Website Launched for Rabsky Group’s New Long Island City Rental Tower ‘The Halo LIC’

Posted On Mon, January 4, 2016 By

Posted On Mon, January 4, 2016 By In Construction Update, Long Island City, New Developments, Rentals

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.

Criterion Group, LIC Developments, Rabsky Group, Salamon Engineering Group, Simon Dushinsy, The Argent, 44-41 Purves Street
Rendering of The Halo’s exterior. Renderings courtesy of City View Living.

Criterion Group, LIC Developments, Rabsky Group, Salamon Engineering Group, Simon Dushinsy, The Argent, 44-41 Purves Street
Finishing touches being applied to the base

Criterion Group, LIC Developments, Rabsky Group, Salamon Engineering Group, Simon Dushinsy, The Argent, 44-41 Purves Street

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.”

The Argent Lobby,Criterion Group, LIC Developments, Rabsky Group, Salamon Engineering Group, Simon Dushinsy, The Argent, 44-41 Purves Street
The Argent Lobby The Argent Lounge, Criterion Group, LIC Developments, Rabsky Group, Salamon Engineering Group, Simon Dushinsy, The Argent, 44-41 Purves Street
Lounge

Criterion Group, LIC Developments, Rabsky Group, Salamon Engineering Group, Simon Dushinsy, The Argent, 44-41 Purves Street
Library

Criterion Group, LIC Developments, Rabsky Group, Salamon Engineering Group, Simon Dushinsy, The Argent, 44-41 Purves Street
Game Room

Wine Room, Criterion Group, LIC Developments, Rabsky Group, Salamon Engineering Group, Simon Dushinsy, The Argent, 44-41 Purves Street
Wine Room

Criterion Group, LIC Developments, Rabsky Group, Salamon Engineering Group, Simon Dushinsy, The Argent, 44-41 Purves Street
Penthouse

[Stay up to date on listings for The Argent at CityRealty]

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