new venue / recording studio The Arc coming to Long Island City
The Arc is a new venue and recording studio coming to the Kaufman Arts District of Long Island City, Queens, if all goes to plans, in 2019. Billboard reports that there will be two performance spaces within it: one with a capacity of 389, and another that can hold 1,690. Former Webster Hall executive VP Rich Pawelczyk has been brought on as chief operating officer and will oversee bookings, as well as brand sponsorship and strategic media partnerships. More from Billboard:
The Arc is set in a 1931 vintage building that features multiple performance spaces, a state-of-the-art recording studio, a sound stage and high-grade acoustics that organizers say "will rank among the finest in the world." Taking up a full city block, the venue will include a media center for streaming, a 24-hour café featuring the cuisine of 600+ local food vendors and spaces for local talent and community collaborations.
"A project of this size and magnitude doesn't happen too often in New York City," said Pawelczyk, which he estimates is only 12 minutes from Midtown Manhattan via car or subway.
"The building itself is the connective tissue to all the things we hope to be doing," he says. "It has a beautiful Douglas Fir wood arc in the ceiling, which is one of the reasons we named the venue The Arc, as well as the career arc for artists playing in our smallest space and then our larger space and then doing some of the digital properties we're going to be rolling out in conjunction with the brick and mortar."
Leading up to next year's planned opening, The Arc has been hosting a few private, invitation-only events. The recording studio within the 20,000 square foot space, which was formerly a sushi factory, plans to operate 24-7. "The decimation of the recording studio business in New York has left a dearth of real places to record and play," Pawelczyk told Billboard. "To actually capture a drum sound on a stage with the superlative acoustic set we'll be offering is something that really differentiates, a certain level of bands to a higher level of recording."
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