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All photos of Sven via The Durst Organization/Giles Ashford All photos of Sven via The Durst Organization/Giles Ashford
According to a recent report from RentCafe, Queens was one of the top 10 cities for rental activity in November 2023. Its western neighborhood of Long Island City in particular has proven particularly popular due to its proximity to Manhattan offices, waterfront views, and burgeoning food and entertainment options.
At 71 stories and 737 feet high, Sven is the tallest rental building in Queens and is second only to the recently completed Skyline Tower condominium. The curved tower designed by Handel Architects cradles the landmarked Queens Clock Tower, a former Bank of Manhattan building and an official New York City landmark that recently underwent a complete restoration.
Sven crown Crown via Spireworks
In addition to Sven's soaring height, one of its most distinctive architectural features is its illuminated LED crown. All residents receive a membership to Spireworks, a mobile app launched within The Durst Organization which allows 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.
With interiors honed by Selldorf Architects, Sven offers 958 residences, including 288 income-restricted units, featuring premium finishes and View Glass technology for customizable window tint via a mobile app. Current market-rate availabilities at Sven start at $3,366/month for studios, $3,689/month for one-bedrooms, $5,765/month for two-bedrooms, and $6,485/month for three-bedrooms.
The building offers flexible lease terms from nine to 24 months, and $1,000 reduced security deposits are available for qualified applicants. The building allows a maximum of two pets per unit, including one dog up to 65 pounds or two dogs with a combined weight up to 65 pounds, and some breed restrictions apply.

CityRealty listings show that Sven’s prices are roughly in line with the Long Island City median rents, which range from $3,375/month for studios to $6,000/month for two-bedrooms. They also show how in-demand Long Island City has become as several thousand apartments have been built in recent years and only 106 publicly listed apartments for rent.
27-29-Queens-Plaza-North-02 Photos of Sven circa winter 2022 via CityRealty

“Surrounded by a bustling neighborhood and with ideal access to transit, Finback LIC is creating a new space for Sven residents and the entire community to gather and enjoy the mastery of their trade” — Jody Durst, President, The Durst Organization

Finback LIC Finback LIC
The Durst Organization’s plan for the building included Sven Park, a new half-acre public park in front of the building designed by Starr Whitehouse and offering features like a fitness and parkour jungle gym, large and small dog runs, Ping Pong tables, and an interactive children’s play space. It is also getting ready to welcome Finback LIC, Queens-based Finback Brewery’s new taproom and production studio, to the building’s base-level retail space this December. The 99-seat space will offer 20 rotating taps, rotating menus of small-batch wines and mezcals, coffee drinks from Invisible Force, and casual dining from Dumpling Up.
Sven opened in 2022 and within eight months of leasing, the 670 market-rate residences in the tower were 50 percent rented. Crain's New York Business reported that The Durst Organization would have been able to start marketing the rental tower in spring 2021 but they opted to wait several months to launch leasing, for a time when more New Yorkers were vaccinated and the rental market was better recovered. That strategy appears to have paid off:

Beyond its eye-catching architecture, Sven is the first Queens building to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Sustainable design features include:

  • More than 700 square feet of vegetation on the roof, the better to reduce water runoff while also beautifying the space
  • Onsite cogeneration plant to produce heat and energy efficiently
  • Onsite blackwater recycling plant
  • Rainwater retention/detention system
  • App-controlled smart thermostats, Energy Star appliances, water-efficient kitchen and bath fixtures, and interior materials selected to minimize off-gassing of harmful chemicals in every unit
  • Green Seal-certified cleaning products, operable windows, and air filtration systems in all common areas

Apartments at Sven feature:

  • FSC-certified light oak flooring and woodwork
  • Lutron lighting controls
  • Polished quartz countertops, glass tile backsplash, and high-end appliances in the kitchens
  • Blackout shades in all bedrooms
  • Spa-inspired baths with textured porcelain tile, Grohe fixtures, and walk-in showers or bathtubs
  • In-unit washer/dryers
  • View Glass windows, which allow residents to control the tint of their windows through an app, in select units

Over 50,000 square feet of amenities designed by Annabelle Selldorf include:

  • Fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Separate yoga, Pilates, boxing, and H.I.I.T studios
  • Men's and women's locker rooms with infrared saunas
  • Chef's demonstration kitchen and dining room
  • Poker lounge
  • Game room
  • Multi-sport simulator and putting green
  • Children's playroom
  • Business center and conference room
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Outdoor pool with lounge chairs and green wall
  • Bike room
  • Storage room
  • Amazon package room
  • Attended lobby

“As the second-tallest building in Queens, Sven stands out for its unparalleled views, luxury living, easy access to Midtown, and a unique emphasis on the health and wellness of its residents” — Jody Durst, President, The Durst Organization

Sven Park LIC Renderings of Sven Park via The Durst Organization
Long Island City park
Sven is in a central location close to MoMA PS1, SculptureCenter, Dutch Kills Green, Queensbridge Park, LaGuardia Community College, and office complex The JACX. The building is well situated near a number of popular restaurants and bars. Additionally, the Flatiron-inspired NOVA condominium across the street has seen a significant number of units enter contract; remaining availabilities start at $1.155 million. 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.

The Durst Organization

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