Lottery opens for 288 apartments at 71-story rental in Long Island City, from $2,132/month

January 18, 2022

Photo: The Durst Organization/ Giles Ashford

Late last year, leasing launched at Sven, a 71-story rental in Long Island City and the second tallest building in Queens. This week, an affordable housing lottery for 288 middle-income apartments opened at the residential skyscraper located at 2959 Northern Boulevard. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 130 percent of the area median income can apply for the apartments, which range in price from $1,990/month studios to $3,843/month three-bedrooms.

Developed by the Durst Organization and designed by Handel Architects, Sven was originally expected to become Queens’ tallest building when the project was announced, but nearby Skyline Tower took that title in 2019.

The building, located at the northern tip of the neighborhood’s Court Square section, features a glassy, concave facade and stands in front of the landmarked Bank of Manhattan Building, a 14-story structure constructed in 1927.

Sven contains 958 apartments, which boast high-end finishes, programmable thermal systems, and stainless steel appliances. As 6sqft reported in November, the 670 market-rate residences are priced between roughly $2,950/month and $6,000/month.

Residents can enjoy 50,000 square feet of amenities, including a landscaped terrace with a pool, fitness center, catering kitchen, private dining room, screening room, co-working space, and more. Anabelle Selldorf designed the amenity space interiors and Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects designed a new half-acre public park taking shape in front of the building.

Another unique perk includes providing residents with a membership to Spireworks. From their phones, tenants can change the colors of lights on the spires of properties like One World Trade Center, One Bryant Park, and 151 West 42nd Street.

Qualifying New Yorkers can apply for the affordable units until March 21, 2022. Full details on how to apply can be found here. Questions regarding this offer must be referred to NYC’s Housing Connect department by dialing 311.

If you don’t qualify for the housing lotteries mentioned, visit’s no-fee rentals page for other apartment deals in the city.


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