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BY BILL PARRY
Th e real estate developer that built the second
tallest building in Queens has unveiled plans
for a new park that will serve the Dutch Kills
community, which has among the smallest
amount of park space per capita of any
neighborhood in the borough.
Th e Durst Organization has begun construction
on the new half-acre Sven Park,
on an area that was used as a staging area
during the building of Th e Sven, a 71-story
luxury building at 29-37 41st Ave. in Long
Island City along Queens Plaza North. It has
a unique curved façade and wraps around the
historic Clock Tower. At 762 feet, its height
is second only to the Skyline Tower in Court
Square just a few blocks to the south.
Th e new park will open early next year and
feature an interactive children’s playscape
with a slide and wooden climbing area known
as Th e Nest. It will include dog runs, a fi tness
area, porch swings and ping-pong tables. Th e
park will also feature an array of plantings,
such as tall bald cypress trees, fl owering trees
Th e unveiling of Sven Park follows the
launch of leasing at the tower in November.
Th e 958-unit building, which contains 288
income-restricted units, combines fi rst-rate
amenities and modern design, with an emphasis
on sustainability. Durst will fund the
park’s construction along with its maintenance
and operation in perpetuity.
“In a city short on green space, we are
excited to unveil our plans to bring a brandnew,
public park to Long Island City,” Durst
Organization President Jonathan Durst said.
“Sven Park will off er a welcome respite for
both residents and the surrounding community,
whether they are taking their dog for
a walk, bringing the kids to the playground,
or just looking to get some fresh air. We look
forward to welcoming everyone to this new
The luxury tower also features a landscaped
terrace with an outdoor swimming
pool, a fitness center with private training
studios. In a first for large-scale residential
buildings in New York City, many Sven
apartments feature View Glass windows,
which allow residents to optimize indoor
comfort, views and daylight by controlling
the tint of their windows through an
app. The NYC Housing Preservation &
Development held a lottery for 288 incomerestricted
units at Sven. The lottery ended
on March 21.
Courtesy of The Durst Organization
A rendering of the lawn and recreational areas of Sven Park
New park serving Dutch Kills community set to arrive in 2023
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