Curtain Rising On Luxury Units At ‘The Silver Star’


The “Silver Star,” a 10-story, mixed-use building developed by Silver Star Motors, a Mercedes-Benz auto dealership. The Silver Star, at 34-17 Northern Boulevard, features 65 rental apartments above two floors occupied by Silver Star Motors. 
Photo Vinny DuPre The “Silver Star,” a 10-story, mixed-use building developed by Silver Star Motors, a Mercedes-Benz auto dealership. The Silver Star, at 34-17 Northern Boulevard, features 65 rental apartments above two floors occupied by Silver Star Motors. Photo Vinny DuPre The curtain is about to rise on the opening act of the “The Silver Star,” a 10-story, 135,000-square-foot, mixed-use building developed by Silver Star Motors, one of New York City’s premiere Mercedes-Benz auto dealerships.

The “The Silver Star,” at 34-17 Northern Boulevard, features 85 rental apartments above two floors occupied by Silver Star Motors.

The rental units start on the third floor and occupy 66,721 square feet of residential space, with 12 units on the third floor, 16 units each on the fourth through sixth floors, 8 units on each of the seventh and eighth floors, 7 units on the ninth floor and 2 penthouse units. The tenth floor features a 1,300-square-foot outdoor sun deck in a luxury lounge setting surrounded by a garden.

In all, the residential floors showcase 30 studio units, 27 one-bedroom, 28 two-bedroom and 2 three-bedroom units, along with a 500- square-foot gym, and a 1,500-square-foot outdoor barbecue area with a sun deck with seating in an outdoor trellis area.

Tenants will be able to relax in a 700- square-foot lounge with a pantry, get serious in a business center, and share a communal table or a television lounge and a laundry room. Each of the one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments feature their own washers and dryers.

The building also features storage space for 43 bicycles and indoor parking for 43 vehicles.

A spokesperson for the City Planning Commission (CPC) described owner Michael Cohen, proprietor of Silver Star Motors, as a “pioneer in the rebirth of the Northern Boulevard corridor in Dutch Kills,” explaining that the third-generation automobile dealer was the first to break ground for new residential development on the corridor in more than 40 years.

The stretch of Northern Boulevard had remained vastly underdeveloped, with mostly one-and two-story commercial buildings lining the strip, the CPC spokesperson said. “All of that changed in 2008 when the corridor was included as part of the Dutch Kills Subdivision – a 40-block rezoning project that opened the area to new residential development,” the CPC spokesperson said. “Michael Cohen was the first to file plans for residential development under the new zoning regulations. He opened a lot of eyes to the significance of high-rise housing development in the area.”

Cohen first set out to build a new pre-owned sales showroom for the Silver Star Motors dealership, and to expand the company’s existing pre-owned sales parking lot. During preliminary talks on the project, it was suggested that Cohen consider residential development at the site based on the property’s zoning.

The rest is history, with Cohen leading a charge for new residential development on the Northern Boulevard corridor in the Dutch Kills section of Long Island City.

The building will feature the Silver Star new car dealership and pre-owned showroom on the first two floors and a mezzanine level occupying 35,571 square feet of commercial space. The Silver Star Mercedes new car showroom will move from its existing location at 36-11 Northern Boulevard, across the street to the new building.

The building is located just steps from the 36th Street entrance to the MTA M and R subway lines and the Q101 bus line. It is conveniently located within walking distance to the Steinway Street shopping corridor and two major supermarkets.

Occupancy is expected to begin by next month.—Liz Goff

  
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