St. John's Queens Hospital was located at 45th and Jackson Avenues in Long Island City. It was opened in 1891 and was the first hospital in Queens. The larger buildings in this old postcard were erected in 1900 when the hospital expanded. The institution later moved to a new location at Queens and Woodhaven Boulevards in the 1960s, where it remains today.
The Citicorp tower, also known as Court Square One, is a 48-story, 1.4-million-square-foot office building that opened in 1989 on the site of the old St. John's. You would have thought by the way politicians of the era embraced its construction that it was the second coming of Jesus. Unfortunately, it's approval paved the way for other high-density development projects that are destroying the character of the waterfront mixed-use community of Long Island City. Queens residents used to laugh that their first skyscraper was giving the finger to Manhattan, but the joke's on us because actually, it's the other way around.
Scott Rechler, the president of Reckson Associates Realty Company, said Long Island City was "one of the last remaining underdeveloped New York City submarkets."
It won't be long before it is one of the most overdeveloped. The Citicrap tower has now produced offspring.