27-29 queens plaza north

affordable housing, housing lotteries, Long Island City

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.

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Long Island City, New Developments, Queens, Rentals

All photos: Durst Organization/ Giles Ashford

Leasing officially kicked off this week at the second tallest building in Queens, a 71-story rental in Long Island City. Located at 27-29 Queens Plaza North, the building, dubbed Sven, has 958 apartments, with a mix of studios to three-bedroom units priced from $2,950/month. Originally expected to become the borough’s tallest building when plans were announced, the tower was surpassed by the Skyline Tower in 2019. Not only do the rentals come with stunning skyline views, but the building is the first in New York City to offer “Spireworks,” an app that lets users change the colors of lights at iconic city skyscrapers.

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