• TYPE: 10-story, 428-unit residential building
• LOCATION: 30-17 40th Avenue, in northern Long Island City
• DEVELOPER: Lightstone Group
• ARCHITECTS: Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel
• SIZE: 413,000 square feet in total
• RETAIL SPACE: 3,181 square feet on the ground floor
• APARTMENTS: The project will be made up of studios, one-, and two-bedroom units
• AMENITIES: 22,000 square feet of amenity space
• COMPLETION: Completion is expected in 2017
Work in progress poster
New York is the only large American city where these water tower structures are common.
“There’s just nothing that works as well.”
- Tanks began sprouting up in NY City around 1890's
- A water tower is a simple device that uses gravity to provide water pressure.
- They provide water for domestic uses and fire supply.
- Most municipalities have tanks that can hold a day’s worth of water for their population.
- Many New York City buildings exceed the height the infrastructure’s water pressure can handle.
- Most structures taller than six stories need some sort of water tower and pump system of their own.
- Water is fed to buildings through pipes in the basement.
- Electric pumps push the water from the basement to roof.
- It takes 2-3 hours to fill the average 10,000-gallon tank.
- From the roof, gravity sends water to pipes throughout the building.
- As tenants use the water, the level in the tank goes down and, just like in a toilet, a ballcock lets more in.
- If left unattended, the water within the tanks can stagnate and become a breeding ground for bacteria and E. coli.
"Water tank that is more than an eyesore aesthetically speaking"
"For 150 Years doing something that's almost obsolete"
- In this new building a simple utilitarian structure that makes no effort to hide the tank or otherwise incorporate it into the architectural design of the building.