothing manufacturer, well known and expanding when this facility was built, but bankrupt by 1991. The layout of three floors with 20 foot ceilings and 70,000 square feet was directly for the needs of the company’s line of business. Today the structure houses a cosmetic manufacturer.