To say that Long Island City is undergoing a construction boom is a bit of an understatement. The city’s second most populous borough is building a business district…er high-rise bedroom community that will soon rival many American downtowns. The blocks along Jackson Avenue from the Pulaski Bridge to Queens Plaza have been sprinkled with development dust, and at the center of it all is a short dead-end street named Purves where four residential buildings are now under construction and four others have recently finished.
Near the street’s southeastern terminus, Simon Dushinsky’s Rabsky Group has topped off its 26-story, 284-unit rental tower at 44-51 Purves Street and applying the last bits of the building’s glass, metal and brick facade. In addition to a number of renderings and a new website, we’ve uncovered that the 308-foot tall building will be called ‘Halo LIC,” which we learned is an adjective for something silvery, or an archaic word for money (how fitting). The site was previously planned to give rise to a pair of shorter towers by the Criterion Group but the 28,000 square-foot lot was flipped in 2013 for $32 million.
Rendering of The Halo’s exterior. Renderings courtesy of City View Living.
Though only one block long, Purves Street may have more ongoing construction than any other single block in the city. In the photo above finished or near-finished buildings include the red-brick 26-14 Jackson Avenue on the left, Vere Condominium, The Vista , Vantage Purves, and The Halo on the right-hand side. In the foreground, three rental towers are under construction including 27-21 44th Street, Watermark Court Square at 44-16 Purves Street, and FXFowle’s 44-28 Purves Street.
The architects of record are the Salamon Engineering Group (SEG) who’ve given the 260,000-square-foot slab-like tower a somewhat interesting massing and covered it in variously-sized balconies. Like many of LIC’s new towers, the building will provide an array of amenities including an attended lobby, on-site parking, a bike room, a library, game room, fitness center, screening room, wine room, business center and a penthouse lounge and roof-deck. Leasing will begin sometime later this year and will be handled by City View Living. Their page on the building describes it as such:
“All ﬂush with today’s most sought-after luxury amenities and surrounded with contemporary ﬁrst class design, The Halo is not just another humdrum city hi-rise. Ensconced among the ﬁnest of its kind in the new, eclectic neighborhood of Long Island City, its beautiful architecture embody the essence of luxury and reﬂect the nuanced character of its neighbor hood. Its prime location, chasmal corridors, multi level spaces, lofty sky lit atriums, luxury apartments and ﬂoor to ceiling windows overlooking the East River, are just a few reasons multitudes are attracted to this majestic tower. Become a Halo resident and appreciate real luxury.”
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