The large empty piece of property at left was formerly a gas station. Plans were recently rejected for a 12-story, 110-unit pile of crap. (Did you forget the community facility?)
And the 85-foot tall tower next door blends in well with the rest of the neighborhood, eh? It used to be 2 small houses.
Here's the scene before:
No mention of this sort of thing in this article, though:
The Neighborhoods of Queens: Astoria