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All photos of Sven via The Durst Organization/Giles Ashford All photos of Sven via The Durst Organization/Giles Ashford
One of the benefits of outer-borough apartments are the views of the iconic Manhattan skyline, but Long Island City is on the road to a dramatic skyline of its own. The gracefully curved Sven is a new entrant making a statement with both its soaring height and eye-catching crown. Details on a lottery for 288 rent-stabilized units were teased earlier this summer, and The Durst Organization has launched leasing on the market-rate units.

Current availabilities posted on the building's official website start at $2,922/month for studios, $3,642/month for one-beds, $5,545/month for two-beds, and $6,048/month for three-beds. All prices are net effective to reflect a concession, and roughly in line with the Long Island City median rent, which ranges from $2,995/month for studios to $6,500/month for three-beds (per CityRealty listings).
Sven crown Crown via Spireworks
At 71 stories and 737 feet high, Sven is second only to Skyline Tower as the tallest building in Queens. The curved tower by Handel Architects cradles the landmarked Queens Clock Tower (a former Bank of Manhattan building) to suggest a link between the past and present. However, the most distinctive feature may be the crown: All residents receive a membership to Spireworks, a mobile app launched within The Durst Organization which allow them to use their phones to control the colors and effects at the crown of the building, as well as other Durst Organization properties like One World Trade Center, One Bryant Park, and 151 West 42nd Street. The New York Post notes that this app was previously available by invitation only.
However, Sven is not all flash and no substance. The building is targeting LEED Platinum certification, and appears well on track to meet this goal. There is a half-acre park in front of the building and more than 700 square feet of vegetation on the roof, the better to reduce water runoff while also beautifying the space. An onsite cogeneration plant produces heat and energy efficiently, and an onsite blackwater recycling plant recycles and reuses wastewater in parallel with a rainwater retention/detention system.
The environmentally-friendly attitude extends to the apartments, all of which feature double-pane windows, app-controlled smart thermostats, Energy Star appliances, water-efficient kitchen and bath fixtures, and interior materials selected to minimize off-gassing of harmful chemicals. However, interiors by Annabelle Selldorf demonstrate that sustainable can also be stylish. Additional features include European flooring and cabinetry, blackout shades in the bedrooms, and in-unit washer/dryers. Select units have View Glass windows, which allow residents to control the tint of their windows through an app.
One of the lures of Sven is its central location in Long Island City. Residents have a choice of the Queensboro Plaza 7/N/W and the Queens Plaza E/M/R trains for a 20-minute commute to Midtown Manhattan. However, there is much to offer close to home. The building is close to MoMA PS1, SculptureCenter, Dutch Kills Green, Queensbridge Park, and LaGuardia Community College. Popular restaurants and supermarkets alike may be found near the building.
Indeed, with over 50,000 square feet of amenities, there is much to offer at Sven itself. The fitness center features state-of-the-art equipment, separate studios for yoga, Pilates, boxing, and H.I.I.T., and men’s and women’s locker rooms with infrared saunas. Social amenities include a chef’s demonstration kitchen and dining room, poker lounge, game room, multi-sport simulator and putting green, children’s playroom, business center, library, lounge, and outdoor pool with lounge chairs and green wall. Additional conveniences like a bike room, storage room, attended lobby, and Amazon package room make life at Sven more convenient. Moreover, Green Seal-certified cleaning products, operable windows, and air filtration systems are in place to improve the air quality in common areas.

The Durst Organization

The Durst Organization
Sven Leasing
27-29 Queens Plaza North
Queens, NY 10036
(212) 257-XXXX

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