Sven, Queens’ Second-Tallest Skyscraper, Tops Out at 29-37 41st Avenue In Long Island City

Aerial render of Queens Plaza Park looking west towards Manhattan, from The Durst OrganizationAerial render of Queens Plaza Park looking west towards Manhattan, from The Durst Organization

Construction has topped out on Queens Plaza Park, aka Sven, a 762-foot-tall mixed-use skyscraper at 29-37 41st Avenue in Long Island City. Designed by Handel Architects for The Durst Organization, the 67-story tower now stands as the second-tallest building in Queens.

The project team also includes Selldorf Architects as the interior designer, Hunter Roberts as the general contractor, and Jaros, Baum & Bolles Engineering is handling required mechanical systems.

Topped-out view of "Sven" at 29-37 41st Avenue - The Durst Organization'

Topped-out view of Sven at 29-37 41st Avenue. Photo by The Durst Organization

When complete, the building will comprise 50,000 square feet of lower-level office and retail space with 958 rental units above. The Durst Organization has also confirmed that the residential component will include 300 affordable homes. Amenity spaces will include an outdoor pool, a 20,000 square foot gym, a library, co-working areas, a kids’ playroom, and a demonstration kitchen.

With a focus on energy performance, the building is designed to achieve LEED certification, in line with New York City-funded initiatives to reduce the city’s reliance on fossil fuels.

The structure partially incorporates a landmarked clock tower that dates back to the late 1920s and originally housed the Bank of Manhattan. To best accommodate the clock tower, Handel Architects designed the structure with a concave glass façade that partially surrounds the historic building.

To date, the development is expected to debut in 2021.

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8 Comments on "Sven, Queens’ Second-Tallest Skyscraper, Tops Out at 29-37 41st Avenue In Long Island City"

  1. Start the auction . Currently every new condo is 20% less then list price.

  2. David in Bushwick | June 27, 2020 at 2:12 pm | Reply

    It would probably costs multiple billions and take at least a decade, but adding a lightweight metal shell around the elevated track through the densest part of LIC would greatly improve neighborhood life and real estate value.

  3. Joe in Connecticut | June 27, 2020 at 3:19 pm | Reply

    So why is it called Sven?

  4. This is something of a disappointment consider what I remember from original, taller renders. Oh well, I guess it certainly could be worse…

  5. Sven? That seems an aggressively white name, given the Current Year. Can’t we change the name to George?

  6. Sven was a dashing and well bronzed pool boy who was soon promoted into the house.

  7. Michael D. Skelly | July 6, 2020 at 6:13 pm | Reply

    over 7 thousand units in the works in Queens along with 3 thousand in the Hudson Yards, no pre sales, almost every buyer wants a discount, how the heck can any one make any money….

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