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Lightstone's ARC Receives The AIA 2018 BQDA People's Choice Design Award


Lightstone's ARC Receives The AIA 2018 BQDA People's Choice Design Award

Lightstone's luxury rental property in Long Island City named the recipient of the 2018 BQDA People's Choice Award for design excellence

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LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y., July 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Brooklyn, Queens 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.

Lightstone's luxury rental property in Long Island City named the recipient of the 2018 BQDA People's Choice Award for design excellence.

ARC is a luxury rental property located at 30-02 39th Avenue in the Dutch Kills section of Long Island City, developed by 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. 

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."  

The BQDA Awards were announced on May 12, 2018 and winners were honored at the BQDA Gala on June 27, 2018. The awards aim to encourage excellence in architectural design in Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx. For more details on the BQDA Awards, please visit, and for additional information on ARC, please visit

About Lightstone:

Lightstone, founded by David Lichtenstein, is one of the largest and most diversified privately held real estate companies in the United States. Lightstone is active in 28 states across the country, developing, managing and investing in all sectors of the real estate market, including residential, hospitality, commercial, and retail. With over 176 existing properties, Lightstone's $3 billion portfolio currently includes over 6 million square feet of office, retail and industrial commercial properties, over 15,000 residential units, and 4,000 hotel keys. Lightstone also owns over 12,000 land lots across the country.

Headquartered in New York City, Lightstone continues to grow its development portfolio with approximately $2.3 billion dollars currently under development in the residential and hospitality sectors spread across New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami.

About Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects:

Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects is one of New York's most highly regarded full-service architecture and interior design firms. They approach every project with a spirit of shared ideas and free-flowing collaboration among all sectors to achieve the best design possible on any scale. GKV's three founding principals, Randy Gerner, AIA, Richard N. Kronick, AIA, and Miguel Valcarcel, AIA, have been collaborating for over 35 years.  The firm is internationally recognized for their residential, hospitality, and commercial work and has garnered multiple industry awards for outstanding residential and hospitality design.

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