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Live in a starchitect-designed tower along Billionaire's Row for as low as $565/month

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It’s not impossible to live on Billionaire’s Row if you make under six-figures—just improbable. Still, some affordable units are up for grabs in Danish “starchitect” Bjarke Ingels’ massive and architecturally bold VIA 57 WEST new construction rental on the far reaches of 57th Street. Of the 709 apartments, 142 are up for grabs with the usual housing lottery. So the question remains: Do you qualify?

Those who do can try their luck snagging one of 28 studios available at the eco-friendly pyramid between 11th and 12th Avenue that start at $565 a month.  A total of 94 one-bedrooms are available for as low as $607 a month for those making between $26,270 and $30,250, while two-bedrooms start at $735 and go up to $929 for people making between $31,492 and $43,150, 6sqft reported over the weekend.

The most spacious apartments—three-bedrooms for households of three to six people—start at $843 and go up to $1,067 for those earning $29,124 to $50,100.

But there is, of course, some fine print. The ultra-luxurious amenities, which include on-site laundry, a gym, basketball court, golf simulator, golf simulator, children’s playroom, screening room, library, and gallery, are accessible for an “additional fee,” according to the lottery release, though it’s not clear how much you’d actually have to pay to tee off with some of the building’s market-rate residents.

Brace yourself for the competition to be stiff: As DNA Info reports, a whopping 91,000 hopefuls put in applications for only 235 affordable units at a similar new luxury construction on 42nd Street. If you think you might qualify, send a completed application (available here) to Via 57 West, P.O. Box 2047, New York, NY 10116 and make sure to get your applications in by the October 29 deadline.

Elsewhere, ahead of new affordable housing options headed for Downtown Brooklyn, affordable housing group Churches United for Fair Housing is holding a seminar tonight offering tips on how to successfully submit an application. You can find details on the poster below (click to enlarge), and if you're interested in attending, RSVP to  718.360.2906 or

Note: BrickUnderground is in no way affiliated with New York City public housing. If you are interested in applying to this or other affordable housing developments, please go to the NYC Housing Connect website for information and instructions.


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