You can see the yellow crane and the bright orange construction material from almost anywhere in Queens.
From the Mets-Willets Point No. 7 train station to the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, the towering apartment building under construction atop the Rego Center II shopping mall in Rego Park has become a recognizable piece of the Central Queens skyline.
Despite receiving work permits just over eight months ago, the Vornado Realty-developed 24-story, 314-unit residential structure, designed by SLCE Architects, is already nearing its expected height of 288 feet.
When contacted by the Chronicle, Vornado declined to comment on progress of construction and if there was an estimated date of completion.
The project suffered a slight setback this week, as the Department of Buildings placed a partial stop-work order on the site on Saturday.
According to the order, a rail plummeted from the 24th floor into the netting placed around the seventh floor of the structure after it fell from the crane while it was being hoisted.
Last winter, it was reported that the estimated cost of construction would range between $100 million and $200 million.
The plan for the residential building above the 160,000-square-foot shopping center was part of the original proposal that was presented to Community Board 6 in 2005, and the mall opened in 2010.