LIC Rental Building Receives Design Award

The ARC, a luxury rental property in Long Island City, was named the recipient of the 2018 BQDA People’s Choice Award for design excellence.

LONG ISLAND CITY — The American Institute of Architects (AIA) BrooklynQueens and Bronx Chapters have named ARC, a luxury rental property in Long Island City, as the 2018 Brooklyn + Queens Design Award’s (BQDA) People’s Choice Award for Queens.

ARC is a luxury rental property located at 30-02 39th Avenue in the Dutch Kills section of Long Island City, developed by real estate company Lightstone and designed by Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects (GKV Architects). ARC opened in October 2017 and has been greeted with enthusiasm since opening its doors to renters, with more than 95 percent of its 428 units filled in its first 9 months.

Rental prices at the ARC range from $2,800 per month for a studio to $4,700 for a two-bedroom apartment.

Drawing inspiration from the industrial factories that once occupied Long Island City, GKV Architects focused on designing a building that was true to the historic essence of the neighborhood while also offering tenants a building purposefully designed for modern urban living. All residences feature 9’+ ceilings and oversized, floor-to-ceiling industrial windows.

“Born and raised in Queens, I was happy to see the developmental renaissance of Long Island City,” said Randolph Gerner, Principal at Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects. “In designing ARC, I didn’t want the nature of this neighborhood to be consumed by mirrored glass buildings, rather ARC was designed to celebrate and complement the area’s architectural fabric.”

ARC’s innovative design and creativity allow for the largest and most diverse lifestyle-driven amenity program in New York City, sprawling more than 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities. The property includes a 70-foot long environmentally efficient salt water pool, complete with rooftop cabanas, and stunning poolside views of the Manhattan skyline in the distance.

ARC also offers residents a private courtyard park with a greenhouse for year-round gardening and private events, as well as a residential lounge, library, club room, game room, private and collaborative workspaces, entertainment areas, and a gourmet catering kitchen with private dining.

“When developing this building we focused largely on honoring Long Island City’s heritage while designing residences and amenities fit for urban living,” said Mitchell Hochberg, President at Lightstone. “We’re proud of ARC’s success and thrilled that AIA’s local chapters and the LIC community share our excitement for the project.”

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