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Photos of Sven circa winter 2022 via CityRealty Photos of Sven circa winter 2022 via CityRealty
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. This spectacular structure houses 958 highly sustainable and stylish residential units and amenities designed with community in mind.
An affordable lottery for 288 rent-stabilized units has recently concluded, and current market-rate availabilities start at $3,100/month for studios, $3,850/month for one-beds, $5,821/month for two-beds, and $6,512/month for a three-bed. Qualified applicants are eligible for $1,000 security deposits. The building allows a maximum of two pets pet unit; this may include 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 above the Long Island City median rents, which range from $2,995/month for studios to $6,495/month for three-beds. It should be noted, though, that while Long Island City has no shortage of amenity-rich towers, Sven’s soaring height, high-tech and sustainable features, and extensive amenities could be factors in the higher prices.
27-29-Queens-Plaza-North-01 All photos of Sven via The Durst Organization/Giles Ashford
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 with features like:

  • 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 feature:

  • FSC-certified light oak flooring
  • 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
Additionally, the development plan for Sven includes a new half-acre public park in front of the building. Designed by Starr Whitehouse, Sven Park’s landscaping will include tall bald cypresses, flowering trees like serviceberries, lush ferns, and a plethora of flowered plants. Offerings will include a fitness and parkour jungle gym, large and small dog runs, porch swings, Ping Pong tables, movable tables and chairs for picnics, bike racks, shaded areas, and an interactive children’s playscape with a slide and the Nest, a custom wooden climbing feature. The Durst Organization will fund Sven Park’s construction, along with its maintenance and operations in perpetuity.
Sven Park LIC Renderings of Sven Park via The Durst Organization

“Sven Park will offer a welcome respite to both residents and the surrounding community, whether they are taking their dog for a walk, bringing their kids to the playground, or just looking to get some fresh air. We look forward to welcoming everyone to this new neighborhood amenity” — Jody Durst, President, The Durst Organization

Long Island City park
Sven Park is set to open to the public in early 2023. In the meantime, there is much to offer near Sven. The building is close to MoMA PS1, SculptureCenter, Dutch Kills Green, Queensbridge Park, LaGuardia Community College, and office complex The JACX. Popular restaurants and supermarkets alike may be found near the building. Additionally, NOVA, a Flatiron-inspired condominium, recently topped out across the street from Sven. 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. Such factors have put Long Island City in high demand — CityRealty listings show only 89 publicly listed units for rent despite the building boom of recent years.

The Durst Organization

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

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