Welcome to the Big Six Towers

Big Six Towers is conveniently located near public transportation. Only four miles from Manhattan, the complex lies in the shadow of the beautiful Manhattan Skyline.

The business of Big Six Towers is conducted by a Board of Directors elected by all Cooperators. Our managing agent is Metro Management Development, Inc. The Management office is located within the lower-level of the shopping center at 60-10 Queens Boulevard. The onsite management team can be reached during normal business hours at (718) 898-7022.

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Important Phone Numbers

  • Big Six Towers Management -- (718) 898-7022
  • Big Six Public Safety -- (718) 335-8715
  • Big Six Maintenance -- (718) 335-3068
  • NYC Referrals/Other information -- 311
  • NYC Metro (Transportation/Traffic) -- 511
  • Ambulance -- 911
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector Alarm Sounds -- 911 (Building 3 only)
  • Gas Leak Emergency ONLY- National Grid --  (718) 643-4050 (option 9)
  • National Grid (non Emergency) -- (718) 643-4050 (listen for options)
  • NYC Subways and Buses -- 718-330-1234
  • Long Island Railroad -- 718-217-LIRR (5477)
  • Police/Emergency Only -- 911
  • Police/108 Precinct -- (718) 784-5411

         5-47 50th Avenue,

         Long Island City, NY 11101

  • Fire Department 292/Rescue 4 -- (718) 476-6292

         64-18 Queens Boulevard

         Woodside, NY 11377

Management Office

Big Six Towers, Inc., Management Office

C/O Metro Management Development, Inc.

60-10 Queens Boulevard

Lower Level

Woodside, NY  11377

Office: 718-898-7022

Fax: 718-397-1784

General Manager: Maria Platis

Email: [email protected]

Associate General Manager: Melisa Zimonjic

Email: [email protected]

Office Personnel

Analvi Tavarez, Leasing Administrator

Natasa Mirkovic, Executive Administrative Assistant

Metro Management Development, Inc. is responsible for the smooth running of services required for our complex. The General Manager is hired by the Board of Directors and manages all the facilities and personnel. The office staff handles administrative matters and maintenance issues.

The nine member Board of Directors meets with Management at formal meetings on a monthly basis and as needed.

Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am. - 5:00 pm

Summer Months  

Closed on Fridays at 4:00 pm

Office is closed on National Holidays

Should an emergency arise when the office is closed, please contact Public Safety at (718) 335-8715.

History of The Big Six Towers

The Big Six Towers Cooperative complex was the brainchild of Frank Barrett. Mr. Barrett was the former President of the New York Typographical Union Local No. 6 (the “6” in the Big Six Towers), and builder I.D. Robbins. They sought to create affordable housing for hard-working New Yorkers by getting favorable tax consideration through the City's Mitchell-Lama Housing Program. Big Six has 7 buildings on 12 acres between Queens Boulevard and Laurel Hill Boulevard and 59th and 61st Streets. In August 1963, the first families moved in, and by January 1964, the last apartment was occupied. A number of major changes have occurred since Big Six Towers opened. The shopping center was built and our own power-generating plant was created.

History of Woodside

Woodside is in the western portion of the NYC borough of Queens. It is bordered on the south by Maspeth, on the north by Astoria, on the west by Sunnyside and on the east by Elmhurst and Jackson Heights. Woodside was settled in the late 17th century by Joseph Sackett, but did not grow substantially until the 1800s. Benjamin W. Hitchcock and journalist John Andrew Kelly were among the first developers in the 1860s. Kelly built a home called “Woodside” after the nearby forests. In 1867, Hitchcock purchased a 115-acre farm, divided it into more than 1,000 building lots, and sold them in 1869, generating the first massive building in the new village of Woodside.

With large scale residential development in the 1860s, Woodside became the largest Irish American community in Queens. In the early 1930s, the area was approximately 80% Irish. Even as the neighborhood has seen growth in ethnic diversity today, the area still retains a strong Irish American presence. There are a number of Irish pubs and restaurants scattered throughout Woodside.

In 1847, cholera epidemics and a shortage of burial grounds in Manhattan created the need for non-profit organizations to operate commercial cemeteries. Calvary Cemetery, only blocks from Big Six Towers, is one of the earliest of these and is run by the Catholic Archdiocese of NY.  The first burial in Calvary was in 1848 and by 1852 there were 50 burials a day, half of them the Irish poor under seven years of age. By the 1990s there were nearly 3 million burials in Calvary Cemetery including those of many famous and infamous people. The cemetery was used in the film, The Godfather, for the funeral of Don Corleone.

A series of major events changed the look of Woodside. The construction of the Queensboro Bridge and subway tracks over the East River allowed easy access of cars and trucks to and from Manhattan. Urbanization had begun. 1907 saw the first trolley car. Shortly after the bridge opened in 1909, the population of Woodside started increasing tremendously, reaching 6,000 people in 1910.

Today, Woodside is an ethnically diverse neighborhood that remains filled with working class people. In the early 1990s, many Asian American families moved into the area, particularly east of the Woodside–61st Street. Woodside has a large population of Korean-Americans, Chinese-Americans, and Filipino-Americans with their own respective ethnic enclaves. There are also South Asian Americans, particularly Indian-Americans, Bangladeshi-Americans, and Pakistani-Americans. Woodside is also home to a large Latino population, mostly from Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Reflecting its longtime diverse foods and drink, the neighborhood is filled with many cultural restaurants and pubs.

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Our Mark

This marker, located across the street from Big Six Towers on 58th Street and Queens Blvd, denotes Woodside as the (disputed) geographic center of the City of New York.

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