Queens Plaza Park, aka Sven, Passes the Halfway Mark in Long Island City

Queens Plaza Park. Photo by Michael Young

Queens Plaza Park, aka Sven, is the 25th building on our annual countdown of the tallest projects underway in New York. Construction has passed the halfway point on the 755-foot-tall residential skyscraper, which is located at 27-29 Queens Plaza North in Long Island City. Meanwhile, the curved reflective glass curtain wall is rapidly ascending the 67-story reinforced concrete superstructure. Handel Architects is the designer and The Durst Organization is the developer of the project, which is also addressed as 29-37 41st AvenueSelldorf Architects is the interior designer.

Recent photos taken from Roosevelt Island show the growing presence of the superstructure on the northern end of the Long Island City skyline. The Roosevelt Island tram also provides clear vistas of the rising tower, as it is almost perfectly aligned with the suspended tram cables. The central mechanical floors can be distinguished by the perimeter concrete walls a few floors below the safety cocoon netting.

Queens Plaza Park. Photo by Michael Young

Queens Plaza Park on the left. Photo by Michael Young

Queens Plaza Park seen above the Queensboro Bridge. Photo by Michael Young

The 978,000-square-foot development will contain 958 residential units, about 287 of which will be dedicated to affordable housing. Amenities for Sven include an outdoor swimming pool, a 20,000-square-foot fitness center, a private residential library, co-working space, a children’s playroom, and a demonstration kitchen.

Sven will be the second-tallest skyscraper in the neighborhood after Skyline Tower and its 778-foot roof parapet. The projects anchor opposite sides of the Long Island City skyline and have already added to the extended cluster of new development, with more likely to emerge in the coming years.

Completion of Sven is expected sometime next year.

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3 Comments on "Queens Plaza Park, aka Sven, Passes the Halfway Mark in Long Island City"

  1. Thanks to Michael Young: Hope that I will see its topping-out, and full completion into sky show.

  2. I find it amazing it took so many decades for high-rise development to spill over from Manhattan island to Jersey and Bronx, Queens, and LI.

  3. B. G. Andersson | December 8, 2019 at 4:05 pm | Reply

    Why “Sven”? It’s a Swedish name. Any connection?

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